Teaching + Learning

We value our students. We want them all to reach their potential in a vibrant, resourced and challenging learning environment. Students are at the heart of everything we do. Teaching + Learning is a cross-institute initiative that gives us a map to plot their journey through education.

Teaching + Learning in IADT is supported and developed by the Teaching and Learning Committee. This is a representative sub-committee of Academic Council. The work of the Committee is determined by its terms of reference. The Teaching and Learning Committee draws it members from across the Institute – from the two faculties, the Library, Access and ICT and includes the Registrar and the Staff Training Learning + Development Officer.

Teaching + Learning in IADT is led by the Head of Department of Entrepreneurship Dr Therese Moylan with the support of the cross-Institute administrator Laura Devlin. Elearning is supported by the educational technologist Muiris O’Grady and ICT. Staff development for Teaching + Learning is supported by the Staff Training Learning + Development Officer Mary Anne O’Carroll.

In this section of the IADT website you will find information about:

  • Our learning, teaching and assessment strategy
  • Our quality manual
  • Our plagiarism policy

Information about the Teaching and Learning Committee and information for staff about Teaching + Learning is available by clicking on the relevant link in the above list.

eLearning is an important area of work for the Institute. Click here for further information. Finally teaching and learning news helps keep staff and student current on Teaching + Learning initiatives and links. The Institute aims to help students to reach their potential through the provision of a supportive, vibrant and challenging learning environment. All staff is involved in the construction of this learning environment. All students are valued equally during their learning journey with IADT. Accordingly the curriculum, Teaching + Learning and assessment at IADT are centred on the student.

You have the right to expect:

  • a stimulating and challenging learning and research environment
  • high quality teaching and supervision
  • access to adequate facilities and resources sufficient for the achievement of your educational goals including library, computing and learner services
  • regular feedback on your academic progress
  • that you will be informed of penalties for late submission or non submission of coursework
  • that you will be informed of any attendance requirements and the consequences of failure to attend classes and examinations
  • that courses will be regularly reviewed to enhance the quality of learning
  • that you will be informed of any changes to your course in a timely fashion
  • clear explanation of unacceptable academic behaviour such as plagiarism, cheating, collusion, fabrication of data or breach of copyright
  • fair and competent assessment that meets national academic standards
  • access to your results in a timely fashion on completion of your course
  • access to a clear set of procedures around deferrals and appeals

We have the right to expect from you:

  • that you work to the best of your abilities
  • that you make yourself aware of all course requirements and observe them
  • that you raise any questions on your progress with appropriate staff in a timely fashion
  • that you observe IADT’s rules and regulations on plagiarism, cheating, collusion, fabrication of data, breach of copyright, deferrals and appeals
  • that you make yourself available for academic feedback when requested
  • that you punctually attend designated lectures, course assessments, tutorials, seminars or other timetabled activities associated with your course
  • that you submit all written assignments, practicals or other coursework within the specified time limits
  • that you make your best attempt at each element of assessment in your course
  • that you respect the rights of others in all learning spaces

The Learning, Teaching + Assessment Strategy has been developed to enable IADT to review and enhance learning, teaching and assessment across the Institute. It considers IADT’s mission and places it in the context of higher education. It embodies the values that are fundamental to IADT and reflects the three pillars of enterprise, creativity and technology. The strategy outlines the philosophy of learning, teaching and assessment at IADT.

The Learning Teaching + Assessment Strategy was developed by the Teaching and Learning Committee, sub-committee of Academic Council. The strategy was originally developed and adopted in 2008, a revised strategy was adopted by Academic Council in October 2010. The current Learning, Teaching + Assessment Strategy runs from 2014-2019 and is the third iteration of the strategy.   

Learning, teaching and assessment in IADT take place in the national and international context of higher education. It embodies principles of fairness, equity and natural justice. The Learning Teaching + Assessment Strategy links to IADT’s Strategic Plan. It embodies the principles stated in the IADT Learner Charter. IADT aims to be a research-informed higher education institution and research is required to enable the Institute’s teaching programmes to be excellent and relevant.

The national context for higher education is that of the agenda for quality in Teaching + Learning, flexible provision, knowledge gain, enhancing social inclusion, raising skills levels and promoting economic regional and cultural development. The international context is that of mobility, international and Erasmus exchanges.

The legal obligations are those stated in the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act (2012) for programmes that meet the standards of the National Framework of Qualifications (2003) and have 'procedures which are fair and consistent for the assessment of . . .  learners' (2012, p. 36). The emphasis on programme learning outcomes, assessment and flexuble modes of delivery have been reflected in the programmes developed by each faculty.

Plagiarism is basically using someone else’s ideas without acknowledgement and can be defined as:
The presentation of another person’s words, ideas, arguments, concepts or designs as though they were your own. Plagiarism refers to all media, printed or electronic including images and software.

Plagiarism is a serious challenge to academic integrity. IADT aims to help students to reach their potential through the provision of a supportive, vibrant and challenging learning environment. Plagiarism has no place in the IADT learning environment. IADT have developed a policy (below) which has been put in place to help and inform both students and staff about plagiarism and how it can be managed and preferably prevented.

The Teaching + Learning committee aims to enhance the quality of learning, teaching and assessment across the Institute by providing academic leadership for the continued development of excellence in academic practice.

The Teaching + Learning committee is committed to:

reviewing existing practice in teaching, learning and assessment and draw from all the disciplines in the Institute
​principles of universal design
disseminating best practice within specific fields of enquiry by investigating teaching and learning strategy
advising on staff training and development and co-ordinating and leading teaching and learning efforts across the Institute
​linking to wider teaching, learning and assessment initiatives internally and externally
​developing the scholarship of teaching at IADT

Membership of the Committee 2019 – 2021
Head of Department of Entrepreneurship Dr Therese Moylan (Chair)
Registrar Dr Andrew Power
Faculty of Film, Art + Creative Technologies Fiona Snow
Faculty of Enterprise + Humanities Peter Weadack
Faculty of Enterprise + Humanities Sharon Mc Greevy
Faculty of Enterprise + Humanities Jenny Mc Donnell
Library Fiona Logan
Student Experience Manager Denise McMorrow
ICT E-Learning and Educational Technologist Paul Curran
Staff Training, Learning + Development Officer Mary Anne O'Carroll
Student Union Education Office
Faculty of Film, Art + Creative Technologies Anthony McGuinness
Faculty of Film, Art + Creative Technologies Stefan Paz Berrios

Teaching + Learning at IADT is supported by the Teaching and Learning Committee, a sub-committee of Academic Council. The Teaching + Learning committee meets monthly during the academic year. It develops and reviews policies as requested by Academic Council and works on relevant strategic objectives set out in the IADT Strategic Plan 2014-2017. It organises staff development for Teaching + Learning in association with the Staff Training Learning + Development Officer Mary Anne O’Carroll. It runs a Teaching + Research showcase in June (with the Research + Development Committee) and takes the lead on teaching and learning projects across the Institute. It supports Teaching + Learning and elearning.

The Teaching and Learning Committee supports teaching and learning at IADT by:
– Ensuring that books and journals about teaching and education are available through the Library. For an initial list please see the IADT Teaching Pack.
​– Organising workshops, seminars and webinars on teaching and learning in association with HR.
​– Running accredited courses in teaching and learning. The Athlone Institute of Technology Certificate in Learning and Teaching, a 15 credit Level 9 Accredited Part-time Course has run since 2009. IADT has run its own Accredited Part-time Courses in Technology Enhanced Learning and Assessment and Evaluation since 2012.
​– Supporting presentation at conferences on teaching and learning.

For further information about teaching and learning at IADT please click on the IADT Teaching Pack. If you have any questions or queries please see the Committee chair.

Blackboard is IADT’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It supports and complements teaching and student learning at IADT. Lecturers can use the VLE to provide course material online, while students can access course content, communicate with lecturers as well as participating in online assessments, discussions and evaluations. All the students and staff in IADT are enrolled on Blackboard. Students are automatically enrolled on the relevant modules in Blackboard when they register on Banner.

Students and staff have access to their own courses and few cross institute Blackboard courses. You can access Blackboard through the same username and password you use to access the Institute computer network.

Log on to Blackboard by clicking here

This is a guidance document for writing programme and module learning outcomes. It explains what learning outcomes are, and their benefit to lecturers and students. It explains the difference between programme, stage and module learning outcomes and provides examples of each. It also offers advice on how to constructively align learning outcomes and assessment criteria, click here to open the guide. 

The Institute has validated the following modules from the LIN Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning at Athlone Institute of Technology

– Certificate in Learning and Teaching (15 ECTS),
– Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation (15 ECTS) and the
– Certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning (15 ECTS).

In 2015-2016 there are 8 students on the Certificate in Learning and Teaching, and 7 students on the Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation. We have staff from a range of IADT programmes and we are delighted to be joined by colleagues from Sallynoggin College of Further Education and St Nicholas Montessori College. We are running the Certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning from February to June 2016.

IADT is delighted that Cliona Flood and Joachim Pietsch from the Department of Technology and Psychology were awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching at Athlone Institute of Technology in September 2015. Congratulations to them both. They join David Quin from the Department of Film and Media as graduates of the postgraduate diploma.

IADT is leading Digital Skills in Action a 2015 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund project with colleagues from Marino Institute of Education, the National College of Art and Design, UCD and TCD. The project links to the All Aboard Digital Skills Framework and leads to a Technology Enhanced Learning week across the five institutions in March 2016.

IADT's local implementation group has started work and is led by Dr Marion Palmer with Mary Anne O’Carroll Staff Training Learning and Development, Muiris O’Grady IADT Educational Technologist, David Quin Animation lecturer and Neil Kavanagh IADT SU Education Officer. Watch out for the project on Twitter using the hash tag #tel16dsa and the IADT Technology Enhanced Learning Day on Friday 11 March 2016.

The Learning Innovation Network (LIN) is the network that supports academic professional development (APD) for staff in the Institutes of Technology and DIT. IADT is a member of LIN and has worked with colleagues to support teaching and learning. For more information about LIN please see the LIN website, or follow LIN on Twitter @LIN_LTN. 

Student Led Learning SLL is a special interest group of LIN. It has developed resources for students making the transition to further and higher education. These resources will be useful for parents, guidance counsellors, educators and support staff. To see the resources look at the SLL website. Rebecca Roper of IADT is a member of the SLL team.

Other teaching and learning links:

All Ireland Society for Higher Education www.aishe.org
Irish Learning Technology Association www.ilta.net/