Developing Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment
In summer 2019, the Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU), MTU Cork Campuses, under the leadership of Ms Marese Bermingham (Head of TLU, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, Arts Office), was asked by the President and Registrar of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to administer CIT’s allocation of the ‘Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019’ (SATLE 2019).
The initiative was announced by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), in partnership with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and had a total value of €5.57m, of which CIT was allocated €294,000.
Based on guidance from the National Forum to ensure the development of teaching and learning priorities at a local level, the TLU facilitated the use of funding across two core areas of work:
- EAT-PD: Enabling Academic Transitions through Professional Development Project to support two key cohorts in their learning and teaching development:
- Early Career Lecturers i.e., staff that have been teaching full-time for three years or less (or some equivalent) and
- Senior Leaders (Heads of Department, Function, School and Faculty) - through bespoke, experiential training programmes.
- Learning Enhancement Projects to be identified by an open call across all CIT campuses, aligning to the principles of TLU and AnSEO’s existing funding calls.
SATLE 2019 funding was also allocated to IT Tralee and, although administered separately, the TLU collaborated with colleagues in Kerry to align elements of funding activity in preparation for the establishment of Munster Technological University. In particular, the EAT-PD funding stream delivering the ‘Academic Leadership in Learning and Teaching’ programme, was a joint programme engaging colleagues from across all campuses.
Where CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FULL RANGE OF SATLE 2019 ACTIVITY?
This new once-off non-competitive fund for teaching and learning in higher education represented a significant commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education within institutions with local priorities.
Over 80 projects were funded across the sector as part of the National Forum’s SATLE 2019 initiative with project summaries and outputs shared on the National Forum’s ‘Teaching and Learning Initiatives’ page.