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"Expanding and Developing your Assessment Practice" Symposium 2018

We are delighted to announce that this year’s symposium ‘Expanding and Developing Your Assessment Practice’ will take place on Wednesday 9th May in the UCD O’Brien Centre of Science. This one-day symposium will be of interest to UCD faculty and staff involved in teaching.

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UCD EdTECx talks 2018 27.02.18

The UCD EdTECx talks 2018 is themed Realities of Digital Learning. This one day event will take place on Thursday, 15 March 2018 in B005 Health Sciences Centre. Our keynote speaker, David Biggins from the Centre for Excellence in Learning will share the experience of Bournemouth University, of implementing Brightspace our new VLE.

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Flexible accredited CPD in University Teaching and Learning

Applications are now open to the UCD Teaching and Learning Level 9 programmes for academic related staff teaching in higher education:

• Professional Certificate University Teaching & Learning (U005) - 15 ECTS
• Certificate of Continuing Professional Development University Teaching and Learning (U006) - 7.5 ECTS

Further information on our programmes is available on our Teaching and Learning website or please join us for an Information Session on Wednesday 11th April at 13.00 in Room G215 Newman building. As this session will take place over lunch-time light refreshments will be provided.

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Accredited Module for Tutors, Demonstrators and Teaching Assistants 10.10.17

UCD Teaching and Learning offers a five ECTS blended learning module for tutors, demonstrators, teaching assistants and others who support the teaching of accredited modules at UCD.

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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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Announcement of Teaching and Learning Awardees 2017 14.06.17

The call for nominations for two new UCD Teaching and Learning award schemes in February this year was met with enthusiasm, inspiring 1674 nominations by faculty, staff and students.  This formal acknowledgement by students and colleagues through the Teaching and Learning Awards nominations system is a welcome reinforcement of the value and impact of teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to student learning.  

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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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New Teaching & Learning Awards 14.02.17

We are delighted to announce two new UCD Teaching and Learning Award schemes. These prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of colleagues who make an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence and the enhancement of student learning. 

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TESTA Workshops 10.02.17

UCD Teaching and Learning, in partnership with colleagues in Trinity College, recently hosted a two-day visit of Professor Tansy Jessop of the TESTA project. TESTA is a research and change process which has been used in more than 50 UK universities and internationally to engender a culture shift in assessment and feedback.

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Seminar Series for Post-doctoral Research Fellows 16.01.17

For the last three years UCD Teaching and Learning in conjunction with UCD HR People & Organisation Development has provided a Seminar Series designed to fit the needs of UCD post-doctoral research fellows. Over 50 participants have so far undertaken the programme.

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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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National Teaching Hero Award 2016 winner Dr Conor Galvin 11.11.16

Congratulations to Dr Conor Galvin, UCD School of Education on winning a national Teaching Hero Award.

“The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) presented 37 Teaching Hero Awards to teachers from Ireland’s higher education sector on Thursday 27 October 2016. The Awards marked the culmination of a 2016 Teaching Hero campaign that saw over 800 higher education teachers nominated by their students for these awards."

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New VideoMaps of UCD Campus Now Available 19.07.16

As part of a SPARC project UCD Access & Lifelong Learning staff and students have created a series of navigational videos of accessible routes around the UCD Belfield campus called "Getting Around UCD". These videos highlight the most commonly used routes around the campus pointing out most of the buildings used by staff, students and visitors.

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Inside Story on the Learning Through Research Symposium 16.04.16

Around a hundred UCD faculty and staff attended the “Learning Through Research” Symposium held by UCD Teaching and Learning on 8th April in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.  The discussions and sharing of good practice at the symposium supported further development of strategies for embedding research in the undergraduate curriculum in line with the objectives of the  Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project taking place this year to review and ehnance all of UCD’s taught programmes.

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UCD Teaching Expert Awards Presented 15.04.16

UCD’s Teaching Expert Awards were presented by Professor Mark Rogers, Registrar and Deputy President at a ceremony on 8th April.  The award recognises staff whose teaching practice evidences excellence in terms of expertise and impact on student learning.  There were four winners two of whom were also winners of the prestigious national Teaching Experts Awards.  

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UCD Digital/Open Badges Pilot: Call 09.03.16

Now seeking expressions of interest for semester 1 & 2- 2016/17

As part of our involvement in the All Aboard Digital Skills in Higher Education national project, we are continuing this academic year with the UCD Digital Badges Pilot Project which will contribute to the exploration and evaluation of the use of digital badges as a means of recording attainment of skills and knowledge by staff and students in Higher Education. Within UCD it is envisaged that the pilot will align with any current or ongoing appropriate implementation activities under UCD’s strategic initiative of Defining Educational Excellence. 

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SPARC Projects 2015-16 16.11.15

SPARC  (Supporting Partnership and Realising Change) is a UCD Teaching & Learning funded initiative to facilitate the delivery of projects aimed at making UCD a better place to live, work and learn. These projects are delivered through staff-student partnerships.


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Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project Update 27.01.16

April 2015 was the starting point of a project to comprehensively review all UCD taught programmes, incorporating the vision for UCD graduates from the UCD Education Strategy.   This Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project adopts an outcomes-led programme approach and structure, informed by specific programme enhancement themes.

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UCD Student Digital Ambassadors Launched 01.02.16

On Thursday, 28 January 2016 the UCD Student Digital Ambassador Initiative was officially launched in association with the All Aboard Project and UCD Teaching & Learning. Professor Bairbre Redmond in her role as Dean of Undergraduate Students and Deputy Registrar of Teaching & Learning outlined the value and importance of this initiative in her welcome address to the cohort of twenty-seven students (across various disciplines in their first, second and third year of study at UCD) who are participating in the year-long initiative.

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Where am I teaching? Urooms 02.10.15

UCD’s new Urooms system proides a visual sense of how teaching spaces are laid-out and upcoming bookings.  Also provided are on-screen pedagogical guidelines and information on equipment and set-up which should be of assistance to lecturers in planning their teaching sessions.

This system was developed through a collaboration of UCD IT Services, UCD Estate Services and UCD Teaching and Learning. 

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SPARC Press Release 02.10.15

UCD Scheme Brings Ideas to Life and Staff and Students Together

A new UCD scheme has students and staff working together to make the campus and surrounding community a better place to learn, work and live.

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Module Map for UCD School of English, Drama and Film 10.08.15

A new interactive module map now provides academic advice for the 900+ students registered to the four main undergraduate programmes in UCD School of English, Drama and Film.  Demonstrating the coherence and flexibility of the subject strands within each programme, the module map helps students navigate the rich module offerings (more than eighty modules across three subjects), in an accessible, informative and user-friendly way.  It outlines programme requirements, identifying the core and option modules available to students at each stage, and provides information on these modules through links to the descriptors or short video or audio recordings by co-ordinators, helping students make informed module choices.  There is a wide array of options in English, particularly at stage three, with Joint Honours students selecting just five modules from a range of nearly fifty options: the module map helps them make these choices in a way that best benefits their learning. 

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Obtain a Qualification in University Teaching 2011 30.03.11

“All higher education institutions must ensure that all teaching staff are both qualified and competent in teaching and learning, and should support ongoing development and improvement of their skills.”  The National Education Strategy to 2030 (Hunt Report)  (see page 62 for a summary of Teaching & Learning recommendations). 

Obtaining a qualification in university teaching will help academics to develop teaching skills and build on their experience.  Seeing the resulting change in students can prove an enriching and rewarding experience.   Finding time for ongoing development poses an increasing challenge for academics. In recognition, the University Teaching & Learning programmes are designed to be highly relevant to academic practice, with a significant proportion of the required student activity taking place within the normal teaching duties of the participants.

Applications for admission to UCD University Teaching & Learning programmes commencing in September 2011 may now be submitted.  Applicants should apply initially for the Graduate Diploma in UTL subsequent early exit with the Graduate Certificate or special Purpose Award is permitted.  See the prospectus for more information.

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