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The purpose of higher education, embracing student diversity, prioritising student success, focusing on learning, and capitalising on a digitized world represent just some of the challenges that senior leaders in higher education (HE) face today. CIT together with IT Tralee have, as part of their EAT-PD: Enabling Academic Transitions through Professional Development project, is developing a Masterclass series and professional development programme for senior leaders and managers, i.e. Heads of Department, School, Function and Faculty.

This programme will explore contemporary issues in higher education and should enable participants to lead out on institutional and programmatic change and better shape the continuing professional development of the staff within their institutes to meet future needs in HE. It has been developed with direction from a joint CIT/IT Tralee Steering Group to meet the needs of senior leaders in learning and teaching.

The programme aims to:

  • Discuss important HE leadership topics including Future of Work and Generation Z, and explore their impact on our curriculum and learner experiences
  • Develop an understanding of the purpose and principles of a curriculum framework
  • Provide a space to evaluate and reflect on the future development of HE at CIT and IT Tralee and consider how changes worth making can be initiated and sustained
  • Enable those leading learning and teaching at CIT/IT Tralee to embed proposed changes within their departments and functions

The following is a recording from a recent information session about the programme:

Why should I apply?

The key benefits of participation in this programme are that it provides you with an opportunity to:

  • Review, align and plan for Teaching, Learning, Assessment, and Student Engagement priorities of your Department in the context of a changing HE landscape
  • Consider ways to further enhance intra and inter Departmental collaboration
  • Develop case studies to support a possible application for Fellowship of Advance HE.

How will the programme be delivered?

Primarily the programme will be delivered online through synchronous and asynchronous activity in three modules, namely

  1. Current and Emerging HE Landscape
  2. Leading Change in your Department/Function
  3. Embedding and Sustaining Activity

These modules will include bespoke content from leading external national and international speakers, and Advance HE’s highly regarded ‘Leading Transformation in Learning and Teaching' development programme. In addition, you will participate in individual coaching sessions to help you initiate your own action plan.

When will the programme take place?

The modules will take place across the current 2020/21 academic year in three ‘sprints’. Each module will require participants to attend a series of online, synchronous sessions across the following dates:"

  • Module 1:
    • 19th November (2 – 4pm)
    • 1st December (3 – 5pm)
    • 8th December (2 – 4pm)
  • Module 2:
    • 16th February (2 – 3pm)
    • 18th February (3 – 4pm)
    • 23rd February (2 – 4pm)
    • 4th March (2- 4pm)
  • Module 3:
    • April / May (dates to be agreed with participants)

There will be a small amount of individual/small group activity (4-6 hours per module) that will fit in between these dates but this can be arranged to suit individual participant diaries

Is full participation required and what does this look like?

For continuity purposes and to ensure the programme is of maximum benefit to you, the other programme participants and to the organisation, full participation is desirable. This would involve attending all three modules, contributing to live online sessions/group discussions as well as a small amount of individual activity and reflection.

How do I register my interest in the programme?

You can register your interest in this programme via our online form.

Is there anyone I can talk to informally before registering?

We would be more than happy to talk to you informally beforehand if you have any queries or would like to discuss the programme further – contact details are as follows:

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