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Academic Practice offers a variety of workshops, webinars and events to support teaching excellence across the disciplines. Drawing from leading edge research and practice, our events are facilitated in collaboration with academics from within the disciplines.

Workshops & Events

Writing Retreats Summer 2022

Catch Up

We know it's not always possible to attend a session you may be interested in. Please see previous events that ran in 21-22 that may have a recording for you to watch.

Our full Academic Practice playlist can be found on YouTube.

Digital Futures in Higher Education Practice & Policy

Designing Learning Outcomes for Labs

Team Based Learning: Optimising Active & Collaborative Learning.

Building a community of inquiry online: Deepening student experiential learning

Constructive alignment & assessment rubrics in interprofessional education.

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

Practices in the disciplines – opportunities & challenges of digital education 

Supervising Research Students Remotely

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Past Events

Events in 2020-2021

Events in 2019-2020

Professional Development Events 2020-21

Scholarship in Teaching and Learning: Positioning your paper for Publication - Academic Practice lunchtime event

Friday August 13th 2021, 13:00 - 14:00

Academic Practice is delighted to welcome Dr Aileen Barrett, editor-in-chief of The Clinical Teacher this August 2021. Aileen is a specialist in health professions education and supervises research projects in clinical education at NUI Galway. Dr Barrett led the national development of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for GP training and is a member of EXQUISITE, the European Center of Excellence in Qualitative Inquiry and Study in Training and Education (for health). Aileen’s seminar focuses on positioning work for publication. Participants will be supported to develop strategies to best respond to review comments and to develop insight into the submission and peer review process.

Thinking about Publication in Teaching and Learning  - Academic Practice lunchtime event

Friday 16 July 2021, 13:00-13:45 

The past year has required colleagues involved in higher education to devote substantial time and effort to adapting their teaching and learning, a process that has driven a great deal of reflection about best practices in teaching and learning. This process has also generated both demand and opportunities for high quality research in the fields of teaching and learning, as educators seek to ground their practice in approaches that are informed by clear and consistent theoretical principles, and that builds on evidence drawn from the practical experiences of educators. In this lunchtime event, Moira Maguire (editor of the Journal of the All Ireland Society for Higher Education) and Brendan O’Connell (School of English, TCD) will lead a discussion highlighting opportunities for publication in teaching and learning, followed by a discussion with group participants. All colleagues are warmly invited to participate and to share their perspectives. 

Writing Retreats 2020-21

Academic Practice welcomes you to join one or more of three online ‘writing retreats’ intended to support dissemination/publication in the area of ‘Teaching and Learning' on Fri 18th June, Friday 16th July, and Friday 13th August.

Participating in a structured writing retreat is intended to support academics to ‘block out’ time to work on or complete a piece of academic writing. These three retreat days are intended to support colleagues to disseminate/publish on areas relating to their academic practice (typically teaching and learning).

The retreats are task-oriented and colleagues will be encouraged and supported to identify achievable writing goals and progress through a series of structured writing prompts facilitated by members of the Academic Practice team. We are conscious that finding time and space to write can be challenging and for this reason, we typically suggest participants turn emails off and ‘out of office’ on for the day. 

We anticipate that participants registering for any/all of these retreat days will be working on projects that have already been ‘developed’ (e.g. research/organisation is completed and data analysed in advance). Colleagues considering developing a project or reflection in the area of teaching and learning are encouraged to clarify this at point of registration and/or to contact to discuss ideas for related work in advance of the retreat(s).

Webinars/Virtual Clinics 2020-21

Since summer 2020, Academic Practice has been running a series of virtual clinics on Adapting our Teaching for Learning Online. Recordings of all virtual clinics can be found within the Adapting our Teaching for Learning Online Module.

Recommended recordings are as follows:

  • Fostering student engagement - virtual clinic focused on enhancing interactivity in digital teaching
  • Assessment - virtual clinic focused on assessment practice and integrity online - 30th June 2020
  • Adapting Lectures for Online Delivery -virtual clinic focused on adapting ‘traditional’ lecture delivery for the online context - 6th October 2020
  • Humanising Remote Teaching & Learning - virtual clinic focused on community building in online teaching - 13th October 2020
  • Adapting our Teaching - general session - 18th November 2020
  • Designing Open-Book Assessments for Remote Contexts (Reports/Essays/Discursive) Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - 23rd Nov 2020
  • Designing Open-Book Assessments for Remote Contexts (Short-Answer/Calculations) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - 24th Nov 2020
  • Designing Open-Book Assessments for Remote Contexts (Competency-based/’Performance’) Health Sciences - 25th Nov 2020

Academic Practice Seminars as part of the National Forum Series 2021

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.


Professional Development 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.


Date Event Information

Date: 25th March 2020

Time:13:00 - 12:00

Venue: Zoology

This event is now cancelled

CAPSL Lunchtime Seminar: How to engage students in a subject they might not have chosen.

Facilitator: Prof Celia Holland, School of Natural Sciences

Celia will facilitate a discussion about the challenges of teaching students a subject that they might not have chosen but is an important part of their training. She will emphasise ways in which to engage students and a process in which such a module became assessed entirely by continuous assessment with no examination component. She will also highlight issues such as the importance of recording how you perceive the success or otherwise of a given session or module and the dangers of over assessment.

Date: 22nd January 2020

Time:13:00 - 14:00

Venue: Room 1.03, 3-4 Foster Place

Registration closed

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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