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…

UNLOCK: Unlocking Learning Analytics through Student Engagement

The Unlock T&L initiative aims to harness the potential of learning analytics to support student success using student engagement. The initiative will focus on four key elements: 1) Supporting academic units in identifying key areas for enhancing student success based on analysis of the relevant learning analytics, including the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE),…

Exploring the Creative use of Technologies in Home Economics Education

This showcase provides evidence for a T&L initiative designed to enhance student teachers’ understanding of and ability to engage in the creative use of technology to support teaching and learning in Home Economics education. This intra-institutional team based collaborative approach merges the expertise and enthusiasm of both the Home Economics and Education disciplines in the…

Developing Studio Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Creative Teaching and Learning Approaches

The primary focus of this T&L initiative is to promote innovative ways for students and staff to engage and respond to innovative pedagogies and assessments. The initiative offers a professional development approach to use arts-based instructional strategies, offering an accessible gateway to understand and foster creative pedagogical approaches and adapting Studio Habits of Mind into…

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…

Pandemic Pedagogy: The impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning at UCC

The impact of UCC’s Certificate/Diploma/Masters in Teaching and Learning on teaching staff has been evidenced at a local level through participants’ self-reflective portfolios and end of semester evaluations. However, co-ordinators of these programs have not had the opportunity to disseminate this evidence. Recommendations from the Quality Review Panel’s report point to the need for “quantifiable…

ELUCiDATA – Experiential Learning Using natural heritage Collections and Data

The School of BEES has extensive collections of zoological, geological and botanical material with potential value as a learning resource for students. Unfortunately, these important collections (with essential associated data) are difficult to access as they are stored in cramped conditions and are inadequately labelled. Our current students need an easily accessible collection of specimens/data…