The purpose of this Forum Insight is to give a concise overview of the development of a national understanding of student success in Irish higher education. This development is charted through national policy, institutional strategic priorities, insights from students and through ongoing discussions that capture the growing focus on student success as a driver of higher education over recent years. The overview is underpinned by a review of the current literature.
The National Forum Open Licensing Toolkit outlines the National Forum’s commitment to open licensing, which enables the creation and sharing of open educational resources. The toolkit provides a detailed description of Creative Commons (CC) licenses, the global standard for open licensing, as well as a 4-step guide to choosing, creating and adding CC licences to resources in order to make them OER, i.e. able to be shared, reused and adapted in different institutional, disciplinary and programme contexts.
This Forum Insight provides a short summary of the report, Building Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education 2013-18. Key developments in building digital capacity undertaken and coordinated by the National Forum are summarised in 5 areas: consulting across the sector and outlining a vision; understanding the digital landscape; structures and guidance frameworks; Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund projects; and perspectives of those who teach, learn and lead.
This National Forum Insight provides useful guidance for the development of Learning Analytics policies that underpin student success strategies. Based on the format of the National Forum’s Guide to Developing Enabling Policies for Digital Teaching and Learning, it outlines a number of key considerations institutions may wish to reflect in their analytics policies. It also includes links to Irish and international exemplar policies
This Strategy outlines the vision, mission and values of the National Forum. It also provides a high-level overview of the strategic priorities and the key strategic aims and activities planned up to December 2021.
This document provides a summary of the main inputs from the strategy consultation process and how we incorporated these into our 2019-21 Strategy.
This National Forum Insight provides those shaping policy in higher education institutions with useful guidance on the use of learner data as they develop strategies for student success. The Insight includes an overview of key considerations and stages in the strategic use of data for supporting student success. It also presents a list of helpful supporting resources.
An overview of the professional development framework for all staff who teach in higher education
This Forum Insight outlines the National Forum’s commitment to supporting open education principles, practices and policies in Irish higher education. In light of the growing development of open education across Europe and internationally, as well as the increasing urgency of supporting Irish higher education staff and students in an increasingly networked society, the need is clear. The National Forum Strategy 2019-21 includes a specific focus on supporting open education across all of our strategic priorities.
This report was informed by an interim review of building digital capacity, conducted by Dr Catherine Deegan from September 2016 to June 2017, by consultations with senior managers across Irish higher education, conducted by Dr Jim Devine in 2017 and by the work of the National Forum team during 2018