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Developing Teaching Innovation

Queen's is committed to encouraging teaching developments and innovation through the use of new technologies and the promotion of good practice.

The Queen's Online initiative has gone from strength to strength.  Through it Queen's has brought the benefits of e-learning to academic staff and students across the University with more than 2500 staff registered to use the system and over 20000 students currently using the system on a regular basis.

Staff and students can communicate through Queen's Online and students have access to a wide variety of learning resources.

The University has been encouraging and supporting the development and the sharing of good practice in teaching for several years through two major funds.  The Fund for Developing Learning and Teaching has been supporting initiatives in the University priority areas of student skills development and work-related learning.  The Innovations Fund has been supporting individual academic staff seeking to introduce and research innovations in their own teaching practice.  A total of 56 projects were awarded funding.   

A new fund, the Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund,  has replaced and builds on the work of the Funds for Innovations and Developing Learning and Teaching and will continue to support developments in teaching and learning and pump-prime innovative practice. Recent awards have been made to projects such as

  • Making Teaching more accessible for students with hearing impairment
  • Developing generic support materials for learners and teachers using digital voting technology for interactive learning in large classes
  • Developing an e-based learning facility for Irish
  • Promoting the information literacy of undergraduate students