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The Conversations on Teaching & Learning Seminar Series is a series of end of semester seminars/workshops organised by the Teaching & Learning Unit in response to feedback from and consultations with staff regarding their specific requirements. The series is designed to provide a mix of input from both a facilitator and staff themselves where staff can meet their colleagues at the end, of what is often, a hectic semester and experiences can be discussed, common issues identified and teased out, and best practice shared. Staff are invited to attend any or all sessions as appropriate.


Schedule for Summer Programme 2020/21

The following is the upcoming schedule of seminars and workshops:

Monday, 10th May 2021, 10:00-11:00

Learning Tools - The Missing Link

Facilitated By:

  • Professor Jim O' Mahony, Biological Sciences & TLU, MTU Cork

Seminar Description

In a typically busy academic semester, lecturers and students are naturally focused on delivering and consuming course material and content. Consequently, neither rarely have the time to stop and consider whether the necessary tools are being utilised to promote long term durable learning. Accessing these learning tools is easier than one might think and simple implementable strategies which are backed by decades of research can dramatically improve learning.

This interactive session focused on a simple case study which showed how effective the introduction of simple practices can be in facilitating effective learning. Attendees learned how to apply these tools in their own courses and modules and also got to see what students felt about adopting these new practices.

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Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 10:00-11:30

A Fly on the Wall Insight into the Maths Learning Community in Action

Chaired By:

  • Michael Brennan, Mathematics, MTU Cork

Supported By:

MTU Cork Maths Learning Community Members:

  • Maretta Brennan
  • Dr Marie Nicholson
  • Dr Seán Lacey
  • Dr Violeta Morari
  • Dr Julie Crowley

Workshop Description

This workshop provided an opportunity for colleagues to get together and chat about the previous semester, what worked, what didn’t and to share ideas.

It consisted of breakout room discussions as well as a selection of short talks on topics including Maths Online, Canvas Q&A (TEL) and SATLE projects (Spirit Maths, Queering the STEM Mathematics Curriculum and SUCCEED).



Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 12:00-13:00

BALI: Demystifying Staff/Student Partnerships in Assessment & Feedback 

Facilitated By:

  • Sinéad Huskisson, Management and Enterprise & TLU, MTU Cork
  • Cliona Hatano, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork
  • William Carey, AnSEO – The Student Engagement & TLU, MTU Cork

Workshop Description

BALI - Building Assessment Literacy Initiative - is a project to develop a suite of resources to support students and staff in the growth of competencies and capabilities in Assessment Literacy (AL). It aims to bring an interdisciplinary approach to the co-creation of these resources, with student-staff partnership at its core.

In this session, participants heard about the most recent outcomes of the BALI project, where 3 teams comprised of a mix of staff and students co-created assessment and feedback resources in a partnership-based approach. We got a peek under the bonnet of the partnership-based approach hearing from both the staff and student’s perspective..

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Advance HE - Engagement through Partnership - Link to PDF


Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 13:00-16:00

Supporting Doctoral Students' Writing

Introduced By:

  • Dr Rose Leahy, Lecturer, Marketing and International Business, MTU Cork

Presented By:

  • Hugh Kearns, Public Speaker, Educator, Researcher and Founder of ThinkWell

Workshop Description

Writing a thesis is a huge undertaking and one that often overwhelms doctoral candidates. Many students struggle at this stage, experience writer’s block, delay writing and in some cases fail to submit at all. Supervisors can play a crucial role in this stage of the PhD. This seminar looked at the strategies supervisors can employ to help their student complete and submit their thesis.

In this seminar, Hugh Kearns facilitated a discussion of:

  • The writing challenges faced by late-stage doctoral students.
  • How supervisors can support students in these challenges.
  • Developing a writing plan and completion plan with the student
  • Providing critical and constructive feedback
  • Supporting the student when the going gets tough
  • The problems experienced by supervisors and potential solutions

On completion of the workshop, participants can now:

  • Implement strategies for providing writing feedback to students.
  • Diagnose common problems that need to be resolved in the final draft.
  • Provide support for the emotional challenges of writing up.
  • Offer advice on writing productivity to doctoral students

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Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 12:00-13:00

Using Coaching Approaches in Higher Education

Facilitated By:

Academic Success Coaching Team, AnSEO - The Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork

  • Dr Marian Hurley
  • Joe Murphy
  • Louise Murphy

Guest Speaker

  • Dr Jill Andreanoff, Educational, Leadership and Executive Coach, HEI Consultant & Author

Seminar Description

The Academic Success Coaching team at MTU hosted a workshop on the value and applications of coaching approaches in Higher Education. Equally of interest to Academic and to Professional, Management and Support staff at MTU, the workshop provided an overview of the uniqueness of coaching approaches and how they can enrich teaching, supervision, and mentoring scenarios.

We were joined by Dr Jill Andreanoff, a leading coaching scholar and practitioner, who shared her wealth of experience on the value of using a coaching approach in Higher Education settings. Dr Andreanoff facilitated a short interactive session exploring both mentoring and coaching, giving practical examples of how these approaches can be adopted.

Dr Andreanoff introduced us to the decision-making grid, a valuable coaching tool when working with students who have decisions to make regarding, for example, further study options. Dr Andreanoff has kindly shared a sample decision-making grid as well as some instructions for its use, please see resources below.

When referring to the sample decision-making grid, it is not so much about getting the numbers right, but rather the discussion that goes with this. It is very important that the learner thinks through all the different elements that are contributing to the decision as well as the weighting that they are awarded. It very often transpires that when the totals are added up and the ‘right’ decision has been calculated, the client appears to be surprised! This may occasion a re-think of the elements included and weighting allocated to them. Indeed, it may even be constructive to start again in this case. What is key is the process of exploring those elements and weightings, which is usually so enlightening for the client.

A simplified version of the grid, along with some instructions for its use can be consulted here.

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Join the Coaching Learning Community

 Resources from the Workshop:

  • Decision Making Grid
  • Decision Making Grid Instructions
  • Slide Deck


Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 11:00-12:30

Active Learning: The Way Forward for 21st Century Learners

Facilitated By:

  • Thomas Broderick, Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies & TLU, MTU Cork

Seminar Description

This workshop briefly described the why and what of Active Learning. Members of the Active Learning Movement  shared their experiences and key learnings.

This was a great opportunity to learn from others about what active learning practices work in the MTU context. The perils, positives and possibilities of Active Learning were also be discussed and developed in this interactive and engaging workshop.

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Visit the Active Learning Movement Page



Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 10:00-11:30

SATLE2020@MTU Project Launch

Facilitated By:

  • Marese Bermingham, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, TLU & Arts Office, MTU Cork

  • Dr Tom Farrelly, E-learning Development and Support Unit, MTU Kerry

  • William Carey, AnSEO – The Student Engagement & TLU, MTU Cork

Seminar Description

On 9th November 2020, the Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, announced a non-competitive funding opportunity for the higher education sector. The Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) 2020 funding call was published by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE), in partnership with the Higher Education Authority and it signalled a significant commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education.

MTU was allocated a total of €343,000 - with MTU Cork receiving €269000 and MTU Kerry receiving €74000 – allocations were made to each individual institution based on their percentage share of core grant.

This seminar was opportunity to hear about the projects funded and their plans for the next 12 months.

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Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 14:00 -14:45

Universal Design for Learning: From Zero to Superhero

Facilitated By:

  • Dr Marian Hurley, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork
  • Thomas Broderick, Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies & TLU, MTU Cork
  • Sheila Walsh, Marketing & International Business, MTU Cork
  • Ruth Murphy, Disability Support Service, MTU Cork
  • Linda O’Sullivan, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office & TLU, MTU Cork

Seminar Description

In this seminar, we outlineD the principles of UDL focusing on the why, how and what of learning. We shared with you our experiences of completing the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s (NFETLHE’s) UDL Digital Badge which we completed during the last academic year. We provided an insight into what was involved and how it has impacted our thinking and practice in MTU.

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Thursday, 27th May 2021, 10:00 -11:30

OurMTU – A University for All: A Student -Staff Consultation Session

Sponsored By:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, MTU Cork

Facilitated By:

  • Cliona Hatano, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork

Seminar Description

This session will be a student-staff consultation session facilitated by colleagues from MTU Cork’s AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office as part of their Le Chéile programme. Le Chéile (pronounced Le Kay-La) is an Irish word meaning "together" and is the programme name for CIT's student voice and student/staff partnership activities.

The aim of this session is to gain a deeper understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion challenges faced by MTU students and staff. The ultimate goal being to identify a number of key EDI related projects to address these issues that could be pursued in the academic year 2021/22 around the themes of:

  • Programme & Curriculum Design, Teaching & Learning
  • Student Supports and Services
  • Physical Campus and Built Environment
  • Information Technology Systems and Infrastructure

Please Note:

By Invitation Only – for more information or to enquire about participating please contact edi@cit.ie

When do the Conversations on Teaching & Learning Seminar Series take place?

To begin with, this series typically took place twice a year – either at the start or end of semester 1, end at the end of semester 2. However, experience showed that staff were most receptive to this series at the end of a semester.

Hence, this series now typically runs twice during the academic year – winter and summer. The seminars are held at the end of semester once classes finish, i.e. from week 13 onwards. So, watch this space and keep an eye out for notifications via email, the TLU website news and what’s on sections or on social media.


How is the series structured?

Each series consists of several seminars/workshops held over a two-week period with each seminar/workshop typically lasting around 2 to 3 hours. The seminars/workshops are designed to be a mix of input from facilitator and opportunity for discussion/ networking with colleagues and always promise to be stimulating and thought-provoking for participants.

Who should attend these workshops?

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

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