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The following are details of the sessions held together with links to the relevant resources:


Thursday, 7th January 2021, 11:00-12:00

Coaching isn’t just for Athletes!

Facilitated By:

  • Catherine Murphy, Accounting & Information Systems & TLU, MTU Cork

Seminar Description

Are you curious about how coaching can be applied in the context of higher education?

Have you heard about MTU Cork’s Coaching in Higher Education course?

If so, then this is the seminar for you!!

Since 2019, MTU Cork staff have been offered the opportunity to attend our European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC) accredited Coaching in Higher Education course and potentially achieve individual EMCC Foundation Level Coaching Accreditation through this programme. To date, the above course has been run 6 times and has attracted over 90 staff from both academic and professional management support areas.

The course runs over 5 weeks and typically takes place on Friday afternoons, it consists of 5 modules with each module requiring a weekly commitment of 2.5 hours, and planning is underway for the next iteration which will take place in semester 2.

The goal of this session was to raise awareness of how coaching principles and skills can and are being used in MTU Cork and to gain some insights from the following colleagues who have already participated in the course:

  • Gail Cotter Buckley, Tourism and Hospitality, MTU Cork
  • Sarah Culhane, Accounting and Information Systems, MTU Cork
  • Dr. Ciara Glasheen Artem, Orchestral Studies, MTU Cork
  • Catherine O’Mahony, Tourism and Hospitality, MTU Cork
  • Michelle Collins, Marketing and International Business, MTU Cork

They spoke about their experience and shared:

  • Why they decided to enrol in the course
  • What they learnt from the experience
  • How they are applying what they’ve learned to their teaching, learning, assessment and student engagement practice

And, of course, participants also had the opportunity to pose a few questions of their own.

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Friday, 8th January 2021, 10:00-11:30

Improving the Assessment & Feedback Experience for You and Your Students

Facilitated By:

  • Sinéad Huskisson, Management and Enterprise & TLU, MTU Cork
  • William Carey, AnSEO & TLU, MTU Cork
  • Cliona Hatano, AnSEO, MTU Cork

Workshop Description

Assessment is probably the most important thing we can do to engage students in their learning. However, not all forms of assessment are created equal!

Whilst there are many benefits of using authentic assessment approaches and providing feedback, teaching staff can face challenges in terms of large class sizes and their own constraints around resourcing and time.

This session was an interactive workshop for staff which focused on redesigning assessments to make them a more authentic experience for students whilst ensuring they are manageable from a staff perspective. Participants were invited to send any assignment briefs, or past exam questions that they would like help with redesigning so that they are more authentic, prior to the session. A selection of these were then used as “live” cases at the session. Contact bali@cit.ie for more information.

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Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 10:00-11:30

Raising Awareness Around Dyscalculia


  • Hilary Maddocks, Mathematics & Statistics Learning Support Tutor, Loughborough University, UK
  • Student from MTU Cork
  • Ruth Murphy, Disability Support Service, MTU Cork

Workshop Description

Though nearly as common as dyslexia, dyscalculia is neither well-known nor well-understood among educators and clinicians.

In recent years students with dyscalculia have presented in different MTU Cork programmes of study and have struggled with completing core maths modules or using maths within modules of their course such as Science and Business subjects. Staff in MTU Cork were surveyed about their awareness of and questions about Dyscalculia. In addition, students with the Disability Support Service (DSS) were surveyed on their experience of dyscalculia in college. The results of these surveys were used to inform the design and content of this workshop and their findings were presented during the workshop itself.

The objective of this workshop was to raise awareness about dyscalculia among the MTU community and identify best practice approaches to support our students with dyscalculia. Following universal design for learning (UDL) principles that promote increased accessibility in teaching and learning we hope that this raised awareness will in fact benefit all students who interact with maths and numbers as part of their studies at MTU Cork.

A major focus of this workshop was on ways in which lecturers or tutors can support students with Dyscalculia to succeed. Hilary Maddocks has worked for many years supporting such students at Loughborough University. The student perspective was also presented as we heard from an MTU Cork student about her experiences of learning with Dyscalculia, and the DSS gave some background.

Organised By

  • Deirdre Casey, Academic Learning Centre, MTU Cork
  • Dr Julie Crowley, Mathematics & Academic Learning Centre, MTU Cork
  • Ruth Murphy, Disability Support Service, MTU Cork
  • Dr David Goulding, Mathematics, MTU Cork

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Wednesday, 13th January 2021


Putting Active Learning into Practice

Facilitated By:

  • Thomas Broderick, Sport Leisure & Childhood Studies & TLU, MTU Cork
  • Dr Eileen O’Leary, Physical Sciences & TLU, MTU Cork
  • Dr Tom O’Mahony, Electrical & Electronic Engineering & TLU, MTU Cork

Workshop Description

Are you tired of giving lectures and feeling like you’re the one doing all the work?

Would you like to create a more positive learning environment for yourself where students are more involved and engaged in their learning?

This was a highly interactive and engaging workshop that was divided into two parts to address these issues and provide some valuable insights into what can be done.

Part one, involved discussions around:

  • Why active learning could be part of your teaching
  • What is active learning and what it might look like in your teaching context
  • How you could engage in active learning in your classroom

Some colleagues shared how they are currently using active learning strategies within their own teaching practice to engage their students in MTU Cork together with some other simple strategies that require little preparation.

Part two, involved participants putting some of what they had learned into practice. They were asked to consider a module they teach and examine how they typically structure a lecture and what opportunities there are for students to engage during the lecture. They then redesigned their first lecture for this module to integrate some generally applicable AL strategies that they felt might work for them, their students, their discipline and the concepts they wanted their students to learn. To conclude, they were introduced to the Active Learning Movement, a new TLU initiative that will provide ongoing support to Lecturers should they be interested in implementing Active Learning (AL) strategies in their classrooms. 

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CPD Opportunities in Teaching & Learning for Semester 2 2020/21

Facilitated By:

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


The Teaching & Learning Unit (TLU) offered a number of Teaching & Learning related Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities in Semester 2 2020/21, i.e. our popular:

This information session provided an overview and introduction to these programmes and explained, in each case, how to apply.


Thursday, 14th January 2021, 09:30-12:30

Relational Pedagogy and Whole-class Engagement – Can it Really be Done?!

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

Presented By:

  •  Dr Catherine Bovill, Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement, Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh

Seminar Description

“When the first day of class comes around, you’ve reflected on your course goals and structure, gathered your syllabus together, shared materials in Canvas, and prepared your first day of class presentation. How do you then establish a relationship with your students? How do you talk with them on the first day? How do you set the tone?” (Cathy Bovill, January 2020, Georgetown University)

Drawing on her most recent work, ‘Co-creating Learning and Teaching: Towards relational pedagogy in higher education’ (April 2020), Cathy Bovill explored the concept of relational pedagogy using the classroom as a focus for curriculum co-creation.

We can often think that co-creation might only be available to small groups of students working closely with a member of staff, as might also be suggested of many student partnership activities. However, this seminar challenges this idea and explores how co-creation has the potential in both classroom and online class teaching settings to include all students in developing relationships and shared decision making. The seminar suggests that in the pivot to online delivery these opportunities should be maximised.

Using her current research and time as a Fulbright Scholar (based at Elon University), Cathy shares examples from university and school settings, to set the challenge to participants to identify ways in which their presence in the classroom (online or otherwise) might be used to positively shape their learning and teaching practice in a way that demonstrates a care for their students thus building a more positive student learning experience.

This seminar enabled participants to:

  • Understand and explore the concept of relational pedagogy in a face-to-face and online environment
  • Reflect on how their own experience in ‘whole-class’ engagement practices contribute to an engaged learning environment
  • Consider how their own understandings and definitions of student engagement, partnership and co-creation impact their professional practice
  • Identify and plan the practical/impactful methods/approaches that could be implemented in learning environments to support a whole-class resulting in a more inclusive experience for all students.

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Friday, 15th January 2021, 10:00-11:30

Learning from our Learning Communities – a showcase of the 20+ Learning Communities in CIT.

Facilitated By:

  • Professor Jim O’Mahony, Biological Sciences & TLU, MTU Cork

Seminar Description

Learning communities serve many functions in education. They allow for the sharing of ideas, the standardisation of practices and the presentation of new solutions and insights. They can also enhance teamwork and collaboration, as well as reduce individual workloads within and across departments and schools.

In the last 2 years the TLU have supported the creation and development of over 20 Learning Communities across MTU Cork. This session allowed them to share their experiences and gave those interested in developing their own LC an understanding of how the TLU can help support and fund their ideas.

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Wednesday, 27th January 2020, 11:00-12:00

The Pen is Mightier with SWORD – MTU’s Institutional Repository

Presented By:

  • Sinéad Hanrahan, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Library, MTU Cork

Seminar Description

Will you or your students be involved in research during your/their time in MTU?

Do your funders require you to make your research outputs available through Open Access?

Are you planning to publish articles, conference papers, monographs, book chapters or any related datasets?

Are you creating reports, entries for conference proceedings or posters?

Will you be hosting a conference in the coming year?

Do you have a journal that needs an online home?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, then you really should watch the recording and view the resources below.

The aim of SWORD is to collect, disseminate and preserve all of MTU’s research under one roof. By doing this SWORD can enhance the impact of your research and broaden the scope of the research activities for you and your departments.

Those who attending this session learned:

  • What SWORD is and what it does
  • What types of research and scholarly work are suitable for SWORD
  • How SWORD can host conferences and journals
  • Why you should deposit research in SWORD
  • How to deposit your work in SWORD

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Friday, 29th January 2021, 10:00-13:00

Developing Engineering Competencies in Industry for Undergraduates

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

Presented By:

  • Dr Sandra Lenihan, Lecturer & Academic Placement Supervisor - , Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering Course, MTU Cork
  • Dr Róisín Foley, Lecturer & Academic Placement Supervisor- , Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering Course, MTU Cork
  • Noel Duffy, Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering Course Coordinator, MTU Cork
  • Cliona Hatano, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork
  • William Carey, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office & Teaching and Learning Unit, MTU Cork
  • MTU Cork Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering Graduates - Class of 2018 & 2019
    • Kevin O’Donovan, Value Stream Process Specialist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
    • Gráinne Kearney, Bioprocess Engineer, Eli Lilly and Company
    • Wen Ning Ching, Crude, Distillates & Sulphur Plant Process Engineer, Irving Oil

Seminar Description

This seminar presents an innovative approach to enhancing engineering competencies through the parallel delivery of a capstone project and professional work placement elements in the final year of an undergraduate programme.

Nationally, it is recognised that engineering students require more development of skills to be “culturally fit” engineering professionals. In order to achieve this, a longer placement was incorporated into MTU Cork’s Chemical Engineering programme with this industrial interface being leveraged to identify capstone projects, hosted in industry, for students to complete in parallel with their placement. Thereby providing students with more industrial exposure and developing more “culturally fit” employable graduates with general and transferrable skills as well as the necessary engineering knowledge. Since the adoption of these industrially hosted modules a repeated review process, facilitated by MTU Cork's AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, has allowed “fine-tuning” of the approach and provided an improved student experience. This review process creates a constructive environment in which individual student voices can be heard alongside those of faculty.

MTU Cork has created an enhanced experiential learning experience for its final year students and provided a vehicle to pilot methods for student-staff collaboration supporting the shared refinement of both placement and the capstone project. The benefit to industry is a structured longer placement (in line with international policy) to develop “culturally-fit” graduates. The impact on student success is notaView ble in that in excess of 90% employment levels have been observed in the graduate classes of 2018 and 2019. The student voice of their experiences substantiates the experiential and structured learning of these students.

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