Pilot Mentoring Module for Early Childhood Education and Care Staff involved in Supervising Undergraduate Students on Practicum Placement

First 5, the whole of government strategy for Babies, young children and their families indicates that ECEC educators must be ‘fully prepared for the demands of their professional roles’ (Govt. Ireland, p.112). This involves supervised practicum which plays a crucial role in the formation of ECEC graduates, equipping them to meet the demands of their…

Developing CAPITAL (Curriculum Advancement for Psychology in Teaching, Assessment and Learning)

The purpose of this T&L initiative is to enhance curricular developments in the field of psychology that build on the strong elements of teaching, learning, and assessment that are already present in our existing programmes. The project aims to: 1. Embed new, innovative and evidence-based practices in the teaching, learning, and assessment of psychology 2.…

Developing a Self-study of Teacher Education Practice (S-STEP) Hub: Improving Teaching & Learning

The aim of this T&L initiative is to develop an S-STEP hub within MIC that informs and enhances teaching and learning. The initiative objectives are to: • Improve teaching and learning by establishing inter-disciplinary collaboration and feedback processes that inform innovation in teaching, thereby enhancing students’ learning experiences • Foster a culture of sharing and…

Enhancing Teaching and Learning through collaborative engagement and dissemination of best practice

Since 2014, the Teaching and learning Unit at CIT has developed a number of Institute wide T&L initiatives designed to enhance the educational experience of students and the professional development of staff. Specifically, we have supported projects across multiple departments, schools and faculties with over 100 education-based development projects funded since 2015. These initiatives have…

Enhancing Intercultural Communication with scenario-based online resources.

This T&L initiative aims to enhance the teaching of Intercultural Communication (ICC) at undergraduate and graduate levels, by implementing a student-centred approach using innovative online resources. Our team programme clearly identified ICC as an area that needs enhancements in terms of content, method of delivery & assessment in order to be offered, not only at…

The ZOEA Initiative (Zoology Observed through an Educational lens)

The need for this initiative: Increases in class sizes and the number of 5 credit modules has led to a decrease in the amount of practical skills available to zoology students. Yet, zoology is a hands-on discipline. Aims and objectives: Through this T&L initiative, the ZOEA Programme aims to create a voluntary ‘hands-on’ learning environment…

Experiential learning for dispute resolution: Developing a curriculum for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) skills, theory, and practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has become an integral part of national (Arbitration Act 2010; Mediation Act 2017; Labour Relations Commission) and international (UNCITRAL Model Law; ADR Directive 2013) legal practice. There is a demand for ADR to be taught in law schools, with a heightened emphasis on developing core lawyering skills (e.g. negotiation), which are…

VISIONING THE FUTURE: Artistic Doctorates in Creative Practice

This T&L initiative focuses on developing innovative integrated pedagogies, support structures and protocols for Artistic Doctorates in Creative Practice within Ireland. Artistic Doctorates are practice-based PhDs that include artistic practice, on an equal footing with critical writing. There is currently no nationally recognised pedagogical protocol related to Artistic Doctorates within Ireland, and this application represents…

Enhanced Active LEarning in Virology, cell culture and moleculAr bioTEchnology (ELEVATE)

Innovative approaches to implement active/performative learning in Cell Culture and Molecular Biotechnology (MB) are urgently needed (The case for supporting Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing in Ireland, NIBRT 2018; National Skills Bulletin, 2017). At local level, this is highlighted via student feedback and external examiner reviews. Industry stakeholders and government policy reports have also documented…

Teaching Environmental Law for Policy Innovation and Impact

Based in the Centre for Law and the Environment at UCC, this T&L initiative will involve the design, development and testing of a series of innovative models of experiential learning in the field of environmental law and policy. The models are intended to be transferable to other areas of law and beyond the discipline of…