We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for this year’s National Seminar Series (2017/2018). The National Seminar series gives many of those working in higher education the opportunity to connect with colleagues throughout the sector and to focus on shared interests in both the research and practice of teaching and learning enhancement. The series also creates opportunities to hear from national and international experts in different areas of teaching and learning. Details from previous NSS seminars (2013-2017) are available on the National Forum website, including details on how to follow up with organisers, links to seminar recordings and other available resources.
This year‚ the seminar series will have two funding streams.
Funding Stream 1
Assessment OF/FOR and AS Learning
The National Forum’s current enhancement theme which is: Assessment OF, FOR and AS Learning has been extended to December 2018 to continue the debate on the challenges, tensions, balances in these purposes of assessment. This funding stream will support seminars that enable the ongoing discussions across the sector in relation to assessment to continue. In particular, it will support conversations around:
- work-based assessment
- students as partners in assessment
- programme approaches to assessment.
Useful resources to support these conversations include: A new resource on programme approaches to enhancing assessment and feedback (This will be available in full on the NF website and also through a dedicated web space (https://tinyurl.com/NFprogramme) from July 2017).
National Forum Insights:
- Students as Partners in Assessment
- Expanding our Understanding of Assessment and Feedback in Irish Higher Education
- Authentic Assessment in Irish Higher Education
- Insight on Profile of Assessment Practices in Higher Education
Funding Stream 2
Building Capacity through Professional Development
Following the publication of the National Professional Development Framework for all those who teach in Higher Education the National Forum has continued to work in partnership with the Professional Development Expert Advisory Group on 22 PD national pilot studies across the higher education sector, and on the development of a National PD Recognition Framework. A dedicated PD Portal on the National Forum website which will comprise a range of resources for the sector, will be launched in September 2017. In order to support the continued implementation of the Professional Development Framework across the sector, this funding stream will support seminars that enable:
- middle and senior management to become familiar with the professional development framework in order to make informed, forward-thinking decisions about T&L in their HEIs
- discipline/programme teams to use the framework to identify training needs and goals as a means to develop staff capacity for change
- networking and peer learning opportunities guided by the framework for those who are engaged in their own continuous professional development.
It is anticipated that the National Seminar Series 2017/2018 will include up to 30 seminars. Funded seminars will reflect the broad range of issues associated with assessment OF, FOR and AS learning and building capacity through professional development. In the case of multiple submissions that deal with similar topics, we will fund the submission that best meets the application criteria. We look forward to seminars that give those involved in higher education the space and opportunity to continue to meet and discuss with colleagues across the country. Note that only submissions that meet the application criteria identified below will be considered for funding.
To submit an application for the 2017/2018 national seminar series, please click on the application button below.
The form is also available as a word document. If you are submitting your application as a word document please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct any queries to email@example.com with the subject line, National Seminar Series 2017/18.