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The goal of stimulating and promoting the creative capacity of both students and staff in higher education is at the core of this project. This initiative aims to foster a culture of creativity in higher education, building the capacity of staff so that they have greater awareness about the nature of creativity, how it applies in their particular discipline, and how they can actively cultivate it in their students.

The challenges stemming from our rapidly-changing, and increasingly unscripted world, demand that higher education institutions reflect upon the competencies which students will require in order to thrive in this context. Coupled with traditional discipline-specific knowledge, there is a growing demand for graduates to develop and demonstrate a variety of transversal competencies, among which is creativity; that is, the ability to generate ideas and outputs which are perceived as both novel and valuable within a given context. As such, educators have an important role to play in creating a culture which fosters creativity, including modelling creative practices and behaviours, establishing conditions which promote creativity, and developing students’ belief in their own creative potential. Indeed, this project is based on the principle that everyone has creative potential which can be actively fostered.

Credene Project

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The aim of TEACH CoLab is to increase staff competency to engage in collaborative online learning across disciplines and beyond institutional and national boundaries to address societal challenges. The time has never been more opportune to examine the place of health in the lives of humanity and examine it from multiple perspectives, enabled by online technologies. Perhaps for the first time, health and people are at the heart of politics and at the centre of global debate in our COVID19 world and the landscape has changed forever, particularly in relation to the power of online learning. TEACH CoLab builds the capacity of staff in digital pedagogies to examine themes related to health, community, determinants of health, and human rights. It enables sharing within the School of Health Sciences, across the Institute and with community and academic partners in Ireland and the US.

Simon Harris TD, Ireland’s Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science officially launches the report and findings from the national sectoral partnership project- Next Steps for Teaching and Learning: Moving Forward Together. The overarching aim of the ‘Next Steps’ project was to address the question, in the context of COVID-19, ‘What have we learnt and what does it mean for the future of teaching and learning in Irish higher education?’

This launch is the centre-piece of VIT&L Week events and activities. This event shares the findings from the project. These findings are discussed by a panel which includes student, staff, senior management, sector, system and international representatives. This Ministerial launch event is chaired and presented by Irish print and broadcast journalist Matt Cooper.

Presented by Grainne Seoige and featuring varied voices from the sector reflecting on what the whirlwind of recent months means for T&L

Mini Documentary: Next Steps

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This VIT&L Week podcast focuses on some of the National Forum’s Inaugural Teaching and Learning Research Fellows. Associate Professor Geraldine O’Neill, UCD, Assistant Professor Brett Becker, UCD, Dr Barry Ryan, TU Dublin and Professor Chris Lynch, UCC talk about why the fellowships are important and how they have shaped them as teaching and learning scholars.