This Pecha Kucha-style talk was created by Clare Gormley for OER19. It describes how a non-formal, tea-fuelled community of practice may be enabling open conversations about teaching at an Irish university.
The Sipping Point: Can openness start with a cuppa?
Talk for OER19
The Sipping Point:
Can openness start
with a cuppa?
Dublin City University
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Pauline McLynn plays ‘Mrs Doyle’. Photo courtesy of Hat Trick Productions.
DCU Glasnevin Campus
DCU St Patrick’s Campus
DCU All Hallows Campus
Some recent sessions of ‘The
Sipping Point’ at DCU
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• Most recent evaluation survey
• 30% response rate from 108
Contact with peers
Participants at Sipping Point Session on Outdoor
Learning, Jan 2019, led by Dr Orla Kelly
Source of new ideas
Participants at Sipping Point Session on ‘Teaching
for the Realities of Student Life Today’, March 2019.
Led by Dr Donal Mulligan & Dr Claire Bohan
Openness to try new things
“Hard to say what impact
exactly. I feel attending the
sessions helps develop a more
adventurous approach to
teaching, learning and
assessment. It makes me and
the team more likely to try
different types of strategies.”
“I'm interested in small tweaks. I
can't overhaul my assessment
and teaching methods for every
module on a regular basis. I'm
not even sure that would be a
Photo by Francisco Moreno on Unsplash
Suggested Feedback for improvement:
More advance notice,
Provide abstracts and
summaries about talks
Allow more time for
Highlight free food!
Promote more widely