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Call for Proposals - T&L Enhancement Funding 2019 15.07.19

The Higher Education Authority, in partnership with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, recently issued a call for proposals for a new fund which focuses on the development of disciplinary excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. The total value of the fund to UCD is €600,000 which will be allocated to support initiatives/projects taking place in 2020.

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“How can you cater for diverse student needs?” 05.07.19

As Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) continue to work towards diversifying the student profile, the design of teaching, learning and assessment must also evolve to ensure an inclusive educational environment for all students. An Inclusive Assessment and Feedback approach aims to support all students in the module/programme, including those students who seek out assessment accommodations.

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UCD EdTECx in action Workshops - Available to book now 26.06.19

This is a series of workshops focusing on Module & Assessment Design and Feedback in Brightspace. Following on from the UCD EdTECx talks which took place in March the EdTECx in action workshops are hands-on demonstrations which address the use of Brightspace from both pedagogical and technical perspectives. All workshops take place at lunch time and are open to all UCD faculty and teaching staff. 

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Tutor Essentials for September 2019 28.06.19

Tutor Induction Workshop for new and existing tutors will take place on Wednesday 28th August 2019 from 11am to 1pm.  The aim of this session is to support tutors new to UCD or those wishing to refresh their tutorial and small group teaching skills. A comprehensive Tutor Induction pack is provided and access to online resources. The session is designed to be interactive and reflect the approaches and methods one may use in a real tutorial or small group teaching session.

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Lecturer Induction Workshop 28.06.19

Lecturer Induction Workshop to support those new to teaching in Higher Education is taking place on Tuesday 27th August 2019 from 11am to 1pm.

The aim of this session is to support UCD faculty and staff new to teaching in Higher Education, in particular early career academics and those new to UCD, to develop skills to provide a learner-centred focus to their teaching. 

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T&L Symposium 2019 "Inspiring Lectures: Inspiring Learning" 14.05.19

The UCD Teaching and Learning Symposium ‘Inspiring Lectures: Inspiring Learning’ took place on Wednesday 8th May in the UCD O’Brien Centre of Science.

This was the fourth UCD Teaching and Learning annual symposium bringing together research, international expertise and generously shared experience of colleagues on a topical theme. Interest in the symposia has been growing each year and this year it booked out within a week. More than 120 faculty and staff attended.

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UCD Teaching & Learning Awards 2018 Presented 28.02.19

The UCD 2018 Teaching and Learning Awards were presented by the Registrar and Deputy President, Professor Mark Rogers at a ceremony on 27th February 2019.

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Announcement of UCD Teaching & Learning Awardees 2018 15.01.19

Professor Andrew Deeks, President of UCD announced the UCD Teaching and Learning Awardees 2018 on 15th January 2019.

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Fellows in Teaching and Academic Development Appointed 2018-20 18.12.18

Two Fellowship research teams have been formed to focus on university-wide enhancement in teaching and learning through strategic policy and practice-based research over the next two years.  

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Terry Barrett - Teaching and Learning Awardee 21.11.18

Congratulations to our colleague Terry Barrett, who has received a Teaching and Learning Award amongst Academic Affairs in recognition of her sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning.

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New Development Programme for Newly Appointed Assistant Professors 14.06.18

UCD Teaching and Learning is delighted to support a new programme for newly appointed assistant professors, currently being piloted in the College of Social Sciences and Law and the College of Science. 

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Teaching & Learning Symposium 2018 18.05.18

The UCD Teaching and Learning symposium ‘Expanding and Developing Your Assessment Practice’ took place on Wednesday 9th May in the UCD O’Brien Centre of Science and was attended by around 100 faculty and staff.
Professor Tony Harland from the University of Otago, New Zealand was a keynote speaker. In 2013 he embarked on a major assessment project, coining the phrase ‘assessment arms race’ to describe the consequences for lecturers and for student learning of the proliferation of graded assessment tasks across a programme.

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UCD's Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging Team Wins National Award 23.03.18

On 21st March Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor opened the national DELTA awards which are new major national level awards for disciplinary excellence in learning, teaching and assessment in Irish higher education. One of the eleven DELTA awards was presented to the UCD Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging group (a section within the School of Medicine), for their submission led by Associate Professor Jonathan McNulty, for “Incorporating educational and healthcare technologies to enhance Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging education and training.” 

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Presentation of UCD 2017 University Teaching and Learning Awards 19.09.17

The presentation of the UCD 2017 University Teaching and Learning Awards took place in Ardmore House, Belfield on Tuesday evening the 19th September. The awards were presented by the Registrar and Deputy President Professor Mark Rogers followed by a celebratory dinner. UCD’s national and international reputation for educational excellence has been built over many years by the passion, innovation and commitment of its faculty and staff. 

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Universal Design for Curriculum Design - Case Studies from University College Dublin 15.09.17

At the core of Universal Design is a focus on variety, choice and feedback for students. Universal Design encourages a movement away from the traditional didactic, text-based classroom practices, embracing of a more dynamic, active and evolving multi-media classroom.

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Linking Assessment, Feedback and Learning - Symposium Synopsis 15.06.17

Over a hundred UCD faculty and staff attended the “Linking Assessment, Feedback and Learning” Symposium held by UCD Teaching and Learning on 10th May in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan. 

The key theme which emerged was that there needs to be a new way of thinking about feedback to students.  The speakers agreed that there needs to be a shift away from the tradition model of feedback as a one-way transmission of information from the teacher to the student to a more interactive process where students can see the goals that they are working towards and develop the judgement skills to monitor and regulate their own progress towards those goals. 

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David Jennings - Teaching and Learning Awardee 31.05.17

Congratulations to our colleague David Jennings, who has received one of the recent Teaching and Learning Awards amongst Academic Affairs in recognition of his sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning.

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A new model of problem-based learning: Inspiring, concepts, practice strategies and case studies from higher education 30.05.17

A new problem-based learning book by Terry Barrett has just been published and is available free online:  ‘A new model of problem-based learning: Inspiring, concepts, practice strategies and case studies from higher education’

"This book is aimed at both experienced problem-based learning (PBL) practitioners and those who are new to the field. It takes a fresh approach, exploring new ways to design and implement PBL and focuses particularly on student discourse. The concepts, strategies and case studies presented in the book can be adapted to other contexts making this an invaluable resource for all who have an interest in PBL."


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Build Digital Knowledge, Skills and Confidence with All Aboard Online Resources 27.04.17

UCD Teaching and Learning is delighted to announce the release of the brand new All Aboard website, developed in partnership with colleagues in NUI Galway, University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate Colleague, and funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

The colourful, easy-to-use All Aboard website provides access to a set of high quality learning resources, designed to support all who work, teach and learn in higher education to build their digital knowledge, skills and confidence.

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Learning Through Research Seed Funding Results 16.01.17

Over €60,000 have now been allocated to nine projects under the new “Learning Through Research”, seed funding scheme launched in October.  Jointly sponsored by the Registrar and the VP for Research, Innovation and Impact, this scheme aims to embed research in UCD’s undergraduate curriculum.  As an excellent research-intensive university, UCD's educational experience is further enriched through student participation in research and enquiry and by the internationally-recognised research expertise of those that teach them. Congratulations to the successful project teams.


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