Webinar: What is the Future for the Assessment of Learning through Final Examinations? Part 1

Few areas of teaching and learning were more under the spotlight in recent months than assessment. Across institutional communities, the experience of selecting and designing alternative assessments had a number of impacts on attitudes and intentions for the future. This webinar shared and debated a range of perspectives from students, staff, senior managers and other stakeholders on assessment of learning through a final examination.

Webinar: Building a Shared Understanding of Agile Curricula. Part 1

The concept of agile curricula has come to prominence in recent years, not least through the HEA’s recent Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3, which is set to see an investment of €197 million over the 5-year period, 2020 to 2024. Aligning with the significant related work on which institutions are now embarking, this webinar begins a national conversation on how we understand the concept of an agile curriculum and what can be learned and shared across related projects and initiatives at national level.

Webinar: Using OER and OEP for Teaching and Learning

The potential benefits of using open educational resources and practices (OER and OEP) in higher education include improving access, furthering equity and enhancing teaching, learning and assessment. The National Forum supports the use of OER and OEP in a range of ways (see www.teachingandlearning.ie/open). This webinar will be helpful to staff across the sector who are interested in further exploring and supporting the use of OER and OEP in their own contexts.

Webinar: The INDEx Survey: A Challenging and Rewarding Journey

On 25 November 2020, the National Forum hosted a webinar ‘Implementing the INDEx Survey: National and international collaboration, and looking to the future’. The webinar was chaired by Oliver Janoschka, director of Hochshulforum Digitalisierung (HFD). Terry Maguire and Catherine Cronin described key lessons learned by the National Forum after the implementation of the INDEx Survey in 2019-20 (as described in the recent briefing paper). An esteemed panel of guest speakers, Georgi Dimitrov (European Commission), Christien Bok (SURF) and Florian Rampelt (HFD), reflected on these lessons in a broader European digital education context, particularly in relation to the recently published Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027.

Work-based Assessment: Getting to Grips with Policies and Practices

This event builds on learning from conversations that have taken place during and around the series’ preceding webinars and provides an opportunity to consider actions for sectoral change. It draws together international and national experts, key resources, case studies and uses a series of interactive approaches to interrogate this topic across the range of different work-based learning contexts.

Webinar: Data Literacy, Privacy and Protection in Higher Education

At this event, key INDEx findings in relation to data privacy and data protection, informed by close to 30,000 students and staff who teach from across Irish higher education, are summarised and then explored with respect to teaching and learning, institutional policies, digital and data literacies, and student-staff partnership. Considering the importance of institutions’ GDPR obligations and concerns about personal data privacy more broadly, it is important to ensure students’ data privacy and protection, to communicate clearly to the institutional community regarding related protective measures that are in place, and to support both staff and students with the necessary knowledge and resources. With just half of students agreeing that their institution protected their data privacy, fewer than a third agreeing that they were informed about how their personal data was stored and used, and half of all staff who teach agreeing that they were informed about their responsibilities with regard to managing learner data securely, the INDEx findings suggest that additional work is required on this issue.

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 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.

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.