DCU Assessment Experience

This initiative will address assessment practice and policy (with a particular emphasis on programme assessment).  It is driven by a number of different considerations – the impact of modularisation, an over-reliance on traditional modes of assessment and a robust response to challenges to academic integrity.  Modularisation has resulted in fragmented assessment practices that may lack…

Challenge-based Learning at DCU

At present, the University is engaged with a comprehensive curriculum renewal project across all its faculties. As part of that renewal, we have committed to introduce innovations in pedagogy that will enhance the student learning experience that will better prepare our students to flourish in the world outside the University. The first stage of this…

The Challenge of Assessment

The COVID-19 crisis, in forcing most teaching to an online mode, has not only presented challenges in assessing online, but has also exposed some of the underlying limitations of many current assessment practices in higher education (including the extent to which there is alignment with learning outcomes and programme goals). One of the principal concerns,…

Mincéirs Misl’d in Education – Empowering Irish Travellers to Transition and Build a Sense of Belonging in Higher Education

This initiative will develop an Irish Traveller community embedded and culturally inclusive model that will empower the Travelling community to identify and overcome barriers to access, progression, retention, and success in higher education. Travellers made up 0.2% of new HE entrants in 2017/2018, with a total of 61 Travellers students registered. With a robust research…

Roadmap Enabling Student Success Project

This initiative will enable the newly established Student Experience Executive (a partnership with academic, student and professional service representation) to augment and optimise student success for students.  This inclusive process will provide a clear roadmap to support transitions and cultivate belonging, provide relevant training and scope the use of enabling technologies. Work Package 1: •…

Digital by Design: Building Capacity for Digital Education

Trinity’s Strategic Plan 2020-25: Community and Connection focuses on embedding ‘next-generation teaching and learning practices’ by committing to, among other priorities, the implementation of a ‘full spectrum digital learning strategy by 2022’ (3.8). Digital by Design supports the mainstreaming of evidence-based digital education practices, where digital teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) activities are purposefully designed…

Development of Professional Knowledge and Skills for Teaching Staff – with a Strategic Focus on Assessment

The initiative will involve a significant continuing professional development (CPD) process for Limerick Institute of Technology staff, reflecting key domains of the National Forum Professional Development Framework. This CPD process will significantly focus on the development of Assessment Literacy with the aim of enhancing student engagement. The overall initiative will include the following components: •…

RAFT – Researching Assessment and Feedback Together

This initiative has the aim of enhancing feedback and assessment experience for both staff and students at MTU. This initiative aims to build and expand on BALI (Building Assessment Literacy Initiative) a MTU SATLE 2019 initiative. We propose to pilot a 2 semester-long action-research programme to challenge the dominant teacher-transmission approach to assessment and feedback.…