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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.

The following is the schedule for our 2022/23 Summer Programme, which will take place from 16th May to 12th June 2023:


Seminars/Workshops Concluded for summer 2022/23

ECAAPT_Information_Session_cotal_summer_2022_23Seamless Integration: Embedding Content Across Academic Programmes Tool

Tuesday, 16th May 2023, 11:00 - 12:00


The aim of this seminar was to introduce ECAAPT, a simple means by which to embed and track content, such as academic literacies, across modules and programmes. This tracking and mapping tool can contribute to a more coordinated and cohesive approach to the teaching and learning of various skills in many disciplines. In addition, this tool has the potential to be used as a structure for building and developing new programmes in a coherent and logical manner. It should be possible to show where the content necessary to develop the desired graduate attributes are, or could be, embedded across all stages of a programme. 

This can be useful for simplifying programmatic review, as well as ongoing programme checks and coherency. It may also be useful to map existing content relating to any module or programme across departments or in relation to specific graduate themes/attributes. Use of this tool may also indicate where there are openings to develop further learning opportunities for students, and where there may be overlap in delivery. 

The session began with an introduction to the tool itself and how it works before we moved on to present a worked example. This was followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

Presented By

  • Dr Mary Beades, Health & Leisure Studies Department, MTU Kerry
  • Dr John Pierce, Health & Leisure Studies Department, MTU Kerry


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EAT-PD Information Session

Wednesday, 17th May 2023, 11:00 - 11:30


The TLU have developed a CPD programme entitled EAT-PD: Enabling Academic Transitions through Professional Development Programme, aimed at new and early career academic staff, i.e., staff that have been teaching full-time for three years or less (or some equivalent). This programme enables staff relatively new to teaching to develop their competencies in the classroom. The focus of this programme is to expose staff to a range of research-based teaching strategies that can be used to enhance lectures and support learning.

The purpose of this session was to provide more information about the programme, including more details about the programme itself as well as information on how to apply.

Presented By

  • Dr Eileen O’Leary, Physical Sciences & TLU, MTU Cork


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Academic Integrity from the Trenches: Practitioners’ perspectives

Thursday, 18th May 2023, 10:00 - 11:00


This bite sized seminar was conversational in nature and created a discussion around what the term “academic integrity” means for educators today. The first half consisted of a series of 5-minute personal reflections on what academic integrity means across a range of disciplines. This was followed by a Q&A session where all registered participants got a chance to contribute around how educators might best future proof assessments and safeguard academic integrity and will discuss the establishment of a University wide Learning Community.


MA in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Information Session

Thursday, 18th May 2023, 11:30 - 12:00


Do you wonder if there are better ways of going about your teaching and/or assessment practices?

Perhaps you would like to learn more about current thinking and best practice in teaching, learning, technology and assessment in higher education?

Maybe you are interested in gaining a Level 9 qualification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education?

If so, you might consider participating in the MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education that is offered by the Teaching and Learning Unit.

In Semester 1 2023/24, the TLU will be offering the following modules which may be of interest to you:

  •  EDUC9043: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • EDUC9046: Curriculum Design & Evaluation
  • EDUC9050: Mentoring in HE
  • EDUC9016: Education Research Proposal

This information session provided an overview and introduction to the programme, more detailed information about the programme itself including options to step off with a Level 9 Certificate or Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma and will explain how to apply.

Presented By

  • Dr Tom O’Mahony, Electrical & Electronic Engineering & TLU



MTU Funding Opportunities to Support TLASE Projects

Friday, 19th May 2023, 11:00 - 12:00


The Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU) and AnSEO - The Student Engagement Office are delighted launched our annual Combined Funding Call to support staff and students who wish to undertake short term projects related to teaching, learning, assessment and student engagement (TLASE) activities.

This funding call enables teams of staff and/or students, to develop ideas that might enhance teaching, learning, assessment and student engagement across the student life cycle.

The purpose of this session was to provide more information about the funding process itself, describe what supports are available and provide participants with an opportunity to hear from previous recipients in terms of what they achieved and how they felt about the experience and the impact these projects have on staff and students.

Presented By

  • Prof Jim O’Mahony, Biological Science & TLU, MTU Cork Campuses
  • Róisín O’Grady, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork Campuses
  • Sandra Power, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork Campuses



Being a Better Coach and Mentor Series: Resilience Coaching Part 3

Friday, 19th May 2023, 13:00 - 13:45


This ¾ hr workshop, part 3 of a 3-part series, explored resilience coaching. Resilience is not exclusively being able to ‘bounce back’ from adversity, but rather a set of tools, exercises, activities that build resilience in a person, enabling them not just to survive, but thrive through the small and big life events. This workshop was not just for coaches or mentors, but for anyone who functions within an environment that requires a deeper level of listening i.e., teachers, lecturers, team leaders, team members, support staff, parents etc.

Presented By

  • Shelley Crawford, TLU, MTU Cork Campuses


When does 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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