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The Breakfast Seminar Series is a series of short early-morning breakfast CPD workshops organised by the Teaching and Learning Unit, sometimes in collaboration with the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning.

 

The series is organised to address an overarching theme. Seminars start with a light breakfast 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. Staff are invited to attend any or all sessions as appropriate.

 

This semester will focus on highlighting examples of innovative and interesting academic practice.  Examples are really powerful tools for ‘seeing’ how theory can be translated into practice while simultaneously revealing some of the challenges involved in converting theory to practice.

 

Each session will take place on Tuesday mornings from 08:10 to 08:50 in Room C236, directly opposite the Staff Room, and a light breakfast will be provided.

 

The details of the workshops, with links to resources for any that have already taken place, are as follows:

 

Week

Date

Title & Descriptor

7

Tuesday,

22nd October 2019

Enhancing Work Placement

 

Presented By

  • Denise McSweeney, Lecturer, Accounting & Information Systems, CIT

  • Catherine Murphy, Lecturer, Accounting & Information Systems, CIT

Description

Work placement is, at this stage, a mandatory element of many programmes within CIT and as such poses many challenges for those involved in the process, i.e. staff, students and potential employers.

 

Catherine and Denise have been focusing on enhancing the work placement process within the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Information Systems programme within their Department and in this session will discuss some of the developments that they have introduced.

 

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8

Tuesday,

5th November 2019

Using Peer Instruction to Develop Understanding in Mathematics

 

Presented By:

  • Dr Catherine Palmer, Mathematics, CIT

Description

Transposition, or the rearranging of equations, is a key topic in Mathematics but has wider application across Business, Engineering and Science. Students find this a tricky topic because they often don’t understand the underlying principles and consequently apply rules and procedures incorrectly. In this session, In this session, Catherine discussed some of the initiatives and resources that have been developed by colleagues in the Department of Mathematics to enhance learning and develop understanding and competence in this topic.

 

The focus of the session was to demonstrate how an active learning strategy, peer instruction, is being used to enhance learning in this topic. Peer instruction is designed to engage students during class through activities that require each student to apply the core concepts being presented, and then to explain and discuss those concepts with their fellow students. The process has been shown to engage students, increase understanding of key concepts and support knowledge retention. While the examples presented will relate to Transposition in Mathematics – the teaching strategy can be effectively applied across disciplines to develop understanding of difficult topics.

 

View Slide Deck

 

Useful Resources

  • Transposition

All the following resources, presented during the seminar, are available here on the Department of Mathematics website and may prove useful when dealing with the topic of transposition in a module.

  • A brief guide on the teaching of transposition of formulae for non-mathematics lecturers
  • A Students’ Memento intended to help students brush-up on their skills of rearranging equations.
  • Programme Specific Formulae for mathematics lecturers teaching transposition – it includes formulae from Biology, Civil & Structural Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Management & Enterprise, Physical Sciences, Tourism & Hospitality, Marketing
  • Access to an online tutorial using the open source maths e-assessment platform Numbas
  • Peer Instruction

Visit Eric Mazur’s , a Harvard Physics Professor, website who popularised peer instruction, an evidence-based active teaching strategy.

9

Tuesday,

12th November 2019

Using Canvas to support and enrich the student work placement experience

 

Presented By

  • Dr Mary Moloney, Lecturer, Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, CIT
  • Donogh Coleman, Lecturer, Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, CIT

Description

Work placement is, at this stage, a mandatory element of many programmes within CIT and as such poses many challenges for those involved in the process, i.e. staff, students and potential employers.

 

In this session, Mary & Donogh, will demonstrate the capabilities and suitability of Canvas, CIT’s recently adopted Learning Management System, to support students who are on work placement. It will demonstrate how a range of tools can be used for providing information, assessing, communicating with and monitoring students.

 

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10

Tuesday,

19th November 2019

How do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art?

 

Presented By

  • Collette Nolan, Lecturer, Fine Art & Applied Art, CIT
  • Bill O’Flynn, Lecturer, Fine Art & Applied Art, CIT

Description

Using phenomenological and performative action research methods as a way to explore space, place and context Collette and Bill will outline their recent research projects and show how the research outcomes were introduced into the Year 1 curriculum.

 

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11

Tuesday,

26th November 2019

Summative Assessment in Canvas using Automated Grading

 

Presented By

  • Eamonn Butler, Lecturer, Physical Sciences, CIT

Description

Canvas, CIT’s recently adopted Learning Management System, presents many opportunities from a teaching and learning perspective for both staff and students. From a staff perspective, Canvas can assist staff with:

  • Creating learning materials
  • Communicating with students
  • Providing grades and feedback to students.

In this session, Eamonn will demonstrate the capabilities and suitability of Canvas to assess students using automatic grading. He will demonstrate how in some subject areas both lab-based written reports and traditional paper-based assessments can be almost entirely replaced by Canvas.

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12

Tuesday,

3rd December 2019

Making Academic Life Interesting through Projects

 

Presented By

  • Dr Tom O’Mahony, Lecturer, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, CIT

Description

Team based learning (TBL) is an instructional method that puts students into roles of greater autonomy and responsibility for their learning.

 

Groups are collections of individuals. Teams are groups who have developed a shared purpose and sense of collective responsibility. Groups evolve into teams when an instructor creates the proper conditions for effective collaboration. Well-designed tasks plus strategic course design create the conditions and environment that teach group members to listen to one another, value each other's contributions, learn from mistakes, rein in ineffective behaviour, and eventually trust in the team's ability to outperform any given individual.

 

Tom will outline how weekly individual lab exercises were replaced with a semester-long team project and the impact that has had on student learning.

 

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When do the workshops take place?

These workshops/seminars are held prior to the start of the teaching day between 8:10am and 8:50am during the semester.

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.

What types of topics have been discussed to date?

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