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Academic Development at UCD

UCD, through its academic staff, has a long established tradition of excellence in teaching. We provide innovative and high quality programmes adaptive to the current and future learning needs of our students and graduates. As a research intensive university, the formation of creative and innovative graduates is fundamental to our mission. When it comes to Academic Development, our focus is on supporting our academics in ensuring that what they teach, and how they are teaching it, remains state-of-the-art and commensurate with the needs of the wider community.

‌UCD Teaching & Learning is committed to supporting excellence in the UCD student learning experience.  Drawing on expertise in strategy, policy and academic practice, we work collaboratively with schools and academic staff to address practical issues of excellence in teaching and the student learning environment.   Our approach is research-informed and we aim in all our activities to ensure that approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are based on current research and international good practice.

 

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Academic development opportunities at UCD enable schools and academic staff to:

  • Develop effective enhancement strategies and approaches for high quality student learning
  • Gain effective professional teaching and learning skills which promote students' learning
  • Develop their expertise as innovative curriculum designers
  • Engage in practice-based inquiry as scholarly practitioners to facilitate high quality student learning
  • Enhance their talents for academic leadership and contribution to the wider teaching and learning community at UCD

Academic Development Activities


Teaching Qualifications

A Professional Certificate in University Teaching & Learning and Certificate of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in University Teaching & Learning are available to staff who wish to develop their teaching, learning and assessment approaches through a research-informed and experientially focused programme.   The Professional Certificate is 15 ECTS at level 9 and the Certificate of CPD is 7.5 ECTS at level 9.  For further information go to the University Teaching Qualification page.

 

Teaching Profile

UCD's Teaching Profiles are contained in the same system as the research profiles and allow academics to create and maintain a concise online teaching portfolio.  Some information is automatically populated into the teaching profile from UCD’s curriculum management system.  The teaching profile operates in a similar manner to the research profile with staff having the option to make parts publicly viewable, as appropriate.  Guidelines imbedded in the profile assists academics in demonstrating sound, evidence-based achievements of their teaching, assessment and curriculum design.  Go to the Teaching Profiles page for more information.

 

Workshops

Workshops for individual staff are provided, addressing topics such as peer assessment, active learning with technology and working with large classes.  Some of these workshops are linked to modules offered on the Professional Certificate/Certificate of CPD in University Teaching & Learning and will provide an overview of the topic as well as relevant resources to support staff in developing new approaches to their teaching.  The workshops are also an opportunity to get a “taster” of the Professional Certificate/Certificate of CPD programmes.  Scheduled workshops can be viewed and booked via the Teaching & Learning Calendar.

If you wish to have a facilitated workshop designed for your unit, school or college, please complete this workshop request formIf you have any queries do not hesitate to contact teachingandlearning@ucd.ie or to discuss your needs in further detail contact David.Jennings@ucd.ie


Fellowships in Teaching & Academic Development

The biennial programme for Fellowships provides staff with demonstrable expertise and leadership capacity in teaching and learning, the opportunity to participate in a strategic policy/practice project over a period of two years.  Strategic themes for the Fellowships are published and successful Fellows are identified through a selection process.  Fellows work together on a group project to identify strategic policy and academic practice developments required in relation to the chosen theme.  For further information go to the Fellowships page.


School Heads of Teaching & Learning

School Heads of Teaching & Learning play an important role in leading and co-ordinating undergraduate teaching and learning activities.  This cohort is brought together each semester to identify common interests where sharing of existing good practice, or new shared approaches may be beneficial. In addition the group will also identify its own development themes which will be supported through expert seminars and showcases.

 

Tutors and Demonstrators

Support for tutors and demonstrators is provided through a twice-yearly orientation session which provides guidance on the wide range of teaching and learning resources available to support effective teaching and learning practices.  Information on Tutor/Demonstrator orientation is available through the events calendar.‌

In January 2017, UCD Teaching and Learning will offer a five ECTS blended learning module (NFQ level 9) entitled "Introduction to University Teaching and Learning for Tutors, Demonstrators and Teaching Assistants". The aim of this module is to enable those who are currently responsible for supporting teaching at UCD to reflect, review and enhance their teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Post-doctoral Researcher Seminars

UCD Teaching & Learning provides a dedicated series of seminars for post-doctoral researchersThe aim of these seminars is to introduce ‘Post-doctorate 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.

‌‌Teaching and Learning Community

The UCD Teaching and Learning Community is for sharing and discussing any information relating to Teaching and Learning.  If you have tried something in your teaching and would like to share the results or if you are thinking of trying something and would like to find out if anyone has experience in the area the community is a good place to start.  There is no replacement for face-to-face networking, sharing and discussion opportunities, which we hope will arise from the community, however, there is value in information sharing and conversation across a large group of people with diverse areas of expertise with the touch of a few keystrokes.  New UCD teaching staff are especially welcome to join and ask any questions that come up.

The community is private to UCD staff, therefore, membership is by invitation.   If you are alread a member click here to access the UCD Teaching and Learning Community. 
If you are not yet a member go to the Teaching and Learning Community page for more information.

 

Customised School Development

A customised school development workshop can be provided for Facilitating Self-Assessment of Teaching & Learning for Quality Review.

The aim of the workshop is to build up a diagnostic overview of the schools’ activities, which can then be explored in further detail to determine local priorities and actions that the school may wish to develop further.  The workshop is collaborative and UCD Teaching & Learning aims to facilitate an active and relevant development session informed by schools’ data, contemporary practice and research from within UCD and more widely.  Go to Quality Review for more information.