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Programmes and Events 2019-20

Registration for events will open two-three weeks prior to each event on this web page. You will receive a confirmation email within three days, and a further reminder email closer to the date of the event. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy for all of our events. All academic staff members can register for the workshops below at no charge.

In accordance with College's Equal Opportunity Policy, Academic Practice aim to provide accessible training for all staff and students.  Please let us know if you have any specific needs so we can be as accommodating as possible.

Michaelmas Term 2019

Date Event Information

Date: 20th February 2020


Venue: Business School - Tangent

National Forum: Enhancing Creative Curriculum Design and Assessment in STEM

Facilitator: Dr Chrissi Nerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University

Info to follow

Date: 18th February 2020

Venue: Webinars

National Forum: Programme Focused Assessment - Digitial Badges

Info to follow

Date: 11th February 2020

Time:13:30 - 16:30

Venue: Business School

National Forum Seminar Series: Pedagogic Research in Higher Education

Facilitator:Dr Tansy Jessop, Professor of Research Informed Teaching, Southampton Solent University       

Info to follow

Date: 11th February 2020

Time:9:30 - 12:30

Venue: Business School

National Forum Seminar Series: Engaging Staff in Meaningful Change in Assessment Practice

Facilitator:Dr Tansy Jessop, Professor of Research Informed Teaching, Southampton Solent University       

Info to follow

Date: 12th February 2020

Time:14:00 - 17:00

Venue: Room 328, Business School

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National Forum Seminar Series: If competency is the answer...have we asked the right question?

Facilitator: Prof Zubin Austin

This interactive session will focus on the rise of the competency discourse in both professional education and regulation - and some of the inadvertent and unanticipated consequences that have occurred.  The concept of engagement and the role of personal emotional intelligence in supporting  education and practice will be discussed with the objective of enhancing the quality of teaching, learning, assessment, and practice across the professions and the higher education sector.

Zubin Austin BScPhm MBA MISc PhD FCAHS is Professor, Murray Koffler Chair in Management, and Academic Director of the Centre for Practice Excellence at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation - Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. 

Professor Austin’s research focuses on the personal and professional development of the health workforce.  He has published over 120 peer reviewed manuscripts and authored four reference texts.  In 2017, he was installed as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of the Health Sciences, the highest honour for health services researchers in Canada.  He is the only University of Toronto faculty member ever to have received both the President's Teaching Award for excellence in education, and the President's Research Impact Award for the social significance of his research.  He has also been named undergraduate Professor of the Year on 18 separate occasions.

Date: 22nd January 2020

Time:13:00 - 14:00

Venue: Room 1.03, 3-4 Foster Place


CAPSL Lunchtime Seminar: When the unthinkable happens, and we need to radically change teaching strategy and assessment to accommodate acquired disability’. 

Facilitator:Dr Helen Sheridan, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Provost's Teaching Award winner 2019)

In 2012 the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SoPPS) received terrible news. One of our freshman students had sustained a C5 cervical break in an accident that occurred on holiday.  There was tremendous uncertainty as to how the future would play out for this student. We realised that there would be significant challenges ahead if we were to navigate a path for this student to complete a lab-based biomedical degree in Pharmacy. Today I would like to share this story with you and show how academics can radically change teaching and assessment strategies to accommodate acquired disability. Situations like this can  arise overnight for Schools within the University. Our experience may be of benefit. 

Date: 21st January 2020

Time:13:00 - 14:00

Venue: Room 1.03, 3-4 Foster Place

Registration closed

CAPSL Lunchtime Seminar: Managing Expectations for Multicultural Classrooms

Facilitator: Dr Niamh McGoldrick, Global Officer, Schools of Chemistry & Physics

Understanding and managing expectations in a diverse multicultural classroom can be a challenge, especially when many students may be learning through English for the first time. Enabling all students to maximise their learning experiences often results in a richer classroom environment for both the teacher and the learners. This resource and seminar aims to enable academics to design and prepare their classrooms for a multicultural student audience by drawing from personal learnings and international best practice.

Date: 30th October 2019

Time:13:00 - 14:00

Venue: Room 1.03, 3-4 Foster Place

Registration closed

CAPSL Lunchtime Seminar: Graduate attributes: Social constructions and lived experience of university students in Ireland

Facilitator:Ayeshah Emon and Virpi Timonen, School of Social Work & Social Policy

In this presentation, we explore how dominant understandings of students in Irish third-level education are reflected in national policies, filtered through the official and aspirational texts of Irish colleges, and negotiated and contested by students. Specifically, we investigate the attributes of the imagined third-level student in Ireland as reflected in national policies and promoted by higher education institutions, and compare these with the lived realities of students.

Date: 23rd October 2019

Time:13:00 - 14:00

Venue: Room 1.03, 3-4 Foster Place

Registration closed

CAPSL Lunchtime Seminar: Best Practice in Student Assessment Development

Facilitator: Dr Niamh McGoldrick, Global Officer, Schools of Chemistry & Physics

Developing assessments for a diverse classroom is challenging. Assessment performance is a key indicator of student performance and allows staff to evaluate learning objectives and identify student misconceptions. In order to minimise these misconceptions, clear and consistent strategies can be implemented during assessment creation. This seminar will provide practical tips and strategies to support assessment design as well as opportunities to reflect on key learnings from international best practice.

Date: 22nd October 2019

Time:13:05 - 13:50

Venue: Room 1.03, 3-4 Foster Place

Registration closed


CAPSL Lunchtime Seminar: Rubrics in support of Learning and assessment: how to design and integrate to curriculum planning

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

This 45 minutes workshop will outline how rubrics can be integrated to curriculum design to support learning and assessment, in face-to-face and online environments.  Participants will work in small groups to complete a rubric template or sample rubric of their own, and share perspectives on challenges and benefits aligned with the approach.

Participant prework/preparation: Participants should be familiar with the the '4 key features of rubric; key benefits of using rubrics, and the six-step approach to the development of a rubric' as introduced in the 2018 TEP two-page resource 'Rubrics in support of learning and Assessment' (Roche, 2018).  This will be emailed to registered attendees in advance of the workshop and workshop activities will proceed on the assumption that participants are familiar with its contents.

Participants will be supported in the development of/ adaptation of rubrics for use in their own teaching and/or assessment - rubrics will be designed to includes the four essential features of a rubric.  Common barriers and challenges to the effective development and use of rubrics, and how those challenges and barriers might be overcome, will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify new, additional or improved ways to use rubrics in their own setting

  • Develop a rubric for use in their own setting that includes the four essential features of a rubric 


Date: 11th November 2019

Time:9.30 to 1pm.

Venue: St. Patricks campus, Drumcondra.


Eportfolio Ireland

Keynote: Kristina Hoeppner, from Catalyst IT, New Zealand

A Connect & Converse session will be held to share eportfolio practice. The value of the Eportfolio Ireland community is to share experiences and seek to learn from others at these events. The format of Connect & Converse is a 10 minute presentation/discussion in small groups as participants rotate around the room. If you would like to share what you have been doing with eportfolio in your institution, what you would like to try, or would simply welcome feedback on your initiative from others in the field, please just send a 5 line description of would you would like to discuss by email to Tables are limited.

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