Professional Development Capacity Building in the Shannon Consortium – Enhancing Teaching and Learning through a Regional Accredited Programme
Project Lead: University of Limerick
Project Partners: Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
Drawing on the identified domains and values espoused by the new National Professional Development Framework, the Shannon Consortium will align and enhance a recently developed Graduate Diploma/MA in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education UL programme to the needs of the three partner institutions. This will make the programme future-ready providing valuable CPD opportunities for teachers in Higher Education in the Shannon Consortium (SC) and developing participants to meet the increasing challenges in HE. This presents a timely opportunity to draw on expertise from across the Consortium to enhance the module offerings to include three new, relevant and innovative themes:
• Leadership in Education: Higher education within the Irish context has seen unprecedented change in the last decade. The National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (DES, 2011) outlines priorities for leadership and change, which include quality (assurance and enhancement), innovative pedagogies, and curriculum development.
• International and Inclusive Education: Evidence has found that university teachers can benefit from strategic training and support, in teaching in the multi-cultural and diverse classroom (Ho. et al, 2004; McAllister & Irvine, 2000; Stone, 2006).
• Sustainable Education and Human Development: aiming to enhance student self-identity (including digital identity), self-conception and develop their generic competencies and subject knowledge so they can live in a sustainable way and build a sustainable future.
As this programme is offered to faculty at all levels, it is imperative that we devise and develop appropriate guidelines on recognised prior learning for participants on the programme. This will be essential in order to ensure that recognition of prior learning is clear, consistent and in line with the values of the National Professional Development Framework, taking into consideration the findings of Goggin et al. (2015) ‘A current overview of Recognised Prior Learning in Irish Higher Education’.