A Blended Approach for Pharmacy Technician Studies

This T&L initiative involves the development of a current level 7 integrated add-on programme to the existing level 6 Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Studies (PTS) in blended mode. In response to changes in the role of Pharmacy Technicians in community and hospital pharmacy and the current consideration of regulation, principles of constructive alignment were used…

Foundation and Futures

Creating a shared framework of excellence for teaching and learning across NCAD involves embedding a shared academic ethos across all aspects of our teaching and learning practices. Working toward a DELTA Award provides a useful scaffolding for this. Over the lifetime of this ‘Foundations and Futures’ T&L initiative, we will focus on ‘taking stock’ of…

Computing teaching at its best: Applying state of the art computing pedagogy for more successful student outcomes

This T&L initiative is a computer science (CS) pedagogy project that involves collating current state of the art CS pedagogy and a collaborate, exploratory approach with the School of Computing lecturers to see how it can inform future teaching strategies. Equipping our CS educators with the Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) of CS will provide for…

Professional Development of Off-campus Mentors

This collaborative T&L initiative aims to build student success through developing the digital literacy skills of the Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (BECE) lecturing team to design and develop an innovative, Blended Mentoring Module accredited at NFQ Level 9, which will be available to Associate Staff mentoring DCU students out on practice. The Associate Staff…

Engineering design curriculum renewal through challenge based learning

This T&L initiative is designed to develop capabilities and resources to support challenge based learning as a central theme of the senior and postgraduate years of our taught engineering programmes, initially in Biomedical Engineering. The team plan to renew our senior design curriculum by developing our capacity to mentor and assess students engaged in design…

Practice Based Learning in the Social Sciences

This T&L initiative aims to improve the role of practice based learning in the Social Sciences, by building on established expertise in both Law and Political Science, where the team leads have developed unique approaches to practice based learning, combining simulations, role-based games and assessment oriented towards delivering real-world impact, through policy submissions to local…

NutriPD: Growing Professional Competence in Nutrition – aligning Nutrition Educators in HEIs in Ireland to the national professional development framework and developing graduate competencies to meet accreditation standards.

Nutrition and dietetics professionals are recognised experts in human nutrition science and are best placed to improve the nutrition of individuals and populations. Nutrition is a relatively new and poorly understood profession in Ireland. While dietitians deal with clinical populations and are thus covered by the newly formed body CORU, registered nutritionists deal with healthy…

Design for Blended Learning – Developing Disciplinary Practice

The purpose of this T&L initiative is to develop disciplinary capacity in learning design for blended curriculum delivery. This initiative will equip a discipline programme team, new to this area, with the learning design knowledge and skills and, perhaps most importantly, the time and support to design a programme that uses a blended learning format.…

Enhancing Employability Skills for International Postgraduate Students

National career surveys provide evidence that students with Masters in Business experience increased employment outcomes both in speed to employment post-graduation and salaries obtained. However, for international students employment outcomes are lower. Introduction of career skills modules have been shown in Maynooth to improve domestic student employability and satisfaction; however, they have a lesser impact…

Enhancing Online Language Learning: Training the trainers and engaging the learners

The T&L initiative relates to the teaching of languages online. It proposes the creation of training materials designed to assist teacher trainers, language teachers and students in the transition from the traditional face-to-face to the online environment. Experience shows that existing models, created for non-language subjects, are not adaptable to the structure of online language…