MIC Lecturers Receive Teaching Hero Awards
MIC lecturers, Dr. Mary Moloney, Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies and Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Head of Mathematics and Computer Studies at Mary Immaculate College, were amongst those recognised at a special awards ceremony held in Dublin Castle earlier this week.
The National Teaching Hero Awards were established by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and other student bodies. This new award system explores students’ own perspectives on what great teaching means to them and is the first of its kind in Higher Education in Ireland.
The Teaching Heroes were nominated by students from their respective institutions with the identification process being informed by guidelines that focused on merit and learning impact. Over ninety testimonials were submitted to the National Forum from MIC students which were then anonymously rated according to various criteria to arrive at the overall winners.
Speaking at the event Prof. Sarah Moore, Chair of the National Forum;
"Outstanding teaching often happens quietly under the radar. With all our commitments to improvement and developing teaching and learning, these awards aim to shed more light on the kinds of teaching that students say they value most. This first iteration of the awards process showcases some great examples of teaching and will give rise to important conversations about students own perspectives on their learning.”
National Forum Patron, Prof. Mary McAleese, presented the awards on the evening and commented on the importance of such awards in recognising the deeper societal significance of excellent teaching.
"Excellence in teaching is about much more than simply getting students through their exams” she said. “It is about inspiration, passion, generosity of spirit, and a genuine desire to make a positive difference to students’ lives”.
Also present on the evening was Laura Harmon, USI President, who said:
“Like everyone in this room I have great teachers to be thankful for; this is a marvellous opportunity for students all around Ireland to put that thanks on the record.”
Minister for Education & Skills Ms. Jan O’Sullivan TD looked forward to the awards becoming an integral part of the teaching and education calendar saying;
"Any celebration of excellence is worthwhile and to be welcomed but these innovative awards are doubly so in that they not only recognise marvellous teachers but give their students a voice in that process at the same time. All of us involved in the education system want to see the best outcomes for students; not just in the form of results or career paths but in terms of their overall experience and its impact on them as people. I wish to congratulate each of the teachers being honoured this evening. They are all heroes.”
Offering his congratulations Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC said;
“I congratulate Dr. Mary Moloney and Diarmuid O’Driscoll on this very significant recognition of their talents as teachers. I wish to sincerely thank MIC Students’ Union for engaging with the National Forum and for the considerable work it has put into the award process. This is a wonderful example of the spirit of community, centrality of the student, and excellence in teaching and learning that underpins all of MIC’s activities”.
Pictured at the recent Teaching Hero Awards 2014 were L-R: President of USI, Laura Harmon; Minister for Education & Skills Ms. Jan O’Sullivan TD; Teaching Hero Award recipients, Dr. Mary Moloney, Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies, MIC and Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Head of Mathematics and Computer Studies, MIC; National Forum Patron, Prof. Mary McAleese and Chair of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Prof. Sarah Moore.
MISU Vice-President Jack Daly, Diarmuid O'Driscoll, Dr. Mary Moloney and MISU President, Niall Carmody pictured at the recent Teaching Hero Awards 2014