Sinead Kavanagh

Sinead Kavanagh


"My teaching philosophy is to make teaching experiential, engaging, involving the students very proactively in their learning. Particularly for the subject I teach, I find there is no substitute to doing rather than ‘talking about’. The technology I have used has really assisted me with this. It can help bring the material alive."

Teaching interests


I teach Theory and Application to third year students on the BA Counselling and Psychotherapy in CIT. This is an undergraduate programme. What is unique is the effort and philosophy to have an engaging experiential element to the teaching rather than simply a didactic lecture format. Students are encouraged to get involved in the lectures.

Describe your teaching philosophy


My teaching philosophy is to make teaching experiential, engaging, involving the students very proactively in their learning. Particularly for the subject I teach, I find there is no substitute to doing rather than ‘talking about’. The technology I have used has really assisted me with this. It can help bring the material alive.

Describe your digital artefact


I have used the Zoom video conferencing platform in Canvas to bring international experts in the field into communication and contact with the students. I created a recording of a guest lecture from Rich Hycner from overseas speaking about relational perspective in psychotherapy

What technology do you use?


I use Powerpoint, occasionally Youtube. I show video clips where appropriate to illustrate learning. I have used the Zoom video conferencing platform to bring international experts in the field into communication and contact with the students.

How do you use this technology?


My students have reported that the introduction of experts in the field to the students in a conversational and dialogic manner using the zoom platform was a real highlight for them, and a great learning opportunity

What are the advantages to using this technology?


Using technology broadens the capacity for reaching and interacting with others in the field in an engaging way. It has proved to be very effective. For the subject I teach, video/ youtube gives students an experience of watching and engaging with material in a live way, rather than simply engaging with theory as text based learning. It has had a very positive effect

What are the disadvantages to using this technology?


No real challenges, beyond my own limitations on occasion with understanding how to use the technology.

How does this artefact relate to your teaching and learning practice and the development of digital skills?


I had to learn how to use Zoom properly, how to schedule a call and how to set everything up both in the classroom in Ireland and for the guest speaker. This meant I had to learn about both hardware and software needed to do this.

Which training resources helped you in this work?


Mainly internal CIT training resources on using Zoom and using Canvas

What technology did you and/or your students use in creating this digital artefact?


I used Zoom video conferencing platform to create this. Previous to using Zoom, I also used Google hangouts in previous years to do the same

How did you use technology to achieve the desired outcome?


I wanted to make teaching my subject very experiential and involve the students. The technology helped me and the students to engage with the guest speaker and in a conversational way instead of just engaging in text based learning. Zoom helped me to do this by allowing me to introduce experts in the field who could not be there to talk to the class face-to-face but in a conversational and dialogic manner.

What were the key outcomes of this work?


I was able to have a guest speaker outside of Ireland talk to the students about their area of expertise and to ask and answer questions. I also have a recording of this guest talk which I can use in future years.

Student feedback


Many students have said that being able to hear from and talk to experts in a conversational way was of real benefit to them.

Recommendations


If doing video conferencing, to try and make sure you have good hardware to make sure the live session and the recording are good quality.

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