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SATLE 2019 funding provided a prime opportunity for CIT to build on its existing and successful funding of Teaching & Learning (T&L) projects through larger (up to €20,000) and smaller (up to €5,000) T&L enhancement projects.

Since 2018, over 60 projects have been funded as part of the T&L Development Fund alongside establishing almost 30 disciplinary/interdisciplinary Learning Communities. This existing seed funding had created an appetite for staff to develop and deliver more ambitious projects. Therefore, to fulfill this strand of SATLE 2019 funding, an open call, to all CIT campuses was made in October 2019 for larger-scale projects and, aligning with AnSEO/TLU’s ‘Combined Funding Call’ a further call in June 2020 for smaller-scale projects.

Over 30 projects were submitted and reviewed by an international panel of learning and teaching experts. The expectation was that approximately 6 larger projects would be funded; however, such was the strength of applications 9 larger projects and 5 smaller projects were funded, with CIT providing resources to support additional funding needs.

Across the core teams, over 100 staff and more than 30 students spanned 21 departments including Business, Creative Arts, Music, Engineering, Inclusion, Physical/Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Library and institute-wide A&F.

Hear more about the fantastic projects directly from those involved in a summary clip produced at the end of the SATLE 2019 as part of CIT’s report to the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education:


What core themes have emerged as a result of SATLE 2019 projects?

Core themes that have emerged across all projects include:

  • Enabling learning spaces to develop learning through research activity
  • Embedding student-staff partnerships in curriculum development
  • Establishing opportunities for interdisciplinary and transformational curriculum
  • Exploring inclusivity practices at local and institutional levels

These projects are adding significant value to MTU, contributing to the continued development of a Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Student Engagement (TLASE) culture that sees all members of the institutional community (academics, professional management support staff, students) and wider stakeholders working and learning together.

What type of projects were funded in 2019?

Projects spanned the full range of discipline areas in CIT and had engagement from students, staff and external partners.

More detailed individual project summaries and outputs can be found on the project pages and include:

  • TEMPO-I – Technology Enhanced Music Performance, Open – Inclusive
    • Hugh McCarthy
    • Cork School of Music and external disability networks
  • The International Undergraduate Journal of Health Science and Professional Training: CITs first student-led journal
    • Brigid Lucey, Lesley Cotter, Sinead Hanrahan, Therese Ahern
    • Biological Sciences and Library
  • Integrating Graduate Attributes to Enable Student Success
    • Martin Hill and Tom O’Mahony
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Mechanical, Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering, and Process, Energy and Transport Engineering
    • Additional funding from Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Development of an Information Literacy OER (Open Educational Resource) for Undergraduate Students
    • Michael Costello
    • Library with Technology Enhanced Learning and Le Chéile, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office
  • SPIRIT Maths: ‘Students’ Perceptions Informing and Redefining Innovative Teaching of Mathematics in Higher Education
    • Violeta Morari
    • Mathematics
  • Virtual Space – “My Business Degree – Employability, Progression and Pathways using my degree”
    • Caroline O’Reilly and Trudie Murray
    • Management and Enterprise with Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Enhancing Teaching Practice to Facilitate the Development and Maintenance of an Inclusive Classroom and Workplace
    • Deirdre O’Donovan
    • Organisation and Professional Development with School of Business, Human Resources and Athena SWAN
  • BALI – Building Assessment Literacy Initiative
    • Sinead Huskisson, Cliona Hatano, William Carey
    • AnSEO/TLU with cross-campus student/staff partners
  • ELISA – Enhanced Learning Initiative involving STEM Alumni
    • Donagh O’Mahony
    • Physical Sciences with Mathematics, CAPPA @ Tyndall UCC and Alumni
  • LeTS (Lecturers, Technical Staff & Students) Teach Together
    • Eileen O’Leary
    • Physical Sciences
  • Advancement of undergraduate biology practicals through integration of virtual simulations.
    • Caroline Vaughan
    • Biological Sciences with cross-Faculty engagement
  • Pop up creative learning spaces for place based learning.
    • Jessica Carson-Marbe
    • Arts in Health and Education, Crawford College of Art and Design
  • Fostering the Social Entrepreneurial Mindset
    • Lisa Murphy, Trudie Murray, Helen McGurik, Caroline O’Reilly, and Breda Kenny
    • Hinks Centre
  • Development of an exemplar for interdisciplinary student collaboration within a connected remote learning environment
    • Ted McKenna
    • Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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