TEU Hosts Successful Seminar on Academic Integrity

The Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU) in the NIDL is one of four university partners working on an Erasmus+ INTEGRITY project (funded under KA2 strand).  The project partners are involved in developing a resource toolkit to support academics to design assessment tasks which actively encourages Academic Integrity. The suite of resources can be found on the TEU INTEGRITY project website.


In an effort to advance this work, on Thursday 21st February 2019 the TEU hosted a National Forum funded seminar in the beautiful Solas Room in DCU’s new Student Centre known as the “U”. The seminar was facilitated by Professor Phil Newton, Director of Learning and Teaching at Swansea University. Phil led a very interactive and industrious session. Drawing on his own research, and the Academic Integrity Principles developed as part of the INTEGRITY project, he encouraged participants to explore how they might design assessments to promote academic integrity. In particular, the groups discussed how students can be involved in this endeavour, recognising that integrity is an essential life skill necessary for them, the industry they enter, and society in general.

Supporting this Year’s Open Education Week

Unknown.pngThis week is “Open Education Week” and several members of the NIDL team have already contributed, or will be over the next few days, to a range of activities and related events. On Tuesday, for example, Professor Mark Brown moderated a webinar on “The Story of the Open University” as part of EDEN’s programme of activities for the week . You can read more about this webinar and what the four distinguished panel members had to share on a blog written by Professor Grainne Conole. A recording will also be available on EDEN’s website


On Wednesday, Professor Grainne Conole gave a presentation on “Open Education into the Future” as part of another EDEN webinar on the broader theme of “Ongoing Initiatives for Open Education in Europe“. The slides from Grainne’s talk can be accessed below and a recording will also be available on EDEN’s website: 

And on Friday in another contribution to EDEN’s webinar series, Professor Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl is participating on a panel discussion on the topic of “Researching Openness – Evidenced-based Approaches“. More specifically this webinar will explore the following questions:

  • How openness is approach in research? Thematic overview (levels of openness, other dimensions that are addressed through research publications, e.g. open online learning, open distance learning, OER, OEP, etc.).
  • What impact does openness have upon education?
  • What kind of openness do we (society) need?
  • What are the characteristics of open learning, open curriculum, open education and open learner/ teacher?

Dublin City University (DCU) has a long history of Open Education and our commitment spans all three traditional pillars of university work: research, teaching and service. For example, last year DCU was the first Irish University to launch an open access press through a strategic partnership with University College London (UCL). The Open Education Unit in the NIDL continues to play a key role in the provision of online distance education through the DCU Connected platform as part of DCU’s wider mission of opening access to higher education and transforming lives and societies. Our NIDL team also makes a significant contribution to the Open Education agenda through service activities, with many of our staff serving on the executive committees of major professional bodies working in the area. There is also a strong Open Education dimension to this year’s ICDE World Conference on Online Learning that DCU is hosting in the Convention Centre Dublin in November.

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