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Academic Practice supports the professional development of academic staff and those supporting teaching and learning in Trinity throughout their career.  We offer a wide variety of workshops, consultancies and events in academic practice showcasing best practice in Trinity through seminars and discussion fora led by academics from within the disciplines. 

Academic Practice Workshops 2021-22

Date: Tuesday 25th January 2022

Time: 14:00 – 14:50

Venue: Online

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Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Facilitator: Dr Jonny Johnston  

  • A Teaching Philosophy Statement is a short reflective document in which you define, discuss and clarify your perspectives on teaching and student learning.
  • Teaching Philosophy Statements are typically used reflectively (e.g. for self-development) or for summative reasons (e.g. as part of an application portfolio affording evaluators insight into your ethos of teaching). 
  • This workshop introduces key aspects of teaching philosophy statements, and supports you to develop you own statement using a structured series of writing prompts.

Date: 15th Dec 2021

Time: 13:00 – 14:00 (14:00 – 15:00 optional)

Venue: Online

Registration is now closed for this event

 

Teaching Philosophy Statements 

Facilitators: Dr Ciara O'Farrell, Head of Academic Practice & Dr Jonny Johnston, Academic Developer

  • A Teaching Philosophy Statement is a short reflective document in which you define, discuss, and clarify your perspectives on teaching and student learning.
  • Teaching Philosophy Statements are typically used reflectively (e.g. for self-development) or for summative reasons (e.g. as part of an application portfolio affording evaluators insight into your ethos of teaching). 

The first hour of this interactive workshop (1 – 2) provides attendees with an introduction to teaching philosophy statements (TPS). Colleagues are then supported to develop their own statement in response to a structured series of writing prompts, working both on their own and with their peers. 

The optional second hour of the workshop (2 – 3) is held as a ‘writing retreat’ hour – colleagues are welcome to use this supervised writing time to further or finalise their own Teaching Philosophy Statement. Participants are supported to engage in constructive peer review of TPS at various points across the workshop. 

National Forum Seminar Series 2021-22

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 2022 - A full list can be found on the National Forum website.

Date Event Information

Date: 18th Jan 2022 - Postponed

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Venue: TBC

 

Designing Learning Outcomes for Labs

Facilitators: Dr. Andrew Garrard, University of Sheffield & Dr.Adam Funnell, University of Sheffield

The ability to deliver effective laboratories in higher education came under sharp focus during the pandemic with the move to online teaching and learning. Prior to this move, the department of Multidisciplinary Engineering Education in the University of Sheffield had re-examined their approach to the provision of labs across engineering programmes. As a result they developed a new model for lab delivery, one that included rigorous development of learning outcomes for the labs, with a focus on the cross disciplinary nature of practical engineering skills. During the pandemic they found that these changes facilitated a somewhat smoother transition of labs to the online mode than may otherwise have been expected. 

In this workshop Dr. Andrew Garrard and Dr. Adam Funnell will outline their experiences of refocusing the labs within the engineering programmes in the University of Sheffield, and what worked and what didn't during the pandemic. 
As part of the workshop, you will be guided through the process of developing effective learning outcomes for your labs that are situated within the wider context of the module and the associated programme. You will also be facilitated in the development of lab types that can be used both to achieve different types of learning outcomes and different modes of lab delivery. 

This event has been funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Date: 21st Jan 2022 - Postponed

Time: TBC

Venue: TBC

 

Digital Futures in Higher Education Practice and Policy

Facilitator:Professor Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Bayne teaches into Edinburgh’s MSc in Digital Education and is the Director of Edinburgh’s Centre for Digital Education and also Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. Her research interests revolve around digital futurity in education and the changes undergoing learning and teaching as it shifts online – current interests include critical approaches to teacher automation, open and distance education, and the application of theory from the humanities and social sciences to digital education.

Participants in the session will be able to:

LO1: Reflect on existing digital education practices
LO2: Discuss challenges arising from digital innovation in academic teaching practice
LO3: Join the conversation around the evolving shape of current and future educational practices

In this seminar, Prof. Bayne will outline key challenges relating to digital futures in policy and practice in higher education. The keynote and workshop act as a provocative call to action as much as a resource and inspiration for those grappling with the questions of ‘what next’ in digital education.

This event has been funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Date: Rescheduled to 22nd March 2022

Time: 9:30 - 12:00

Venue: Room 115, Tangent, School of Business

 

Building a community of inquiry online: Deepening student experiential learning

Workshop Leader: Professor Felicity Kelliher is a Professor of Management Practice at the School of Business, Waterford Institute of Technology Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Research Council and past-Chair of the Irish Academy of Management.

Laine Abria and Alex McKibben, fourth year Pharmacy students on 16 week experiential placement in 'role emerging education' aligned with TCD Academic practice (Sept to December 2021) will also share their experience(s) and observations.

Facilitator: Dr Cicely Roche (rocheci@tcd.ie)

This interactive workshop introduces participants to the process of creating meaningful collaborative online student learning experience through targeted teaching presence, underpinned by the educational Community of Inquiry (ECoI) framework (Garrison et al., 2000). ECoI will be used to first address course design and then course implementation (Swan et al., 2014). Tools including guided reflection and questioning instructional methods will be used to consider how a balance of direct instruction and facilitation (Nasir et al., 2018) can help guide learners’ written or audio-recorded reflections based on assigned readings and personal experience. Discipline specific questioning methods will be used to consider how learner reflections can be challenged through the inquiry lens, thereby moving away from superficial discussion responses to more meaningful dialogue and engagement with tutor and peers, ultimately leading to greater learning outcomes (Hambacher et al., 2018). Examples of both individual and group inquiry activities will help participants consider the optimum level of online teacher presence and influence. This approach can help build a community of inquiry, where learners reply to the teacher and/or peer questions through dialogue, modelling and facilitation (Liu, 2018). This thinking-encouraging approach is effective in engaging and challenging online learners, reinforced by an iterative peer feedback loop as a scalable intervention (Fillusa et al., 2018). Considerations include scaffolding, instructional design, and understanding students’ comfort level with collaborative online work (Robinson et al., 2017). Examples of how rubrics can be built to map learner inquiry skill development to programme assignments will form part of the workshop.

Please note that Professor Kelliher's presentations, at the beginning/ end of the workshop will be recorded and the recording will be made available on the National Forum and TCD websites after the event.

Learning outcomes - at the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • 1. Understand the principles of the educational community of enquiry (ECoI) framework. 
  • 2. Describe the benefits and challenges of using ECoI framework in undergraduate education. 
  • 3. Plan for the introduction of ECoI to curriculum design. 
  • 4. Explore the potential for alignment of a community of Inquiry approach with experiential learning placements.

This event has been funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Date: Rescheduled to 22nd March 2022

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Venue: Room 115, Tangent, School of Business

 

 

Team Based Learning: Optimising Active and Collaborative Learning.

Workshop Leader: Dr Simon Tweddell, Bradford University.

Facilitator: Dr Cicely Roche (rocheci@tcd.ie)

This short workshop aims to introduce participants to Team-Based Learning (TBL) by experiencing it as a student would. TBL is a student-centred ‘flipped’ learning and teaching strategy designed to engage students through a process of preparation, assessment and application of knowledge. It shifts the focus of classroom time from conveying course concepts by the teacher to the application of course concepts by student learning teams. Participants will learn the principles of TBL through active and collaborative learning and will learn about and be able to question the expert facilitator on his experiences of using TBL over the last 9 years. 

Please note that Dr Tweddell's presentations, at the beginning and end of the workshop will be recorded and the recording will be made available on NF and TCD websites after the event.

Learning outcomes - at the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explain the essential elements that make up a team-based learning unit 
  • Describe the benefits and challenges of using TBL 
  •  Plan for the introduction of team-based learning to a curriculum.

This event has been funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Previous events in 2021-22

Date: 19th October 2021

Time: 14:00 - 16:30

Venue: Online via Zoom

Registration is now closed for this event

Constructive alignment and assessment rubrics in interprofessional education.

Facilitators:Dr Vernon Curran, Associate Dean of Educational Development, Memorial University of Newfoundland & Dr Cicely Roche,Associate Professor in Practice of Pharmacy & Trinity Education Fellow/ Academic Developer, Trinity College Dublin

Learning outcomes:

  1. Identify the contribution of constructive alignment to IPE assessment of/as/for learning
  2. Identify the contribution of assessment rubrics to IPE assessment of/as/for learning
  3. Appraise the level of constructive alignment within current IPE activities and associated assessments
  4. Formulate sample rubrics items for IPE assessments5.Reflect on the application of constructive alignment and assessment rubrics to IPE

Link to Poster for Event

Date: 9th November 2021

Time: 14:00 - 17:00

Venue: Zoom

Recording 1 - What is the role of an ePortfolio in supporting life-long learning?

Recording 2 - A student perspective on on learning with an eportfolio 1

Recording 3 - A student perspective on on learning with an eportfolio 2

Recording 4 - A student perspective on on learning with an eportfolio 3

 

 

ePortfolios for experiential learning: Guided by theory, cultivated by Students

Facilitator: Dr Cicely Roche

Keynote speakers: Prof Kathleen Yancey & Prof Tracy Penny Light

This event has been funded by VIT&L – National Forum for Teaching and Learning

Keynote presentations by Prof Kathleen Yancey (FSU, ePortfolio-as-Curriculum: Models and Practices for Developing Students' ePortfolio Literacy) and Prof Tracy Penny Light (SGU, ‘Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors’) will be interspersed with interactive presentations facilitated by Aisling Reast (Hibernia College, Registrar) and Dr Orna Farrell (DCU).

The symposium will then hear from students Laine Abria (TCD) and Alex McKibben (RCSI), mid-way through a 16-week experiential placement in 'role emerging education' (Preceptor Dr Cicely Roche) as part of their 4th year studies.  Laine and Alex are exploring the concept of ePortfolios, in the context of experiential learning and from the student's perspective, and will share their findings and observations with speakers and attendees.

VIT&L National Forum Logo

Date: 17th November 2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Online via Zoom

Recording

 

Practices in the disciplines – opportunities and challenges of digital education 

This event has been funded by VIT&L – National Forum for Teaching and Learning

Keynote speaker: Dr Peter Bryant (University of Sydney)
Lightning talks: Prof Christine Morris, Dr Cormac McGuinness, Ms Chrissie Poulter and Dr David McReynolds (TCD)
Facilitators: Dr Caitríona Ní Shé and Dr Pauline Rooney

This online seminar and workshop will feature a keynote presentation by Dr Peter Bryant of the University of Sydney (Associate Dean Education & Associate Professor Business Education), who will explore and reflect on how the move online due to the pandemic has changed university teaching and learning approaches.  ‘Being a part of 'Our Place' in a disrupted world: Designing a transformative and connected learning experience at the University of Sydney Business School during and post pandemic’ 

This will be followed by four interactive, discipline specific breakout sessions. Trinity academics will lead these with a short “lightning” presentation on a digital teaching/assessment approach that worked well for them and that they would like to keep post-pandemic. 

  • Prof Christine Morris, School of Histories and Humanities
  • Dr Cormac McGuinness, School of Physics 
  • Ms Chrissie Poulter, School of Creative Arts 
  • Dr David McReynolds, School of Dental Science 

An activity will follow within each breakout session where participants will get an opportunity to further explore challenges and implications for their own teaching and learning practices and disciplinary contexts and consider next steps.

Focus of the event:
To facilitate participants to consider and explore discipline specific digital practices and how they can be brought forward into a post-pandemic teaching and learning environment.

VIT&L National Forum Logo

 

Date: 10th Dec 2021

Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Venue: Online

Registration is now closed for this event

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Supervising Research Students Remotely - Joint session with UCD

Facilitator: Professor Bob Harris, Director of Doctoral Programmes, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

This online workshop is being run in collaboration with UCD and is part of an IUA collaborative webinar series which forms part of the Research Supervisor Development Programme for 21-22. With the probability of blended teaching and learning activities being embedded in higher education following the pandemic, supports and mechanisms for remote research supervision need to be contextualized for all stakeholders. Irish universities must facilitate mechanisms which successfully address the many challenges that online supervision has brought to the professional student-supervisor relationship.

This seminar will highlight the valuable learning obtained around the pedagogy of supervising research students remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and the adaptation of this learning in the context of best supervisory practice going forward.

Learning outcomes: i) How to effectively engage with remote research supervision, ii) peer to peer learning between participants, iii) Facilitation reflection on pros and cons of remote supervision and iv) supporting the creation of a community of practice in research supervision nationally.

This event has been funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Academic Practice Lunchtime Seminar Series

These brief and informal gatherings invite a variety of topics relating to teaching and learning or academic practice.  Each session is chaired/facilitated by a presenter/facilitator from across the College community who share an aspect of learning and teaching of interest to them. 

 Objectives:

  • to foster connection and community amongst those who teach and support learning at Trinity College Dublin
  • to encourage the sharing of challenges and successes of teaching & learning across the disciplines 
  • to promote reflection on enhancing teaching and learning, supported by colleagues
  • to cultivate a lively exchange among participants
  • to facilitate collaborative inquiry of best practice and scholarly research in teaching and learning amongst new and experienced faculty/staff

If you have an idea for a lunchtime seminar that you would like to present to your colleagues, or a conversation that you would like to lead in the area of teaching and learning, please contact Jade.Concannon@tcd.ie

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