An Inter-Disciplinary Approach for Spatial Skill Development: Supporting First-Year Students in Working with Spatial Information

Numerous research studies have highlighted that young adolescents across the globe often struggle when learning with visual information that includes spatial data. In an increasingly visual world spatial data is now embedded across disparate disciplines including; STEM, Architecture, Business, Geography, and Medicine among others. Both 2-D and 3-D spatial data can be found in drawings,…

Development of a Strategy and Framework for a Digital Learner Support Hub

The aim of this T&L initiative is to develop an action plan, structure and mechanisms for a digital learner support hub, available to all UL’s learning centres (LCs) to facilitate blended and fully-online delivery of our supplemental academic learner support schemes, to complement existing face-to-face ones. UL’s learning centres play a crucial role in the…

Supporting International students across the Connacht Ulster Alliance through the implementation of an Online English Language Support Programme

The aim of this multi-campus T&L initiative is to provide IT Sligo, LYIT and GMIT international students (or students for whom English is not their first language) with high quality online English language support that includes live online lectures, online video lessons and tests. The Course Tutor will use a suite of diverse software programmes…

Digital Methods and Data Literacy

This interdisciplinary T&L initiative will embed digital methodologies and data literacy into teaching and learning across UCD. It will: • Develop a structured elective pathway in ‘Digital Methods and Data Literacy’ which can be taken by any undergraduate student • Deliver modules and facilitate student projects that develop students’ transferable digital skills, competence in using…

Creating a Core Academic Integrity Model for plagiarism avoidance. Delivering a universal cross discipline approach to student engagement and education around writing with integrity and avoiding plagiarism.

This T&L initiative will: • Ensure that every student is aware of their role in avoiding plagiarism and has opportunity to receive early, timely, consistent and uniform information and guidance on Academic Integrity in their writing, before they submit their first assignment • Make students aware of resources and supports for developing skills in referencing,…

Computational Science: A Collaborative Approach to Engaging Stage 1 Science Students in Computational Thinking

Given the rising importance of computation in modern science, UCD’s status as the university of first choice for science undergraduates in Ireland, and its research-intensive focus, it is imperative that our science graduates possess the computational skills and thinking required for the knowledge economy. The main outcome of this T&L initiative will be the design,…

Developing Responsive Leadership to Support the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines

This T&L initiative is a pilot that will enable responsive academic leadership practices by developing School disciplinary leadership teams to lead enhancement locally, and horizontally, across four disciplinary sites within the University. Student engagement from a learner and teacher perspective will be the central theme around which the project activities will be developed, with students…

The MakerMap: linking spaces, knowledge and people in support of creative, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary connection making on and off campus

The aim of this T&L initiative is to establish UCC as a national leader in makerspaces for interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research. A makerspace is “a collaborative space…for making, learning, exploring…open to kids, adults, students, staff, entrepreneurs…has a variety of equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines…[1]”. Makerspaces already exist in UCC, in Cork…

Developing a Connected Curriculum: Integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within UCC’s Curriculum

UCC’s Academic Strategy commits the university to developing a “Connected Curriculum” with sustainability featured as one of six thematic areas. This reflects the government’s National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development as well as a growing international literature highlighting the need for HE curricula to reorient towards the SDGs. This reorientation involves not just teaching…