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In 2022, MTU’s allocation of Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2022/23 (SATLE 2022/23) will present a number of Teaching, Learning and Assessment enhancement opportunities. This fund is administered by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE) in partnership with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the total allocation across the sector is €7.7million, of which MTU has been allocated €526,000 for the period until 31st December 2023.

Initiatives supported through SATLE 2022/23 funding are required to enable innovations in at least one of three core areas of focus:

  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
  • Digital Transformation in the Tertiary Sector
  • Best Practice in Upholding and Cultivating Academic Integrity.

At the request of Professor Maggie Cusack (President of MTU), Ms Marese Bermingham (Head of TLU - Teaching and Learning Unit, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office and Arts Office), has been nominated as the Institutional Lead for SATLE 2022/23 and, working with colleagues across all campuses, will adopt a whole-of-institution approach across a range of initiatives outlined below.

MTU’s approach for SATLE 2022/23 will build on the work of SATLE 2019 and SATLE 2020 across four main areas:

1. Reimagining Assessment and Feedback Together 2 (RAFT 2)

  • This strategic institution wide CPD programme will focus on supporting a cohort of staff in their assessment practices to proactively cultivate academic integrity through enhanced assessment design and to disseminate emerging good practices for wider application.
  • The programme will run in two phases, with those staff engaged receiving 1 hour timetable alleviation.:
    • Phase 1 running across Semester 2 (2022/23)
    • Phase 2 running across Semester 1 (2023/24)

2. Learning Enhancement Projects (LEPs) (€5,000 – €30,000 per project)

  • This call will be issued in Semester 2 (2022/23) following an information session, with submissions to be reviewed/confirmed by end of Semester 2 and successful projects to be undertaken in Semester 1 (2023/24).
  • The project scope and type will be determined by applicants and may be individual or team led, involve cross campus or external collaborations with funding covering, but not limited to, resource development, external expert engagement, staff time buyout and dissemination, etc.

3. Open Educational Resources (OERs) Project

This project will result in the development of a series of OERs and will be led by colleagues in the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), MTU Cork Campuses and the E-learning Development and Support Unit (EDSU), MTU Kerry Campuses.

4. Open Call for National MTU Seminar Series (up to €1000 per seminar)

  • This call will be issued in early Semester 2 (2022/23) for expressions of interest in running a Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Student Engagement (TLASE) related seminar that would be of interest to both MTU and the wider higher education sector.
  • Seminars can be facilitated by individual/teams of MTU staff and/or students and draw on inputs from external experts. Funding can be used for, but is not limited to, seminar logistics (catering / travel / marketing etc.) as well as external speaker/student engagement.

The following is a video from a general information session about MTU’s allocation of SATLE 2022/23 funding which took place on Wednesday, 11th January 2023.

Direct project support will be provided to build links across the whole of university. In the meantime, to aid your planning and discussions about engaging in the above areas, and in addition to the information session, for further information, queries or to discuss potential ideas, please contact:

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