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DkIT Teachers & Researchers Meitheal participants receive recognition

28 November 2018

Members of the DkIT Teachers and Researchers Meitheal, a Professional Development collaboration led by Dr. Bernadette Brereton and Karen Dunne with participants based in DkIT, TCD and UC, were delighted recently to be awarded National Forum digital badges for their exemplary work in the PD project.

The first badge is the Pilot Participant Digital Badge,which was awarded in recognition of  their commitment to the first implementation of the National Professional Development Framework for all those who teach in Higher Education.  

The second badge awarded to the participants was the National Forum PACT digital badge in recognition of their work on their own professional development portfolio (PDP), as part of the pilot study. The PACT digital badge recognises a professional’s commitment to their own professional development and to the initial national implementation of the framework.

Participants of the meitheal were thanked for their commitment to the project by the Director of the National Forum, Dr. Terry Maguire and also commended by Dr. Roisin Donnelly, Director of the Professional Development project, for their willingness to share their portfolios online as an exemplar for others.

Dr. Bernadette Brereton who was seconded by the National Forum to mentor the project stated:

I would like to congratulate all of the meitheal members for their hard work and commitment to this important national project. I appreciated working with all of the meitheal members over the course of the project. I would also like to state again how privileged we were to have our colleague Karen Dunne as co-mentor on this project whose many skills, technological and otherwise, were invaluable to its successful completion.

The DkIT meitheal is unique in its composition as an inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional, face-to-face, as well as technologically-based collaboration, which allowed mentors and members to develop a professional community of practice as well as enhance their skills in TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning). Some of the outcomes of this work were disseminated at the recent European Sociological Association ‘Education, Diversity and Social Inclusion’ Conference in University College, London as well as at AILTA 2018 (All Ireland Conference on Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Further and Higher Education), held in Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.


For all enquiries, please contact:

  • Dr. Bernadette Brereton
  • Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching