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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/.

 

National Forum consultation document
AISHE National Forum submission
AIT National Forum submission
DCU National Forum submission
DIT National Forum submission
DIT Community Links National Forum submission
DKIT National Forum submission
DRHEA National Forum submission
EDIN National Forum submission
FACiLiTATE National Forum submission
Griffith College National Forum submission
HEA Capital Programmes National Forum submission
HEA European Programmes National Forum submission
QQI National Forum submission
IFUT National Forum submission
ILTA National Forum submission
IOTI National Forum submission
ITB National Forum submission
ITS National Forum submission
LIN National Forum submission
MIC National Forum submission
NAIRTL National Forum submission
NCI National Forum submission
NCSE National Forum submission
NDLR National Forum submission
NUIG National Forum submission
NUIM National Forum submission
RIA National Forum submission
SFI National Forum submission
St. Angela's College, Sligo National Forum submission
SPD National Forum submission
St. Patrick's College, Thurles National Forum submission
TCD National Forum submission
Trinity Inclusive Curriculum National Forum submission
TUI National Forum submission
UCC National Forum submission
UCD National Forum submission
UCD Ed. Tech. Officer National Forum submission
UL National Forum submission
WIT National Forum submission
Synthesis of HEIs' submissions to National Forum consultation
Synthesis of submissions to National Forum from agencies, networks and professional bodies
National Forum implementation plan
DES National Forum press release
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