Successful Teaching Fellowship Team Award 2017-8

Learning from and engaging with assessment and feedback (LEAF)

The Learning from and Engaging with Assessment and Feedback (LEAF) project, has been awarded the first DIT Teaching Fellowship Team award. The project team includes representatives of all four colleges and 10 schools and the team leader is Dr. Ziene Mottiar. The award is being funded, jointly, by the Directorate of Digital Campus and Learning Innovation, College of Arts and Tourism, College of Business, College of Engineering and Built Environment and College of Sciences and Health.

What are the aims of the project?

Assessment strategies have been shown to have a large impact on shaping how students learn and how they develop key employability skills. This project aims, through a phased approach, to develop and pilot an assessment and feedback strategy focusing on the development of employability skills represented by the DIT graduate attributes.

The project team comprises of 22 staff spread throughout the institute.  During the four phases of the project, the team will: review the literature and DIT data to identify issues and best practice; develop a strategy; operationalise the strategy through piloting in 21 programmes across all four colleges; and disseminate the results within and outside DIT.

The strategy will be evidence-based and future proofed by taking into account the constantly changing nature of the Irish third level sector as a whole and DIT in particular, such as growing student numbers reflected in bigger class sizes. It will also take into account the changing characteristics of the student cohort reflected in greater internationalisation and more non-traditional students.

College Teaching Fellowships were established in the DIT in 2009 under the auspices of the DRHEA SIF 2 project. A College Fellowship is awarded in support of their work developing and evaluating a specific project that supports the enhancement of learning and/or curriculum development at a programme, school or College level.

Teaching Fellowships 2016

Seven Teaching Fellowships were funded in 2016. Themes related to

 The Teaching Fellowship Reports will be published in May 2017 through Arrow.

College of Arts and Tourism

Clíona Doris,  Conservatory of Music and Drama
“Scoring History” through the String Quartet:  Developing an Online Teaching Resource
 The Teaching Fellowship provided the opportunity to develop an online education resource which will be utilised by a wide range of student cohorts and lecturers, as well as engaging with a wider national audience through The National Concert Hall. 

College of Business

Ruth Casey (Accounting and Finance) and Marc Gallagher (Arts and Tourism) Communication Practices in Technology Companies This research examined the context for the shift in communication practices characterising technology companies, and explored the role of assessment and pedagogy in preparing the student for these communication competencies, from the perspective of the technology company.

Rowena Hennigan
The Design of E-Learning Resources for part time Distance Education Students
This project  worked to “Improve the e-learning resources available for students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business”, the educational component of the IBEC Global Graduates programme which is managed and delivered by DIT, College of Business.

College of Engineering and the Built Environment

Eric Bates, Construction Skills
Providing Digital Resources to Enhance Graduate Attributes This research focused on key graduate attributes and the development of digital resources that can assist lecturers in higher education who deliver modules aimed at developing professional skills and graduate attributes.

College of Science and Health

Luca Longo (School of Computing)
Informing instructional design by cognitive load assessment in the classroom
The main objective of this research activity was to explore the impact of a mobile/web-application on the enhancement of teaching and consequently learning.

Maria McNeill (School of Physics)
The Planning and Development of an Education Framework for Practice Educators within Health and Social Care Professions This project aimed to identify training needs for practice educators supporting students on clinical placements and develop a framework to meet those needs.

Steve Meaney (School of Biological Sciences)
Feedbackly – a tool for collecting real-time feedback on the student experience
The objective of this project was to pilot a real-time feedback collection system with a simple user experience and automated analytics.


More information about the Fellowships? Contact your College Head of Learning Development:

More information about past DIT Fellowships? See the LTTC website and access the Fellowship reports on Arrow