Teaching and Learning
National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
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 through the provision of more broad-based, interdisciplinary curricula;
- enhancing the flexibility of programme-provision;
- strengthening the focus on learning outcomes to ensure that all graduates acquire key competences.
The National Forum was established following a public consultation process, overseen by the HEA, to which 39 submissions were received from a range of stakeholders.
The membership of the Board of the National Forum is detailed in the table below.
|Chairperson||Dr Lynn Ramsey|
|Deputy Chair/IUA nominee||Professor Mary Clarke||University College Dublin|
|HEA nominee||Tim Conlon||Higher Education Authority|
|HEA/DES nominee||Dr Sharon Feeney||Technological University Dublin|
|HEA/DES nominee||Claire McGee||Irish Business and Employers Confederation|
|Director of Academic Affairs and Deputy CEO of THEA||Dr Jim Murray||Technological Higher Education Association|
|Director of Academic Affairs of IUA||Lewis Purser||Irish Universities Association|
|THEA nominee||Dr Niall Seery||Athlone Institute of Technology|
|THEA nominee||Professor Jacqueline McCormack||Institute of Technology Sligo|
|THEA nominee||Dr Áine Ní Shé||Cork Institute of Technology|
|IUA nominee||Professor Kerstin Mey||University of Limerick|
|IUA nominee||Professor Paul McSweeney||University College Cork|
|USI nominee||Kevin McStravock||Union of Students in Ireland|
|QQI nominee||Karena Maguire||Quality and Qualifications Ireland|
|HECA nominee||Dr Leo Casey||National College of Ireland|
Working in close partnership with the sector, the National Forum aims to enhance the quality of the learning-experience for all students in Irish higher education. Four strategic priorities have been identified for the period 2018 to 2021. These include:
- Building a Professional Development Framework for those who teach;
- Teaching & Learning Enhancement within disciplines through competitive funding calls;
- Teaching and Learning in a digital world;
- Enabling Student Success.
Full details of the work of the National Forum are available at http://teachingandlearning.ie.