Institute news

Teaching and learning at IADT is led by the Teaching and Learning Subcommittee of Academic Council. The T&L Committee:

The committee is chaired by Dr Therese Moylan Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship.  In 2015-2016 the committee is exploring community and civic engagement as part of the IADT strategic plan. Information about the committee and its membership is here. The committee reports annually to Academic Council.

Staff development for teaching and learning has a number of strands. There are regular staff development workshops as required. The Institute educational technologist runs workshops and clinics for staff on the Institute VLE Blackboard. On 4 September 2015 the dedicated staff development day for teaching and learning was well received.

The Institute has validated a number of special purpose awards and modules from the LIN Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning at Athlone Institute of Technology. These include:

  • Certificate in Learning and Teaching
  • Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation and
  • Certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning.

In 2015-2016 there are 8 students on the Certificate in Learning and Teaching, and 6 students on the Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation. We have staff from a range of programmes and we are delighted to be joined by colleagues from Sallynoggin College of Further Education and St Nicholas Montessori College. We are running the Certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning from February to June 2016.

IADT and LIN AIT Postgraduate Diploma

IADT is delighted that Cliona Flood and Joachim Pietsch from the Department of Technology and Psychology were awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching at Athlone Institute of Technology in September 2015. Congratulations to them both. They join David Quin from the Department of Film and Media as graduates of the diploma.

IADT and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

IADT is delighted to be a member of the National Forum. Our NF associates are Dr Therese Moylan and Dr Andrew Power IADT Registrar. Dr Marion Palmer Head of Department of Technology and Psychology is a member of the National Forum Board.  

IADT is leading Digital Skills in Action a 2015 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund project with colleagues from Marino Institute of Education, National College of Art and Design, UCD and TCD. The project leads to a Technology Enhance Learning week across the five institutions in March 2016. This TEL week will showcase how digital skills are embedded into everyday teaching and learning practice. It links to the All Aboard Digital Skills framework.

For further information about teaching and learning at IADT click here.

LIN congratulates all the teaching experts recognised  at the National Forum Teaching Experts Awards on Thursday 10 December 2015 at the Printworks, Dublin Castle. It was a great event and good to see the best higher education teachers nominated by their institutions recognised nationally. 

On the night there were seven special commendations as shown. Congratulations to those commended, particularly our LIN colleagues from Dundalk IT. 

 

Category

Commended

Designing and Implementing Connected Learning

Prof Sheila Ryder, Trinity College Dublin

Enabling Student Agency

Colm Kelleher, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Bridging Non-Traditional Transitions

Prof Anne Drummond, University College Dublin,

Utilising an Holistic Approach to Students and their Learning

Ciaran O’Sullivan, Institute of Technology Tallaght

Transcending Knowledge Transfer

The TEN Team, Maynooth University (Prof Anne Ryan; Dr Bernie Grummell; Dr Conor Murphy; Prof Martin Downes; Maggie Noone)

Building Digital Capacity

Brian Coll and Dr John Donovan, Institute of Technology Sligo

Facilitating Systemic Cultural Change

The MALT Teaching Team, Dundalk Institute of Technology (Bernadette Brereton; Gerry Gallagher; Angela Short),

 

The 2015 individual teaching experts are:

  • Prof Anne Drummond, University College Dublin.
  • Colm Kelleher, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.
  • Dr Elaine Doyle, University of Limerick.
  • Dr Karen Doyle, NUI Galway.
  • Dr Michel Dugon, NUI Galway.
  • Prof Sheila Ryder, Trinity College Dublin.
  • Marie O’Dwyer, Waterford Institute of Technology.
  • Dr David Wraith, Maynooth University.
  • Ciaran O’Sullivan, Institute of Technology Tallaght.
  • Dr Ciara O’Toole, University College Cork,
  • Dr Orla Murphy, University College Cork.

The 2015 team teaching experts are:

  • The College Liaison Librarian Team, University College Dublin (Susan Boyle; Jenny Collery; Michelle Dalton; Peter Hickey; James Molloy; Carmel Norris and Diarmuid Stokes).
  • Dr Anne Dolan and Anne Marie Morrin, Mary Immaculate College.
  • The TEN Team, Maynooth University (Prof Anne Ryan; Dr Bernie Grummell; Dr Conor Murphy; Prof Martin Downes; Maggie Noone)
  • Brian Coll and Dr John Donovan, Institute of Technology Sligo.
  • The MALT Teaching Team, Dundalk Institute of Technology (Bernadette Brereton; Gerry Gallagher; Angela Short), 

 

Waterford Institute of Technology, through its School of Lifelong Learning and Education, provides a range of accredited professional development opportunities in the broad area of teaching and learning for Institute staff and for external colleagues working in a range of educational settings and sectors. For those wishing to attain Level 9 qualifications, programmes on offer range from the general MA in Education and the MA in Management in Education (MAME) to the specifically teaching focused MA in Learning and Teaching in Further and Higher Education (MALT). A number of individual modules from these programmes, including Practical Pedagogy, Research Supervision Skills, and Blended Learning, are also offered as part of the Institute’s staff CPD programme. The Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, which also sits within the School, supports the School’s role in staff CPD and delivery of a more responsive flexible curriculum using technology.

For those interested in shorter courses in specific areas, WIT provides a range of Special Purpose Awards at a variety of levels: these include Level 9 awards in Assessment and Evaluation and in Mentoring, both of which are recognised as part of the LIN PG Diploma pathway, and Level 6 awards in Practical Teaching and Learning Strategies and in Adult Literacy Studies. For colleagues wishing to register with the Teaching Council as further education teachers, accredited teacher education programmes for this sector are offered at both Level 8 and Level 9. In addition, applications from individuals wishing to pursue doctoral research in education will be welcomed and considered at any time. For further information on the programmes mentioned above and on all programmes offered by the School of Lifelong Learning and Education at WIT, visit our website.