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Applications Now OPEN for Semester 2 2020/21

Focus on Teaching and Learning Enhancement across Disciplines

CIT in collaboration with Institute of Technology Tralee, have received approval from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education for their project entitled EAT-PD: Enabling Academic Transitions through Professional Development as part of their allocation of the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education Call 2019. This project will focus on enabling excellence during key academic transitions, i.e. academic staff as they transition into higher education (HE) and faculty leaders as they transition into and through management.

One element of this project is an initiative aimed specifically at early career academic staff, i.e. staff that have been teaching full-time for three years or less (or some equivalent). The initiative will support 20 such staff in a semester-long experiential programme (1 hour per week) using proven teaching strategies in a supportive, friendly environment. Learners will subsequently deploy these activities in their classrooms and gain useful feedback from other learners and peers through reflective practice.

 

Successful applicants will have their assigned teaching load reduced by 1 hour (once approved by Head of Department / Function).

 

Given the current circumstances, we intend to operate a primarily online delivery approach with an opportunity for limited small group face to face activity if circumstances allow.  A Canvas module will go live on Wednesday, 13th January 2021 with some introductory material while synchronous sessions will commence in Week 1 of Semester 2 2020/21 on Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 13:00 – 14:00, and will continue at the same time each week.

 

This programme will be of benefit to 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
  • Develop their teaching practice based on feedback from peers
  • Develop a personal understanding of CIT’s mission statement which revolves around “student-centred learning”
  • Build their professional network by meeting and working with early career staff from across the institute

The following provides an overview of the programme:

 

In Semester 2 2019/20 and Semester 1 2020/21, we recruited and successfully delivered the first two iterations of this pilot programme to over 40 early career academic staff from across a variety of disciplines in both faculties. So far, feedback has been extremely positive, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, and indeed a number of participants have commented that the programme really benefitted them in the current crisis as it enabled them to utilise some of the strategies learned and observed to enhance their remote teaching.

 

We are now inviting applications from early career staff across all disciplines to participate in the third iteration of this important and exciting programme. Only applications submitted via our online application form, available here, will be considered - however, a template has been developed to help in the preparation of applications, which is available here.

 

The closing date for applications has been extended to Monday, 25th January 2021 at 17:00. However, to ensure that Heads of Department/Function have sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements to facilitate participation places, applications will be reviewed on receipt and places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis so early applications are encouraged.

 

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