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  • Eportfolios: creating reusable artefacts to make learning and teaching visible

    19 Mar
    Eportfolios: creating reusable artefacts to make learning and teaching visible

    Eportfolios are a flexible, dynamic way in which students can document their learning over time. The added convenience in being online is that artefacts created as part of learning can be used across multiple purposes. In the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, students have been using the eportfolio system Pathbrite as a way of collecting evidence of their learning. As the students in this program are also teachers, the eportfolio serves the purpose of both learning and teaching repository.

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  • CIRTL Seminar: Engaged Pedagogies, Mar 8

    02 Mar
    CIRTL Seminar: Engaged Pedagogies, Mar 8

    Engaged pedagogy begins with the premise that students want an education that is meaningful, that encompasses the whole person and ignites their passion. It recognises the importance of connecting student learning to real world examples, and of helping the student to connect theory to practice and their lived experiences, so that they become reflexive, critical thinkers.

    The CIRTL seminar presents examples of engaged pedagogies being employed in two different disciplines, but the learning from these practices are relevant to all disciplines. These case studies will focus on two key areas:

    • student focussed learning and public engagement in the music history classroom, including empowering students to conduct individual and group research, and to present their research findings in engaged (and engaging!) public concerts and websites
    • bedside teaching as the means by which students learn how to think and how to perform like doctors. In this example all stakeholders are involved in the learning process in the hospital setting whether in Cork University Hospital or in a rural hospital in Peru.
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  • CIRTL Seminar: Active learning approaches, Feb 20

    14 Feb
    CIRTL Seminar: Active learning approaches, Feb 20

    Active learning is about engaging students in the learning process as active participants and ‘activating’ students to take charge of their own learning. There are multiple examples of how to enhance student learning through active learning approaches and this CIRTL seminar will focus on two key topics:

    • the opportunities provided through Technology Enhanced Learning to support active learning approaches with a focus on Blackboard 
    • the use of multiple means of action and expression for students across differing years of study to activate learning
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  • CIRTL Seminar: Addressing diversity through Universal Design for Learning, Feb 8th

    31 Jan
    CIRTL Seminar: Addressing diversity through Universal Design for Learning, Feb 8th

    A growing diversity in the student population creates new challenges for teachers every day. Universal Design for Learning UDL is a framework for learning that assumes variety among students and works to address the individual needs of each student. It works to create curricula as diverse as the students it serves, and provides equal opportunity to all students. Applying the principles of UDL to course goals, methods, materials and assessment will assist teachers address the individual needs of a diverse group.

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  • CIRTL Seminar: The contribution of Project Zero to our understanding of Teaching and Learning, Jan 23rd

    18 Jan
    CIRTL Seminar: The contribution of Project Zero to our understanding of Teaching and Learning, Jan 23rd

    Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Founded by philosopher Nelson Goodman in 1967, its mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, in formal and informal contexts, and at the individual and group levels. Today Project Zero is an intellectual wellspring, nourishing inquiry into the complexity of human potentials and exploring sustainable ways to support them across multiple and diverse contexts. 

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  • CIRTL Seminar: Assessment as/of/for learning, Nov 8th

    02 Nov
     CIRTL Seminar: Assessment as/of/for learning, Nov 8th

    Assessment serves multiple functions. In addition to its roles in certifying and credentialing, assessment “acts as an enculturator, communicating what is valued by a profession or discipline” (Dawson et al., 2013, p. 5). As our understanding around different learning approaches and teaching methods grows, the area of assessment is both contentious and offers many opportunities for further development.

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  • International focus on embedding research-based education

    03 Jul
    International focus on embedding research-based education

    An international conference focused on embedding research in the undergraduate curriculum took place in London last week. It ran over 3 days and attracted more than 300 delegates. The conference was co-organised by University College London, the University of Adelaide and McMaster University, all of whom have a particular interest and expertise in growing curriculum-wide approaches to research-based education.

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  • Universal Design for Learning

    10 Mar
    Universal Design for Learning

    Dr. Marian McCarthy and Dr. Brian Butler will speak at the forthcoming international universal design for learning (UDL) event run by the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD) in co-operation with the LINK network.

     

     

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  • Farewell to Visiting Lecturers from China, Spain and Latin America   

    13 Aug
    Farewell to Visiting Lecturers from China, Spain and Latin America 
 

    On 11th August, Dr Marian McCarthy, Director of CIRTL, bid farewell to 31 international summer school participants from China, Europe and Latin America. Institutions represented include Guilin University of Technology, Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Inner Mongolia University of Nationalities, Colegio Montessori in Zaragoza, Spain, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

      

     

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  • New CIRTL Publications

    03 Nov
    New CIRTL Publications

    Recent publications: Translation of integrative learning handbook, peer learning in the Asian-Pacific, and radical education in Ireland a hundred years ago. 

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  • President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching

    01 Jun
    President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching

    The Office of the Vice-President for Teaching & Learning is seeking nominations for the annual President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. All UCC staff who teach or support teaching are eligible (including academic staff, support staff, administrative staff, research staff, technical staff, postgraduate tutors and demonstrators) and nominations are invited from applicant(s), students, colleagues or UCC alumni. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Friday 5th August 2016.

    Forms can be downloaded from: www.ucc.ie/en/teachlearn/staffawards/

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  • CIRTL welcomes Mr James Northridge Marie Curie Fellow

    04 May
    CIRTL welcomes Mr James Northridge Marie Curie Fellow

    Pictured (left to right) James Cronin (CIRTL & ACE), Dr Declan Kennedy (School of Education), Dr Ahmad Nasser H. AlKenani, Prof Abdirahman Khalaf Alkhalaf, Dr Kaleel M. Althagafi (King Abdulaziz University), Ms Jacinta McKeon (School of Education), Mr James Northridge (Marie Curie Fellow), Dr Briony Supple (CIRTL), Dr Marian McCarthy (CIRTL)

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