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The Learning Innovation Network: A Groundbreaking Framework for Academic Professional Development


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The Learning Innovation Network: A Groundbreaking Framework for Academic Professional Development

  1. 1. The Learning Innovation Network: A Ground-breaking Framework for Academic ProfessionalDevelopment The Coordinator’s Experience Dr Niamh Rushe Learning Innovation Network Coordinator Institutes of Technology Ireland
  2. 2. Overview Focus on Coordinator role •Review of phase 1 achievements and legacy •Summary of phase 2 – activity, outcomes and successes •Reflection on project
  3. 3. Coordinator’s Experien ce LIN Process Since 2007 – Learning to * • Collaborate • Support teaching and learning Since 2007 – Learning at • Individual level • Institute level • Sectoral level * Dennison & Kirk, 1990
  4. 4. LIN Values • Commitment to learning and development of each learner to achieve their potential • Fairness, Justice, Equity, Respect, Ethical practice • Valid/authentic, fair and consistent assessment • Collaborative Learning, Community of Practice • Evidenced research based teaching informed by scholarship • Courage, Openness to new approaches, innovations, continuing reflection on professional practice
  5. 5. Phase 1 Module Institute Learning & Teaching AIT2007 - 2010 Assessment & Evaluation WITSIF 1 Funding Formative Assessment & IT Carlow• National survey Feedback• 9 modules validated in 7 Mentoring WITdifferent institutes Technology Enhanced LIT Learning• Modules piloted Enquiry Based Learning ITB• APD aims and objectives Researching Educational IT Sligoachieved and exceeded Practice• 2008 & 2009 conferences PDP1 DIT• Jan 2010 Designing Together PDP2 DIT
  6. 6. End phase 1 – start ph ase 2 * Developments 2010 SIF II Flexible Learning • New LIN Coordination Group formed • APD • Conference * Dennison & Kirk, 1990
  7. 7. LIN Coordination Grou p Terms of reference 2010 The task of the LIN coordination group is to support the following activities for staff in the Institute of technology sector, which meets local and national needs; •Academic Professional development (APD) •LIN Website & Newsletter •LIN Annual Conference
  8. 8. 2010 – 2012 Phase 2 Major areas of work • APD 1 • LIN modules June 2012 – 307 LIN certificates • Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Teaching & Assessment • LIN framework further established – PG Dip subgroup, mapping • APD 2 • Conference participation increases year on year • Meets the needs of lecturers in DIT/IoT’s • December 2011 HEA Funding for LIN projects
  9. 9. Phase 2 – New develop men tsMajor areas of workSIF II Flexible Learning• LIN responding to national agenda • Response to hunt • Response to HEA consultation document on the National Academy • Supported IOTI response• LIN on national stage• Achieving more with less – aims and objectives exceeded again
  10. 10. Coordinator’s view• LIN achieved the aims of SIF – has been mainstreamed within institutes• Teaching and learning embedded across the sector• LIN maintained and strengthened institute activity and increased sectoralactivity• Recognised as a voice for teaching and learning agenda
  11. 11. Final remarks• LIN works• Exceeded expectations and aims again – risks of doing more with less• Funding since 2010 • At sectoral level for coordination and conferences • Additional funding for projects• No funding at institute level for day to day LIN work• Needs a voice at sectoral level to continue and grow
  12. 12. Thank you