Research on Practice

The TEU provide research-informed leadership in Teaching and Learning guided by DCU’s Strategic Plan and responsive to developments in contemporary higher education to: 

People Collaborating


  • Foster a dynamic community of practice around issues of teaching and learning and technology enhanced learning among our colleagues across the university and its various partners.
  • Undertake research in the areas of teaching and learning and technology enhanced learning that can inform best practice among academic staff and the wider higher education community.

The TEU offer support to colleagues in many ways when it comes to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  We can offer informal pedagogical advice when planning research, we can offer support in the research itself being a "critical friend"  reviewing a paper proposal or co-writing papers. We also offer advice when submitting an application for research funding for SoTL.

There are many examples of this to date.


The TEU are members of a wide variety of professional networks (a selection of which are listed below). This enables the TEU to draw on expertise from these networks to support colleagues that may be undertaking research into their teaching while at the same time use these networks to disseminate research findings of the various projects that we support.

SEDA is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. SEDA is seen by many as the shaper of thought and initiator of action in staff and educational development, not only in the UK but in the international domain also.

SEDA can offer you and your university the opportunity to be part of a national network of people engaged in staff and educational development. This allows you to keep abreast of good practice and policy initiatives, while playing a part in shaping the future and contributing to national debate.

The Further Education Network (Ireland) is a Facebook-promoted group that advises of meetings and events relevant to further education.

The All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) is an independent, membership-based professional society dedicated to the promotion of good practice in learning and teaching throughout the island of Ireland. It represents the academic community across disciplines and communities of practice and also those who support learning and teaching in general. AISHE aims to provide a platform for critical dialogue and sustainable engagement in relation to the core concepts underpinning the very fabric of the Higher Education Community throughout the island of Ireland.

Learning technology is the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment.

ALT is the UK's leading membership organisation in the learning technology field.

Our purpose is to ensure that use of learning technology is effective and efficient, informed by research and practice, and grounded in an understanding of the underlying technologies, their capabilities and the situations into which they are placed.

ALT do this by improving practice, promoting research, and influencing policy.