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More photographs from the series can be viewed here.


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


Title & Descriptor

Monday, 8th January 2018

The Importance of Mental Health Policies and Processes for students and staff in CIT :

A Seminar Sponsored by Dr Barry O’Connor, President, CIT


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


This seminar was aimed at all staff, both academic and administrative, and attempted to:

  • Outline the rationale for having a mental health policy
  • Outline the legal background for having a mental health policy
  • Provide an overview of CIT’s Mental Health Policy/other relevant policies
  •  Provide advice on how to address issues that arise


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Tuesday, 9th January 2018

How to Increase Resilience


Presented By: Maeve Lankford, Director at Kaleidoscope Coaching and Facilitation


A common myth is that the way to deal with pressure is to work harder. We like to think that extending work hours and multitasking are ways to be more effective at work. The truth is, this thinking is flawed.


Too much pressure or stress creates narrowed thinking and increases the likelihood of flawed reasoning. It also turns on the stress response in the body, releasing a tsunami of chemicals and hormones.


Being able to increase your resilience is necessary in today’s uncertain and volatile workforce.


This workshop was targeted at all staff, both academic and administrative, and, based on research from the Centre for Creative Leadership, and aimed to introduce participants to a variety of ways to improve resilience, such as:

  • Reframing how we think about situations or experiences
  • The importance of sleep and exercises to support a good night’s sleep
  • Developing strategies to cope when our sleep is compromised
  • Exploring the power of positivity

The workshop included an introduction to some simple Tai Chi practices and hand mudras that are very effective ways of managing one’s stress and energy.


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Tuesday, 9th January 2018

Spotlight on Providing Instruction around the Literature Review


Presented By; Professor Jim O’Mahony, Teaching & Learning Unit


The literature review is a core component of many, if not all, final year programmes at third level. Despite the importance of this, many undergraduate students are not given the instructional tools to complete the onerous tasks of organising and planning a literature review.


This seminar presented results of a pilot study initiated by the Department of Biological Sciences with over 100 final year undergraduate life science students. These students attended a 1-hour weekly instructional lecture as part of the literature review module.


The seminar was targeted at academic staff and focused on:

  • What tools were made available to students
  • How well students engaged with the tools
  • What the learning experience was for both lecturers and students
  • How this approach could be modified across different disciplines


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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

CIT Governance Framework Workshop: Data Management & Protection in CIT


Presented By:

  • Carmel Hayes, Freedom of Information Officer, CIT
  • Jonathan McCarthy, Head of IT, CIT

This workshop was targeted at all staff, both academic and administrative and aimed to ensure participants:

  • Understand what is meant by data protection
  • Understand the data protection rights of an individual
  • Understand responsibilities of an organisation in terms of data protection
  • Understand the penalties involved in noncompliance with Data Protection legislation
  • Understand current CIT policy, processes and procedures in relation to Data Protection & Management
  • Are more aware of the types of Data Protection (DP) and Freedom of Information (FOI) requests CIT receives and issues that have been encountered
  • Are informed of the steps to be taken to ensure compliance with CIT’s policy, processes and procedures

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Thursday, 11th January 2018

Building Capacity through Professional Development:

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


Presented By: Professor Sally Brown, Emerita Professor of Higher Education Diversity in Teaching and Learning at Leeds Metropolitan University, Visiting Professor at University of Plymouth, Adjunct Professor at University of the Sunshine Coast, and James Cook University


The seminar consisted of two components – presentations and a collaborative workshop.


Presentations focused on some key theoretical perspectives and were delivered by Professor Sally Brown and drew on her rich experience in this area as well as ideas from the text she has recently co-authored with Kay Sambell and Linda Graham – Professionalism in Practice. The presentation considered aspects such as drivers for change in higher education and outlined the impact that the professional development framework has had in the UK and the increasingly professionalised nature of higher education in the UK. Change management and the role that Heads of Department and Heads of Schools have in leading change within their disciplines were explored as well as the processes that are available to encourage all staff to engage in professional development – especially in the context of educational development as opposed to developing disciplinary-specific knowledge and skills.


In the workshop, participants explored the Irish National Professional Development Framework and identified the likely opportunities that would arise from staff engaging with this Framework as well as the challenges and barriers they are likely to face. The workshop concluded by exploring ways in which the opportunities can be maximised and barriers minimised.

The aim of this seminar and the accompanying workshop, was to ensure participants:

  • Understand the drivers for change in higher education, the professionalisation of the higher education sector, and in the context of the UK experience, the benefits arising from engaging with a national professional development framework
  • Have an appreciation of the opportunities afforded by the Professional Development Framework to both themselves and the staff within their departments as well as the barriers to engaging with it.
  • Understand the role of Heads of Departments and Heads of School in leading change within their disciplines
  •  Learn about ways of engaging staff in their own professional development

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Thursday, 11th January 2018

Recent Developments in Assessment & Feedback Methodologies


Professor Sally Brown, Emerita Professor of Higher Education Diversity in Teaching and Learning at Leeds Metropolitan University, Visiting Professor at University of Plymouth, Adjunct Professor at University of the Sunshine Coast, and James Cook University


If we want to improve students’ engagement with learning, a key focus of enhancement can be refreshing our approaches to assessment. Sometimes we need to take a fresh look at our current practice to ensure assessment is for rather than just of learning.


In addition, we as educators in higher education understand the importance of giving good feedback to students, both to maximize achievement and to support retention. Research in the field suggests that good feedback has a significant impact on student achievement, enabling students to become adept at judging the quality of their own work during its production.


In this workshop, the following aspects of assessment were considered:

  • Fit for purpose assessment: designing assessments to promote student learning
  • Assessing more students: ways of using productive assessment with large numbers
  • Assessing first-year students well to promote retention
  • Streamlining assessment: giving feedback effectively and efficiently

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