Research in Teaching and Learning: transforming teaching practice and the student experience.
Arrival: from 9:15 am.
9:30 am – 9:40 am: Introduction: Dr Mike Wride & Dr Mary Fitzpatrick
9:40 am to 10:00 am: Michael Johnson, Electronic and Computer Engineering & Dr Anne Griffin, School of Allied Health.
10:00 am to 10:20 am: Michele O'Dwyer, Kemmy
10:20 to 10:40 am: John Walsh, Kemmy
10:40 am to 11 am: Q & A panel / discussion
Research in Teaching and Learning: transforming teaching practice and the student experience, brought to you by the Centre for Transformative Learning.
This session will explore some of the research being carried out at UL in teaching & learning. The focus will be on how research into our teaching (and student learning) can help bring about a transformation in both teaching practice and the student experience. The format of the session will be short presentations followed by a Q & A and panel discussion. Speakers include Prof Michele O’Dwyer, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dept. Of Management & Marketing, Kemmy Business School, Dr Michael Johnson, Lecturer in Digital Transformation, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Dr Anne Griffin, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Allied Health, and Dr John Walsh, Lecturer in Information Management, Department of Management & Marketing, Kemmy Business School.
9:40 am to 10:00 am:
An Interdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning Project for Dieticians and Engineers
Dr Michael Johnson, Lecturer in Digital Transformation, Electronic and Computer Engineering & Dr Anne Griffin, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Allied Health
This presentation discusses an interdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning (PBL) project developed by lecturers from the Allied Health and Electronic and Computer Engineering departments at the University of Limerick. This “Health Technology” project blends requirements from the field of dietetics with software and technology-enabled solutions from the fields of electronics and computing to provide students with an online, interdisciplinary PBL assignment using a real-world, topical and carefully selected problem.
The project introduces technology-based solutions for existing discipline-specific measurements to dietetic students and enables electronic and computer engineering student(s) to apply their technical skills and capabilities to a real-world, open-ended PBL problem.
10:00 am to 10:20 am
Explicit and Tacit knowledge transfer in Entrepreneurial Education: the Method Approach,
Prof. Michele O’Dwyer, Dr. Yvonne Costin and Dr. Briga Hynes
Dept. Of Management & Marketing, Kemmy Business School
Effective entrepreneurial learning is based on creative partnerships between academics, learners and practitioners, and is supported by appropriate theoretical immersion (explicit knowledge) and entrepreneurial exposure (tacit knowledge). This study explores the use of the Method Approach as a tool in entrepreneurial learning knowledge transfer. Adopting a qualitative research methodology, 22 in-depth interviews were undertaken with learners who had participated in three entrepreneurship modules using a variety of educational tools based on the Method Approach. The study found that Method Approach and its five linked constituent elements (play, empathy, creation, experimentation and reflection) is an effective entrepreneurial learning tool in transferring both explicit and tacit knowledge, helping learners transition from nascent entrepreneurial knowledge to a more holistic, applied interpretation of entrepreneurship as practice. The results suggest that the Method Approach should be extended to include module delivery and entrepreneurial identity.
10:20 am to 10:40 am:
Dr John Walsh, Lecturer in Information Management, Department of Management & Marketing, Kemmy Business School.
Using Learning Analytics to examine Student Use of Sulis.
Students are often surveyed on their perceptions of teaching and their experiences of learning. The increasing use of digital resources and virtual learning environments (VLEs) such as Sulis mean that there exists data on what students do while using VLEs. Analysing this data provides an additional, complementary, view of that focuses not on students' perceptions of teaching learning, but on what students do as they engage with digital learning technologies. In this talk I will examine results from studies that examine firstly, video viewing patterns among a large first year group, secondly how students used a set of online learning resources. Finally, it will explore how cluster analysis was used to explore student engagement in a flipped classroom environment. In addition, it will outline the process of converting Sulis log-file data into variables that could be used in analytics algorithms. An understanding of the ways in which students use digital resources has implications for how these resources are designed and incorporated within modules.
10:40 am to 11 am: Q & A panel / discussion
How can research in teaching and learning help to transform teaching practice and the student experience?
- Questions from the floor re: talks or Q & A after each talk (depending on time).
- What have you gained?
- What have your students gained?