WIT to benefit from share of €1.65m national fund to enhance teaching and learning

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Funding was announced for 16 innovative projects to enhance teaching and learning in the higher education institutions

Funding was announced for 16 innovative projects to enhance teaching and learning in the higher education institutions

This funding call further enables WIT staff to collaborate with peers internationally in further evolving their teaching and learning practice

Three projects connected to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) were part of €1.65m in funding announced by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education, in late December 2018.

Funding was announced for 16 innovative projects to enhance teaching and learning in the higher education institutions. Driving teaching and learning enhancement through capacity building is a core element of the National Forum’s work and requires the integration of its four strategic priorities: Professional Development of all those who Teach; Teaching and Learning in a Digital World; Teaching and Learning Enhancement within Disciplines; and Enabling Student Success.

Dr Helen Murphy, Head of the School of Lifelong Learning and Education at WIT said “We are delighted to be leading on two and partnering with colleagues on a third project. This funding call provides an excellent opportunity to further enable WIT staff to collaborate with their peers and colleagues internationally in further evolving their teaching and learning practice.”

Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT, in welcoming the announcement said: “These projects further demonstrate WIT’s commitment to teaching and learning. We are at the leading edge of research-informed practice which benefits our students and leads to a high quality learning experience.”

Professional development

Under the category teaching and learning enhancement initiatives and professional development opportunities for staff within a discipline WIT had two successful funding applications.

WIT has partnered with University College Cork, Dublin City University and Maynooth University for the ‘A Profile of Skills for Teachers of Language in Higher Education’ project.

Student focus

Funding was also announced for the pathways to increase retention through early at-risk prediction modelling project from WIT.

WIT was also successful under the category for programme-level projects enabling teams to build knowledge, skills and competence in teaching and curriculum design.

Irish Prison Service partnership

The Every Contact Counts: Recruit prison officer education, capacity building on the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care sees WIT partner with the Irish Prison Service.

Working in an innovative partnership between Waterford Institute of Technology and the Irish Prison Service, the project team will develop professional development opportunities to enhance the confidence, both of WIT staff and senior prison staff by developing their knowledge, skills and competencies in teaching and curriculum design for work-based, blended learning programmes.

Key objective of higher education sector

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education supports institutions and their staff to enhance the learning experience of all students. This funding complements the Higher Education Authorities Innovation & Transformation Fund.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor said “the National Forum supports one of our key objectives for the higher education sector, to develop a valued and informed teaching and learning culture, with a strong focus on providing a quality education for our students, enabling them to fulfil their potential. In providing the best quality teaching and learning environment, we are helping to shape future generations by developing a system that is more responsive to the needs of our economy, society and most importantly the needs of learners.”


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