Developing Team Based Learning as a Unique Student-Centred Pedagogy (USP)

Team Based Learning (TBL) is a student-centred approach to learning whereby students work together in the same diverse, self-managed teams throughout a module. In meta-analytic studies, TBL has been associated with better learning outcomes than more traditional “lecture style” approaches (Liu and Beaujean, 2017). Studies have also demonstrated the advantages of TBL in terms of…

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…

Empowering student learning: Using comparison and feedback as drivers of self-directed learning

This T&L initiative ‘Empowering student learning: Using comparison and feedback as drivers of self-directed learning’ applies a comparison-based approach to feedback generation and use. This is transformative in nature and of immense potential value to both student learning and to teaching practice. It sees students as partners in assessment practices and invites them to take…

EAT-PD: Enabling Academic Transitions through Professional Development

This T&L initiative focuses on enabling excellence during key academic transitions, i.e. academic staff as they transition into higher education (HE) and faculty leaders as they transition into and through management. It represents a collaboration with Cork Institute of Technology, who are proposing a similar initiative, with the intention that the process, resources and findings…

Embedding Sustainability across the Curriculum and Beyond – Stimulating Active Citizenship for Possible Sustainable Futures

The National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 2014-2020 (Department of Education and Skills, 2014) aims to ‘ensure that education…equips leaners with the relevant knowledge, the key dispositions and skills and the values that will motivate and empower them throughout their lives to become informed citizens who take action for a more sustainable future.’…

Data Analytics to Inform and Enhance Learning (DAnIEL)

This capacity building T&L initiative aims to create accessible learning analytics for learners and lecturers and in doing so, inform and enrich learning in Higher Education. This project will maximise and drive GMIT’s Data for Enhanced Student Success Policy though digital transformation of learning. This initiative will embed and facilitate an inclusive, collaborative and innovative…