About Us


The FASS Teaching and Learning portfolio supports the development and delivery of an exceptional curriculum to our students.

It encourages initiatives that build on our unique disciplinary strengths, and it promotes tools and strategies that will help make the Faculty's course offerings relevant and accessible to our diverse student body.


At the heart of the portfolio's rationale is the student experience. Staff in Teaching and Learning work to ensure the quality of the Faculty's teaching in order to deepen students' learning. They also aim to provide staff with the tools and support services they need to continuously improve their teaching.

The portfolio is led by the Pro-Dean Teaching and Learning, Professor Colm Harmon, and is guided by the Teaching and Learning Committee. Portfolio staff are responsible for realising the Faculty's strategic vision for teaching and learning, in line with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

Objectives

  • to enhance our students' learning experiences and reinforce their retention and progress.
  • to support academic staff in the continuous improvement of their teaching.
  • to develop Faculty infrastructure to support these objectives, particularly in relation to e-Learning.


In 2013 the Faculty will pursue these objectives through:

  • expansion and refinement of targetted student support programs;
  • improvement of the tools available to academic staff to ensure quality and consistency in curriculum delivery;
  • support of staff through skills development and recognition of achievement; and
  • setting benchmarks for the standard of the Faculty's eLearning presence.

Programs

The portfolio's current programs focus on quality assurance in curriculum design and delivery, targetted student support for undergraduates, writing support for postgraduates, e-Learning, and professional development for academic staff. Click on the tabs at the top of the page to learn more about our work.