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This report arises from the #Openteach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators project, which is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.The #Openteach project team are based in the Open Education Unit (OEU) at Dublin City University (DCU).

The main aim of the #Openteach project was to produce, and evaluate, evidence-based open professional development for part-time online educators. In anearlier phase of the project a literature review called Teaching Online is Different: Critical perspectives from the literaturewas completed in order to identify online educator roles and the associated competencies for effective online teaching (Ní Shé, Farrell, Brunton, Costello, Donlon, Trevaskis, Eccles, 2019). Concurrently, we conducted a needs analysisreport of the target population, online students and their online educators (Farrell, Brunton, Costello, Donlon, Trevaskis, Eccles, Ní Shé, 2019). These reports were used to guide the development of the professional development resources for the #Openteach open online course.

Teaching online is different. In this report we attempt to explain why. This report arises from the #Openteach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators project, which is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In this project we plan to uncover and promote the keys to effective online teaching practice, while recognising that effective teaching is an art, craft and science. We aim to harness this knowledge to support the professional learning of online educators. Ultimately we want to support online students to learn online by helping and inspiring their educators. This report was developed to help lay a foundation for the project through a critical analysis of relevant literature

This work arises from the #Openteach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators project, which is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The #Openteach project team are based in the Open Education Unit (OEU) at Dublin City University (DCU). Formally known as the National Distance Education Centre and subsequently Oscail, the OEU is a provider of online, off-campus programmes through the DCU Connected platform. Throughout the years the mode of delivery moved gradually from that of a traditional distance education provider to incorporate more elements of online learning. A significant step in this process came in 2011, with the introduction of synchronous live online tutorials and the electronic delivery of modules in a virtual learning environment (Delaney & Farren, 2016; Farrell & Seery, 2019). Following an open and online learning philosophy, the OEU aims to afford educational opportunities to students who have not managed to access more traditional entry routes into higher education.

The #Openteach project aims to generate new knowledge about effective online teaching practice and to harness this new knowledge to support the professional development of online teachers and to more effectively support online student learning experiences.

#OpenTeach Website

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ExS is a short self-directed learning programme that can help you to develop your executive skills. Executive skills are the higher-order thinking skills essential for self-management and academic success. We all have our own particular strengths and weaknesses and by understanding what these are, we can then play to our strengths and make accommodations or try to develop weaker skills. This online programme will help you develop this self-awareness so that you can begin the journey to improvement if necessary.

The ExS Project Website

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This resource was developed from the SATLE 2018 initiative: Higher Education Language Educators’ Competences.

The HELECs Project is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

This inter-institutional project investigates the range of language teacher skills needed in higher education (HE). The purpose of the project is to develop an empirically informed professional development framework.

The framework will provide individual teachers and programme developers with a reference point and practical tools, based on a comprehensive profile of language teaching skills, to ensure that all HE language teachers are appropriately supported in their work.

The HELECs Team comprises Applied Linguists and language education experts from four partner universities , UCC (Lead), DCU, MU and WIT.

HELECs project website

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TELU: Open online resources for teaching with technology

TELU is a collection of free online micro-learning courses courses, designed to help busy educators support and enhance teaching and learning. TELU features over 150 courses, each designed by experienced educators and designers and curated into easy-to-use, meaningful channels.

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