32 projects were funded across 25 Irish higher education institutions through the National Forum’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund from 2014 to 2018. These projects involved over 400 members of the Irish higher education community working collaboratively to engage a further 12,500 senior managers, staff and students in the enhancement of teaching and learning over a five-year period. This Forum Insight outlines lessons learned from a review of the impact of these projects regarding how impact can best be achieved, sustained, captured and communicated within the context of teaching and learning in higher education.
There is a wide range of thinking in terms of how impact can be identified, captured and communicated effectively. This Forum Insight introduces some key evidence-based considerations regarding impact within the context of teaching and learning in higher education. The Insight is based on an extensive review of the literature related to impact, key examples of which have been included.
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.
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 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.
On Monday 12 November 2018, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education jointly hosted an event bringing together representatives from the higher education and training sector to discuss the assessment of learners and learning. This insight shares some key themes arising from discussion during that assessment event.
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 Forum Insight summarises a systematic review of literature, exploring 65 peer-reviewed publications in the area of technology-enhanced assessment, with a particular focus on staff experiences of various related approaches. The study was funded by the National Forum, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, and was conducted by researchers at Trinity College Dublin.
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.