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October 2008

  1. 1. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 2 – October 2008 Learning Innovation Network NewsletterACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL The overall results from the evaluations were very positive and are in keeping with the results from the sectoral survey.DEVELOPMENT (APD)The LIN APD subgroup is charged with informing the In addition to our work on the development and rollout ofSteering Group Committee with regards to the project academic professional development modules, LIN has alsogoal; “To scope the parameters of an agreed Academic been involved in the delivery of a number of workshopsDevelopment Programme”. To facilitate this process, an (Learning outcomes, Linking learning Outcomes toadapted version of the DIT Postgraduate Certificate in Assessment, Changing the teaching of a whole institution) inThird Level Learning and Teaching, using a blended Athlone, Galway and Dublin.mode of delivery, was successfully rolled out in Athlone ITand Carlow IT. Nine Carlow staff were involved in this Podcasts and notes from these workshops can bepilot. Thirteen Athlone staff, in addition to two staff from downloaded fromboth IT Tralee and IT Sligo attended in AIT. Several IoTs are also interested in this blended modelapproach as it is hoped that delivery in this mode would LIN also plans to develop a number of short accreditedencourage wider participation in the programme. modules (10 ECTS, Level 9) collaboratively across the sector,Furthermore, a pilot of a short continuous professional in the coming year. These modules (whose structure is asdevelopment module was also conducted in AIT. shown in Figure 1) will cover such topics as ;Interestingly, the group participating on this module Assessment, Enquiry Based Learning, Technology Enhancedcomprised both student support and academic and Learning, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education andmanagerial staff. Mentoring. The LIN APD subgroup is chaired by Dr. Jen Harvey (DIT). It also comprises the following members Dr. Liam Boyle (LIT), Anne Carpenter (IT Carlow), Rosemary Cooper (IT Tallaght), Dr. Attracta Brennan (GMIT), Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick (DIT), Nuala Harding (AIT), Dr. Etain Kiely (IT Sligo), Larry McNutt (IT Blanchardstown) and John Wall (WIT). For further information about LIN APDs, please contact Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, 1 : Structure of a LIN APD Inside this issue …………………………………...Obs. = ObservationPDP = Personal Development Planning Academic Professional Development Page 1 LIN Portal Page 2Both of these pilots i.e. the adapted DIT PG Cert and the Learning & Teaching awards Page 2 LIN Sectoral Survey Page 2short continuous professional development module were Eye on IT Sligo Page 3evaluated and reported. This evaluation took the form of For your diary Page 4module feedback questionnaires and focus group LIN Picks Page 4interviews. Quotable Quotes Page 4 Contact us Page 4 Page 1
  2. 2. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 2 – October 2008 LIN PORTAL o The level of and interest in research in learning and/or The LIN portal is currently under development and teaching and/or education. aims to provide a coherent, sustainable and o Academic staff views on the advantages and dependable portal of teaching and learning resources disadvantages of Teaching excellence awards which both supports the stakeholders (i.e. o Current interest regarding workshops and CPD academics, researchers and anyone interested in (Continued Professional Development) programmes. learning and teaching) in their work and indirectly o The desire for and preferences in the functionality and fosters networks of inter and intra institutional features of a central repository of learning and collaboration. teaching resources. Examples of other learning and teaching portals In answer to the question “Would you be interested in include: obtaining (further) academic or professional o Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) development/training in learning and teaching?”, all colleges replied with a unanimous yes. On average 82% o Higher Education Academy, UK of all respondents in all colleges were very interested in further academic professional development. The results from this study showed that; LEARNING AND TEACHING o Whilst the majority of respondents were very AWARDS interested in obtaining further academic professional Teaching awards have become a popular method for development, their preference on the whole was for recognising teaching excellence in Higher Education. accredited short programmes. The Teaching Awards subcommittee comprising; Dr. o The most popular programme format was a series of Liam Boyle (Chair), Dr. Etain Kiely, Dr. Attracta one day accredited workshops leading to a Brennan and Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick is currently qualification. reviewing the literature related to existing national o Time was indicated to be the main obstacle to further and international awards with a view to developing professional training. Other barriers included; lack of guidelines for best practice. credible management commitment and support, difficulty of sourcing suitable workshops/courses, lack of obvious benefits, timetable constraints, external responsibilities, heavy current work load, the difficulty LIN SECTORAL SURVEY of re-scheduling lectures, institutional policy and red In early 2008, LIN carried out a sectoral wide tape etc. teaching and learning survey of teaching and o Respondents were most interested in workshops in; learning activities and needs in all of the institutes of assessment strategies, teaching non-traditional technology in Ireland (Sligo IT was independently students, e-learning, learning and teaching in HE, surveyed) and including DIT. blended learning, working in a modular environment, curriculum design, academic writing and recognized This study was targeted at teaching staff and aimed prior learning. at answering some of the following fundamental o Whilst 90% of all respondents indicated an questions concerning; overwhelming need for a portal of learning and teaching resources, the most important feature - o The level of professional development which all respondents desire - is a comprehensive undertaken by academic staff in their IoTs. search facility. o The desire of academic staff to obtain further professional development training. For more information on this survey, please contact o Preferences for either an accredited or a non-accredited route. o The level of commitment for professional development. o Academic staff awareness of institutional learning and teaching policies. Page 2
  3. 3. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 2 – October 2008 ‘EYE’ on IT SLIGO IT Sligo warmly welcomes new President Terri Scott who took prepare the student for a up her tenure on Oct 1st 2008. lifetime of learning. Lifelong Learners: International Team leaders: John O Masonite employees Dea and Marion Dowd participated in Ireland’s first online virtual conferring WORK BASED ceremony LEARNING Online Learning: 30 % Placement resources increase in online learning being utilised by the registrations. For details ofIT Sligo students achieving success at national and techniques used go to Humanities Dept. include: traininginternational level in 2008 modules for placement supervisors http://brian.mulligan.googlepag (Irish Association of Social Care Educators) as well as informationENQUIRY BASED LEARNING videos for students on national and Webcasts : Public talks are(EBL) AT IT SLIGO international placements. openly available at; Team leaders: M Gilmore M. Clarke, Many courses in IT Sligo have incorporated M. Mulkeen and T.Kane. Science week talks will be available online in NovemberEBL EBL within their programmes. Industrial Custodial Care: Developed with the 2008Design is delivered solely by EBL in fourth year. Irish Prison Service this course hasHealth and Safety courses in Science have National Digital Learning 330 registered students. The Repository (NDLR) funded 30prioritised specific EBL modules throughout the programme is delivered by Prison graphics tablets and training forfour years. Developments include: specific Service and IT Sligo staff using team academic staff to rapidly createlearning environment layouts and resources. An teaching and distance learning tools. and contribute simple learningEBL handbook has been developed which Course Coordinator:Fergus Timmons. objects to the repository.includes: scenario templates and assessmentcriteria. Team leader: Blaithin McGrath. Team leader: Brian Mulligan. LIN Creative Community and Social Innovation Research CentreEDUCATIONAL RESEARCH IT Sligo is leading the development has been established in ITThe Educational Development Unit coordinated a and accreditation of a LIN funded Sligo. Team leaders: Chrisseries of writing clinics to support research module titled “Developing and Sparks and Perry Share.capacity development amongst academics. Promoting Research Capacity” inEducational research paper themes being collaboration with the IoT Researchpresented by IT Sligo staff at the Learning Alliance. The module will specifically Government Minister JimmyInnovation Network (LIN) conference 2008 address managing research practice Devins officially opened the ITinclude: Interactive Large Group Teaching; and developing academic writing Sligo Business InnovationMentoring Tools; Personal Development Planning; skills. Centre (ITSBIC). Manager: J.Gillen.Student Centred Learning Strategies using Projectand Problem Based Learning. LEARNING & TEACHING ’LEARNING TO LEARN’ INITIATIVESThis module was developed to facilitate students’ For more information on learning andtransition into third level and motivate the learner teaching initiatives contact: Dr. Etainabout his/her chosen field of study. The module Kiely: Kiely.etain@itsligo.ieis incorporated into the first year experience toreinforce and develop key academic skills and Educational Development Unit Page 3HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM
  4. 4. HTTP://WWW.LIN-IRELAND.COM Issue 2 – October 2008 FOR YOUR DIARY TOP 100 LEARNING TOOLS This website presents a list of learning tools, compiled LIN from the contributions of 190 learning professionals (from both education and workplace learning) who 10th October shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning both for their own LIN Annual Conference personal learning/ productivity and for creating learning “Fostering a Student Centred Learning Experience”, solutions for others. Hodson Bay hotel, Athlone, Westmeath W: http://www.lin- QUOTABLE QUOTES OTHER 12th – 14th November NAIRTL (National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning) 2nd Annual conference “Teaching and Education is what survives when what has been Learning in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions”, learned has been forgotten - B.F. Skinner Waterford Institute of Technology W: The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate LIN PICKS "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in LIN picks for this month’s issue include; making winners out of ordinary people - Patricia Cross IBIBLIO is a repository of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. CONTACT US OPENLEARN Dr. Attracta Brennan, The OpenLearn website gives free access to course LIN Project Coordinator, materials from The Open University. The Learning Space is T: 091-742150, open to learners anywhere in the world. E: Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, EDUCATIONAL USES OF SECOND LIFE LIN Learning Development Officer, T: 01-4027882, E: ONLINE LEARNING: PRIVACY VERSUS PROTECTION Mary Fox, The US Chronicle of Higher Education reported that in a new LIN Administrator, 1,200 page bill before Congress there "is a small paragraph T: 091-742154, that could lead distance education institutions to require spy E: cameras in their students homes." learning.html Page 4