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‘Teaching for transitions’

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In 2014 Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education issued a call for projects under their Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund to support a theme of ‘Teaching for Transitions’. This theme aimed to inform the focus of activities in Irish Higher Education by changing the pedagogical landscape when it comes to supporting transitions through effective teaching and learning. The call acknowledged different types of transition: transition from secondary level into Higher Education; transition from one culture to another; or transition of adults into Higher Education. The enhancement theme also sought to improve teaching and learning culture and digital capacity.

This paper reports on reflections from three lead partners of projects funded under this call. Dublin City University led the’ Student Success Toolbox’ project, which developed a suite of digital readiness tools for supporting flexible learner transition into Higher Education during the early stages of the study life-cycle. Institute of Technology Sligo led the ‘Get Ready Education - A Learning Journey’ project, which developed a dual pathway MOOC that
supports students transitioning from second level to Higher Education in Ireland. Institute of Technology Tralee led the ‘Live and Learn in Ireland’ project, which developed a number of interactive multimedia learning units that aid international students in becoming familiar with studying and living in Ireland and thus helps them make a smoother transition into Irish Higher Education. This paper identifies both the common lessons learned of these three initiatives but also the how our experiences diverged.

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‘Teaching for transitions’

  1. 1. ‘Teaching for Transitions’ Reflecting on three nationally funded projects that developed digital tools to facilitate transitions into Higher Education
  2. 2. Authors James Brunton - National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland Mark Brown - National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland Gavin Clinch - Centre for Online Learning, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland Eamon Costello - National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland Tom Farrelly - Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland Jennifer Gilligan - Centre for Online Learning, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland Antony Murphy - Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland
  3. 3. The Importance of Transitions
  4. 4. The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  5. 5. Student Success Toolbox
  6. 6. Get Ready .Education A Learning Journey
  7. 7. Get Ready .Education A Learning Journey
  8. 8. Get Ready .Education A Learning Journey
  9. 9. Get Ready .Education A Learning Journey
  10. 10. Get Ready .Education A Learning Journey
  11. 11. Live and Learn in Ireland
  12. 12. Commonalities And Divergences Commonalities Divergences Focus on active facilitation of transition into higher education Student Type Demographic Profile Focus on pre-entry period Use of Technology Common aspects of the transition experience Central Focus - Students or Sector Literature review
  13. 13. Lessons Learned
  14. 14. Thank You

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