The TEU host and support a number of professional learning communities as spaces for staff to meet peers and share ideas about approaches to teaching with the goal of learning from one another.
DCU is committed to recognising teaching excellence through Advance HE. Advance HE Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education.
DCU has seen a number of Senior and Associate Fellows gain this recognition since the launch of the Fellowship scheme in 2019. There is strong interest in pursuing Fellowship for 2021 across a range of Fellowship categories. Applicants can register their interest in pursuing Fellowship and joining this growing community. Fellows support each other during the application process through an online community and can mentor future Fellowship applicants.
MoodleMunch is a lunchtime webinar series, led by Dublin City University and supported by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, in which members of the Moodle community can share knowledge, good practice and innovations from their own institutions. It is an opportunity to learn from one another, get a flavour of Moodle activity taking place across various regions, chew the fat, digest interesting developments and munch on ideas!
In keeping with Moodle’s mission to empower educators, each webinar explores Moodle innovations and stories that support the development of educators’ competencies on the European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu). These stories also relate to the broad categories of findings of the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) survey of 2019. More information about MoodleMunch can be found at https://bit.ly/moodlemunch-overview
We view Peer Observation as a collaborative partnership between two (or more) academics who observe each other's teaching, offer each other constructive feedback on their teaching, and reflect on their teaching based on both what was observed and their colleague’s feedback. The benefits of Peer Observation are often cited as improving teaching practice; enhancing commitment to teaching; confidence-building among staff; increased awareness of students’ needs in the classroom and the transformation of teachers' educational perspectives. Benefits accrue to both observer and observee, and for both novice and experienced teachers.
The TEU provide support and advice to staff on getting started with Peer Observation and more details can be found here.
The Sipping Point is a space for conversations about teaching which aims to encourage the sharing of teaching practice and the spread of new ideas. Facilitated by the TEU, it takes the form of non-formal, one-hour sessions where staff get the opportunity to discuss teaching-related topics with peers. These events usually start with short talks by two speakers after which the topic is thrown open to the floor for questions and discussion. Ideas for each session are drawn from prior consultation with staff and abstracts are circulated in advance so that participants can come to the event with an awareness of the core theme.
Running at DCU since April 2017, feedback to date has been very positive. As one academic participant says:
‘I think it’s a really valuable initiative and I hope that it continues. I like that you can dip into topics in a lunchtime session without feeling too intimidated and leave having learned something new, or with ideas for a new approach to teaching.’
More details about The Sipping Point (including information on previous topics and upcoming sessions) can be found here.