TU4Dublin First Year Experience

Prototype Projects 2015-6

The TU4Dublin Re-Imagining our Curriculum theme recognises the importance of student transition into HE and the first year experience. Two Design thinking workshops, facilitated by Ewan McIntosh, identified 8 core themes that could potentially characterise the first year experience in a Technological University programme: 1. Induction/ orientation; 2. First 5,6 or 7 weeks  3 Assessment & feedback; 4. Students as autonomous self-directed learners 5. Peer mentors 6. Graduate Attributes 7. Learning spaces: virtual and physical 8. Alternative Curriculum models.  Since then, several initiatives aligned to these themes have been implemented (e.g. Peer Mentoring in ITB; further development of the STEER Project in DIT, FYE Teaching Fellowships in ITTD) and a report commissioned by the DIT LTAS committee proposing a set of recommendations under each of these themes.  

By way of consolidating and extending this work, the TU4DSteering group have agreed to fund the following Prototype projects. These were  launched at an event on 18Sept 2015 in DIT Aungier St. and reports on the projects can be accessed by clicking on each title below/

 Re-imagining the TU4D first year curriculum: First Year Experience prototype projects - please click on the titles to see reports

FYE Project Leader

College

Prototype Project Title (please click on each title below to read the associated report)

Eric Bates

DIT

Enhancing the first year experience through group work, research & presentation

Avril Behan

DIT

Return to Education from Work After a period away (REWARD) ‌

Jennifer Byrne

DIT

Virtual Learning Community & Environment

John Delap

DIT

DIT Peer Mentoring Universal Design Pilot ‌

Paul Dervan

ITB

Global classroom–Introducing a cost-effective international dimension to yr 1 ‌‌

Brendan Devlin

DIT

Reading skills for first year student engagement and the development of research ‌

Elizabeth Downes

ITTD

Peer Mentor Programme for Yr 1 Management Students at ITT Dublin

Geraldine Gray

ITB

 Learner profile

John Healy

DIT

Creative Bootcamp ‌

Ronan Keaskin

ITB

Student Induction based on a Health and Wellbeing programme ‌

Garrett Keenaghan

DIT

A prototype of a web-based learning system for construction engineering

Sarah Anne Kennedy

DIT

Digital Library Welcome Pack

Dave Kilmartin

DIT

Transitioning to Higher Education

Claire McDonnell & Cormac Breen

DIT

Kickstarting College Success Certificate – First 5 Weeks  ‌

Sylvia Mooney

DIT

Supporting first year students with autism ‌

Eoghan O’Grady

DIT

SEP – Socialise, Engage, Produce

Ciaran O’Leary

DIT

Assessment planner to map programmes

Aoife Prendergast

ITB

Flipping the Classroom Introducing & Integrating Prof Practice in Humanities ‌

Barry Ryan

DIT

Lego Serious Play as a 1st year orientation, engagement & retention strategy 

Gavin Sewell

DIT

Students as Partners - Peer-assisted learning prototype   ‌

 

Background information about the TU4D FYE work- First Year Experience 2015-16 information