INDEx Survey: Final Summary Report

This INDEx Survey Final Summary Report outlines how INDEx Survey findings provided a source of evidence for the initial response to the COVID crisis, have supported data-informed decision-making in multiple ways, and represent an important baseline of pre-COVID teaching, learning and digital experience.

Overview of the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027

This Forum Insight provides an overview of the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-27: Resetting education and training for the digital age (DEAP), published by the European Commission on 30 September 2020. The DEAP acknowledges the key enabling factors for effective digital education and presents a vision for enhancing digital teaching and learning and for improving digital literacy and skills at all levels of education. This Insight summarises the key points of the action plan and references related work in the Irish higher education sector.

Implementing the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey: A Challenging and Rewarding Journey

This briefing paper describes the process of collaboration and partnership behind the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey, which was completed by 24,484 students and 4,445 staff who teach at 32 higher education institutions in Ireland in autumn 2019. The paper shares the story behind the results that were published in May 2020 in the INDEx Survey Findings report. For more information see www.teachingandlearning.ie/index

How to Choose an Open Licence

How to Choose an Open Licence is the second guide in the National Forum OER/OEP Series: Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices. The first guide in the series was the National Forum Open Licensing Toolkit, published in 2019. The aim of these guides, and future guides in the series, is to provide practical information for anyone wishing to use open educational resources (OER) and/or open educational practices (OEP) in order to enhance teaching and learning.

This resource is licensed with a Creative Commons CC BY licence, meaning you are welcome to reuse and remix, as long as attribution is provided to the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. If you would like an editable version of this resource, please email open@teachingandlearning.ie.

The National Forum Open Licensing Toolkit

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 resource is licensed with a Creative Commons CC BY licence, meaning you are welcome to reuse and remix, as long as attribution is provided to the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. If you would like an editable version of this resource, please email open@teachingandlearning.ie.

Building Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education 2013-18

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.

Supporting Open Education in Irish 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.

National Survey on the Use of Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2014

Surrounded as we are by technologies, in almost every aspect of our lives, it is important that we are able to make sensible decisions about what works and what doesn’t work, about what facilitates and what encumbers and, importantly, about what inspires and encourages learning and creativity. This survey provides invaluable information about the current state of play in our institutions of higher education.

Strategic and Leadership Perspectives on Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education

This report, commissioned by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (National Forum), outlines strategic and leadership perspectives on building digital capacity across the Irish higher education sector. Conducted in tandem with the development of an extended roadmap focused on building digital capacity (to be published shortly), it explores and analyses leadership perspectives along with the stated strategic objectives of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) articulated in the Mission-based Performance Compacts (Compacts). This scoping exercise adds value by analysing the level of explication of digital capacity within institutions’ formal strategies, by exploring the differences and similarities between institutional types in this regard, and by gaining valuable senior management insights into some of the key challenges and opportunities that our institutions are grappling with when it comes to enhancing teaching and learning with digital technology.