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Forbairt Ghairme & Taighde Scileanna UCD

Teaching & Learning Practice Seminar Series - 2017/18

General Information

The aim of these seminars is to introduce ‘Post Doctoral Researchers’ to the key concepts underpinning good practice in third-level teaching and learning, and to enable them to review and prepare to undertake some basic teaching activities.

The structure of the programme offers a number of opportunities for the individual to engage in core aspects of academic practice and to begin to build a professional teaching portfolio.

The practice seminars will take place across two full days in Semester 1, followed by a peer-review session in early Semester 2. At the core of these sessions is the opportunity for participants to engage, negotiate and participate, where possible in a range of teaching and learning activities.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of these seminars one should be able to:

  • Appraise a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of some of the basic principles and practices of third level teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate the use of universal design in the course of teaching
  • Develop a teaching practice portfolio.


Seminar Series Overview



Critical Reflection & The Review and Design of Classes


Room 0.01, Roebuck Offices


Developing a Teaching Portfolio & The Review and Design of Teaching Materials


Presentation, Communication and F acilitation


Room 0.01, Roebuck Offices


The Design of Effective Student Assessment


Peer Review and Portfolio Preparation


H2.38, Science Hub


Seminar Series Certification

There are two levels of certification within the series.

  • Certification of Attendance: This option is for those who are only able to be in attendance, and do not intend to submit work for review (thus would not attend the Review Session).
  • Certification of Completion: In addition to attendance, and in conjunction with the self-directed activities an additional assignment is required (see be low).

Attaining Certification of Completion

To obtain Certification of Completion one must:

  1. Attend and participate in all scheduled seminars
  2. Undertake a short written/applied assignment for each session attended (details provided in session)
  3. Meet with a mentor/peer and review an action plan (relating to one of the above assignments)
  4. Compile the multiple assignments as a fledgling teaching practice portfolio
  5. And write a short critical and reflective commentary to accompany/conclude the portfolio.

Co-ordinator:  David Jennings


As places are limited it is advised to book early.  To book, you can do so through the events calendar.