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Focus on Teaching and Learning Enhancement across Disciplines


CIT in collaboration with Institute of Technology Tralee, received approval from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education for a project entitled 'EAT-PD: Enabling Academic Transitions through Professional Development' as part of the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education Call 2019. The focus of the EAT-PD programme is to expose new lecturers to a range of research-based teaching strategies that can be used to enhance lectures and support learning. Staff are encouraged and supported to both trial and reflect on these strategies.

In Semester 2, 2019/20 and Semesters 1 and 2 of 2020/21, we recruited for and successfully delivered the first three iterations of this pilot programme to over 40 early career academic staff from across a variety of disciplines. Feedback from participants was extremely positive, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, and indeed a number of participants commented that the programme really benefitted them during the crisis as it enabled them to utilise some of the strategies learned and observed to enhance their remote teaching.

Due to the success of the programme, EAT-PD has now been main schemed and this semester-long teaching and learning strategies CPD programme for new and early career lecturers at MTU will be offered annually.

This programme benefits participants, as it will provide opportunities for them to:

  • Integrate proven, high quality teaching strategies into their regular teaching practice
  • Develop their teaching practice using feedback from students, feedback from peers, self-reflection and through engagment with the literature
  • Develop a personal understanding of what is meant by “student-centred learning”
  • Build their professional network by meeting and working with early career staff from across the university

The following provides an overview of the programme:

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