Work-based Assessment Webinar “Exploring the Challenge of Consistency”

“Exploring the Challenge of Consistency ” is the second Work-based Assessment (WBA) webinar brought to you by the National Forum and partner, QQI. During the first webinar some main key challenges were identified by the participants, i.e. consistency/reliability, feedback, authenticity. The most common theme identified was consistency and reliability in the work experience context.

This webinar from the WBA partnership explores what is meant by the term ‘consistency’ in work-based assessment. It examines if the causes of inconsistency differ in the varied placement contexts. Attendees also explore what are student experiences of consistency and also considers how the sector addresses the area of consistency going forward, initial thoughts.

The Webinar will be of interest to all those involved in work placement or work-based assessment including: academic staff, careers officers, students, employers, internship managers, educational developers/technologist and those involved in managing apprenticeships, work experience placements and professional placements.

The third event in the 2020 Work-based Assessment event series will be a national symposium focused on Practice and Policies – Actions for Sectoral Change which takes place on line on 19 November 2020.

Professional Development Open Course Development Process

The purpose of this guide is to explain the National Forum’s professional development (PD) open course design and development process and to provide guidance on good practice for collaborating development teams. This document should be read by the full development team to inform their open course development proposal and preparation for delivery.

Work-based Assessment (WBA): Exploring Critical Issues and Sharing Solutions

This webinar explores what is understood as WBA in the Irish context, focuses on the shared assessment challenges and opportunities across the different contexts and discusses some key practice insights on WBA before inviting participants to highlight critical issues to probe further.

This WBA webinar is the first in a webinar and national symposium series hosted by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI),

Webinar: Creating and Sharing Open Educational Resources (OER)

A National Forum webinar “Creating and Sharing OER” took place on 28 May 2020. The webinar explored how to share resources that you have developed as open educational resources (OER) in order to facilitate sharing and reuse by others.

Catherine Cronin, Strategic Education Developer at the National Forum, facilitated the webinar and guest speakers Orna Farrell (Dublin City University), Iain MacLaren (National University of Ireland, Galway) and Gearóid O Súilleabháin (Cork Institute of Technology) shared their experiences of creating OER for previous projects funded by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund. The speakers discussed the use of Creative Commons licences, factors to consider when choosing a licence, and the advantages of openly licensing resources for reuse and remixing by others.

Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey Report Launch Event

The National Forum, in partnership with higher education institutions across the country, held an online launch of the INDEx Report on 7 May 2020.

In autumn 2019, as part of the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey, 25,484 students and 4,445 staff who teach across 34 Irish higher education institutions shared their digital experiences in order to inform and influence the future enhancement of digital teaching and learning in Irish higher education. The tagline for the INDEx Survey, ‘Let’s see where we are so we can build our future together’, reflected the collaborative and focused intentions behind the Survey.

During a time of great change, the INDEx Survey findings provide a unique record of the digital experiences of a diverse range of students and staff in higher education nationally – an important benchmark for our sector.