LYIT supports the enhancement of teaching and learning. We offer a range of professional development opportunities which promote high quality student engagement and learning.
We focus on new approaches to teaching and learning, teaching and learning research and the digital enhancement of teaching and learning.
Professional Development in Teaching and Learning
LYIT offers all staff who teach or who support teaching a wide range of professional development opportunities in teaching and learning. We offer accredited professional development at level 9 from special purpose awards in areas such as Educational Leadership and Management through to the MA in Learning and Teaching.
We also provide on-going opportunities for more informal professional development opportunities linked to the National Professional Development Framework for all staff who teach in higher education through workshops, seminars and digital badges. The following digital badges are available in LYIT in 2018:
- Mentoring in Teaching and Learning (16 January 2018)
- PACT – Commitment to Professional Development (23 February 2018)
- Reflective Practice in Teaching and Learning (20 April 2018).
Mentoring in Teaching and Learning
All new teaching staff have the opportunity to be assigned a mentor to support and guide their professional development in teaching and learning.
All staff are invited to meet as part of the LYIT Peer Learning Network. These informal monthly sessions explore different aspects of teaching and learning. The themes for this semester are:
- Assessment (February)
- Digital Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (March)
- Workplace Learning (April).
Teaching and Learning Research
LYIT is partner in a number of National Forum Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Projects:
Teaching and Learning Champions: A Professional Development Leadership Programme for Managers in Irish Higher Education
Project Lead: Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Project Partners: St Angela’s College, Sligo, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo
This project seeks to build teaching and learning champions within the West /North West Higher Education Cluster. The Teaching and Learning Champions (TLC) project will encourage and facilitate an evidence based engagement with the learning and teaching issues and ideas articulated in the National Professional Development Framework and the Roadmap for Enhancement in a Digital World.
The project will enhance the capacity of middle and senior managers for leadership in digitally engaged teaching and learning.
For further information contact Dr Lynn Ramsey on firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATLAS (Aligning Teaching and Learning across the Technological Sector)
Project Lead: Athlone Institute of Technology
Project Partners: Dundalk Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology
This project seeks to interpret the PD framework within the context of existing accredited provision across the technological sector with a view to examining and addressing specific professional development needs.
The collaborators seek to (i) map existing provision against the PD framework, (ii) interpret existing provision using the PD framework domains, (iii) identify opportunities to align provision to the Digital Capacity Framework (for example, through Digital Badging), and (iv) explore the development of a framework/tool to support colleagues in using the framework to guide and inform ongoing professional development.
For further information contact Dr Deirdre McClay on email@example.com.
Digitally Enhanced Teaching and Learning
LYIT supports the enhancement of teaching and learning with technology. We have a workshop series to support staff engagement with the virtual learning environment. Technical support for the virtual learning environment is provided by Dan Friel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff have the opportunity to undertake in a minor award at level 9 in Technology Enhanced Learning, delivered by the LYIT Department of Law and Humanities.
LYIT is a partner in the National Forum’s Data-Enabled Student Success Initiative (DESSI) which supports the development of learning analytics in teaching and learning.
LYIT is one of five institutions selected to participate in the National Student Engagement Programme 2016 Pilot (NStEP) and is a member of the NStEP working group. As part of our commitment to student engagement we focus on:
- enhancing the capacity of students for engagement higher education by focusing on student training, and
- enhancing the capacity of our institution for student engagement by focusing on institutional analysis and evaluation.
LYIT is leading the national work stream on student engagement in strategy and decision making.