November 2020 Newsletter

November 2020 Newsletter
November 2020 Newsletter
November 2020 Newsletter

EDTL Team Roundup

As 2020 draws to a close, this is a roundup of some of the activities our EDTL team members and their respective institutions have been doing over the last few months.

University College Dublin

Mairéad O’Reilly (@OreillyMairead), Cesar Scrochi (@CesarScrochi), Marian O’Connor

  • Kevin Nolan from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in UCD was the first academic to feature in the EDTL Newsletter in January 2020. He was subsequently shortlisted for the MEDEA awards.
  • Kevin and Mairead O’Reilly Ed. Tech. UCD College of Engineering and Architecture were both successful in securing Learning Enhancement Project [LEP] funding to develop & run complimentary Video & Animation training courses.
  • Mairead completed the National Forum ‘Getting Started with Online Teaching’ Course & was Awarded the National Forum Digital Badge. As her project on the course she designed an Online Module to deliver Video Production skills. 
  • In response to Covid-19 Restrictions, Mairead delivered the Online Video Production Skills course in UCD College of Engineering & Architecture to equip Academics with the skills required to create Lab Instructional Videos.
  • Kevin & Jennifer Keenahan, along with 7 other Academics from Engineering,   completed the video pilot and were awarded with the National Forum Badge [Personal & Professional Digital Capacity].
  • Jennifer, who came from ground zero to Video & Animation subsequently completed Kevin’s LEP funded Pilot on complex ‘Animation for Educators’.  She is the first participant to successfully complete Animations with Blender. 
  • Mairead collaborated with David Hamill from TCD researching case studies & resources for Lab subjects. This culminated with the IUA/EDTL Lab subjects Webinar 07/09/2020, featuring Sheffield & Edinburgh Universities.
  • UCD has been engaged in activities that support faculty and students.  The UCD Student Intern, Aoibhinn Nic Giolla Mhartain, has been working on building an awareness campaign to enhance the digital skills of students through the promotion of Microsoft training and certification across the University.
  • In line with UCD’s commitment to the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion, training sessions are being developed in the UCD College of Science around best practice in the creation of accessible content. A new polling tool has been the focus of training covering both functionality as well as pedagogical approaches.

University of Limerick

David Moloney (@daveymoloney)

  • As part of the EDTL project at the University of Limerick (UL), a new ‘Quick Tips for Teaching Online’ blog series has been established, coordinated and managed by the project lead on behalf of ULs Learning Technology Forum (LTF). Throughout the autumn semester LTF members and guest contributors in UL have posted about a range of digital teaching and learning topics on the blog, which has served as an ongoing professional development initiative for staff who teach at UL.
  • In addition, the UL project lead David Moloney and associate intern Alice Hynes led a development group comprising members of ULs Student Engagement & Success Unit and elected officers from UL Student Life to collaboratively develop a 1-page infographic, titled ‘Student Success with Online Assessment @ UL’, for undergraduate students in each of the 4 faculties across UL. The development group worked in partnership with representatives from each faculty to develop a more personalised and meaningful infographic for each, which contains online assessment information specific to the student experience in that faculty. 
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Maynooth University

Morag Munro (@MunroMo)

  • Some of the EDTL project activities that we have been working on at Maynooth University this semester include the development, in collaboration with the Maynooth University Library, of an Open Educational Resources (OER) guide.  The guide provides an introduction to the benefits and challenges associated with finding, using and sharing OERs in Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
  • We also launched our new 10 ECTS module Digital Technologies in Higher Education, which is aligned with the European Framework for the Digital Competence for Educators (DigCompEdu). Participants on our Introduction to Teaching, Learning & Assessment in Higher Education module are also developing competencies in line with DigComEdu, and are working towards meeting the criteria to be awarded the EDTL Microcredential Getting Started with Personal and Professional Digital Capacity.  
  • Our Maynooth University EDTL Interns Kathi, Michaela and Robyn have been busy developing supports for students, including a Student Digital Skills resource, ‘created by students for students’ and a social media campaign to promote student engagement with Business News & Information.
  • Our interns also held a Facebook Live session in collaboration with our Students’ Union, where they shared remote learning tips. They also presented a webinar for staff where they discussed ways in which teaching staff can effectively support remote learners. 
  • Looking ahead to the new year, we will be focusing our efforts on supporting and promoting Academic Integrity, with an emphasis on developing spaces for shared conversations about academic integrity between students and staff.  

NUI Galway

Kate Molloy (@hey_km)

  • Throughout the summer, Kate Molloy led regular learning design workshops to help staff plan for a balance of asynchronous and synchronous online teaching. In addition to this, she introduced H5P and hypothes.is in Blackboard to further enable staff to create asynchronous learning opportunities for students. In semester one, she has been working to support these pilots.
  • She has also been assisting the Inclusive Learning project team to continue the rollout of Blackboard Ally, facilitate the Universal Design for Teaching and Learning short course, and plan for a symposium in April 2021. 

University College Cork

Clíodhna O’Callaghan (@cliodhnacal)

  • UCC concluded their Autumn series of Teach Digi training as part of the EDTL project with fantastic engagement from UCC staff. The Autumn Teach Digi training series was underpinned by the EDTL Approach and so followed the same structure and topics as what is included in ‘Effective Remote Teaching’ within the EDTL Approach.  All sessions were recorded and available here.

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