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The following are details of the sessions held together with links, where possible, to the relevant resources and recordings:


Title & Descriptor


12th May 2017

Legal Issues in Higher Education


Presenter: Margaret Gorman, Partner and Head of Education Law at Eversheds Sutherland


This presentation focused on the Student/Lecturer Legal dynamic. It began by outlining the legal framework in this area before exploring a number of specific issues including:

  • Disruptive students and how lecturers should deal with this
  • Social Media issues, including lecturers’ engagement with students on social media sites
  • Bullying and Harassment of lecturers by students, and of students by lecturers. What constitutes bullying/harassment? What procedures should be followed? The relevant case law
  • Sexual Harassment - what constitutes sexual harassment? The relevant case law
  • Intellectual Property, recording lectures, lecturer’s notes
  • Academic freedom in the classroom - freedom of speech for lecturers and students
  • Data protection and student privacy. Examples of student personal data, how should this data be used and stored, how long should it be retained?
  • Accommodating students with special needs

The presentation also discussed disciplinary procedures and redress options for lecturers and students in the context of the issues outlined above.

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15th May 2017

Developing Assessment Literacy in Students – Intentional Interventions:

A Seminar Funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Presenter: Prof Margaret Price, Professor Emerita of Assessment and Learning, Oxford Brookes University

The power of assessment and feedback within the learning process has been recognised for many years and yet the paradigms that currently frame assessment leave students in a passive role and still largely focus on accreditation. This situation needs to be challenged through the development of assessment literacy of both staff and students which, in turn will make new approaches to assessment and feedback possible.

This seminar discussed the nature of assessment literacy, why it is important, how it has the potential to reshape our thinking about assessment and feedback and how it supports the development of student learning. Participants were invited to take part in activities designed to allow them to share their expertise, review their practices and take away new ideas.

The aim of the seminar was to:

  • Explain the concept of assessment literacy
  • Describe the contribution assessment literacy can make to supporting student learning
  • Identify key initiatives that support the development of assessment literacy

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16th May 2017



18th May 2017


Personal Branding – A Workshop for Staff

Presenter: Maeve Ahern O’Neill, The Branding of Me

Third level institutions, like businesses all over the world, are in competition with each other to deliver the best programmes in the country to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. They are on the lookout for that unique element to make them stand out from their competitors. One of the most unique elements that all institutions have are their staff and students. Each and every person in that institution has a unique story and it is these stories that will set an institution apart. Today’s sharing culture allows us all to be in a prime position to share these stories through the use of social media.

For staff, personal branding is a way to showcase their own research and that of their institution. The knowledge and experience staff bring to any discipline is a valuable asset that needs to be promoted. The use of social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are ways to connect with peers, researchers and students alike to share opinions, achievements, events etc. In addition, it will enable future potential students to gain a valuable insight into programmes, modules and research activity on offer by an institution across multiple disciplines.

Students need to be aware of the impact that their social media presence can have on their reputation, both personally and professionally. They need to understand how personal branding with social media can be used to showcase their academic achievements and to enhance their employability. However, just using social media is not enough. Personal branding techniques gained from this workshop demonstrated how a strategically planned social media format between staff and students can truly showcase the importance of programmes delivered by that institution.

The aims of this workshop were to:

  • Explain what is meant by personal branding and how a strategically planned social media format between staff and students can truly showcase the importance of programmes delivered by that institution.
  • Demonstrate the utilisation of branding and social media tools to create a personal brand.
  • Demonstrate how to manage a personal brand.

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17th May 2017

Creating and Maintaining Positive Learning Environments

Presenter: Ruairí Ó Céilleachair, Teaching and Learning Unit

At this seminar participants were given an opportunity to explore approaches, strategies and methodologies for creating and maintaining a classroom environment which promotes learning.

Topics such as the use of learning environment checklists, positive behavior interventions and dealing with the disruptive student were discussed.

The workshop examined the work of educators such as Ken Bain, Phil Race and Bill Rogers as well as drawing from expertise from within CIT.

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17th May 2017

Spotlight on the Flipped Classroom at CIT

Facilitator: Dr Tom O’Mahony, Teaching and Learning Unit

This seminar introduced participants to the flipped classroom: a pedagogical model used to engage students in active learning, where there is a greater focus on students’ application of conceptual knowledge rather than factual recall.

In particular, this seminar showcased some of the results from the Flipped Classroom Initiative that ran in CIT during the semester. It was a chance for participants to engage with colleagues within the institute who have participated in this initiative and to gain valuable insight into their experiences.

The aims of this seminar were to:

  • Explain the concept of a flipped classroom
  • Explain the advantages/disadvantages of the flipped classroom approach
  • Understand how the flipped classroom approach can be applied to a variety of disciplines

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