Learning Analytics Benefits for Institutions

Learning analytics enables institutions to leverage their data, a resource which is already available and abundant, to realise a variety of outcomes including augmenting student learning, enhancing the student experience, increasing students’ engagement with their studies and improving retention. This Insight is intended for HE senior managers and all who wish to gain a greater understanding of the potential applications of learning analytics.

Profile of Assessment Practices in Irish Higher Education

This report aims to inform the current enhancement theme of the National Forum by profiling documented assessment practices across a sample of 30 undergraduate degree programmes. Further, the study aims to explore whether and how assessment practices differ between fields of study and to share insights regarding students’ experiences of assessment across Irish higher education.

Students as Partners

This Forum Insight aims to give both students and staff some initial thoughts on how they can facilitate students to become partners in the assessment process. It builds on the outputs of a workshop organised in partnership between the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. It presents both ideas that students have some control over and ideas that staff could consider in their assessment designs.

Reaching Out: Why Students Leave

This briefing paper reports on a research project established by the National Forum in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland, which aimed to inform our understanding of why some students do not progress to the completion of their programmes of study in higher education and to determine how best to support students in their transitions into and through higher education. The study examined, through surveys and interviews, the motivations and experiences of 331 students who did not complete their programmes of study in higher education. The briefing paper adds to the growing evidence base about the challenges that students face in their transitions into and through higher education in Ireland.