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…

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…

Virtual Reality-based Learning Experience

Virtual Reality is the term used to describe 3D computer generated environments in which a person becomes immersed using a headset. While part of the virtual world the person is able to manipulate objects and/or perform a series of actions and so participate actively in the virtual environment. The diverse educational and learning applications of…

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…

Enhancing Real World Learning

‘Enhancing Real World Learning’ is a T&L initiative that will enhance the collaborative links with industry that underpin NCAD’s recently established Studio+ / Visual Culture+ programme. Studio Plus / Visual Culture Plus, is an optional additional year between Year 2 and Final Year that offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world work environments…