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Teaching Enhancement Unit

TEU Workshops

We provide a series of workshops for programme teams and schools covering a wide variety of areas related to teaching and learning. This section of the website provides information on workshops that we provide upon request for programme groups if they wish to tackle specific teaching and learning challenges. Unless otherwise specified all workshops are free of charge to DCU staff. 

Becoming a Groupie - Practical Tips on Getting Learners to Work in Groups

There are many convincing arguments on the benefits of employing group work with students. But all too often it’s greeted with groans, apathy or downright refusal. And that’s just the lecturer. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, but you’d like to get better at implementing Group Work with your students, then head along over to the Teaching Enhancement Unit’s session 'Becoming a Groupie' to sample and learn about strategies that have worked successfully elsewhere. This practical one-hour session will focus on how you can design learning activities and assessments that will have students working collaboratively and that they might even enjoy. It is aimed towards lecturing staff and any other interested individuals. .

Improving learner interaction through gamification of your course

Gamification has become a buzzword in education and training in the last few years. The use of active and social games has the potential to introduce more achievement, title and rewards-based concepts to the learning experience. Applying these and similar techniques to a course takes some thought and planning. It is now easier than ever in Loop to implement some aspects of gamification using the features released over the last few versions. This session will demonstrate the application of some gamification techniques to a Loop course including Leaderboards, Social Rating, Badges and Rankings..

Looks Matter - How to Easily (and Legally) Enhance the Visual Appeal of your Courses

We’ve all heard the expression ‘a picture tells a thousand words’. But have you ever struggled to quickly find photos or other visuals for your courses? Have you ever found yourself doing a quick search on Google Images and hoping for the best? Or have you ever wondered which sites and Creative Commons licenses might give you what you need? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then come on down to the Teaching Enhancement Unit’s session 'Looks Matter' to find out how you can add visual oomph to your learning in a flash.

Managing Assessment through Loop

Managing assignments can be very time consuming and cumbersome tasks. Typical questions a lecturer is faced with: Have all the students made a submission? Did everybody submit before the deadline? how can I give feedback to all of my students in a practical way? Furthermore continuous assessment may result in you having to weight assessments differently, thereby creating the headache of converting the actual grade from each assignment into a percentage of the students final mark towards their exam. This session will show staff how to simply get Loop to solve all of those problems. The session is aimed towards lecturing staff. By the end of this session participants will be able to: embed rubrics and marking guides into their assignments within Loop track all of their assignment submissions use Loop gradebook to manage all of the grades and their associated weighting know how to import your marks directly into the anonymous marking tables within ITS

Managing peer assessment through Moodle

Peer assessment is the assessment of student work by other students. It has been recognised that engaging students in peer assessment can help them in learning to evaluate their own learning and in interpreting assessment criteria. Further benefits might also include: increasing feedback to students; reducing marking loads for staff; giving students a sense of ownership of the assessment process; encouraging students to be more involved and take more responsibility for their learning; encouraging critical analysis of student work, so students see beyond a mark/grade. However, one of the main disadvantages is the administration side of peer assessment from a lecturers point fo view; allocating peers to each of the students and collating the assessment grades and feedback. Moodle provides a peer assessment feature called "workshop" that addresses this disadvantage by simplying the entire process. This webinar will explain the workshop feature and address some frequently asked questions on how you can best manage peer assessment through Moodle..

Pedagogy in Practice - Exploring Techniques for Enhancing and Streamlining your Courses:

Have you ever heard complaints from students about courses being “too long” and that there is “too much to read”? Would you like to know how you can potentially reduce the volume of information in your lectures - and still ensure that students leave your class with an understanding of the key points? Would you like to know how using a story structure might help you pare back to the course essentials in an interesting and effective way?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then check out the Teaching Enhancement Unit’s 'Pedagogy in Practice' workshop to learn about strategies that can help you potentially craft more engaging learning experiences. This practical one-hour session will focus on some ideas for creating engaging learning that can applied to any discipline. It is aimed towards lecturing staff and any other interested individuals. Further details and registration is available at this

The Wiki Way to Assessment

Wikis are online collaborative writing spaces that have multiple authors and contributors. The most well-known wiki is Wikipedia. They are useful for group projects and assessors can easily see work completed by students as group work progresses. Wikis are said to support and encourage engagement in group work. Changes can be viewed made by different users or rollback to previous versions. This workshop explores the use of wikis for assessment and for collaborative group work with students in higher education. The workshop focus will be on the wiki tool available in Loop.

Feedback on Academic Writing

As you evaluate and provide feedback on students' academic writing, remember that your aim is to encourage your students to write more, examine their own writing and learning, and feel comfortable when sharing their thoughts and opinions. One badly worded comment can stifle a student's desire to continue and improve their writing.

This workshop designed in conjunction with DCU Graduate Studies office is aimed at supervisors of postgraduate students

This 2 hour workshop will explore the following:

Workshop outline

 

  • Priorities in writing: macro-micro issues, what is good writing?
  • Discussion on good writing with examples
  • Discussion on criteria for grading written work;
  • Written and verbal feedback on academic writing;
  • Peer response exercises;
  • Other Resources - Supervision contract/Learning contract.
Using Video in the classroom

The aim of this hands on workshop is to introduce staff to Loop Tube. Loop Tube, powered by Mediacore software is a facility within Loop to help you manage the use of video within your classroom. Whether it is a case of you wanting to easily share a video with your students or allow your students to share videos with you - Loop Tube is built to manage all classroom scenarios..