Following the success of our inaugural conference in Ireland exploring equality, diversity and inclusion, we are pleased to present our first teaching and learning symposium for the island of Ireland: Partnership for Student Success: Developing graduates for the 21st century on 23 June.
This symposium aims to provide a forum for discussing how different forms of partnership within higher education contribute to student success and improved student outcomes.
Specifically focused on higher education across the island of Ireland and taking into consideration the specific policy and regulatory contexts in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the symposium will help to facilitate the sharing of best and innovative practice.
Dr Lynn Ramsey from the Irish Universities Association will open the symposium with a keynote outlining the vision and values which underpin ‘Multi-campus Micro-credentials’. The project seeks to reimagine the relationship between learners and universities and between universities, enterprise and social partners.
Dr Ramsey, who is programme lead for the project said, “Working together with a range of stakeholders we aim to develop a national framework for micro-credentials which will support learners in lifelong and life-wide learning.
“This flexible design and agile approach will support autonomous learner engagement with universities through upskilling and reskilling over their lifetime. It helps to facilitate learner-focused conceptions of success beyond the traditional parameters of what is possible when exiting under-graduate and post-graduate programmes.”
Delivering the closing keynote, Together we are Stronger: Shaping the Future through Digitally Enabled Partnership, Professor Mark Brown from Dublin City University will make the case for the value of strategic partnerships, sharing practical examples of how to help enhance the student experience and contribute to better outcomes for learners.
Prof Brown is Ireland's first Chair in Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). He said, "There is a tendency for educators to view private companies and outside providers working in higher education with a great deal of suspicion. However, we should not tar all of them with the same brush.
“Strategic private-public partnerships (PPP) can play a valuable role in improving student success and learning outcomes as I will demonstrate in this talk."
The Island of Ireland Symposium: Partnership for Student Success: Developing graduates for the 21st century on 23 June will aim to provide a forum for discussing how different forms of partnership within higher education contribute to student success and improved student outcomes across the island of Ireland. Find out more.