The ability of learners to make successful transitions at key points in their education is crucial for their development and for enabling their success in and through higher education. There are many important transitions that learners have to navigate: the transition from second level to third level, from undergraduate education to employment or to postgraduate research and learning. Other transitions relevant to many learners include the transition from one national culture to another, the transition (in the case of mature learners) from a work-based environment back to an educational one, or the transition from one mode of learning (e.g. full-time, conventional) to another (e.g. distance, blended or e-learning modes).
With this in mind, the National Forum facilitated a sectoral focus, called an enhancement theme, on ‘Teaching for Transitions’ in 2013-2015. The sectoral focus helped to inform the activities of the National Forum and its partners, through focused research projects, undertaken by teaching and learning experts across the country, and a range of seminars and national events intended to learn more about how to stimulate innovation and excellence while supporting students through transitions.