From Passion to Action: Student Social Innovation (SSI)

PASSION- from Passion to Action – educating Students in Social InnovatiON, is a T&L initiative concerned with upskilling, enabling and empowering academic staff to embed social innovation and entrepreneurship in their disciplines, so that they can foster in their students the behaviour, skills, thinking and attitude in devising, testing and launching sustainable innovative solutions to…

Supporting Student Success in information literacy: a blended approach

This T&L initiative is the design and implementation of a self-directed blended learning information literacy programme aimed at students transitioning to higher education. Transitioning to higher education is one of the most difficult times for a student, as they experience numerous issues which might influence their decision to withdraw from higher education (Terenzini et al.,…

Fostering deliberate practice in critical analytical writing for postgraduate learners

In order for learners of any discipline to internalise the competencies necessary to successfully perform at postgraduate level, opportunities for deliberate, scaffolded practice (Sadler, 2010) in critical analytical writing are required. This T&L initiative is a human-centred design (HCD) study in which an evidence-informed digital system to enable self and peer assessment and support a…

Working Collaboratively to Enhance Provision for those who Teach and Learn Online in Athlone Institute of Technology

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is committed to addressing the mission-based compact objective of providing a strong talent pipeline combining knowledge, skills and employability to respond effectively to the needs of our enterprise, public service and community sectors, nationally and regionally. To achieve this ambition, is necessary to expand the number of programmes offered through…

E-portfolios and reflective learning

In line with the National Forum’s strategic priority of professional development for staff, this T&L initiative focuses on augmenting educators’ skills in use of e-portfolios and the teaching of reflective learning processes. The initiative aims to expand the use of e-portfolios across programme teams . E-portfolios are currently used as repositories for assignments across modules…

Training the trainers: development of school-based online and blended learning expertise

E-learning has enormous potential for enhancing teaching and learning at all levels of the education sector. However, the potential of e-learning is often undermined by academics’ lack of technical (software and hardware) expertise and lack of knowledge of e-learning pedagogies. Consequently, the potential of e-learning remains unfulfilled in many institutions. Ireland’s education sector is increasingly…

A digital badged blended learning award and policy for developing quality assured digital badge awards

The digital badged blended learning award aims to create the right circumstances and an empowering setting to realise the potential for digital badges within WIT. This T&L initiative is a pilot project to enable WIT staff in designing, developing and delivering their own digital badges. The work will begin with a review of Digital Badge…

Technology Enhanced Learning Curriculum Development and Accreditation (30 Credits, Level 9, Minor Award)

This T&L initiative aims to enhance the teaching capacity of WIT’s School of Lifelong Learning and Education (SOLLE) academic staff through the adoption of technology, infrastructure; and pedagogical models. It will deliver three tangible outputs, namely: 1. Programme Design and Accreditation: This phase will focus on the design and accreditation of a specific programme for…