Dr Eric Moore – Academic Member Tyndall National Institute, Lecturer School of Chemistry, University College Cork Ireland

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    Dr Eric Moore heads an independent research group at University College Cork focused on bio/sensing and separation and is also an academic member at Tyndall National Institute. He is the programme director for the taught postgraduate courses in Analytical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at University College Cork.

     

     

    Title: Industry-led teaching – an innovative approach and its impact on the scholarship of teaching and learning

    Synopsis: Traditionally academics haven’t seen the need or value to consult with industry about what we should be teaching in our curriculum. We read papers, books, articles, push the boundaries of research etc. and update course content accordingly but has it crossed our minds to pause and ask what exactly is our goal in teaching our students? Is it a case of academics “know best” and our focus is in providing a learning curve for students to problem solve with the fundamentals of our discipline as their knowledge base? Depending on the student the gradient of that curve varies and so too does our ability to bring out the best in them. What if all we needed was a catalyst to help speed up the learning and understanding outcomes? Perhaps this is where an industry led teaching agenda can play a key role and be that catalyst while in parallel impacting on the student experience. It is important to assess the impact of industry cooperation in teaching. A lot of this involvement is currently attributed to good will and professional relations with academic staff. It is important to demonstrate to the University the value of such relations in delivering programmes where the student experience is enhanced and the fundamentals of teaching for understanding are implemented. In short, assessing the impact of how knowledge from the fundamental course content is applied in an industry setting. It can be very beneficial for Universities to have industry placements for their courses and to have guest lecturers but somehow involving them in the teaching curriculum at the planning stage is not done.  This paper will examine the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and Action Research potential that embracing industry more can achieve. The implementation and impact of an industry-led teaching agenda in the taught postgraduate courses in Analytical Chemistry at University College Cork will be presented. Partnership with industry to help enhance the teaching practice to the benefit of the student experience is where such an industry-led teaching approach brings innovation to SoTL. For example, the new forms of scholarship advocated by Boyer and others lie much closer to practice. Experience is the key to knowledge that requires reflective practice to unlock. The scholarship of application means the generation of knowledge for and from action. Action is the doing and actionable knowledge is all what industry is about. Experience after all informs on best practice, especially when we are preparing our graduates for a career in industry.

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