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…

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…

Training the trainers: development of school-based online and blended learning expertise

E-learning has enormous potential for enhancing teaching and learning at all levels of the education sector. However, the potential of e-learning is often undermined by academics’ lack of technical (software and hardware) expertise and lack of knowledge of e-learning pedagogies. Consequently, the potential of e-learning remains unfulfilled in many institutions. Ireland’s education sector is increasingly…

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…