ATLAS: Mapping Tool and Consultation Pack

ATLAS is a bespoke mapping tool and consultation pack developed to support educational developers in interpreting the PD framework within the context of existing accredited provision in their institution, with a view to examining and addressing specific staff professional development needs.

All Aboard: Digital Skills in Higher Education

A simple, fun way of thinking about digital skills (in the form of a Metro Map) with shared lessons and learning materials that anyone can access online promoted the use of ‘digital badges’ across a range of applications including, of course, digital skills. Developed in partnership with many organisations and groups, including supporting student engagement projects. All Aboard has championed a focus on confidence, empowerment, identity, and wellbeing.

TELU: Open online resources for teaching with technology

TELU is a collection of free online courses, specifically designed to help educators to get the most out of technology, which can support and enhance teaching and learning.
It’s a natural response to the rapidly growing complexity of technology, and of learning, maintained by teachers to make sure the best, most popular content is always just a click away.

TELU features over 150 courses, each designed by experienced educators and designers and curated into easy-to-use, meaningful channels.

Social Policy Education: Enhancing Digital Skills (SPEEDS)

The SPEEDS project sought to expand social policy educators’ digital capacities and improve their confidence in integrating digital skills into curricula. Social policy educators were partnered with learning technologists within each of the partner institutions as they implemented the National Professional Development Framework, with a particular focus on enhancing digital skills. A spiky profile tool was developed to map the digital skills of participating educators, and group and individual training was provided as needed. Educators were transformed into ‘Digital Champions’ whose journeys were documented throughout the process. This provided a map for others who wish to follow in their footsteps.

National Professional Development Framework: Domains

The PD Framework identifies five distinct areas to assist staff to explore how they may structure their professional and personal development as teachers. These areas are called domains. The flexible structure of the Framework means that an individual or group may start with any of the five domains, as they complement each other. Engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning is an underlying component of each of the five domains.

National Professional Development Framework

Ireland’s first framework to support the professional development of those who teach across the sector was published by the National Forum in 2016. It is underpinned by a set of core values and provides a structured outline of professional development activities for teaching and learning within the sector.

National Professional Development Framework: Values

An explanatory video of the five core values underpinning staff engagement with professional development: Inclusivity, Authenticity, Collaboration, Scholarship, Learner-centredness. The values reflect the aims of the PD Framework on empowering and encouraging staff, enhancing the learning experience and contributing to quality in teaching and learning in Irish Higher Education.