Institute T&L updates

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.

Teachers from LIN Institutions have been short listed for the Teaching Experts Awards due to be presented on Thursday 10 December at Dublin Castle. 

The National Teaching Expert Awards in Higher Education 2015 mark the culmination of The National Summit on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2015. This event recognises, celebrates and awards outstanding teaching at a national level in Ireland’s higher education sector.

The awards acknowledge and endorse prominent thinkers, researchers, leaders and professionals teaching and learning across all disciplines in Irish Higher Education.

The individuals short listed are: 

The teams short listed are:

Congratulation to those short listed. It shows the depth and strength of teaching in the Institutes of Technology and DIT. Gerry Gallagher is the Dundalk IT member of the LIN Coordination Group. 

Best wishes to all for the event on 10 December. 

2014-2015 has been a very busy year for the Learning and Teaching Unit in the Athlone Institute of Technology.  The LIN Postgraduate Diploma in Learning, Teaching and Assessment underwent an “exceptional review” in November in keeping with the recommendations of the validation panel in 2011. The updated programme was presented by the Business School as part of its portfolio for programmatic review with all amendments approved. In addition the impact of the programme was noted by the expert programmatic review panels for each of the schools of business, engineering and science. To date in AIT, 19 participants (14 AIT, 5 External) have been awarded the postgraduate diploma, and 369 modules or special purpose awards were successfully completed (AIT 244, External 125).

During this academic year we offered the following special purpose awards: Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning, Certificate in Action Research for Educators and the Certificate in Inclusive Practice. Participants were from AIT, other IoTs and from universities in Ireland and China.

On May 19th 2015, ten participants from AIT, GMIT and IADT commenced the mandatory capstone module for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Learning, Teaching and Assessment. All accumulated 55ECTS at level nine using a personal flexible pathway, undertaking accredited CPD in a selection of the following institutes: AIT, DIT, GMIT, IADT, LIT, WIT, DCU and NUIG. The flexible pathway which is underpinned by the LIN professional values was designed to meet the needs of teaching and support staff at different career stages.

For further details of all our CPD offerings contact landt@ait.ie

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.

At DkIT, the development of excellence in learning and teaching is led by our Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and our Student Learning and Development Centre. An essential element in enhancing learning and teaching has been the offering of a professional development pathway through our Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching. Since 2010, over 75 staff members have participated in this programme, with a further 20 commencing in February 2015, thus contributing to the development of a community and culture of good practice, which, in turn, enhances our students’ experiences. The programme, in which reflective practice grounded in scholarship is a key component, consists of five one-semester modules. In the final module, participants produce a piece of research in the form of a journal paper. This has significantly increased the level of research activity and engagement with scholarship in the area of learning and teaching within the Institute. Also, for the first time a group of colleagues from second level and further education in the North East will undertake the first two modules of the programme which comprise the Certificate in Learning and Teaching, with the possibility of progressing to the Masters.

CELT also organises regular learning and teaching master classes and workshops for academic staff. Recent events have included topics such as the Ethics of SOTL, writing assessment criteria, writing for publication as well as a suite of workshops in the area of technology-enhanced learning. The Centre offers training to programme teams and supports colleagues in attending external CPD events. Colleagues are also supported in applying for and organising seminars in conjunction with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.