Journal Overview

The Irish Journal of Academic Practice (IJAP) is published online once annually by the LTTC at Technological University Dublin. IJAP is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes scholarly and practice-based articles, case studies, opinion & reflective pieces and reviews relating to learning, teaching, assessment and technology within higher education. It is our aim that IJAP will inspire, educate, stimulate and engage its readership. Like other such journals, IJAP is essential for driving future improvement in, and continuing to raise the profile of Teaching and Learning across the Irish higher education sector. Teaching is of fundamental importance for future generations, and we need to harness the very best evidence to enable our teachers to grow and develop - IJAP certainly provides this!


This journal is a vehicle for the academics who are involved in pedagogic research to disseminate their work to a wider audience. The participants are drawn from different components of the third level sector in Ireland including vocational, further and higher education. Such a graduate journal is a good place to learn the ‘ropes’ of the publishing process, and try out ideas in early stages of research and study. If you are thinking of ways to disseminate your evidence-based practice, case studies are an excellent way to achieve impact and visibility of research work; sources of inspiration for your paper can be current "hot topics", your reflective teaching notes or of course, your own research.

Journal Focus and Scope

IJAP articles are drawn from the areas of learning, teaching, technology and professional development. Special emphasis is on innovative practices in teaching and learning. Last year, IJAP was published as a Special Issue on the first year anniversary of the Technological University Dublin: “Ireland has a new Technological University – insights and foresights”. Articles from the 2011-2018 Issues are from graduates of the postgraduate programmes in the LTTC, Teaching Fellows across the institution, and academic staff locally, nationally and internationally who are engaging with pedagogic research.

Process and Key Dates

• Colleagues are invited to submit full articles by 2nd November 2020, when they will be sent out for peer review.

• Publication of the new issue is expected in late November 2020.

IJAP Informational video

Current Issue: Volume 9, Issue 1 (2021)



A Move to Higher Module Credit Weighting to Enhance Student Engagement
Geraldine Mary O'Neill, Paul Rouse, and Suzanne Guerin


Partnering in a Pandemic: a Case Study on Designing Teaching and Learning Tools by Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Students with Academic Support
Leon Le Blanc, Ray Ardill, Louise Dowling, Jane Fagan, Matthew Kelly, Jack McCarthy, Molly Murphy-O'Kane, Emily O'Hanlon, and Mary Higgins


Reflections on the Formation and Growth of the SURE Network: a National Disciplinary Network to Enhance Undergraduate Research in the Sciences
Ciaran O'Leary, Julie Dunne, Barry J. Ryan, Therese Montgomery, Anne Marie O'Brien, Cormac Quigley, Claire Lennon, Fiona McArdle, Laura Keaver, Eva Campion, Gordon Cooke, Emma M. Caraher, Mary Deasy, Aubrey Storey, Carloalberto Petti, Eileen O'Leary, Karen Finn, Sinead Loughran, Greg Byrne, Arjan Van Rossum, Dina Brazil, Matt Smith, Nicholas Touzet, Tracey Coady, Valerie McCarthy, Janette Walton, and Josephine Tracey