Designing my Classes

How do I make my classes more interactive and engaging for students?

The LTTC's resource on Active Learning would be a good starting point in making your classes more interactive and engaging students.

Learning technologies are another means of engaging your students and motivating them, for examples using clickers or providing materials in a range of media. The eLearning pages of the LTTC's website provide further guidance on using these technologies in your teaching.

In addition, the LTTC provides workshops and consultation to help you develop and enhance learning and teaching. Workshops are scheduled throughout the year and members of the team can be contacted to discuss your requirements.

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How do I use clickers to gauge students’ understanding in class?

Clickers are hand-held personal response systems which enable lecturers to ask questions and gather students' responses during a lecture. Gathering responses from students during lectures has helped lecturers gauge the understanding of their students, giving them a chance to focus on areas the class is struggling with. Use of clickers can increase students' attention and interest and increase retention of information presented in lectures. Read more about clickers at the LTTC website.

Clickers are available for loan from the College libraries. If you wish to start using Clickers, please contact the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (lttc@dit.ie) for instructions on how to proceed.

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How do I provide resources before class to make better use of class time?

Many people use Webcourses to provide resources to students before and after their classes. The module spaces in Webcourses can carry slides, readings and other materials for students to download and print.

Another option is to provide podcasts or screencasts and move towards using a "flipped classroom" model, whereby students work through a range of resources and come to class ready to discuss what they have learned or to work on related projects. The LTTC Teaching Resources on Podcasting and Screencasting and using Pre-Lecture Resources are available to download.

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How do I update or even redesign my module?

The LTTC resources on Curriculum Design and the Guide to Writing Learning Outcomes are available to help you with reviewing and enhancing your modules in the first instance. 

In addition, the LTTC provides workshops and consultation to help you develop and enhance learning and teaching. Workshops are scheduled throughout the year and members of the team can be contacted to discuss your requirements. You may find this particularly useful if you plan to introduce more blended learning to your module.

Amendments to modules or programmes, and proposals for new modules or programmes, are managed through the Quality Assurance procedures of the DIT. Relevant forms are available to download from their webpages.

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How do I update the ways my module is assessed?

The DIT Assessment and Feedback Toolkit is available at dit.ie/teaching/assessment/. This was developed from best practice which was collected from lecturers across the Institute, and will be continue to be added to over time. If you wish to add your assessment examples to it, please contact lttc@dit.ie.

The LTTC Teaching Resources including our Assessment Handbook and Assessment Ideas in Practice offer a range of ideas to help with reviewing your module and considering different forms of assessment.

In addition, the LTTC provides workshops and consultation to help you develop and enhance learning, teaching and assessment. Workshops are scheduled throughout the year and members of the team can be contacted to discuss your requirements.

Amendments to modules or programmes, and proposals for new modules or programmes, are managed through the Quality Assurance procedures of the DIT. Relevant forms are available to download from their webpages.

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How do I help my postgraduate students with their writing?

In the first instance, you may find it useful to consult the LTTC's teaching resources on Supervising Postgraduate Students, and helping students with Academic Writing.

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How can I introduce real-life projects to my students?

Students Learning With Communities is an initiative of the DIT's Access and Civic Engagement office, whereby students can undertake a project in collaboration with community groups and with defined outcomes supporting the work of those groups. You can find out more at the Students Learning With Communities site.

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How do I plan an event or field trip?

The Health and Safety Office provides support in planning and assessing any risks associated with your event or field-trip.

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How can I contact the Access and Disability services regarding supports for students in my class?

To get information on supports from the Access Service please contact one of the Access Project Support Officers.

To get information on supports from the disability Service please contact a member of the Disability Support Team.

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