EdTech Seminar Series – Dr Dara Cassidy


In this webinar, Dr. Dara Cassidy suggests helpful approaches for educators to consider when planning for effective online course design and delivery.

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On-campus teaching is often divided into well-understood and distinct teaching and learning activity “types”. Module and programme descriptors in turn typically encompass things like lectures, tutorials and practical sessions, each of which becomes associated with a particular time and place and a well-rehearsed set of more granular activities. In the online environment, however, our students are not always clear on what to do and, unless intentionally planned for, many of the invisible supports they consciously and unconsciously rely on in the on-campus environment may no longer be readily available to them. For teaching staff too there may be uncertainty around how to perform their role and support different teaching and learning activities online. In this talk Dr Cassidy looks more closely on these kinds of issues and, based on research into issues and concepts of online presence and online community, suggests ways we can better plan for effective online course design and delivery.

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Since March 2020 higher education has experienced one of the most disruptive phases in its recent history. In a sector typified by considered, researched and incremental change, overnight everyone began emergency remote teaching, learning and assessing. The dramatic shift resulted in positives and negatives, and posed a series of questions for students, staff and other stakeholders. Though still living through the pandemic, in March 2021 fifteen partners from a range of stakeholders across the sector agreed to work together to answer one shared persistent and urgent 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?

The Fledgling Project reviewed assessment and feedback strategies of a final year early childhood studies professional practice placement in which students create and run a community-based parent and toddler group. A student practical guide was developed which includes feedback/guidance from past students, graduates, parents and employers.

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URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdwOrY2k_n4