Tuesday, 9 May 2017

2017 Digital Skills in Action

On Wednesday 5th of April, as part of IADT's 2017 response to the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning's 'Digital Skills in Action' week, we organised a session on 'Digital Project Case Studies - Showcase of Community Based digital projects undertaken by IADT students to clients'.

We presented ReachOut and NRH Psychology projects from 2016 and 2017, with PCHEI's Katie Hendrick and NRH's Maeve Nolan and Simone Carton presenting, along with students including Mark, Rebecca, Anna, Sarah, Tara, Eleanor and the incomparable Jennie!

Thanks to all!



DQ presents


DQ, Mark. Anna, Rebecca, Simone, Jennie and Maeve





Katie Hendrick

The new NRH Psychology project videos will be available online soon. In the meanwhile, the Reachout/PCHEI videos are all available at...



Monday, 6 March 2017

Death of Fintan Ryan, RTE

The death occurred last Wednesday (1st March) of Fintan Ryan, long time deputy of my father Jimmy Quin as they rose through the ranks of RTE in the 1960's and 70's. Fintan stayed on in RTE when my father left in 1977 for his new role as Manager in the National Film Studios in Ardmore. Jimmy Quin established the earliest version of our animation company Quin Films around that time, to produce animation for tv.

Fintan was remembered at his packed funeral in Dundrum on Saturday morning as someone who assumed a real guiding role for many professionals, young and old, always ready to assist when and where he could.

The image below (from the RTE stills library) is of Fintan as we remember him, from 1980, in his role as Head of Film Production. For all of your help and advice through the years Fintan, thank you!


https://stillslibrary.rte.ie/indexplus/image/2108/035.html 



Fintan Ryan's funeral, Dundrum, Saturday 4th March 2017


Fintan Ryan's funeral, Dundrum, Saturday 4th March 2017 - Jimmy Quin, Patsy, Colm K and Frank from RTE film processing


Fintan Ryan's funeral, Dundrum, Saturday 4th March 2017 - Jimmy Quin and Colm K from RTE film processing

https://stillslibrary.rte.ie/indexplus/image/2066/051.html

http://notices.irishtimes.com/death/ryan-fintan/49365755

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Christophe Grolomund - five questions when reviewing or revising your Academic Programme

One of the great pieces of learning from last week's ANQA Q-Week in Armenia came from Christophe Grolomund, the Director of Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance. In his presentation to conference, Cristophe explained the five questions his agency would ask of a HEI or programme team...

  • Do you know where you want to go?
  • Do you have a plan for getting there?
  • Do you have a plan for what to do if you get lost along the way?
  • Do you have a light on your desk to tell you if there's a problem?
  • Do you then have a button to push, to solve that problem?

Thank you Christophe!



ANQA's Haikouki interviews Christophe Grolomund (ANQA image)

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Proceeds of Crime in Chicago Irish Film Festival

Thank you to my good friend (and longtime supporter) Judith Blackburn and to my Producer Jennie Kelly for organising to screen my 'Proceeds of Crime' in the Shorts Program 3 of the 2017 Chicago Irish Film Festival in the Gallery Theatre on Saturday March 4th at 19.00.

Judith describes the film as 'a dark alphabetic journey through Ireland's 2016 gangland.



from the 2017 CIFF website




check out the CIFF website - links below...

The very best of luck with the Festival Judith! Thank you for remembering my work!



Paul Hyland's 'Conceptions of Teaching'

This is adapted from the 'Conceptions of Teaching' section of Bath Spa University's  Paul Hyland & Inna Pomorina 'Developing Student Centred Learning' presentation for THE ANNUAL TEMPUS CONFERENCE ENHANCING THE QUALITY AND RELEVANCE OF STUDENTS’ LEARNING EXPERIENCE - Moscow, Russia, November 13 - 14, 2015.

Conceptions of Teaching.

1. Conceptions come from:

personal beliefs, experiences, peers, perception of the academic context and learning environment, view of purposes of higher education …

2. Teachers’ Conceptions influence:

approaches to teaching (design of courses & environment)…
teaching practices …
students’ experiences …
students’ conceptions …
students’ approached to learning …
nature and quality of students’ learning outcomes.

3. Phenomonographic (Empirical) Research-based Categories:

Bi-polar, linear scale:

teacher-centred (bad!)…………………………..……………………… student-centred (good!)

4. A ‘many kinds’ view:


Some examples...









ANQA Q-Week - David Quin Workshop - Yerevan 19th to 26th February

As part of ANQA's Q-Week conference and events, I was asked to do a workshop on 'Review of Programmes in the context of enhancing student assessment'. 40 enthusiastic participants arrived for the 90 minute session and we went 'interactive', even getting them to do CAT (Classroom Assessment Technique) responses at the end! A thoroughly enjoyable and productive session and I learned a lot, especially from my Armenian QA colleagues! Thanks to Ruben Topchayan, Varduhi Gyulazyan and the ANQA team for the invitation!



waiting for the workshop to start


waiting for the workshop to start


waiting for the workshop to start


waiting for the workshop to start


DQ presents 'Review of Academic Programmes in the Context of Enhancing Student Assessment'


DQ presents 'Review of Academic Programmes in the Context of Enhancing Student Assessment'


DQ presents 'Review of Academic Programmes in the Context of Enhancing Student Assessment'


some of the CAT responses from the workshop - thank you to all participants for your views, responses, ideas and inputs


DQ and Ruben


ANQA Q-Week panel including Geert de Lepeleer and Christophe Grolomund, Director of Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance


Christophe being interviewed by ANQA's Haikouki


Ruben and his fabulous ANQA Q-Week team!


Snow and hazy sunshine in Yerevan


Fog delayed my return from Yerevan - arrived back in Dublin late on Sunday 26th February, tired.




Tempus ALIGN - presentation images - Yerevan 19th to 26th February 2017

Here are some images from my 2 Tempus ALIGN presentations as part of project planning for 2017...

prepping for Tempus ALIGN planning meeting - Brusov


prepping for Tempus ALIGN planning meeting - Brusov


prepping for Tempus ALIGN ANQA Q Week meet - Brusov


prepping for Tempus ALIGN planning meeting - Brusov


DQ waiting for Tempus ALIGN ANQA Q Week meet to begin - Brusov


DQ presenting to Tempus ALIGN ANQA Q Week meet - Brusov


DQ tv interviewed for Tempus ALIGN ANQA Q Week - Brusov


DQ tv interviewed for Tempus ALIGN ANQA Q Week - Brusov