Teaching & Learning
Teaching and learning are at the heart of the mission of each of THEA’s member institutions. These activities, together with assessment, combine in a transformative process of transmitting knowledge, skill and competence to a learner through a curriculum, and verifying that that learner can demonstrate their acquisition. Within the Institutes of Technology, these activities also encourage the development of confidence and understanding, as well as the acquisition of knowledge-in-use. In line with the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, all of the Institutes of Technology are committed to providing their students with the highest quality teaching and learning experience; integrating research with teaching and learning; enhancing the flexibility of programme-provision; and continually strengthening the focus on learning outcomes to ensure that all their graduates acquire key competences.
THEA is advised on teaching matters by the Learning Innovation Network (LIN), a network of academic professionals that supports academic professional development (APD) for staff in the Institutes of Technology. LIN has been running since 2007 and has evolved since then to become a strong, consistent voice for quality learning and teaching in higher education in Ireland. Further information on LIN and its activities is available here.
National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, which was launched in 2012, is the overarching infrastructure for the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education. Its Board consists of nominees from THEA, the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). The Forum supports the implementation of the recommendations of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 in the teaching and learning area, and works collaboratively with THEA and its member institutions and the broader higher education community. Further details on the Forum are available here.