The Forum hosted a panel discussion on March 10th to address questions raised by the recently published report ‘Strategic and Leadership Perspectives on Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education’ . This report was written by Jim Devine who was commissioned by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The panel discussion was facilitated by Jim Devine.
Other panel members included:
Professor John O’Halloran, VP, Teaching and Learning UCC
Professor Vincent Cunnane, President, IT Sligo
Dr Fiona Farr, Dean of Teaching and Learning, UL
Dr Larry McNutt,TU4Dublin support team
Professor Mark Brown, Director of the NIDL, DCU
Panel Members each responded to one of the following questions with the aim of debating how, from a leadership perspective, we could move these issues forward as a sector:


  1. How can an appropriate focus on ‘new modes’ of teaching and learning be systematically integrated into existing academic quality assurance/enhancement processes? (Response by Dr Larry McNutt)
  2. Developing a shared vision and goals for digital learning nationally – is this a realistic aspiration/how might it be approached? (Response by Prof Mark Brown)
  3. What is the unit of change within HEIs (faculty/school/department) and what actions can be taken to improve team processes in designing or updating academic programmes? (Response by Dr Fiona Farr)
  4. What impact at institutional level should be expected from investment in CPD for academic staff (teaching, learning, learning design), and how would this impact be measured?(Response by Prof John O’Halloran)
  5. How can technology be used appropriately to provide flexibility and what kinds of learner stands to benefit most? (Response by Prof Vincent Cunnane)
  6. Are our HEIs ready for informed engagement with the international trend towards ‘analytics’ in HE? (Response by Jim Devine)

A summary of the discussion is available here: Panel Discussion Summary