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The Food for Thought Seminar Series is a series of short lunchtime CPD workshops organised by the Teaching and Learning Unit.


Seminars start with a light lunch and are then followed by a short seminar, typically 20-30 minutes duration, followed by questions & discussion. Sessions, where possible, will be recorded and links to these recordings will be available after the session. Each session aspires to be relevant to both early career and experienced lectures. Staff are invited to attend any or all sessions as appropriate.


Food for Thought Seminar Series 2018/19

All sessions will be held in Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Melbourn Building, CIT Bishopstown campus.  Each session will start promptly and finish before 2pm for those who are lecturing at that time.


The details of this year’s sessions are as follows:

Week No


Title & Descriptor



4th October 2018

Structuring a lecture: what can work well

Many lectures can be designed to follow a similar structure and being aware of this structure can help you to design effective lectures. In this session we will look at some recommended practices for structuring a typical lecture. A central aim is to engage those students that attend so that learners leave with the feeling that the lecture was worth attending.


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Useful Resources



18th October 2018

Writing Exam Papers: Questions/Creating Exam Papers – What to consider, sharing experience

In this session we will look at ways to structure an exam paper, consider ways to write good quality questions and what a good marking scheme and model answer might look like. Exemplars and examples will be used to explore aspects of what a “good” exam question might look like.


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Example of a model answer



8th November 2018

Giving Feedback: how, how much and how often?

Providing learners with feedback is known to be one of the most impactful things we can do to enhance learning, it can also be very time-consuming. Often it also seems that learners are not acting on that feedback. This session will explore issues with feedback, and ways in which learners can be provided with feedback that are both efficient and effective for us. We will discuss the ‘power of words’ and explore the value of commenting constructively on assignments and assessments.


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  1. Exemplar
  2. Assessment Rubric
  3. Proforma
  4. Computer Assisted Assessment



29th November 2018

Web for Faculty & Entering Marks : Getting ready to enter CA marks


In this session we will offer a hands-on tutorial on Web for Faculty and the process of entering marks using Web for Faculty. We will briefly look at each function, what the acronyms mean and outline how best to prepare for a Module Exam Board (MEB).


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18th December 2018

Correcting Exam Papers: Good practice and what to think about


The prospect of correcting a pile of exam papers can be daunting. How do we ensure that we mark these fairly and consistently? This session will outline a process to help address these issues. As part of the session, we will discuss the value of an assessment rubric and a marking scheme, variation in marking and methods of minimising it.


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Who should attend these workshops?

These sessions are offered free of charge and are open to all CIT academic staff. Each session aspires to be relevant to both early career and experienced lecturers.

How are the workshops structured?

Each session aims discuss a topic that is which is highly relevant to staff from either a teaching & learning, administrative or personal perspective via a 30-minute presentation and then participants are invited to ask questions and partake in a discussion.

What types of topics have been discussed to date?

 The series commenced in the 2016/2017 academic year and the following provides a summary of the topics discussed so far:





Title & Descriptor



26th October 2016

Talking about Exams

This workshop was timed before the submission date for examination papers in Semester 1 and discussed:

• How to pitch exam questions at the right level and provide some examples for discussion

• The importance of a marking scheme and how to develop a marking scheme

• How to develop model answers for questions

• The role of the external examiner in the examination process



5th December 2016


8th December 2016

Helping learners become strategic learners and revise productively

“If you feed a person a fish you have fed them for a day but if you teach them how to fish you have fed them for a lifetime”

As students prepare for exams many will complain that they put the hours in with little return. Examinations measure the quality of revision more than the quantity. This workshop examined some of the proven effective study techniques which can be presented to students to help them study productively in preparation for the end of semester exams.



14th December 2017

Employee Assistance Programme Briefing

The EAP is a confidential employee support service designed to support employees resolve personal or work-related concerns, through telephone support, specialist information and telephone or face to face counselling. The EAP is provided by EAP Consultants/Carecall who are an independent company and is available to all CIT employees The briefing session provided further information on the type of support available and how the service can be used.

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