The purpose of this innovative 5 ECTS online postgraduate module is to support lecturers who want to explore in depth how to reimagine their modules/courses to embed community-engaged research and learning (CERL), supported by educational technology. In order to facilitate inter-institutional and transnational peer learning, the module will be delivered entirely online, from September to January.
This module can be taken as a stand-alone Continuing Professional Development module. It can also be combined with other modules, either in TU Dublin’s Learning Teaching and Technology Centre on the MSc in Education, or in other universities, as part of a programme of study, such as a postgraduate diploma or MSc. It can also be taken for credit as part of a structured PhD programme (where the student has scheduled teaching hours in a university, where they could adopt CERL as a teaching method) – subject to approval by the organisation hosting the PhD student.
Participants on the module will be supported through weekly short assignments and webinars to learn about theory and practice in CERL, in educational technology, and in rethinking a module from delivery to assessment. As part of the module they will design and plan a CERL project which they will run in 2021 on one of the courses or modules they teach. The topic for the project will be agreed in collaboration with a community partner (with the support of the local CIRCLET coordinating team where relevant), along with the project plan and timeline, which must be signed by the community partner. This should ensure that within a year, each participant implements a module with their students where they engage in CERL, thereby enhancing both their and their students’ learning and skillsets.