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National Forum Seminar Series

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is the national body responsible for leading and advising on the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education.

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Who are these seminars for?

The National Forum Seminar Series gives those working in higher education the opportunity to connect with colleagues and to focus on shared interests in both the research and practice of teaching and learning enhancement. The series also creates opportunities to hear from national and international experts in different areas of teaching and learning.

Academic Practice Seminars as part of the National Forum Series 2021 - Register Here for Upcoming Events

Date Event Information

Date: 28th January 2021

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Venue: Zoom


Scalable Assessment Strategies for Digital Contexts

Facilitator: Professor Diana Laurillard (Professor of Learning with Digital Technology, University College London UCL)

In this interactive workshop/digital seminar, Professor Laurillard will present on the pedagogies of engagement for teaching and learning online, drawing on the now seminal Conversational Framework approach (Laurillard 1993, 2002).

Academic Practice at Trinity is delighted to host Professor Laurillard and is grateful to the National Forum for Teaching and Learning for providing funding supporting the event.

Date: TBC


Venue: Online

Academic Practice, with support from the National Forum Seminar Series, welcomes you to: Adapting to 3rd-level Assessment: Has the Student Voice been Lost in Transition?

Learning Objectives:

  • Inform the ongoing conversation between students, educators, policy makers, and other ‘experts’ by (re)profiling the voice of those students directly impacted by the enforced rapid change in assessment practices
  • Support development of learner agency and assessment literacy in students transitioning into HE and across programme years
  • Inform educational strategies and practices to enable transitioning students, faculty, staff, and institutions to manage assessment in the aftermath of Covid-19
  • Develop learner independence and student co-ownership of learning and assessment

Date: Thursday 8th October

Time:15:00 – 16:00

Venue: MS Teams


Academic Practice, with support from the National Forum Seminar Series, welcomes you to:

Digital professionalism for all those who teach

Facilitator: Dr Cicely Roche, Academic Practice / School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Presenter: Dr Rachel Ellaway, Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences & Director of the Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES), Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada.

Even though digital technologies have been a part of professional education and practice for several decades, we are still exploring and accommodating their many impacts and implications. The comprehensive shift to using digital platforms for education and healthcare provision in response to the COVID-19 emergency has made this a critical concern for all those involved in training professionals of any kind.

One area that has been substantially transformed has been how we think about, teach, and assess professionalism in a digitally-mediated world. This is articulated in the concept of ‘digital professionalism’, a key tenet of which is that “despite the many risks and fears surrounding their use, digital media are not an intrinsic threat to medical professionalism’.
Using a team-based learning approach, Dr Ellaway will guide participants through an exploration of the concepts of digital professionalism and their application in health professions education. Key issues such as professional proficiency, reputation, and responsibility will be covered through a series of worked examples. The principles of awareness,  alignment, assessment, and accountability will be used to articulate an integrated approach to applying and ensuring digital professionalism is robustly considered in the training of tomorrow’s health professionals.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the key issues and debates in digital professionalism in health professional education.
2. Apply concepts of digital professionalism to their own teaching, learning, and scholarly activities.