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November 2008

  1. 1. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 3 – November 2008Learning Innovation Network NewsletterACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL It is anticipated that each module will be designed in a flexible way which will include the use of case studies, group workDEVELOPMENT (APD) and online elements such as discussion fora. It is further anticipated that module development will build upon localSince our conference update, the design and specialisms and expertise.development of the Academic Professional Development(APD) programmes in Learning and Teaching has now The Learning Innovation Network will, it is hoped, become agot under way. The APD subgroup has been active again means of sharing and supporting these new modules into thethis month, both in face to face meetings (the subgroup future. It is envisaged that the LIN partners will pilot thesemet in Athlone on the 21st October for a full day new modules once they have been accredited and then carryworkshop) and online collaborative tasks. The workshop out a further full evaluation of said modules, to ensure thatsession in Athlone aimed to facilitate the collaborative they meet the needs of academic staff as well as being a costprocess underpinning the design and development of effective way to support appropriate academic professionalprogrammes within the different institutes of technology. development.Using the LIN APD model (10 ECTS, Level 9 - adopting ablended learning delivery approach), each module is The philosophy behind the APD course development is verybeing produced collaboratively and incorporates various much one of ‘collaboration’ and community. Through theamendments which were made as a result of the lessons sharing of experiences in the design and developmentlearnt from the pilot roll out of the DIT validated process and hopefully subsequent collaborative delivery ofprogrammes over 2008/2009. The design and modules, it is intended to create a sustainable model fordevelopment of these APDs has been broken down into capacity building across the IoT sector.two distinct phases: Phase I will have 3 APD modulesready for delivery in the 2nd semester of this academic Collaborative curriculum design appears to be a veryyear (Feb 2009), whilst Phase II will have modules ready interesting and challenging but worthwhile experience, andto be delivered in the 1st semester of the next academic this, LIN believes, reflects the feelings of all those involved inyear (Sept 2009). this process.In Feb 2009, 3 accredited modules in Learning and If you would like to have further information about theseTeaching will be developed in line with the LIN model. modules please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Noel FitzpatrickThese accredited modules will be made available for (noel.fitzpatrick@dit.ie)sharing across the wider IoT community. Currently, thelead institutions who are taking responsibility forvalidating the following modules, are; • Athlone Institute of Technology – AIT will be Inside this issue …………………………………... focusing on the Learning and Teaching APD in Higher Education, • Waterford Institute of Technology – WIT will be Academic Professional Development Page 1 focusing on the Assessment and Evaluation APD LIN Portal Page 2 LIN 2008 Conference Overview Page 2 • Institute of Technology Sligo – IT Sligo will be Recommended Read Page 3 focusing on the APD entitled Engaging in Eye on IT Carlow Page 4 Educational Research Practice. For your diary Page 5 LIN Picks Page 5 We need your help Page 5Each APD is being designed and developed with the help Quotable Quotes Page 6and assistance of other members of the Academic Contact us Page 6Programme Development subgroup (IADT, ITBlanchardstown, DIT, IT Tallaght, IT Carlow, Limerick IT,Letterkenny IT and GMIT). Page 1
  2. 2. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 3 – November 2008 LIN PORTAL 180 delegates gathered to listen to the various presentations, share experiences with fellow academics, network and be inspired to develop fresh new ideas. These 180 delegates The LIN portal of teaching and learning resources will comprised attendees, presenters, poster exhibitors and be dedicated to supporting academic staff in their companies. demanding and time consuming roles. In addition to being a resource of T&L materials, the LIN portal will The agenda for Friday, 10th also act as a tool for discussion and collaboration. October got off to a very lively The LIN portal will support the following five start with a Welcome Address functional areas; by Marion Coy (President of GMIT). This was followed by 1. Using the LIN portal to offer a wide range of the Opening Address from learning and teaching resources – The LIN portal Fergal Costello (HEA). will offer a wide range of teaching and learning resources to enhance the learning and Marion Coy Fergal Costello interaction experience for all stakeholders 2. Using the LIN portal to support different users – After Dr. Attracta Brennan and Dr. Noel To enable the LIN portal to support different Fitzpatrick had provided an Overview types of users (i.e. academic staff engaged in of LIN, Dr. Frank McMahon (Director of teaching, staff involved in research, management Academic Affairs, DIT) introduced the interested in keeping abreast of teaching and first keynote speaker – Prof. Ray Land, learning policies from a national and/or Professor of Higher Education and international perspective, department of Director of the Centre for Academic Education, HEA, third level educational advisors, Practice and Learning Enhancement educational suppliers etc.), it will be sufficiently Dr. Frank Mc Mahon (CAPLE) at the University of flexible to enable customization and Strathclyde, Glasgow UK. personalization of the look and feel in addition to the customization of extant and new content Prof. Land’s highly thought provoking 3. Using the LIN portal to support collaboration – presentation outlined and invited LIN stakeholders will have access to a range of discussion of a new conceptual collaborative tools framework to inform programme design 4. Using the LIN portal to support flexible learning – and assessment – that of threshold The LIN portal will be an efficient resource which concepts. Threshold concepts are will be available 24/7 and which will be akin to a portal, opening up a new and supportive yet unobtrusive for the user previously inaccessible way of thinking 5. Using the LIN portal to support access to a wide about something. They represent a range of supportive tools e.g. e-assessment transformed way of understanding, or tools, social networking tools, mind mapping interpreting, or viewing something, Prof. Ray Land tools etc. without which the learner cannot progress. As a consequence of If you would like further information on the LIN portal, comprehending a threshold concept there may thus be a please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Attracta transformed internal view of subject matter, subject Brennan (attracta.brennan@gmit.ie) landscape, or even world view. LIN 2008 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW The first annual LIN conference - ‘Fostering a Student Centred Learning Experience’- took place on the 10th October, 2008 in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The entire agenda of LIN 2008 was arranged around the following themes; o Innovations in Teaching and Learning o Working within a Modular Environment o Assessment within a Modular Environment Despite the inclement weather, the Conference Organising Committee were delighted to see a full attendance. LIN 2008 Page 2
  3. 3. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 3 – November 2008 Following a much needed The session rapporteurs - refreshment break where Rosemary Cooper (IT Tallaght), delegates were actively Anne Carpenter (IT Carlow) and encouraged to engage with Nuala Harding (AIT) - reported the poster exhibitors and back on the most salient points companies, Dr. Richard which had emerged from the Thorn - Director, Flexible parallel sessions. Gerry Murray Learning and Research at (IOTI) next summarised the Sarah Moore & Gerry Murray Institutes of Technology, coherence of the different themes Ireland - discussed and the overarching theme of the workforce education and conference itself. Dr. Richard Thorn lifelong learning. The first LIN conference was then closed by Brian Bennett (Registrar from IT Carlow). The breakout of delegates into the 3 parallel sessions A post conference survey was launched by the Conference commenced immediately after lunch. Each parallel Organising Committee on Oct. 20th. The objective of this survey session comprised 4 presentations. was to elicit feedback on delegates’ experiences of LIN 2008 in order to help the Conference Organising Committee make each successive conference better than the previous one. The Conference Organising Committee would like to thank; all of those who travelled to LIN 2008; those who both helped on the day and in the weeks preceding the conference and finally those who took the time to complete the post conference survey. LIN 2008 Conference Resources A gallery of photographs is available on; http://www.lin- ireland/com/gallery After the final Q&A sessions, the delegates reconvened in The following resources are also available on; the main suite to hear the http://www.lin-ireland.com/index.php?title=LIN_Conference last keynote speaker of the o The powerpoint presentations of the 3 keynote day - Prof. Sarah Moore, speakers Dean of Teaching and o Audio podcasts of all of the session speakers Learning at the University of Limerick. Prof. Moore looked Note : Video podcasts will be available within the next month at fresh approaches to rd learning in 3 level educational settings. Her Prof. Sarah Moore presentation drew on research and development in teaching and learning to discuss dynamics, RECOMMENDED READ climates and cultures that can promote active, creative, successful learning processes for both “Classroom Assessment Techniques : A Handbook for students and their teachers in 3rd level educational College Teachers” by Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia environments. Cross Recommended by Attracta Brennan In addition to explaining what classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are, how they work and how to get started using them, the heart of this practical book are the 50 classroom assessment techniques which are outlined. Each technique is introduced from the perspective of description, purpose, related teaching goals, and advice on implementation and analysis. Furthermore, examples are provided and suggestions are made on how to adapt and extend each CAT. LIN 2008 Page 3
  4. 4. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 3 – November 2008 ‘EYE’ on IT Carlow TEACHING AND Showcase of Innovations inDEVELOPING EMOTIONAL LEARNING CENTRE Teaching & LearningINTELLIGENCES IN LEARNERS In June 2008, the first The Teaching and Learning Centre Showcase of Innovations in was established by IT Carlow to foster Teaching and Learning tookIT Carlow is leading on a theme of the SIF 1 excellence in teaching and learning. place. This showcaseCONTINUE project to develop emotional disseminated and sharedcompetencies in learners. Developments to date In the last 2 years the Centre has innovative practices from theinclude : provided a comprehensive TLIF and SIF projects. The Accreditation of 18 staff in EI and provision of programme of academic professional initiative aimed to foster a EI competency coaching skills in ITC, ITB, IT development - 33 workshops and community of practice, centred Tallaght & IADT seminars, with over 500 participants. on teaching and learning and Teaching with Emotional Intelligence a SEDA These campus wide workshops and reflection on experiences in the recognised course delivered by Prof Alan seminars brought lecturers together to classroom. Mortiboys, Birmingham University for share ideas across subjects and academic staff to develop use of emotional disciplines. They also helped lecturers intelligence in teaching. to develop and improve their skills in teaching, learning and assessment Research study to assess the contribution of EI to 1st year learner academic performance Furthermore, the DIT P.G. Cert. & and retention rd Diploma in 3 Level Learning & Lead: Brian.Bennett@itcarlow Teaching are being delivered in ITResearch assistant: John.Sheehy@itcarlow.ie Carlow in outreach mode.PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING LIN & IT CARLOW(PBL) AT IT CARLOW Teaching & Learning Centre Staff IT Carlow is leading the developmentIT Carlow is joint lead with ITB on a theme of the and accreditation of a LIN funded eLearning in IT Carlow SIF 1 CONTINUE project to pilot module entitled Formative The NDLR has funded the PBL in selected programmes in Assessment and Feedback. This appointment of an eLearning Engineering, Computing & module will introduce academic staff Development Officer within the Business. to research and practice in formative Teaching & Learning Centre. assessment and feedback. The role will help the Institute Outputs of the project include to harness the power of development of problem pools, eLearning, integrating good teaching practices with new metrics and teaching LEARNING & approaches made possible by methodologies appropriate to PBLin various discipline areas. TEACHING internet and other technologies.Lead: David.Dennieffe@itcarlow.ie INITIATIVES Contact: Damien.Raftery@itcarlow.ie For more information on learning and Research on Teaching &TEACHING & LEARNING teaching initiatives contact: LearningINNOVATION FUND (TLIF) Anne Carpenter at Two research papers were anne.Carpenter@itcarlow.ie presented at AISHE by ITThe TLIF provided seed funding for learning and Carlow academics:teaching developments across the institute. To “Work on your ABS!” bythis end it supported, and publicised teaching -focused projects that were defined and John Fogarty, Gina Noonan,implemented by academic staff. 11 projects Department Communications &received awards under this initiative. Winner of the Silver Medal Business in the EuroSkills 2008 competition in Rotterdam “Academics’ and Students’ Science Student chosen to Perceptions of Assessment represent IT Carlow at the Purposes and Practices” by 50th London International Youth Science Forum 2008 Anne Carpenter Page 4
  5. 5. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 3 – November 2008 2nd December – Health Sciences Centre, UCDFOR YOUR DIARY 2nd National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR) symposiumLIN Key Events o Professor Ronald Barnett, Professor of Higher12th December - LIT Education at the Institute of Education, University ofEmpowering staff to support increasingly diverse Londonstudents needs with innovative uses of technology o Dr. Ahrash N Bissell, Executive Director, ccLearn,Workshop by Sal Cooke – Head of TechDis,JISC, UK. Creative CommonsSal will demonstrate and provide links to case studies and o Case Study presentations will be made by the NDLRresources from the many innovative projects that the JISC Communities of PracticeTechDis Service supports. o There will be two workshops facilitated by o Chris Pegler, The Open University – “ContextualisingAn invite will be sent to all IoTs within the next week, with Content across Communities: Using Social Tools tomore information regarding times and learning outcomes. Share Learning” and, o John Casey, TrustDR IPR and Jorum – “Inside Out:Contact Mary Fox (mary.fox@gmit.ie) to confirm your place at Exploring the implications of Adopting an Openthis workshop. Attendance is free but places are limited. Policy for Learning Resources”.W: http://www.lin-ireland.com/index.php?title=Workshops W : http://www.ndlr.ie/events/conference/index.phpOTHER LIN PICKS th th12 – 14 November - WITNAIRTL (National Academy for Integration of Research & LIN picks for this month’s issue include;Teaching & Learning) 2nd Annual conference “Teachingand Learning in Higher Education: Challenging TEACHABILITY websiteAssumptions” The Teachability project at the University of StrathclydeW:http://www.nairtl.ie promotes the creation of an accessible curriculum for students with disabilities through making freely available informative publications for academic staff.14th November – London, UK W : http://www.teachability.strath.ac.uk/What Really Limits Access: Exploring barriers to thinkingand engaging with people with learning and complexdisabilities INCLUSIVE TEACHINGW: http://www.tavi-port.org/conferences This site offers inclusive teaching strategies, by and for staff at Monash, to support students with learning disabilities or mental health conditions so that they have26th November – IT Blanchardstown equitable access to the learning environment at Monash.Teaching and Learning seminar – 1pm to 3.30pm W: http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/inclusivity/The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown will host aseminar detailing a number of innovations in the area ofteaching and learning. This seminar will be of interest to ECLIPSE CROSSWORDeducational practitioners in both 2nd and 3rd level who wish to Eclipse Crossword is easy to use free software thatshare ITB’s experience of the practical application of allows you to create professional looking crosswords,innovative pedagogical approaches. both as images for printing or as online interactive crossword puzzles – our thanks to Damien Raftery at ITThis seminar will showcase presentations on; Carlow for this recommendation o SECASE (Software Engineering Case Studies) W: http://www.eclipsecrossword.com o Learning Styles o Learning Support o Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) THE COMMON CRAFT SHOW o Problem Based Learning A good source of short videos that can be used for educational purposes, including topics such as wikis,Please contact Aideen Hodgins at ITB to confirm your blogs, social bookmarking, social media, twitter, RSSattendance (aideen.hodgins@itb.ie – tel:01 8851561) and more – our thanks to Damien Raftery at IT Carlow for this recommendation W: http://www.commoncraft.com/show Page 5
  6. 6. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 3 – November 2008 WE NEED YOUR HELP! CONTACT US LIN Project Coordinator Dr. Attracta Brennan We would love to hear of your own personal experiences o T: 091-742150, resulting from your involvement in teaching and learning o E: Attracta.brennan@gmit.ie initiatives and/or projects. Please send any comments/insights/anecdotes/stories to mary.fox@gmit.ie. LIN Learning Development Officer, We will send a flash drive to the author of those experiences Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick we publish o T: 01-4027882, o E: Noel.Fitzpatrick@dit.ie hich we publish in the LIN LIN Administrator We would also appreciate it, if you would send us Mary Fox recommendations for books related to teaching and learning o T: 091-742154, which you found especially insightful and helpful in addition to o E: Mary.fox@gmit.ie any recommendations for useful teaching and learning urls (papers, tools, videos, blogs etc.) QUOTABLE QUOTES I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand - Chinese Proverb The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires - William Arthur Ward Page 6

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