National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, T.D., on 22nd November 2012. The National Forum is the key system-level infrastructure for the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education, and for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 in this area. These recommendations include providing all students with the highest quality teaching and learning experience; integrating research with teaching and learning; enhancing the first-year experience of students through the provision of more broad-based, interdisciplinary curricula; enhancing the flexibility of programme provision; and strengthening the focus on learning outcomes to ensure that all graduates acquire the key transferable skills and core competences that are needed in the economy and society of the twenty-first century.
The National Forum was established following a consultative process, overseen by the HEA, to which 39 submissions were received from a range of stakeholders. The consultation document, the submissions received, syntheses of these submissions, and the implementation plan that was developed on the basis of these, are all accessible via the links at the bottom of this page.
The membership of the inaugural Board of the National Forum is detailed in the table below.
|Chairperson||Professor Sarah Moore||University of Limerick|
|HEA / DES nominees||Dr. Patrick Geoghegan||Trinity College Dublin|
|To be confirmed|
|To be confirmed|
|IOTI nominees||Ms. Jen Harvey||Dublin Institute of Technology|
|Dr. Martin Fitzgerald||Limerick Institute of Technology|
|Dr. Joseph Ryan||Athlone Institute of Technology|
|IUA nominees||Prof. Mark Brown||Dublin City University|
|Dr. Iain McClaren||National University of Ireland, Galway|
|Dr. Aidan Mulkeen||National University of Ireland, Maynooth|
|QQI nominee||Ms. Karena Maguire||Quality & Qualifications Ireland|
|USI nominee||Mr. Jack Leahy||Union of Students in Ireland|
|HECA nominee||Ms. Naomi Jackson||Dublin Business School|
Through the establishment of a national digital platform for teaching and learning resources and research outputs, the National Forum will build on the key online teaching and research resources that have been developed for the sector in recent years, as well as on the collegiality that has supported these. This online platform will be a one-stop-shop and showcase for teaching excellence in Irish higher education that unlocks collective approaches to addressing common challenges. The National Forum will strive to ensure that all students have the best environment in which to learn, and that academics have the tools to provide excellence in teaching.
For further details of the work of the National Forum, please see http://teachingandlearning.ie/.
Posted 01:01am Jan 1