Exciting Erasmus+ Project: Update from Kutaisi, Georgia Visit

As reported earlier in the year the Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU) in the NIDL at Dublin City University (DCU) is excited to be one of four University partners working on an Erasmus+ INTEGRITY project (funded under KA2 strand). The lead partner is Ilia State University, Georgia, in collaboration with 15 other Georgian universities.

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The other three partners include University of Roehampton (UK); Uppsala Universiten (Sweden); and Universitaet Wien (Austria). Our specific role in this project is development of a resource toolkit for academics to help them design out opportunities for plagiarism.  This work package includes creating a suite of resources and case studies to support faculty in designing assessments which actively encourage academic integrity. The toolkit can be used either by individual academics as a self regulation and development tool, or by a programme chair/academic developer to lead workshops with a programme team. The resources currently under development and review are:

  1. Literature Review
  2. Best Practice Guide: Principles and Examples
  3. Self Assessment Checklist
  4. Scenarios to prompt discussion
  5. Case Studies

Earlier in the month the team presented the resources at at a four-day INTEGRITY conference in Kutaisi, Georgia. The resources were well received and we are now in a position to further enhance the toolkit. Earlier in the day a brief update on the NTEGRITY project was presented by the TEU team to delegates at this year’s EdTech 2018 conference in Carlow, Ireland. 

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The two-year project commenced in October 2017 and we are well on target to have the final toolkit ready for piloting in Spring 2018. Importantly the project outputs and related learnings will be shared and made available to the wider sector under a Creative Commons Licence. Watch this space for further updates.

Highly Interactive “Unconference” Breaks New Ground in Sharing ePortfolio Practice

Unconference1.jpgIreland’s first educational technology “unconference” took place at Dublin City University (DCU) on Friday January 26th. The unconference format is a high energy, flexible and even flipped approach for professional learning which features discussion and collaboration at its core.  Last week’s event focused on eportfolio practice across Ireland and attracted a large gathering of attendees from nine Irish institutes of Higher Education, as well as participants from Enterprise Ireland and UK colleges and organisations.

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DUda4FgXUAAyJUR.jpgThe dynamic and highly interactive nature of the event is best captured through online and visual media to fully illustrate the energy, relevancy and collaborative nature of discussions. To this end you can mine your way through an archive of rich Twitter conversations over the course of the event by clicking on the Storify link and/or watch the brief video below which gives you a taste of the flavour of the day.

Storifyhttps://storify.com/lisadonaldson/integrating-authentic-eportfolio-assessment-eportf

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The eportfolio unconference was organised by Lisa Donaldson in the Teaching Enhancement Unit and supported by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Our next related event on the use of eportfolio is a formal launch on 14th February by the Minister for Higher Education of a report providing a critical synthesis of the literature. Please contact us if you would like to attend this event.

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