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Teaching & Learning_1LYIT 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.

Learning Enhancement Projects for LYIT 

LYIT Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement are delighted to launch the LYIT Learning Enhancement Projects Fund 2020 funded through the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 
Learning Enhancement Projects (LEP’s) will allocate funding to support small and larger scale teaching and learning enhancement initiatives. Expression of interest for LEP’s will open on 4th November and close on 15th November 2019. 
Please click here for the Expression of Interest form and submit final application to TLSE@lyit.ie

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:

  • Mentoring in Teaching and Learning
  • Postgraduate Research Supervision.

LYIT will offer the following seminars as part of the National Forum series this academic year: 2019/ 2020

  • Information seminar on Learning Enhancement Projects for LYIT (30th October 2019)
  • ISSE workshop, Dr Siobhán Nic Fhlannchadha, Project manager ISSE (29th January 2020)
  • Making Connections: Research and Professional Development, Prof Merrilyn Goos, University of Limerick (28 May 2020)
  • Assessment and Feedback Workshop, Professor Kay Samball, University of Napier (16 June 2020)
  • Evidence Based Strategies for Those who Teach International Students, LYIT (29th October 2019)

LYIT seminars offered in 2018:

  • Digital Pathways into Learning Languages (23 November and 19 January)
  • Getting Started with On-Line Teaching (10 December)
  • Digital Badge in Postgraduate Supervision (7February)
  • Evidence Based Teaching (7 February)
  • Evaluating Student Success in Widening Access initiatives (22 May).

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:

  • Student Success (November)
  • Bring your own device (November)
  • Assessment (February).

Teaching and Learning Research

LYIT is partner in a number of National Forum Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Projects:

PDP for LYIT: An institution wide approach to professional development for those who teach which supports success for students in higher education 

Project Lead: Letterkenny Institute of Technology

This project will enable Letterkenny Institute of Technology to implement the Professional Development Framework across the entire institution.

For further information contact Dr Lynn Ramsey on lynn.ramsey@lyit.ie.

The REAL project (Reimagining Experiential Academic Learning). Using experience to teaching and learn in law: A framework for engagement, assessment and transferability

Project Lead: Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Project Partners: University of Limerick, Institute of Technology Carlow

This project will develop an innovative model of experiential learning for law students, including all the resources to support its implementation. This model will be transferable to other disciplines. 

For further information contact Siobhan Cullen on siobhan.cullen@lyit.ie.

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, dan.friel@lyit.ie.

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.

Student Engagement

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.