The national learning impact awards, co-ordinated through the National Forum, aim to support institutional efforts to promote, learn from and extend the reach of excellent practice in teaching and learning across all disciplines. To date, the National Forum has led the development of two national learning impact award phases. The first rounds of the student-led Teaching Hero Awards were completed in September 2014 and 2016, and one round of the institution-led Teaching Expert Awards was initiated and presented in 2015.
The National Forum is now delighted to announce the third national learning impact award type, the DELTA Award. This award type aims to add a crucial, discipline-led dimension to Ireland’s national approach to identifying excellence in teaching, augmenting the voice and perspectives of higher education students and their institutions.
The award will be presented to discipline groups who can demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and learning enhancement and who commit to an ongoing, clearly articulated, shared process of continued enhancement.
The DELTA Award will recognise and celebrate disciplines for their achievements and commitment, with particular reference to their discipline-relevant pedagogical contexts, requirements, challenges and innovations. A key focus will be on enabling disciplines to ensure that teaching and learning enhancement can also be effectively linked to other core activities – including research and scholarship – in ways that have clear benefits for learners. It will assist disciplines to link teaching and learning developments coherently with key relevant institutional, national and international drivers, while also enabling a discipline- and context-specific approach to teaching and learning enhancement.