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September 2011


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September 2011

  1. 1. Headlines New Venue for LIN 2011 LIN Conference 2011—Registration Open— Eye on WITLIN Conference 2011—NEW VENUEThere has been a change of venue for the 2011 LIN conference. The event will now In this issue:be held in the Ashling Hotel in Dublin on Thursday 27th of October. For venue de-tails visit Conference 2011—Register NOW Headlines 1Enhancing the Learning The conference keynote Ann Heelan from AHEADExperience: Learning for speaker is Douglas Tho- ( will run aan Unknown Future mas and his talk is Culti- workshop on the diversity LIN 2011 NEW 1(Barnett, 2004). vating the Imagination in theme entitled Inclusive VenueRegistration to attend thisa World of Constant Strategies in Education:year’s conference is now Change: Learning Strate- College is back, are youopen with Eventbrite at gies for an Unknown Fu- ready to include students LIN 2011 Regis- 1http:// ture. For more informa- with disabilities? The tion on the keynote workshop on the first year speaker visit theme will focus on theThe Learning Innovations successful PAL (Peer As- Eye on WIT 24th Annual Conference m sisted Learning) projecttakes place in The Ashling that was run in AIT andHotel in Dublin on Thurs- The conference promises GMIT and the third work-day 27 October 2011. The to be an interesting and shop will focus on aca-conference theme is En- enjoyable event for all demic staff development Events 7hancing the Learning Ex- attendees. Following the and look at how the LINperience: Learning for an keynote address there model provides accreditedUnknown Future (Barnett, will be eight presenta- training for academic staff.2004) and there are three tions in each of the threesub themes: subthemes, three work- Attendance at this confer-The first year experience shops and a number of ence is free.Diversity of the learner poster sessions and net-experience working opportunities For further information onStaff development for throughout the day. the conference visitlearning / Innovation in www.lin.ieteaching and learning
  2. 2. ON WITWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has over 10,000 students and 1000 staff and offers tuition and researchprogrammes in various areas from Higher Certificate to Degree to PhD.Focus on the School of Education and Professional DevelopmentThe School of Education & Profes- lifelong learning and community plays a key role in debates on edu-sional Development, offers an excit- studies and an extensive part time cation policy and practice in Ireland,ing and diverse range of courses, evening programme. many staff in the School work infrom postgraduate teacher educa- The School is also a leading re- international settings and thetion to adult education; under- search centre, with an extensive School has a vibrant community ofgraduate, Masters and PhD pro- range of national and international international postgraduate stu-grammes; specialist programmes in partnerships. While the School learning, management,Connecting with schools – the School of Excellence Award InitiativeIn 2010, WIT’s School of Education aged to reflect on Classroom Man- ideas and good practice across thelaunched the School of Excellence agement: Team Teaching within spectrum of primary schools in theAward (SEA) initiative this year in their own school, conduct a SWOT region.conjunction with the Waterford, analysis and develop a plan for en-Wexford and Kilkenny Education hancing both in their school. On successful completion of theCentres. The aims of the School of It was viewed by participants as an SEA project, participating schoolsExcellence Award are to: excellent initiative because it pro- were awarded an SEA certificate by Promote and recognise vided a unique forum for schools to Dr. John Wall, Head of School of schools committed to excel- network and collaborate on a com- Education, at an awards ceremony lence in the region; mon theme. on Friday April 8th. It is intended Promote reflective practice that the SEA will be awarded on an amongst teachers and The value of networking was obvi- annual basis. schools; ous as participants shared their Strengthen links between schools in the region and WIT’s School of Education and Professional Develop- ment; Create a network of teachers in the region who are com- mitted to their ongoing CPD; Celebrate their success.In 2010/11, twenty five primaryschools from Wicklow, Carlow, Kil-kenny, Wexford, Waterford andSouth Tipperary participated in theinitiative. The theme for the SchoolExcellence Awards 2010/11was Classroom Management: Team Photo: Participants in the SEA initiative pictured with Dr. John Wall,Teaching. Participants were encour- Head of School, and Dr. Orison Carlile of the School of Education at the April awards ceremony. Page 2 September/October 2011
  3. 3. Re-connecting with graduates – the Teaching Matters ColloquiumOn Saturday 5th March 2011, the Glenstal Abbey, Aine Lawlor, CEO of of learning. Dr. Hederman stressedSchool of Education held its inaugu- the Teaching Council of Ireland and the importance of Creative teachersral ‘Teaching Matters’ Research Col- Dr. Anne Looney, CEA of the Na- making creative classrooms which,loquium was held at WIT. This collo- tional Council for Curriculum and in turn, make for creative children.quium offered successful graduates Assessment. Aine Lawlor outlinedof the MA in Teaching & Learning, the importance of the Teaching It is planned to host an EducationMA in Management in Education Council in ensuring that the teach- Research Conference at WIT, basedand the MSc in Primary Science ing profession upholds the highest on the success of this inauguralEducation the opportunity to pre- standards of professionalism while event on an annual basis.sent their research findings to an Dr. Looney addressed current chal-audience of their peers in the field lenges with respect to assessmentof education.The central themes of the collo-quium included: Mentoring Assessment Reflective Practice Student Support Education Management Emerging TechnologiesThe aim of the colloquium was toprofile current research in the fieldof Education undertaken by teach-ers across the spectrum of primary,secondary and third level educa-tion. With over 100 delegates, pre-dominantly teachers in primary andsecondary education, it served as acelebration of teaching researchand the continuing professional Photo: Dr John Wall, Head of School of Education, Ms Mary Fenton,development of teachers in Ireland. Head of Department, Adult & Continuing Education, Dr Mark PatrickKey note speakers included Dr. Hederman, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, Dr Orison Carlile, School of Educa-Mark Patrick Hederman, Abbot of tion attending the Teaching Matters Research Colloquium.Focus on Teaching and LearningWIT has always placed a strong em- approaches to teaching in order to approaches being taken here, thephasis on teaching and learning ensure the optimal learning experi- following examples, drawn from theand, throughout the institution, ence for an ever-changing student School of Business, give a flavour ofindividual lecturers and lecturing body. While it would be impossible the work being done at WIT.teams are constantly adapting their to do justice to all of the innovative Volume 2 Issue 1 Page 3
  4. 4. Changing the way we do things in the classroom – innovative ap-proaches to teaching and learningUsing Problem-Based Learning in a sations, students are encouraged to their own learning and to developModule on Leadership in Organisa- think and act like managers and core skill-sets to effectively partici-tions during this process, they learn pate and progress in business. Ac- about leadership. Results have tive in-class participation involvesIn an attempt to enhance student been positive with high attendance students in various activities andengagement in the learning proc- and participation rates at PBL work- assignments facilitating develop-ess, improve knowledge retention shops, an increased awareness and ment and honing of those skillsand encourage students to develop understanding of the leadership (inter alia: project- and time-their own leadership capabilities, literature, and evidence of peer management; business research;Business lecturer Anne Sweeney on tutoring within student groups. group-work; brainstorming; mind-leadership on the Bachelor of Busi- mapping; discussion and studyness Year 3 programme at WIT now groups; critical thinking; reflectivedelivers her course on leadership Supporting the Transition to Third- learning). Group-work critically in-on the Bachelor of Business Studies Level Business Education – the tegrates students sooner and bet-Year 3 programme using a Problem ‘Business Learning and Practice’ ter, improving self-confidence andBased Learning (PBL) approach. Module. course engagement. Synchronous modules in Econom-The adoption of a more experiential Delivered by lecturers Darrin Taylor ics, Accounting, Management, andapproach to learning was an at- and Mabel McManus to students Professional Written Communica-tempt to move beyond typical on a Level 6 and a Level pro- tions enable students apply them-learning outcomes to convey gramme, Business Learning & Prac- selves in project management,knowledge and develop critical tice orients first-year students to study skills, and exam preparation.thinking, and is intended to provide higher-level education, enabling A dedicated ICT lab-hour facilitatesstudents with concrete experiences engagement with the Institute, real-time planning and fulfilment ofto develop their capabilities in ar- School, Courses, Lecturers, and projects; and Moodle (WIT’s virtualeas like team leadership, problem- Classmates. learning environment) is activelysolving and information literacy. By Students are engaged in a non- utilised as a delivery as well as sub-focusing on problems that real lecture format wherein and em- mission medium.managers encounter in real organi- powered to take responsibility forEnhancement of the Student Experience through InnovationThe 2011 award for the Enhance- the projects or approaches pre-ment of the Student Experience sented The first-year experience;through Innovation went to the Have achieved the aim of the Assessment and student feed-staff of the Research Support Unit. award scheme; back; Have demonstrated innovative Innovation in curricula, learningThis award, an initiative of the WIT practice in design, delivery, as- and teaching, including knowl-Quality Office, is open to all – ad- sessment and/or support of stu- edge transfer;ministrative, technical as well as dent learning; Flexible learning and teaching;academic staff - and aims to recog- Have benefited learners and col- Services supporting studentnise, reward and share innovative leagues; learning;practices by WIT staff that have en- Are or can be sustainable and of Innovation in the management,hanced the student learning experi- benefit to a wider range of learn- administration and student/staffence at the Institute. ers across the Institute; support aspects of the learning Have contributed to achieving environment;Individual and groups submit post- the strategic aims of the School Innovative enabling systems iners showing innovations in practice or service and of the Institute. the learning environment;that they have designed and imple- Projects submitted for this award Transfer of discipline-specificmented. In evaluating the posters, have focused on a wide range of knowledge and generic skills tothe judging panel considers how areas including: students. Page 4 September/October 2011
  5. 5. Exemplifying Excellence – WIT’s Annual Excellence AwardsWIT annually presents awards to encouragement to students to  innovative use of materials.staff members who have demon- participate in appropriate pro- In 2011, Excellence in Teachingstrated excellence in teaching or in fessional activities; Awards were presented to Businesspostgraduate supervision, as well as  enthusiasm for, and commitment lecturer Colette Kirwan and Com-to individuals or teams who have to, mentorship and pastoral care puting lecturer Brendan Lyng byintroduced innovations to enhance of students; WIT’s Acting President Mr. Tonythe student experience.  assistance given in furthering stu- McFeely at an awards ceremonyExcellence in Teaching dent’ careers and encouraging attended by many colleagues asThe annual award for Excellence in external/internal collaborations; well as families and friends.Teaching aims to recognise, encour-  training and supervision, including Further information on the Excel-age and reward sustained excel- contributions to departmental and lence Awards is available from Suz-lence in teaching. In making the WIT-wide education programs; anne Kiely in the Development Of-award, the judging panel interviews  development of materials, tools fice, Neil Quinlan in the Quality Of-nominated lecturers and considers and techniques for teaching of fice or Siobhan Harkin in the Strate-the performance of nominees in a students; gic Research Projects Office.range of areas including:  current teaching activities;  ability to select or develop ap- propriate teaching strategies and implement them effectively;  scholarship in teaching participation in professional development activities, contributions to the literature on teaching, research into aspects of teaching, descriptions of steps taken to evaluate and improve teach- ing,Focus on Postgraduate EducationBlazing a new trail – WIT’s School of Education launches FLAME(Flexible Learning MA in Education)In time for the academic year 2011- sultation with key stakeholders in commit to their continuing profes-2012, the School of Education and education both regionally and na- sional development. The Masters inProfessional Development has tionally. Education adds to the School of Edu-launched a new taught postgraduate The course offers modules dealing cation’s portfolio of postgraduatecourse, a Flexible Learning Masters with contemporary aspects of edu- courses, which offers relevant post-in Education. This new course offers cation, which will appeal to a broad graduate opportunities (Level 9education professionals a flexible group of education professionals. courses) to teachers, lecturers,route to a Level 9 postgraduate Participants will gain a range of trainers and education professionalsqualification by allowing them to theoretical and practical approaches in the South East region.choose modules which match their to education, and can choose from a For further information, please con-professional interests and practice. range of modules appropriate to tact the Postgraduate Administrator,The programme is aimed at profes- their professional and personal in- School of Education and Profes-sionals across the spectrum of edu- terests. sional Development, WIT, Collegecation and training, and is designed The philosophy of WIT’s School of Street Campus, Waterford. Tel. +353to meet the diversity of their educa- Education and Professional Develop- (0) 51 302 225,email roles. The need for this ment is to encourage students tocourse was identified through con- become reflective practitioners and Volume 2 Issue 1 Page 5
  6. 6. National Recognition for Innovative Technology EngineeringProgrammeOne of WIT’s newest postgraduate Pharmaceutical, Green Technol-programmes received national rec- ogy, Information and Communi-ognition in 2011, when the MSC in cations Technology, New Busi-Innovative Technology Engineering ness Development and Aca-was received the Postgradireland demic Research sectors. WITPostgraduate Course of the Year – can boast nearly a 100% recordEngineering Award 2011. The award of course graduates gaining em-was received on behalf of WIT by ployment in these sectors.course leader, Dr. Austin Coffey, at The awards are voted for by stu-a ceremony in the Mansion House, dents and judged by an inde-Dublin. pendent panel of industry ex-The MSc in Innovative Technology perts. The Engineering AwardEngineering degree aims to produce this year was adjudicated by thegraduates with strong skills in criti- professional body, Engineerscal thinking and with the creative Ireland. In making their decisionattitude necessary to instigate fu- the judges place employabilityture developments in their chosen at the very top of their specialisation. Thecourse cements a link between en- Further information about the Photo: Dr. Austin Coffey receiving thegineering and science, giving gradu- MSc in Innovative Technology award on behalf of WIT from Alecates the technical and professional Engineering can be found on at McAllister, Engineers Ireland, at theabilities to succeed in high value awards ceremony in Dublin.sectors such as Medical Devices,Breaking new ground in Business – the Doctorate of BusinessAdministration (DBA)The Doctorate of Business Admini- research workshops and a cumula- stitution as they undertake inde-stration offered by the School of tive paper series coupled with inde- pendent research at an advancedBusiness at WIT is the first of its pendent research and virtual liai- level and seek to make a significantkind in an Institute of Technology son, thus maintaining a balance be- contribution to knowledge and pro-and the first credit-based DBA to be tween peer-learning and self-led fessional practice through theoffered in Ireland. The programme learning within the programme, evaluation of business managementfocuses on the skills required to while guiding the candidate structures, contexts and processes.contribute to the enrichment of through the doctoral process.trans-disciplinary professional prac- The next intake for this bi-annualtice in management, and to lead Offered as a natural progression programme is September 2012. Fororganisations facing a complex from an MBA or equivalent Mas- further information, please contactglobal business environment. ters, senior executives in manage- Dr Felicity Kelliher, DBA Programme ment roles combine workplace and Leader, WIT ( on an innovative design, the professional engagement with theDBA incorporates professional and scholarly rigour of an academic in- Page 6 September/October 2011
  7. 7. EventsSeminar:How can student success be promoted through the use of Peer Mentoring?This seminar will launch the empirical research findings of a three year study into the role played by PeerMentoring in promoting a smooth transition to university and in combating student attrition in the firstyear of Higher Education.The seminar will launch valuable tools that may be utilised by colleagues wishing to set up their own PeerMentoring Programme. Such tools will include:The Seminar is being hosted by Dr Robin Clark & Dr Jane Andrews, Engineering Education ResearchGroup, Aston University on 3rd November 2011 from 0930 –1530 in collaboration with research partners.To book a place or for further details contact:Dr Jane Andrews, fourth Annual Edition of ICERI2011 (4th International Conference of Education, Research and Innova-tion) will be held in Madrid (Spain) on the 14th, 15th and 16th of November, 2011. The general aim ofthe conference is to promote international collaboration in Education and Research in all educationalfields and disciplines.INNOVATION 12 Conference IADT February 1st - 4th 2012. Visit formore details.Learning by Developing - New Ways to LearnConference on Creativity in Higher EducationMay 8th – 11th 2012 in FinlandTracksa) How to learn creativity www.lin.ieb) How to teach creativityc) Creative management in a Higher Education Institutiond) Developing a creative region Page 7 September/October 2011