|Teaching Fellowships Reports 2011 - 2012|
College of Arts & Tourism
School of Media
Development of a pilot course on media entrepreneurship for the BA Journalism at DIT
The objective is to develop a fully sustainable model for media entrepreneurship teaching on the BA Journalism programs in DIT, with a pilot module being launched for the final year journalism students in September 2012. The research will involve designing a course with accompanying materials, and learning outcomes which would enable final year students to obtain a skill set not currently available in their degree curriculum. Methods such as group mentoring, ideas incubation, liaison with industry, as well as case studies of new media start-ups will be looked at in order to help students develop sustainable news and information services. Students on the pilot project will be surveyed both before and after the course to ascertain whether the required learning outcomes have been met. DIT has been at the forefront when it comes to creating links between industry and academe in Ireland. This project aims to ensure that the School of Media at DIT remains at the forefront of Irish media education by teaching students how to develop new media strategies and start-ups.
Tim Stott, Mary Ann Bolger, Niamh Ann Kelly & Noel Fitzpatrick
School of Art Design & Printing
College of Engineering & Built Environment
Eimear Fallon, Terry Prendergast & Stephen Walsh
School of Real Estate & Construction Economics
An activity-based approach to the learning and teaching of research methods. Measuring student engagement & learning.
The aim of this project is to continue the development of a new module in Research Methods which will be learned through an activity based learning approach. The development focuses on two main areas:
Ruairi Hayden & Fiacra McDonnell
School of Construction
Developing a collaborative virtual learning environment between students in cross disciplines to meet the new college structure
This is a collaborative project between the department of Construction Management and Technology and the department of Construction Economics. The term “collaborative learning” refers to an instruction method in which students at various performance levels work together in small groups toward a common goal. The students are responsible for one another’s learning as well as their own.
The objectives of this collaborative project is to
College of Business
The overall aim of this proposed research project is to explore the use of social media as a key component in fostering student engagement and retention. The specific objectives are:
College of Science and Health
School of Mathematical Sciences
What maths DO our first year students know?
Claire McDonnell, Christine O'Connor & Sarah Rawe
School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Scaffolding for Cognitive Overload using Pre-lecture E-resources (SCOPE) for First Year Chemistry Undergraduates
The aims of this project are to develop additional online pre-lecture resources for first year chemistry undergraduates and to evaluate the effect of implementing these resources by analysing quantitative (test and exam results) and qualitative (pre- and post-implementation surveys and focus group interviews) data.
The E-resources are designed to;reduce cognitive load by introducing some new terms and threshold concepts before the lecture
The anticipated benefit is that that the gap in performance observed in first year between learners who have and have not studied chemistry at Leaving Cert will be removed. This was shown to occur last year in the module that Dr Seery teaches and we anticipate that we can extend this positive effect to our first year teaching.