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CIRTL Projects

Research. Teach. Learn.

SATLE Funding 2024


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UCC’s 2024 SATLE (Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, HEA/National Forum) funding allocation has supported another highly successful open call for L&T Enhancement projects.

An open call for T&L Enhancement projects was launched in February 2024, open to all UCC staff who support student learning. The call invited proposals for small grants of up to €2,000 per proposal, and larger grants of up to €15,000 per proposal. 67 applications were received, and 26 proposals were offered funding. The total amount of funding dispersed via the open call is in excess of €170,000.

Projects are aligned with one or more of the following themes:

  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Inclusive Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Academic Integrity
  • Delivering the Connected Curriculum – connecting students with research, SDGs, employers, entrepreneurship, and the world
  • Digitally enabled Learning, Teaching and Assessment

A students-as-partners approach was a required aspect of all proposals.

SATLE funding in UCC is managed by CIRTL’s Learning Enhancement Project Manager, Dr Laura Lee.

Large Grants

Fourteen large grants of up to €15,000 were awarded this cycle. See below for more information on the projects.

Project Lead: Dr Céire Broderick, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, CACSSS

Working directly with Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, this project connects students of the new module, ‘Creative Practices on Social Justice and Marginalities in Latin America’, with new communities from various backgrounds seeking international protection. The collaboration will foster awareness of challenges being faced and create inclusive, healing spaces.

Project Lead: Dr Anne Marie Devlin, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, CACSSS

This longitudinal, participatory research project explores student training and support needs pre, during and post a period of international mobility. We use a blend of questionnaires and accounts of lived experiences to examine the barriers and facilitators students face. The findings will lead to developing training and support guidelines.

Project Lead: Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin, School of Education, CACSSS

The focus of this project is on improving the design and delivery of a practitioner research module for initial teacher education students through greater focus on developing an inquiry stance, endeavouring to facilitate future teachers’ engagement with educational research.

Project Lead: Professor Deirdre Horgan, School of Education, CACSSS

This project seeks to refine and replicate an experiential workshop co-developed and co-delivered earlier this academic year by neurodivergent staff and students. We intend to hold up to 6 workshops for specific UCC staff and students with the goal of creating knowledge and understanding of neurodivergence and neuro-affirmative teaching practices.

Project Lead: Dr Selja Seppala, Business Information Systems, CoBL

Anchored in the field of Learning Analytics (LA), this project aims at building AI-LIEN, a data analysis and AI-powered insights system to process weekly student self-assessment Canvas Quiz data and distil real-time feedback from it, as part of an award-winning Hermeneutics-inspired ‘learning-by-doing’ pedagogical approach.

Project Lead: Dr Samantha Morgan Williams, School of Law, CoBL

The aim of this project is to sustain a partnership created under a SATLE 2023 grant which supported current UCC Law students to codesign a novel ‘Courtroom Ethnography’ module. The students engaged in fieldwork to the partner institutions, University of Gothenburg to engage with students and learn from their institutional student colleagues (enrolled in successful and developed ethnography modules) and to complete international fieldwork with them. Students visited Gothenburg, Sweden in January 2023 and undertook ethnographic studies with Swedish Colleagues and then codesigned LW3377 Courtroom Ethnography, which ran for the first time in January 2024.

Project Lead: Dr Michelle O’ Driscoll, National Suicide Research Foundation, CoMH

This funding will facilitate the design, delivery and evaluation of a blended Train-the-Trainer programme for an undergraduate health and social care suicide prevention module, building upon findings of a multi-site module pilot. The funding will facilitate the creation of evaluated, reusable materials for subsequent national roll-out of the programme.

Project Lead: Dr Alice Lee, School of Clinical Therapies/Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, CoMH

Competence in phonetic transcription is required for Speech and Language Therapists (SLT), but the teaching and assessment of this skill varies between academic programmes in Ireland. This project aims to address this discrepancy and ensure sustainability in SLT student training by developing phonetics teaching resources suitable for Irish programmes.

Project Lead: Dr Markus Eichhorn, BEES, SEFS

High-resolution 3D laser scanning from ground-based sensors enables creation of immersive full-colour visualisations of complex habitats. These can enhance student preparation prior to entering the field, reinforce learning afterwards, and increase accessibility of field experiences. We will prepare a series of examples of Irish forests for the Conservation Biology module.

Project Lead: Dr Stig Hellebust, School of Chemistry, SEFS

The message from students in the School of Chemistry is that prompt feedback on coursework is very important. This project will explore and implement tools to ensure that students not only get fast feedback for submitted assignments but also an environment for interactive problem solving for a better learning experience.

Project Lead: Dr Loretta Goff, Skills Centre, OVPLT

This project supplements the work of the successful (AI)2ed project by focusing on the practicalities of enabling students to use GenAI tools effectively and ethically. The main objective is to co-create with students resources for students that support their development of identified competences for using GenAI tools.

Project Lead: Dr Ruth Hally, CIRTL, OVPLT

This project seeks to address the gap in skills provision for staff wishing to pursue community engagement in their teaching. It will provide a comprehensive facilitation skills training workshop. Second, a series of succinct case studies from across the University will be curated to highlight good practice facilitation of university-community collaborations.

Project Lead: Dr Anna Santucci, CIRTL, OVPLT

Building on successful CIRTL Pedagogical Partners Project 2023 pilot, we propose to expand access to CIETL opportunities across UCC. Funding will support a bridge year to: 1) refine/implement a University-Wide module and CPD-credentialing for partners’ skill-knowledge development; 2) explore/implement a sustainable model for engaging qualified Student Partner consultants.

Project Lead: Stephanie Chen, UCC Library, OVPLT

This project will work closely with students to integrate open educational resources (OERs) across disciplines. Four interns, one from each College, will curate OERs for their subject areas, modifying as needed to localise content to UCC. These resources will be incorporated into modules to support inclusive, digitally-enabled, and sustainable learning.

Small Grants

Twelve small grants of up to €2,000 were awarded this cycle. See below for information about the projects.

Project Lead: Margot Spencer, SLLC/French, CACSSS

The aim of the project is to provide student doctors in UCC with practice in interpreter-mediated patient interaction. It also aims to provide student interpreters taking the MATS module LL6029 with practice in a simulated healthcare setting.

Project Lead: Mariko Takishita, SLLC/Department of Asian Studies, CACSSS

This project empowers students to create a bilingual memoir book, capturing their invaluable study abroad experiences. Students can reflect on their journey and enhance their language proficiency. It also promotes the development of editorial and collaborative skills. The book will serve as a valuable resource for future study abroad aspirants.

Project Lead: Dr Heather Laird, Department of English, CACSSS

The Department of English Undergraduate Journal Enhancement Initiative will build on the success of the first two issues of DoubleSpace: The Undergraduate Journal of the Department of English, UCC by providing its current student editors with the guidance and training they have deemed necessary.

Project lead: Dr Margaret Buckley, School of Applied Social Studies, CACSSS

Building on the evolution of assessment methods of two undergraduate Social Research Methods modules (SS2012 and SS2217), this evaluation aims to assess students’ experience with and their perceptions of using technology to enhance their understanding of and communication skills surrounding social science research.

Project Lead: Dr Marie Ryan, Economics, CoBL

This initiative in collaboration with DCU, aims to elevate educational practices by understanding and integrating GenAI tools, informed by a comprehensive staff survey and subsequent student input to enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes.

Project Leads: Dr Angela Flynn & Anne McCauliffe, School of Nursing and Midwifery, CoMH

This project involves a detailed mapping of all modules across 5 undergraduate BSc Nursing and Midwifery programmes by undergraduate students and academics. Utilising the UCC mapping tool, we will assess the integration of the UNSDGs into the curriculum from the perspectives of lecturers delivering the programmes and comparing this to the learners’ interpretation.

Project Lead: Dr Sile Creedon, School of Nursing and Midwifery, CoMH

A gap exists in the literature of a teaching and learning framework for educators to teach podcasting. This project aims to address this gap by completing a scoping review and three focus groups.

Project Lead: Dr Katie Ryan, School of Pharmacy, CoMH

This project seeks to enhance integration of CEL across pharmacy and health professions education in the COMH. We will develop a framework of teaching and learning activities ranked according to their alignment with CEL principles using the European framework for community engagement in higher education.

Project Lead: Dr Mutahira Lone, Anatomy and Neuroscience, CoMH

Tooth morphology is a fundamental component within the dental curriculum. Reduced availability of healthy, non-carious extracted teeth poses a challenge, restricting students' access to adequate teaching resources. The integration of 3D printed tooth models emerges as a promising solution, offering supplementary educational tools to enrich the learning experience for dental students.

Project Lead: Dr Niamh O' Mahoney, School of Chemistry, SEFS

This project aims to develop a framework to support neurodivergent postgraduate research (PGR) students in higher education. The study will engage with staff, current PGR students and prospective PGR students to develop a neuroinclusive framework for neurodivergent PGR students.

Project Lead: Yvonne Harding, Career Services, Deputy President and Registrar

This project forms part of a Career Services Teaching & Learning Seminar Series building on the first successful Seminar entitled ‘Emotional Intelligence – A Catalyst for Student Success’. This project aims to equip UCC faculty and staff with evidence-based, practical strategies, techniques and resources to support students (work placement students in the first instance) build resilience to survive and thrive throughout their time in UCC and beyond.

Project Lead: Dr Éadaoin Regan, Skills Centre, OVPLT

This project aims to expand current UCC Skills Centre learning and teaching offerings by correcting current barriers to a sensory inclusive learning and teaching environment. The aim is for the Skills Centre to provide sensory improvements to ensure the success of neurodiverse students and tutors who ordinarily would find our facility environment a barrier to their wellbeing.

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