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 Institute of Technology, Tralee who are proposing a similar initiative with the intention that the process, resources and findings…

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…

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…