INSPIRE: Active Learning Champions Professional Development Scheme

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Ulster University has invested heavily in its learning environment over recent years, with new teaching blocks housing both formal and informal social learning spaces in Coleraine, Magee and our new campus is under development in Belfast. We also have our Jordanstown campus which is in a transitional period as it prepares to decant to the new Belfast campus. This is a very exciting time for the institution, its staff and students. In order to maximise the opportunities for innovation during this transitional period and to enable staff to be rewarded for taking risks in our learning spaces with new pedagogies, emerging practices and technologies and to inspire others to try new things, the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP) have implemented INSPIRE: Active Learning Champions – Professional Development Scheme. The scheme is aligned to institutional strategies and CMALT so that it not only facilitates the institution in meeting its aims and objectives but also will help participants build evidence for CMALT portfolios. Each school within Ulster University was allocated one active learning champion who will help shape the future of learning and teaching within their area and inspire others to try something new. The champions will also be supported to work towards CMALT (Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology).

This webinar will detail Ulster University’s new professional development scheme INSPIRE: Active Learning Champions. It will also explore the reasons why we went down an Active Learning Champions Professional Development scheme as opposed to a solely a CMALT professional development scheme, lessons learned so far, the community of practice created, plans for the future and where the scheme sits within our learning environment plan.
Period11 Dec 2019
Held atALT
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • ALT, Active Learning, CPD, CMALT, Professional Development