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Tús maith, leath na hoibre

(A good start is half the work)

Tús Maith is a series of seminars/workshops that we run at the start of each academic year, the goal of which is to provide workshop/seminars that should be of interest and helpful to staff, both new and more experienced, to get their current academic year off to a good start.

 

Tús Maith 2019/20 Programme

The following was the schedule of workshops for the 2019/20 academic year with links to resources where possible:

 

Wednesday, 4th September 2019

10:00-

11:00

TLU in the Spotlight: - What’s in it for you?

 

Facilitated By:

  • Dr Tom O’Mahony, Electrical & Electronic Engineering & TLU, CIT
  • Ruairí Ó Céilleachair, TLU, CIT
  • Linda O’Sullivan, TLU, CIT
  • Prof Jim O’Mahony, Biological Sciences & TLU, CIT
  • Dr Eileen O’Leary, Physical Sciences & TLU, CIT

Workshop Description

Is this your first year as a lecturer or have you been lecturing for several years already? Do you sometimes feel daunted or overwhelmed by the thought of the academic year ahead? Are there times you get that Groundhog Day feeling and wish you could do things differently? Are there aspects of your teaching and assessment practice that frustrate and annoy you?

 

The Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU), part of the Office of Registrar and VP for Academic Affairs, was formed to support the work of the Registrar in a wide range of quality enhancement initiatives associated with teaching and learning.

In this session, we aimed to:

  • Introduce you to the TLU Team – who we are and what we do?
  • Give an insight into the supports and services available from the TLU that can help you in your day-to day role from:
    • Professional Development Opportunities such as our MA in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and the variety of workshops and seminars we offer throughout the year
    • Research and Funding Opportunities that you can access
    •  Resources we have developed in conjunction with experts in the field of teaching and learning
    •  Projects that we are pursuing
  •  Gain an understanding from you of any other ways you would like our help

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11:30-

13:00

"UDL – Learning and Sharing” – practical and easy ways to create more innovative and inclusive practice in lectures and assessments

 

Facilitated By:

  • Laura Coleman, Disability Support Officer and
  • Ruth Murphy, Disability Projects Coordinator
  • Sinéad Huskisson, Lecturer, Management & Enterprise
  • Dr Aisling Conway Lenihan
    • Lecturer, Management & Enterprise
    • Academic Researcher, Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence

 

Workshop Description

This workshop focussed on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in CIT.

 

If you arelooking for ways to ensure that your classroom is as inclusive as possible and to create a teaching and learning environment that is accessible to all, then this workshop should help to give you some tools and ideas on how to make this a reality!

 

In the context of UDL, attendees:

  • Examined and reflected on their own lectures and/or assessments
  • Gained some insight into current best practice
  • Obtained some practical and easy ways to create a more inclusive teaching and learning environment
  • Learned from colleagues about some of the changes they made to make their practice more inclusive

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14:00-

15:30

Cybersecurity @ CIT - What can I do to help?

 

Facilitated By:

  • Dr Jonathan McCarthy, IT Manager, IT Services

Workshop Description

Cybersecurity, also referred to as computer security or IT security, involves the methods of protecting computer systems, data, and networks from access to and attacks by unauthorized users. These attacks typically have a malicious intent, and frequently involve accessing and possibly stealing data or personal information, extorting money, or disrupting business operations.

 

Cyber criminals often rely heavily on an organisation’s users making mistakes so regardless of the sophistication of the organisation’s technical cybersecurity setup, if individual users make mistakes it can undermine these technical defences.

This workshop aimed to raise the awareness as staff members around potential cybersecurity threats and what each staff member can do help - thereby keeping their own and CIT’s systems, data, and networks secure.

 

In the context of cyber security, attendees:

  • Gained insight into what is cybersecurity and the potential threats to CIT
  • Gained an understanding of how CIT protects itself against these threats
  • Learned some practical and easy ways that they can assist in the fight against cyber attack

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Thursday, 5th September 2019

09:30-

10:30

Workvivo - for Users & Space Owners

 

Presented By:

  • Claire Leonard, Project Manager, IT Services, CIT

Workshop Description

In semester 1 2018/19. a staff survey entitled “How do you use CIT’s Staff Gateway (intranet)?” was conducted. This survey revealed that many staff relied heavily on a number of key features of Gateway, in particular:

  • Access to key IT Systems
  • Access to our most prominent organisational documents (Policies, Forms and Procedures)
  • Access to a Staff Search

However, the survey also revealed that staff found it extremely difficult to keep up to date with the variety of activities going on across the various CIT campuses.

 

In response to this survey, Workvivo was launched in March 2019 as CIT’s relatively new Staff Portal - it provides all of the key features identified as useful by staff in the original survey plus:

  • It’s designed to bring what’s happening in CIT to life in a relevant, intuitive and highly engaging manner
  • It allows for the creation of an emotional connection between what CIT is trying to achieve and the great work ofCIT’s staff

This workshop will be divided into two parts:

  • Part 1: For Users - this part of the workshop showed how Workvivo can be used by the everyday user. It provided an overview of the functionality within Workvivo to enable attendees to:
    • Access to CIT IT Systems & Key Documents
    • Create posts/shouts outs/events/articles/notifications
    • Search within the application
    • Understand the reporting capabilities within the application
    • Understand how the application can improve internal communications
  • Part II: For Space Owners - this part of the workshop focussed on the use of Spaces within Workvivo – a Space is an interest group with members. It provided attendees with an overview of the functionality within Workvivo and enabled them to
    • Create a Space
    • Create posts/shouts outs/events/articles/notifications from within a Space
    • Understand the reporting capabilities for a Space within the application
    •  Join a Space.

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11:00-

13:00

Recognising and Challenging our Unconscious Biases

 

Facilitated By:

On behalf of the Athena SWAN Office, CIT:

  • Maria Cullinane, Lecturer, Process, Energy & Transport Engineering, CIT
  • Mary Cooney, Lecturer, Applied Social Studies, CIT

Workshop Description

Unconscious bias refers to the stereotypes, both negative and positive, that exist in our subconscious and affect our behaviour. It can affect workplaces and organisations and can introduce unintentional discrimination which results in poor decision making. Unconscious Bias can be a huge setback in creating a truly diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

The main goal of this workshop was to raise awareness of this important issue amongst staff and give a flavour of further training that is planned for the coming year, in response to CIT’s commitment to Athena SWAN. It was hoped that by encouraging us all to recognise and challenge our own unconscious biases that we can effect positive change within CIT and create a truly diverse and inclusive workspace to the benefit of all.

 

Those attending this workshop:

  • Gained an understanding of what unconscious bias is
  • Were exposed to some of their own unconscious biases
  • Were provided with some simple tools/techniques to adjust these automatic patterns of thinking,

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14:00-

15:00

Referencing, Plagiarism and the use of Referencing Software – How CIT Library can assist you and your students

 

Presented By:

  • Michael Costello, Deputy Librarian, CIT
  • Colm O’Rourke, Senior Library Assistant, CIT

Workshop Description

In recent years, the issues of poor referencing skills and plagiarism have become a significant concern for higher education practitioners. In many instances’ students are often unaware of the problems associated with plagiarism since copying from various sources has unfortunately become the norm. This problem is further compounded by the fact that many students often struggle to understand the importance and basics of essential referencing techniques.

 

This workshop:

  • Highlighted how CIT Library staff can assist academic staff convey the importance of referencing to their students, helping them to avoid various forms of plagiarism.
  • Explained how online referencing software can be easily utilised to ensure effective and consistent referencing when completing notes, essays and assignments.

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15:15-

16:30

“A&E Clinic” - How to best work with Admissions & Exams

 

Facilitated By:

  • Lenka Forrest, Administrative Officer, Admissions & Examinations, CIT

Workshop Description

The Admissions & Examinations Offices are two of the key offices on campus that both staff and students interact with on a regular basis throughout the academic year. The Admissions Office is responsible for managing the Institute’s admission processes, which includes:

  • Registration of new, continuing, part-time, postgraduate and repeating students
  • Managing student contact information
  • Module Enrolments & Free Choice Electives for students
  • Deferrals of Modules/Semesters/Full Academic Years
  • Withdrawals from courses
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Applications by students
  • Provision of official CIT stamp/letters for various purposes

While, the Examinations Office is responsible for managing the Institute’s examination processes which includes:

  • Exam Paper Submission, Review & Distribution
  • Preparation & Communication of Examination Timetables
  • Invigilation of Examinations
  • Provision of exam supports for students registered with the Disability Support Service
  • Issuing of Examination Results
  • Viewing of Examination Scripts
  • Assessment Appeals and Correction of Errors/Omissions
  • Management of Academic Honesty, Plagiarism and Infringements
  • Management of Individual Extenuating Circumstances Relating to Examinations and Assessment
  • Conferrings
  • Issuing of Award Parchments & Transcripts of Results

At one of their busiest times of the year, the Admissions & Examinations have kindly offered to provide what it hopes is the first of a series of “A&E clinics” for staff.

 

This first clinic focussed on:

  • Awareness and Access to CIT’s Admissions/Examinations procedures and policies
  • Key personnel/dates that staff should be aware of for Admissions/Examinations purposes
  • Common Admissions/Examinations issues that occur and how best to manage same
  • Providing an update on MAXe -the CIT Exam Paper Management System, which covered:
    • Lessons learnt from year 1
    • Updates/enhancements to be rolled out this year
    • Future enhancements

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Friday, 6th September 2019

09:00-

10:00

Managing the Academic Year

 

Facilitated By:

  • Prof Jim O’Mahony, Biological Sciences & TLU, CIT

Workshop Description

The academic year, in particular the first semester, can be quite stressful with so many competing tasks from preparing lectures and practicals, to meeting and getting to know a new group of students, to dealing with student issues and complaints, to meeting administrative requirements, etc.

 

This workshop should be of interest to all academic staff, in particular new and early career academic staff, as it will provide some hints and tips on how best to manage the academic year to alleviate some of the stress and strain.

 

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10:15-

11:30

Successful Lectures: 10 Key Tips

 

Facilitated By:

  • Dr Tom O’Mahony, Electrical & Electronic Engineering & TLU, CIT

Workshop Description

Lectures are still the most widely used teaching method in higher education today. As a method for enhancing learning, the lecture is frequently criticised as being ineffective as most students are passive and disengaged. Yet, lectures can be engaging and highly effective.

 

This workshop aimed:

  • Provide some insight into how students learn
  • Identify some of the barriers to learning students commonly face
  • Encourage participants to reflect on and critique their own lectures
  •  Provide some practical and easy ways to make lectures more successful
  • Encourage participants to identify one, or more techniques, that they intend to adopt in the next academic year.

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12:00-

13:00

AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office: How we work with Staff and Students for Success

 

Facilitated By:

  • Lisa Moran, Communications and Events Officer, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, CIT
  • Joe Murphy, Academic Success Coach, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, CIT
  • Louise Murphy, Academic Success Coach, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, CIT

Workshop Description

“Student Engagement” is a term that is bandied around these days but what does it really mean and why does it matter? Is it all about students or is there a role for staff as well? What are the benefits of student engagement at a course, department, school, faculty and institutional level? How is CIT developing its understanding of Student Engagement in partnership with students and staff?

 

This workshop was designed to give answers to these questions and to provide an insight into what CIT has been and is doing in this space.

 

AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, part of the Office of the Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs, was formed to work with academic faculty, school and department staff and student services to improve student engagement, progression and successful graduation. Their work is informed by desk research on national and international models of best practice, expert input and advice and student and staff feedback. They explore current issues, develop proactive and collaborative strategies appropriate to need and facilitate their implementation.

 

This session aimed to:

  • Introduce the AnSEO Team – who they are and what they do?
  • Provide an insight from those who deliver and support a number of AnSEO’s programmes about how AnSEO can help staff and their students on the road to success, such as:
    • The Good Start & Just Ask! programmes
    • Academic Success Coaching and Profiling – providing 1-2-1/group coaching and class visits to help all students achieve their academic potential
    • Sparq (Students as Partners in Quality) - facilitated, purposeful conversations between students and staff giving insights into improving the college experience together
    • Academic Learning Centre – free, easily accessible extra support for students in a range of modules
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss other potential opportunities for AnSEO to work more closely together with staff for the benefit of students and each other

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