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…

A digital badged blended learning award and policy for developing quality assured digital badge awards

The digital badged blended learning award aims to create the right circumstances and an empowering setting to realise the potential for digital badges within WIT. This T&L initiative is a pilot project to enable WIT staff in designing, developing and delivering their own digital badges. The work will begin with a review of Digital Badge…

Technology Enhanced Learning Curriculum Development and Accreditation (30 Credits, Level 9, Minor Award)

This T&L initiative aims to enhance the teaching capacity of WIT’s School of Lifelong Learning and Education (SOLLE) academic staff through the adoption of technology, infrastructure; and pedagogical models. It will deliver three tangible outputs, namely: 1. Programme Design and Accreditation: This phase will focus on the design and accreditation of a specific programme for…

Innovative Means of Promoting Positive Engagement of Students, Staff and Stakeholders

The strategies of WIT and its School of Humanities focus on student engagement and accessibility of teaching and learning practices as priorities. Under this T&L initiative, the School of Humanities are undertaking three distinct yet complementary projects which seek to promote this engagement: Language Learning: Understanding the Student and Employer Needs In response to the…

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…

Re-Making the Creative Arts Canon, Re-Imagining the Creative Arts Curriculum

This T&L initiative brings together more than 100 NUI Galway students at undergraduate and postgraduate level working in Music, Film, Drama, English, and Digital Humanities. Together with our partners in Druid Theatre, Irish Theatre Institute, Contemporary Music Centre and Galway Music Residency, we will work together to address the neglect of key figures from the…

BioLabPrep: maximising learning in the laboratory environment

This T&L initiative addresses pillar two of the DELTA Framework- Teaching and Learning Practice – through the development of effective pre-practical activities to support student learning in biological science. Laboratory-based practical classes are a cornerstone of high-quality teaching and learning in science. Students cannot develop a full understanding of scientific concepts without insights developed via…

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