The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, today (Friday 1 September) celebrated the completion of the pilot phase of Ireland’s first ever Professional Development Framework for all staff who teach in Higher Education. The National Framework aims to empower individuals, institutions and networks in the higher education sector to engage in meaningful personal and professional development, which will contribute to the enhancement of the student learning experience.
The Professional Development Framework puts in place a clear mechanism to give structure, focus and support to individual academic staff to assist them in directing and driving their own personal professional development. The requirement for such a framework is essential to promote a culture of sustainable engagement for teaching professionals. The pilot implementation involved 22 groups, comprising 230 educators from around the country with representatives from universities, institutes of technology and private colleges all taking part.
Speaking at the celebration event today, Dr. Terry Maguire, Director of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning said, “I would like to pay special tribute to each of the participants from across the sector who took part in this pilot programme. Their engagement and insights will provide us with valuable information that will allow us to take the Personal Development Framework forward to the next stage, providing all teaching staff in the sector with a clear path to meaningful professional development.”
Dr. Maguire concluded by saying, “So much of our time is devoted to teaching students, preparing classes, assessing student work, and doing research, that there can be little time left to consider how we can develop ourselves. For the first time, the Personal Development Framework is countering this and placing professional development at the core of our career development and aspirations.”
A key feature of the Framework is its flexibility, using five domains, each of which is applicable to a wide number of staff roles and career stages. It focuses on setting objectives and charting progress to enable Professional Development to be adopted as part of an overall career journey.
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For further press information contact:
Mairead Mallon, Communications, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, M: 086 1438694
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills in November 2012. The role of the Forum is to enhance the teaching and learning for all students in higher education.
Engaging with leaders, managers, teachers and students, the Forum mobilises expertise and inputs from across the entire sector to extend and shape best practice in all institutes of higher education in Ireland.