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.
An overview of the professional development framework for all staff who teach in higher education
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.
This infographic captures the work undertaken in 2017 to implement the national framework in Professional Development for all who teach in higher education.
The National Professional Development Framework Initial Implementation: Forum Insight for HR Managers
This Forum Insight outlines a key strand of the workplan of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning – the formation and early implementation of the National Professional Development Framework (PDF) for all who teach in Irish higher education (HE).
This insight aims to build a common understanding of recognition of prior learning for Irish higher education. Building on existing good practice, it explains the various forms of learning that can be recognised and outlines the conditions which can assist staff to ensure that the potential of every student to succeed is optimised.
This document describes the newly articulated National Professional Development Framework for all staff who teach in Irish higher education. The framework provides guidance for the professional development (PD) of individuals and gives direction to other stakeholders (e.g. institutions, higher education networks, educational/academic developers, policy makers and student body representatives) for planning, developing and engaging in professional development activities.
This report presents a conceptual model for professional development, based on the findings of a comprehensive national consultation process. It highlights the sector’s understanding of professional development, identifies some underlying values for the model and suggestions some teaching and learning domains for structuring the process. It presents some of the ideas and challenges for the model’s implementation and it concludes with some next steps in the professional development process.
A Snapshot of Non-Accredited Continuing Professional Development for those who Teach in Irish Higher Education
This is the third of three snapshot reports arising from the professional development consultation document: Mapping Professional Development Pathways for those who Teach in Higher Education. The purpose of these report is to provide focused in-depth coverage of key topics; accredited, non-accredited and disciplinary engagement with professional development.
The aim of this series of reports is to give readers the opportunity to delve selectively or comprehensively into the underpinning research and benchmarking activity that has informed the proposals and options outlined in the professional development consultation document. Based on structured data-gathering and analysis as well as active engagement with key personnel across the sector, these snapshot reports allow the current arrangements for professional development in Irish higher education to be described and interpreted further in the context of prevailing research literature. This report gives an overview of the non-accredited continuing professional development (CPD) activity currently delivered across the sector.
A Snapshot of International and National Disciplinary Intiatives for Enhancing Teaching and Learning
This is the first of three snapshot reports arising from the professional development consultation document: Mapping Professional Development Pathways for Those who Teach in Higher Education. As indicated by the term snapshot, these reports provide focused in-depth coverage of key topics; accredited, non-accredited and disciplinary engagement with professional development.