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5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES, *training, *pedagogy, *didactics

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Polytechnic Summit 2021, 1-4 June.


The COVID-19 crisis led to the closure of Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in mid-March of 2020, and emergency transition from in-person to remote, online and/or blended forms of teaching and learning. However, the challenges faced have also unearthed opportunities, and this has proved a most opportune time to aim the spotlight on professional development (PD) in teaching and learning, to ensure its value is more fully understood and is supported at institutional level. The authors are members of a team that delivers an accredited PD masters programme, and were planning on delivering a module on supervision of undergraduate (UG) dissertations and projects in a face-to-face (f2f) mode, when those plans were interrupted by the pandemic. This presented a dual opportunity for the authors to engage in its redesign to increase the proportion of the UG supervision community actively enhancing their practice and engaging in their professional development, as well as enhancing online practices and approaches sought by undergraduate (UG) supervisors in the current climate.

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