Pandemic Pedagogy: The impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning at UCC

The impact of UCC’s Certificate/Diploma/Masters in Teaching and Learning on teaching staff has been evidenced at a local level through participants’ self-reflective portfolios and end of semester evaluations. However, co-ordinators of these programs have not had the opportunity to disseminate this evidence. Recommendations from the Quality Review Panel’s report point to the need for “quantifiable…

ELUCiDATA – Experiential Learning Using natural heritage Collections and Data

The School of BEES has extensive collections of zoological, geological and botanical material with potential value as a learning resource for students. Unfortunately, these important collections (with essential associated data) are difficult to access as they are stored in cramped conditions and are inadequately labelled. Our current students need an easily accessible collection of specimens/data…

Harnessing the power and potential of adolescent brain and behaviour for enhanced learning, wellbeing and student success: the interdisciplinary creation and piloting of an innovative online digital badge (DB) for higher education academic and academic support services staff

Bookended by puberty and culturally defined adult roles, it is now accepted that adolescence extends from 10-24 years, meaning that the majority of undergraduates are still adolescents, without fully developed cognitive, social, emotional and self-regulatory capacities. With the curriculum as the only point of guaranteed contact between a HEI and its students, under this T&L…

Students as partners in a Social Justice learning environment

Social Justice is a new, interdisciplinary university subject, with two undergraduate programmes at UCD. Student participation is crucial to the programmes’ ethos but is under-developed in practice. This T&L initiative employs the DELTA framework to systematically reflect on and enhance Social Justice teaching and learning practice pertaining to students as partners (SAP). It is structured…

Supporting Teaching and Learning of Open Research Principles and Practices

Accessible, student-centred, evidence-based open research education will enhance student capacity to implement open research practices. Open research involves increasing transparency and accessibility across all research stages and is recognised as best practice. There is a critical need for education on principles and practices of open research explicitly for undergraduate and masters students, with complementary content…

Embedding virtual reality (VR) radiography training to enhance the student learning experience.

The aim of this T&L initiative is to embed a virtual reality (VR) radiography simulator throughout the Radiography programmes to enhance skills development and provide improved feedback opportunities. Obtaining expertise is directly linked to the time devoted to practice of such skills, however, the current pedagogical approach could be enhanced through the use of VR…

Medication safety: inter-professional teaching and learning using simulation

This T&L initiative identifies that there is an urgent need to develop an alternative approach to the teaching of medication safety, one that recognises the need for integration between disciplines. Medication error is the most preventable cause of patient harm. Over 20% of patients in Cork hospitals experience medication error. Poor communication between doctors, pharmacists…

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…