Awards, Grants & Fellowships

Learning Enhancement Projects

About the Learning Enhancement Projects

A total allocation of €170,000 was made available in late 2019 through the HEA and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to stimulate and support small-scale local enhancement projects, aligned to one or more of the following strategic priorities: 

  1. The professional development of all those who teach
  2. Teaching and learning in a digital world
  3. Teaching and learning enhancement within and across disciplines
  4. Student success

UCD Teaching and Learning consulted with a broad cross-section of the UCD community including students, faculty and staff to help identify areas within and across schools and units that could benefit from small-scale enhancement funding.  Informed by the consultation, a competitive scheme was put in place with the oversight of an advisory group comprised of members of the UCD community.  Applications were invited for grants of up to €5,000.  90 applications were submitted, including 14 cross-disciplinary applications. The strong engagement from staff and students with which the call was met was most welcome, particularly in light of the requirement for active student involvement.  There were seven adjudication panels, one for each college and a non-college panel. 

Forty-five interesting and diverse Learning Enhancement projects were funded.  A number of these managed to complete by the original timeline whilst other projects are working to an extended deadline due to the pandemic.  The first of the completed projects are showcased below.  Congratulations to the teams on the successful completion of their projects. 

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Completed Learning Enhancement Projects

Learning Enhancement Projects Funded

 

Principal Applicant

School/College

Project Title

Dr Martin Brady

Classics

Access Classics: Facilitating Outreach Through Our Student Cohort

Dr Julie Brooks

History

Building and developing student capabilities in digital preservation

Dr Naomi McAreavey

Arts & Humanities

Designing and piloting a blended professional training module for postgraduate tutors in the Arts and Humanities

Dr Teresa Cecilio

Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Introduction to Common European Framework and the Companion – a supplementary self managed toolkit for Portuguese language for A1 level. 

Dr Mary Farrelly

Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Living Multilingually: Online Tools for Empowering Language Learners in Transition

Dr Paul Perry

English, Drama & Film

Creative Writing Support at The Writing Centre

Professor Eamonn Delahunt

Public Heath, Physiotherapy & Sports Science

Is a “Connected Curriculum” achievable in UCD? (a pilot study of five undergraduate programmes across the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences).

Dr Thomas Flanagan

Medicine

Conquering ‘Neurophobia’ Using AXON: An Interactive Multimedia Resource for Enhanced Understanding of Neuroanatomy by Medicine Students

Assoc Professor Helen Gallagher

Medicine

An integrated, technology-enhanced approach to prescribing education in medical degree programmes.

Ms Pamela Kelly

Veterinary Medicine

Implementation of veterinary business management education using blended learning across the veterinary medicine curriculum.

Ms Renagh Kelly

Veterinary Medicine

“Project I.V.”: Veterinary Clinical Skills Mastery through student involvement in Simulation Model Creativity

Dr Mark Pickering

Medicine

Interdisciplinary, student-led design of innovative 3D learning tools in human anatomy.

Dr Catherine Redmond

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Development of an interdisciplinary curricular framework to promote effective teaching and learning of evidence-based practice

Ms Nicola Walshe

Veterinary Medicine

Communication Skills Project - the development of a professional skill that is critical to student success

Dr Sarah Cotterill

Civil Engineering

Digital resources to improve student access to practical applications of environmental engineering.

Dr Kevin Nolan

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Digital Animation for Educators Enabling a Library of World Leading Learning Content

Ms Mairead O’Reilly

Engineering and Architecture

New Dimensions

Assoc Professor Vikram Pakrashi

College of Engineering & Architecture

Design of Physical Models for Classical Mechanics Teaching and Learning (College level application)

Dr Marcus Baumann

Chemistry

MoLECULE - Modern Laboratory Experiments for Chemistry Undergraduate Learning Enhancement

Assoc Professor Eimear Byrne

Mathematics

A concrete approach to learning algebraic coding theory using a computer algebra system.

Dr Adam Kane

Biology and Environmental Science

A Crash Course in Data Handling with R

Assoc Professor Pauline Mellon

Mathematics

Geometric Visualisation - Using the mathematical software Maple to enhance the teaching and learning of Geometry for student and teacher success.

Dr Adamaria Perrotta

Mathematics

How coding languages and FinCad Analytics Suite for Excel can facilitate a sensemaking to quantitative finance: a learner-centered and EBS approach to teaching Computational Finance

Dr Takfarinas Saber

Computer Science

Digitisation for Localised Lecturing Material in BDIC (DiLLeMa-BDIC)

Dr Sharon Shannon

Physics

Improving the Professional Practice of Teaching Assistants via EDI Awareness

Dr Craig Slattery

Biomolecular & Biomedical Science

E-learning supports for enhancement of student learning in Regulatory Affairs & Toxicology

Assoc Professor Emma Sokell

Physics

Improving the consistency of the 1st year laboratory experience in UCD Science

Dr Gavin Stewart

Biology and Environmental Science

Enhancing teaching and learning in UCD biology by tackling stress amongst students and staff.

Ms Rachel Farrell

Education

Virtual Reality (VR) in Initial Teacher Education: Towards a model of collaborative professional development for university methods lecturers, school placement mentors and student teachers.

Assoc Professor Crystal Fulton

Information & Communication Studies

UG Research Accelerator for the Social Sciences

Dr Deirdre McGillicuddy

Education

UCD Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) Network

Assoc Professor Louise McHugh

Psychology

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to reduce academic procrastination

Dr Sarah Morton

Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Fulfilling potential: supporting community engagement progression students through peer networking, educational skills development and enhancement of digital literacy.

Dr Brendan O’Neill

Archaeology

Building Futures: A Samburu/Irish teaching collaboration

Assoc Professor Jennifer Symonds

Education

Human Learning: Promoting Students’ Psychosocial Competencies Associated with Success in College Through a School-to-College Transition Support Programme

Dr Tobias Theiler

Politics & International Relations

Introducing Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to a Stage 2 International Relations module

Assoc Professor Niamh Moore-Cherry

College of Social Sciences & Law

Developing a tutor training and recognition programme for the Social Sciences (College level application)

Dr Quinn Dupont

Business

Enhancing the Scholarly Value Chain: The Blockchain Research Network

Mr Matt Glowatz

Business

Development and implementation of a multi-disciplinary interactive multimedia business case study to advance students’ digital business skills for both academic and professional development

Mr Allen Higgins

Business

Resources for Experiential Learning of the Disability Environment for a new module (MIS20090 Design Thinking).

Dr Sean Power

Business

Actively learning accounting analytics through task-based simulation

Dr Jamie O'Neill

College of Business

Creating a diversity of learning and teaching experiences in using lightboard technology (College level application)

Mr James Molloy

Library

Looking through the green lens

Dr Lisa Padden

Access & Lifelong Learning

Access Student Supports: Designing Online Workshops and Resources

Project Outputs

The original completion date for projects was the end of December 2020.  Project teams were invited to apply for a project extension, if necessary, due to challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.  A number of projects will end by the original completion date and others will avail of an extension.  All projects will be complete by 31st May 2021.

Recipients of funding are required to showcase and disseminate the approach taken and key outcomes from their project at a Teaching and Learning event(s) and through the development of a case study for publication on the UCD T&L website.