Over the last 10 years a number of collaborative networks have been put in place across Irish universities and other higher education institutions, to support innovation and quality improvement in Learning and Teaching activities. For further information, please click on the following examples of such networks:
- the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL)
- the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR)
- the Enhancement of Learning strand of the Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance
- the T&L activities of the Shannon Consortium
- the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA)
- the All-Island Society for Higher Education (AISHE)
- the Educational Developers in Ireland Network (EDIN)
The work of these networks is designed to complement the work taking place in each individual university, and allow academics, teachers and students to learn from different examples and experiences across a variety of institutions, with the objective of improving the quality of teaching and learning in Irish higher education.
As part of the implementation of the Irish National Strategy for Higher Education, these various networks are being consolidated under the umbrella of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. This National Forum was created in late 2012, with a Board composed on nominees of the Universities, Institutes of Technology, Union of Students in Ireland, the Higher Education Authority and Quality and Qualifications Ireland. Initial details regarding the establishment of the National Forum are available here.