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April 2009


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April 2009

  1. 1. Learning Innovation Network NewsletterACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL As the development of the modules is now well under way, the Subgroup is investigating differentDEVELOPMENT (APD) combinations of learning pathways which could lead to some type of overall award.The Learning Innovation Network subgroup for the developmentof shared Academic Professional Development (APD) If you have any questions about the development ofProgrammes has continued to progress with the development of shared academic development programmes pleasethe seven level 9, 10 ECTS short courses. One of the key do not hesitate to contact; Dr. Noel Fitzpatricksuccesses to the development of these programmes has been the ( ( nature of the design process.There are now a number of modules coming up for validation inthe participating institutes whilst another two modules have now In this issue;progressed in their validation process - Limerick IT (Technology PageEnhanced Learning Module) and Institute of Technology Academic Professional Development 1Blanchardstown (Enquiry Based Learning). To date, one module LIN Portal 2has completed the whole process and four modules are well Recommended Read 2underway towards their final validation. The remaining two ‘EYE’ on LYIT 3modules should be starting the validation process very shortly. For your Diary 6 LIN Picks 6The subgroup met on the 5th of March in the DIT to discuss the Quotable Quotes 7development of the modules and to start looking into how the Contact Us 7implementation of the modules could be effected in a flexible way April Hoax! 7using blended learning technologies. Noel Fitzpatrick andCatherine Bruen (NDLR) have agreed on a process of sharingresources between the two SIF projects to aid the development ofReusable Learning Objects (RLOs) to support the implementationof the Academic Professional Development (APD) Modules.The key innovative element of the APD modules will be amentoring process which will accompany staff through theiracademic professional development and these new programmes.The development of the mentoring module will be a central tenetto the APD programmes. The subgroup discussed this in detail. Aworkshop was delivered by Dr. Ciara O’ Farrell (CAPSL TrinityCollege) on March 27th to help the team better understand therole that an Academic mentor will have in the Institutes ofTechnology and what might usefully be included in a Mentoringmodule. Page 1
  2. 2. LIN PORTAL RECOMMENDED READTo populate content on the LIN portal, the LIN team are “Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research,harvesting interesting links related to teaching and and Theory for College and Universitylearning. The goal is to provide a central location for Teachers” by Wilbert J. McKeachie andinteresting material related to teaching and learning. The Marilla Svinickiportal will have the following;1. Link to all IoTs If you have room for only one pedagogical book on your2. Facility to create your own personal and public space shelf, it ought to be Wilbert McKeachies Teaching Tips," (on registering and signing in) – optional says Bill McAllister of the University of Virginia. This book3. Recommended reads is perhaps the most valuable and easy-to-consult resource4. Syndicated content related to (for more information on on teaching. what is syndicated content, please go to The following syndicated content will be available in RECOMMENDED READ the form of TABS; a. Tools – Learning tools, Reading Assistance Teaching for Quality Learning at Tools, Recording Tools, Interface Tools, University (2nd Ed)" by John Biggs Planning Assistance Tools, Visualisation Tools and Catherine Tang and Writing Tools. b. Assessment – e-Assessment, Assessment Recommended by Anne Carpenter, IT Carlow Publications c. E-learning – Techlearnology, Distance Education, e-Learning News, e-Learning This book is a conceptualisation of outcomes-based Blogs, e-Learning Software and Blended learning developed from the concept of constructive Learning alignment (a principle used for devising teaching and d. Learning objects – Free learning objects, learning activities, and assessment tasks, that directly learning objects categorised by discipline e.g. address the learning outcomes intended in a way not Science, math, Engineering, Computer typically achieved in traditional lectures, tutorial classes Science, Social Work, Physiology, Health and and examinations). The ideas put forward in this book Life Sciences and Global Studies. have been proven to contribute to a more successful learning experience for the students. The book addressesFor more information on the portal, please contact several important issues such as designing high outcomes, the learning activities most likely to achieve theses high level outcomes, in both small and large classes, and relevant assessment and grading procedures. Page 2
  3. 3. ‘EYE’ on LYIT NORTH WEST GATEWAY STRATEGICLYIT MISSION STATEMENT ALLIANCELYIT’s mission is to continuously develop as an academicinstitution of international repute, serving regional and national The North West Gateway Strategic Alliance proposal wasneeds and pursuing, in a collaborative fashion, an ambitious among the successful projects funded under Cycle 2 of theprogressive agenda that delivers on the aspirations of its Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). The aim of this Strategicvibrant institute population and its external stakeholders. Alliance is to develop closer collaboration between LYIT and the University of Ulster (UU).LYIT STRATEGIC PLANThe current Strategic Plan (2007-2013) has activity focused The Strategic Innovation Fund aims to stimulateobjectives, grouped under the three interlinked strategic innovation in higher education and research throughdomains of; Teaching and Learning; Learner Experience; and collaboration between institutions. This SIF project willResearch, Innovation and Enterprise. take approximately eighteen months to complete and is significant as it is the only cross-border proposal fundedThe objectives set out under Teaching and Learning via SIF.encourage more flexible approaches to teaching andassessment, development of teaching materials, use oftechnology and further support for lecturers including LYIT AND LINpedagogical support. In addition, there are plans for a review of LYIT is represented by Dr. Averil Meehan, at meetings ofprogramme provision, improving program delivery in light of the LIN Steering Group and also the LIN Academiclearner feedback, utilising links with relevant external bodies to Professional Development (APD) Sub Group.inform program development and the further enhancement of A bus was arranged to facilitate staff attendance at thelanguage education. Further details at first Learning Innovation Network Conference in October, 2008. This conference was a great success and staff from LYIT who attended were very enthusiastic and said they benefited greatly. There will be two LIN workshops to be held at LYIT in May, one on Formative Assessment and another on Problem Based Learning. Page 3
  4. 4. ‘EYE’ on LYITTEACHING AND LEARNING AT LYIT The following workshops / seminars have been held atThe overall aim of LYIT’s Teaching and Learning strategy is to LYIT during this past year;ensure that every student reaches their full potential not only in o Disability and Access and Inclusion in Third Leveltheir academic success but also in their confidence and ability Educationto take responsibility for their own learning so that futureeducation can be readily undertaken, both to keep ahead of o Recognition of Prior Learning Workshopsinnovations in their chosen field and also to embrace new areas o Writing Learning Outcomes for RPL purposesof knowledge. o Assessing RPL PortfoliosThere is a dedicated senior Academic Teaching and Learning o The LYIT RPL policypost at LYIT with a 50% reduction in teaching workload in orderto foster excellence in Teaching and Learning at LYIT and lead o Library Resources to Support Academic Researchthe development and implementation of the Teaching and o E-Learning in FinlandLearning Strategy o Using WebCT to Support TeachingA Teaching and Learning Working Group was set up in October o Workshop 1 – a starter workshop suitable2008 with representatives from the School of Business, the for staff new to WebCT.School of Engineering and the School of Science. The draft o Workshop 2 – explore various ways ofTeaching and Learning Strategy was discussed at the working getting content onto WebCTgroup and a revised draft is currently being prepared to address o Workshop 3- Introducing the threethe input received. assessment tools in WebCT. o Workshop 4 – Using collaborative and discussion tools in WebCT.ACADEMIC STAFF DEVELOPMENT o Research MethodsOne of the aims of LYIT Teaching and Learning is to encourage o Assessment Strategies and Exam Writingall staff to develop their scholarship of teaching by undertakingprofessional development in the field of Education.LYIT Academic staff are currently taking the Postgraduate Future workshops arranged:Certificate/ Diploma/MEd in Higher Education Practice (HEP) o Lecturing Approaches, Techniques and with the University of Ulster. There are ten LYIT staffon the HEP certificate course currently taking their last module o LIN workshops on Formative Assessment and onand due to finish in June 2009. There are fourteen LYIT staff Problem Based Learningon the HEP diploma course, and they have recently finishedtheir last module. As this module was delivered entirely online,support meetings were arranged for participating LYIT staff. SHOWCASE OF INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING AND LEARNINGAs part of the requirements for staff delivering Veterinarymodules, two lecturers from the School of Science are currentlytaking a Level 9 Post Graduate Training and Education Award Showcase of Resources Access Officeat Griffith College, Dublin. Roisin McCormack showcased resources from the Access Office useful for lecturers taking Communications and/or Study Skills either as a module or part of a module.SEMINARS/SHORT COURSESIn addition to formal pedagogical education, there is a need forseminars and workshops of shorter duration to support theacademic educational development of staff at LYIT. Page 4
  5. 5. ‘EYE’ on LYITShowcase of WebCT Use to support Teaching EUROPEAN PROJECTMembers of staff demonstrated innovative use of WebCT in theSchool of Business, School of Engineering, and in the School ofScience. LYIT is the Irish partner in the Grundtvig 2 Lifelong Learning Project IANUS. There are ten IANUS partners working on issues relevant to working with learners aged 50 and over. LYIT is responsible for the developmentPRACTICAL WORKSHOPS and maintenance of the IANUS Project Website as well as working with other partners to produce the projectThese are held for staff and repeated as required. Suggestions deliverables. More details atfor these come from staff themselves. Topics include; Using Facilities at LYIT, Library Resources for Research,WebCT support.THE ACCESS OFFICELYIT’s Access office was established in 2001 to fulfil LYIT’scommitment to widening access to the Institute for people whohave traditionally been unable to benefit from higher educationopportunities. Students supported include mature students,students with disabilities, students from low income families andethnic minorities.The Access Office is staffed by the Access Officer, two LearningSupport Specialists and a clerical officer. A number of additionalstaff are employed to support particular Access Office initiativeswhich are housed in the Learning Support Unit at LYIT. TEACHING AND LEARNINGRECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING INITIATIVESOran Doherty is the RPL Facilitator at LYIT and has been veryactive in the area of RPL since the 2006 Líonra led project For more information on Teaching and Learning Initiativesaimed at Recognising Learning In The Workplace. Since then at LYIT contact Dr Averil Meehan atOran has developed the LYIT RPL Policy, provided staff averil.meehan@lyit.ietraining, identified suitable modules and prepared RPLassessment tools, promoted RPL to employers and organizedthe RPL Regional Symposium at LYIT, which was very wellattended. Page 5
  6. 6. FOR YOUR DIARY LIN PICKSLIN UNIVERSITY OF HULL – DISABILITY SERVICESMonday 27th of April, National College of Ireland (9:30am In this link, you will find information on the following topics:– 4:30pm) • How to deal with stess and anxietyWorkshop on assessment strategies in higher and further • Note taking and mind mappingeducation by Prof. Sally Brown • Organisation and time management • Revision and memoryThis will be a practical and interactive • What are Dyslexia and Dyspraxiaworkshop targeted at teaching and learning • Writing, Researching and Referencingsupport practitioners in the third levelsector W: Also check out;Professor Sally Brown is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching) and Professor of for material on;Higher Education Diversity in Teaching and Learning at Academic WritingLeeds Metropolitan University. She was awarded a AssertivenessNational Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education How to best use your brainAcademy in 2008, and has been a Senior Fellow of the How to use the softwareAcademy since 2007, Presentation Skills Punctuation and GrammarShe was for five years Director of Membership Services Sent by : Cathy McGovern, GMITfor the Institute for Learning and Teaching (now mergedinto the Higher Education Academy). Prior to that sheworked at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle foralmost 20 years as a lecturer, educational developer andHead of Quality Enhancement. COOL COMPUTER INTERFACES – youtube videoPlaces are limited. To reserve your place on thisworkshop, please contact W: MICROSOFT SURFACEOTHER Microsoft Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. Its the first commercially-available20th April – WIT (7:30pm, Main Auditorium, WIT Cork Rd surface computing platform from Microsoft. The productCampus) provides effortless access to digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Today, its a 30-inchSocialisation in reverse and the erosion of adult authority diagonal display in a table-like form factor thats easy forSpeaker : Professor Frank Furedi, Professor of individuals or multiple people to interact with in a way thatSociology, School of Social Policy and Social Research, feels familiar, just like in the real world. In essence, its aUniversity of Kent. Author of Where Have All the surface come to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating,Intellectuals Gone? (2006) & Paranoid Parenting (2008) buying and much more. W: lecture discusses the problems that schools (alongwith other adults) have in socialising young people, andhow educators/experts attempt to get around the problemby encouraging young people to socialise their parents.NOTE :WIT Lecture fee: €10.00 per lecture. Pay at doorReduced fee: concessions availableE-mail : or tel. 051 302040. Page 6
  7. 7. APRIL HOAX Page 6 QUOTABLE QUOTES The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest 1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghettiEaster says you can put truth in a grave, but it weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghettiwont stay there – Clarence W. Hall crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called theWhere man sees but withered leaves, God sees BBC wanting to know how they could grow their ownsweet flowers growing - Albert Laighton spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best." – check out: USDr. Attracta Brennan,LIN Project Coordinator, LIN NEWSLETTER EDITORT: 091-742150,E: Dr. Attracta Brennan,Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick,LIN Learning Development Officer,T: 01-4027882,E: Noel.Fitzpatrick@dit.ieYvonne Healy,LIN Administrator,T: 01-742154 Page 7E: Page 7