|Teaching Fellowships Report 2010 - 2011|
College of Arts & Tourism
Noel Fitzpatrick, Bernadette Burns, Brian Fay
School of Art Design and Printing
Using the existing BA Visual Art Programme (Sherkin Island), we intend to develop, use and evaluate innovative student feedback mechanisms. The introduction of more formative feedback mechanisms and the introduction of ‘oral’ assessment and feedback will lead to improvements in the effectiveness of feedback that will benefit DIT and the wider educational sector both practice based and written. Research into formative assessment techniques has pointed to feedback as an essential mechanism in the learning process (Gibbs, 2002). We wish to specifically examine our teaching practices in both Practical and Theoretical subjects delivered both virtually and contact to identify how student feedback can be more effectively employed.
School of Hospitality Management and Tourism
The overall aim of this proposed research project is to examine the correlation between class attendance and academic achievement within a cohort of first year undergraduate students.
The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
The benefits of the proposed research project findings will be to inform, both at student, institutional and national level, the relationship between class attendance and academic achievement during the first year of participation in higher education. Furthermore, the study will endeavour to identify factors which contribute to the lack of engagement by some students.
College of Engineering & Built Environment
School of Civil and Building Services Engineering
Structural engineering brings mathematics and physics together to solve real-world problems, such as the design of bridges and buildings. A core competency of its practitioners is therefore an ability to physically interpret abstract mathematical models. Failures to do so have serious consequences for public safety. In the teaching of structural engineering, there is an increasing disconnect noted between the mathematical models used, and the physical interpretation of results. This could be for a number of reasons. One solution is to expose students to more physical experimentation than has been traditionally included in courses. This project aims to improve students’ physical interpretation of mathematical models through model-building, physical testing, and computer modelling. This improvement will cut across all course modules, and will reveal itself in improved student engagement with the subject-matter, with consequent improved outcomes.
School of Electrical Systems Engineering
BASICS - Building a System to Ingrain Core Competencies within Students
The aim of the project is to develop a system which will promote a solid knowledge of programmes “core competencies” amongst students. This will be achieved by building a set of online quizzes which students will undertake on a regular basis throughout the delivery of programme modules. Quizzes will include feedback with links to web-based activities/information to help students develop their understanding. The anticipated benefits of the project are as follows:
• Promote understanding of core competencies
• Development of E-learning expertise
• Re-use of quizzes across programmes
• Promote vertical coherence within programmes
• Efficient feedback
• Encourage self-directed learning
College of Business
College of Science and Health
Julie Dunne and Barry Ryan
School of Food Science & Environmental Health
The aim of the project is to maximise the learning associated with undergraduate laboratories for first and third year students by redesigning and aligning assessments and teaching strategies, devising and implementing appropriate and timely feedback processed, and integrating transferable skills at key stages in the curriculum.
Through the incorporation of transferable skills, the redesign of assessment practice and the provision more effective feedback to students it is hoped that students will be perform better in assessments, be better prepared for conducting their final year independent research studies, become more employable graduates and generally have greater satisfaction with the overall DIT learning experience.
School of Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences
The aim of this project is to develop pre-lecture resources for introductory chemistry lectures. The purpose of these resources is to
As a result of the introduction of these pre-lecture resources, the format of the lecture would change, by incorporating a discussion on areas of difficulty into the start of a lecture. The advantage of moving to an online system is that feedback can be immediate and customised to individual student’s difficulties.