Next Facilitate Symposium:
Students as Partners in Assessment in Enquiry- & Problem-Based Learning.
Venue: The Innovation Academy, Trinity College Dublin
Date: Friday 25th May 2018. Full Programme

Supported by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning

Assessment in Problem & Project Based Learning: Sharing our Practice

We are delighted to announce details of our 2017 annual symposium which will take place on 19th May at Maynooth University.

This year we will focus on effective assessment strategies in problem and project based learning.

The full programme is available here: Programme_Facilitate_Symposium

Dr Ingrid Scholten of Flinders University, Australia will deliver the Keynote address (confirmed) via video link.

Full details of Dr Scholten’s teaching and research interests can be viewed at:

Registration (free) is open now:

Spring Workshop Series 2015

Four workshops are being organised to explore how enquiry and problem-based learning can be used to support practice in the following areas:

Using problem-based learning to explore the research – teaching nexus
This interactive workshop will provide delegates with the opportunity to reflect on what they understand by the research-teaching nexus (RTN),  explore case studies illustrating different dimensions of  the RTN, and consider how PBL can be used to develop discipline specific research skills. Following a keynote by National Teaching Fellow, Dr Helen Walkington on developing students as researchers, the workshop will showcase examples of practice from across the following four areas of the research – teaching nexus:
research-led: students learn about current research in the discipline.
research-oriented: students develop research skills
research-based: students undertake research and inquiry.
research-tutored: students are active participants in critical analysis of current research
(Jenkins and Healey, 2012)

If you wish to be considered to present a short (5 minute) case study on your work or have your study included in our online resource as an illustrative example of best practice, please complete this short proforma
Date – 8th May, 2015
Venue – Ulster University at Jordanstown
Facilitator/ Contact –  Kay Hack @hack_kay
Time – 9:30-1:00

Composition and enquiry: Providing higher order feedback on written assignments 

Date – 29th April, 2015
Venue – Dublin Institute of Technology
Facilitator – Professor Chris Anson, North Carolina State University
Time – 2.30 – 4.00 p.m.

Facilitating mindful learning
This workshop is for academic staff who already have a basic understanding of mindfulness practices. This workshop will explore options for using mindfulness-based approaches to facilitate learning in higher education classrooms. This workshop is a joint Facilitate/ICEP initiative and attendance is by invitation only.

Date – 17th April
Venue – University College Dublin
Facilitator/Contact – Dr Terry Barrett

Networking and networks
This event is about bringing people together in a friendly, fun environment. Our main goal is that you have a great day, meet new people and potential collaborators! The event will consist of two talks and one workshop from experienced networkers. They will share their experiences of the do’s and don’ts of networks and networking
Date – 10th April, 2015
Venue – Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

Facilitator/Contact – Yvonne Delaney

Time – 11:00-4:00


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