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
Ireland’s National Professional Development Framework Summary Findings of the Initial Implementation
Ireland’s first national professional development framework (PD Framework) for all who teach in
Irish higher education was launched in 2016, following a period of extensive consultation across
the sector. An initial implementation (pilot study) was conducted during the academic year 2016-
2017, involving 230 staff from universities, institutes of technology and private colleges across 22
groups. This report presents findings from this initial implementation stage of the PD Framework.
The National Forum’s 2016-18 Enhancement Theme focused on Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning in Irish higher education. In addition, a recent National Forum project focused on Enabling Policies for Digital Teaching and Learning (National Forum, 2018a). This Forum Insight draws on the findings from these two National Forum projects, to inform and encourage discussion around assessment policies in Irish higher education.
This Forum Insight outlines eight steps involved in developing an enabling policy for digital teaching and learning.
A Review of the Existing Higher Education Policy Landscape for Digital Teaching and Learning in Ireland
This review maps the policy landscape for digital teaching and learning across higher education in Ireland, describing existing perspectives and practices and explaining how policies can enable excellent practice.
This Forum Insight serves as a quick guide to some of the legal obligations arising from the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the data protection legislation that becomes enforceable across the EU from 25 May 2018.
The guide provides a stepped approach to developing an enabling policy for digital teaching and learning.
Following the format of most National Forum initiatives and reports, the guide was developed following consultation across the sector in conjunction with a review of policies in Ireland and abroad.
This infographic captures the work undertaken in 2017 to implement the national framework in Professional Development for all who teach in higher education.
Ireland’s Higher Education Technical Infrastructure: A Review of Current Context, with Implications for Teaching and Learning Enhancement
This report provides a detailed snapshot of the current state-of-play of the technology infrastructure which supports teaching and learning in Irish higher education. The review seeks to enhance and inform the work of the National Forum in assisting Irish higher education institutions in their efforts to achieve a coherent digital future.