Teaching Hero Awards for Dr. Bryan Duggan and Pat Hannon

Posted: 6 October, 2014

Two DIT lecturers were presented with Teaching Hero Awards at the inaugural award ceremony organised by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).  The aim of the awards is to identify inspirational lecturers in higher education whose support of their students might not otherwise receive public recognition. 

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The two DIT Teaching Heroes in 2014 are Dr. Bryan Duggan, School of Computing and Mr. Pat Hannon, School of Media.  They were presented with their awards by former President of Ireland, Dr. Mary McAleese at a ceremony in Dublin Castle.  Dr. Duggan is an expert in computer games and music technology, and is also a previous recipient of the DIT Inventor of the Year Award for his Tunepal traditional music search engine app.  Pat Hannon teaches radio broadcasting to students of journalism, and has mentored many student award winners in a range of competitions.

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Teaching Heroes were nominated by students and the fifty three national award winners were selected by local student working groups which identified up to two teaching heroes from within their institution. The identification process used in each institution was informed by guidelines that focused on merit and learning impact.

The teaching hero award is the first of its kind in Higher Education in Ireland. Professor Sarah Moore, Chair of the National Forum said “Outstanding teaching often happens quietly under the radar. With all our commitments to improvement and developing teaching and learning, these awards aim to shed more light on the kinds of teaching that students say they value most. This first iteration of the awards process showcases some great examples of teaching and will give rise to important conversations about students own perspectives on their learning.”

Welcoming the idea of celebrating inspirational teachers, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, congratulated Pat Hannon and Bryan Duggan and thanked them on behalf of their many students.

For further information on the awards see http://teachingandlearning.ie/priority-themes/teaching-hero-awards-ceremony-2014 and coverage in the Irish Times

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/science-leads-the-way-in-inaugural-teaching-hero-awards-1.1947149.


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