Teaching and Learning


GMIT Teaching and Learning Officer initiates and coordinates a range of innovative projects, that support the development of learning, teaching and assessment. A sample of current projects are outlined below. For further information, contact Dr Carina Ginty

GMIT All Aboard project

GMIT developed a series of Digital Learning Skills workshop for the All Aboard initiative in 2017, a week-long series of national and regional public events designed to build confidence in Ireland’s digital skills for learning.

Workshops ran in GMIT's Galway and Mayo Campuses from April 3rd to 7th, 2017.

This teaching and learning development project was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

To view the workshop programme click here.

Atlas Project

GMIT is collaborating with LIN members (ww.lin.ie) AIT, IT Sligo, DkIT, IT Carlow, LyIT and WIT on the ATLAS project – Aligning Teaching and Learning across the Technological Sector.

This project seeks to interpret the PD framework within the context of existing accredited provision across the technological sector with a view to examining and addressing specific professional development needs.

This project is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

See www.teachingandlearning.ie

Carnegie Ireland Pilot Framework Project

In 2015-2016, GMIT participated in the pilot of the Carnegie Community Engagement Assessment Framework for Ireland.

The Carnegie Community Engagement Assessment Pilot in Ireland is part of a continued national process to find appropriate tools to build an evidence-base of an institution’s contribution to civic and community engagement that aligns with the national higher education policy context.

This process has driven commitment, momentum, and practice on the importance and centrality of community and civic engagement within higher education in Ireland.

See https://carnegiececframeworkire.wordpress.com

Community Engagement Metrics & Evaluation Project, Campus Engage Group

Following on from the Carnegie Pilot Project in Ireland, GMIT is participating in a national group under Campus Engage that is examining Metrics and Evaluation Tools for Measuring Community Engagement in Higher Education Institutes in Ireland.

For further information see http://www.campusengage.ie/ or email carina.ginty@gmit.ie

First Steps in Teaching and Learning

The First Steps online CPD course aims to provide an introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in Higher Education.

This online resource pack is designed to provide a condensed, 'just-in-time' introduction to teaching, learning and assessment for new lecturers.

The First Steps online CPD course was developed by Dr Carina Ginty (GMIT and LIN co-ordination group member www.lin.ie) in consultation with the LIN CPD project group (Foundations in Learning & Teaching: Developing a Structured Induction for Academic Staff 2015).

See www.cpdlearnonline.ie

First Year Experience

The first year experience for GMIT students includes a weekly one hour peer assisted learning session called PASS and this is led by student leaders from senior years.

In addition all first years undertake a module led by the lecturers on Learning Innovation Skills (LIS). This module includes a new suite of online learning resources called Academic Success.

GMIT collaborated with 12 higher education institutes in Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand to develop the Academic Success programme with Online Publishing company called Epigeum.

See https://www.epigeum.com/

Get Ready - A Transition MOOC

GMIT has collaborated with IT Sligo, University of Limerick, NUI Galway, GMIT, Limerick IT, Mary Immaculate College, Letterkenny IT on the development of a MOOC called Get Ready.Education.

The MOOC has been designed to address the needs of students making the transition from 2nd to 3rd level education. The MOOC is available to second level students in Ireland from transition year to leaving certificate.

The MOOC combines online content with optional teacher led classroom activities, online forums and quizzes. Digital Badges are awarded to participants.

For more information visit www.getready.education

GMIT TEL Network

In November 2017, the GMIT Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Teaching Network launched in GMIT.

The GMIT TEL Network, is a lunchtime seminar series and networking initiative to bring staff together across five campuses, talking TEL and sharing initiatives and ideas of innovative teaching and learning practice.

Sessions run once a month. For further information about the network, please email carina.ginty@gmit.ie

ISSE Student Survey

GMIT works with the national student survey of engagement group annually on this initiative. Over 90,000 students have participated in the survey since launching in 2013.

The survey asks students about their experiences of higher education. It is designed to inform developments within institutions while also providing a national set of data - "National Survey, Local Impact"

See www.studentsurvey.ie

Leadership in T&L Project

GMIT is collaborating with LyIT, IT Sligo and St. Angela’s NUI Galway on a professional development programme for managers in Irish Higher Education.

This project seeks to build teaching and learning champions across the West/North West Higher Education Cluster, by enhancing the capacity of middle and senior managers for leadership in digitally engaged teaching.  

It is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

See www.teachingandlearning.ie

My Experience

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Institute of Technology Sligo (ITS) and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LyIT) launched the My Experience RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) Assessment Toolkit in 2016 at www.myexperience.ie .

The toolkit includes an information website and an online RPL application tool for candidates looking for access or advanced entry to a higher education programme.

In addition, a free open online course has been developed for Higher Education staff seeking professional development in RPL assessment skills and supporting RPL applicants effectively

See www.cpdlearnonline.ie

Peer Assisted Learning Leadership Online Course GMIT

An online course in peer assisted learning leadership was developed in 2017 by Dr Carina Ginty (GMIT Teaching & Learning) and it is available to access at www.cpdlearnonline.ie

This is a student centred learning course and it is designed to support students undertaking the PASS student leadership module at GMIT.

It is also a learning resource for lecturers engaged on the level 9, Certificate and Diploma in Teaching and Learning at GMIT.

Step Forward Class Rep Leadership Programme

GMIT and AIT Student Union and the Teaching and Learning Office are collaborating on the rollout of a student engagement leadership programme called ‘Step Forward’.

This creation of the programme was inspired by the Scottish Universities student leadership initiative Sparqs (http://www.sparqs.ac.uk) and the GMIT SIFII Student Led Learning programme (2008-2011).

Student Led Learning SLL at GMIT

Student Led Learning (SLL) is a national special interest group supported by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

It was founded by Dr. Carina Ginty (GMIT) and Ms. Nuala Harding (AIT) in 2014. It is focused on developing free nationally available educational resources that support retention, student engagement and the transition to Higher Education.

The SLL members include representatives from Universities, Institutes of Technology,  HECA, FE Colleges, IGC, Ahead and the USI working in teaching and learning, and student development.

Resources are available at www.lin.ie/sll

GMIT Teaching and Learning Awards

Examples of excellence in teaching teams and developing the student learning experience at GMIT.

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Ireland recognised two Departments in GMIT for a DELTA National Award and Recognition. The award criteria includes:

  • excellence in teaching and learning in a discipline
  • exceptional knowledge and understanding of enhancing teaching and learning
  • impact on the student learning experience
  • strong communication tools
  • the initiative is authentic to the discipline

GMIT Department Buidling and Civil Engineering
Teaching and Learning Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Watch the video here

GMIT Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Retention and Managing the First Year Experience
Watch the video here

GMIT Teaching and Learning Online Courses

GMIT Teaching and Learning Office develop and publish a range of online teaching and learning development courses on a dedicated site called www.cpdlearnonline.ie

The first course launched in April 2016 on RPL Assessor and Mentor Skills.

Online courses and toolkits include:

  • RPL Assessor Skills in HE
  • Online Teaching Skills
  • First Steps in Teaching & Learning
  • Peer Learning Leadership Skills
  • External Examiner Toolkit
  • Programme Design & Assessment Toolkit
  • Learning & Innovation Skills
  • The Next Step Online Course and Toolkit

Enrol for access at www.cpdlearnonline.ie or contact TLO@gmit.ie

Contact Us

Teaching and Learning Projects at GMIT:
Dr Carina Ginty, GMIT Teaching and Learning Officer/ Project Manager