IA40480 Professional Practice for Educators: Action Learning Project Implementation

Academic Year 2023/2024


***All UCD Innovation Academy modules are delivered online in the 2020/21 Academic Year. Classes will run from 9.30am –4.30pm each day with a combination of live online classes, self-directed learning and group activities. See https://www.innovators.ie/undergraduate-electives/ for more info and testimonials from our students.***

The aim of the module is to enable participants to apply and build on lessons learnt from the Professional Certificate in Creativity & Innovation in Education to a real-world project to further develop their creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial mindset as well as developing their overall professional practice as an Entrepreneurial Educator.

Participants will be given the opportunity to undertake independent project work in a professional environment, either as an extension of their original Innovation Academy project proposal or a new initiative identified through assessment of the needs and opportunities in their professional context.

The project provides the opportunity to draw from prior learning around creativity, innovation, leadership, entrepreneurial thinking & action and consider how it can be applied in their organisation and the real-world.

Professional practice will be developed through the implementation of creative and innovative solutions which seek to address needs or opportunities in the professional environment. With the support and guidance of an Innovation Academy facilitator, participants will consider how to apply an entrepreneurial mind-set to effectively lead change by creating, testing and innovating new methods, approaches and solutions in a real-world context.

UCD Innovation Academy

At the UCD Innovation Academy, we are a group of Educator Practitioners with extensive real-world experience as academics, educators, business and social entrepreneurs, tech thinkers, creative professionals and design thinking practitioners.

We take an action-oriented approach to learning, with a combination of individual, group and class tasks and activities, including discussions, presentations and reflection. All of our teaching is grounded in academic rigour, but our focus is on ‘learning by doing’ in a real-world context.


**Enrolment on an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes**

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module participants will:

• have applied their prior learning to develop and implement a project in a professional environment
• understand the barriers and obstacles involved in developing and implementing innovative practices and solutions in a real-world context
• be able to use problem solving tools and techniques and understand the process for initiating and using creative techniques within project structures
• have the ability to reflect on both the process and outcome of the applied project and reflect on failures, improvements and opportunities
• have further expanded their personal networks, in conjunction with the invaluable professional experience of working on a focused independent project

Indicative Module Content:

Participants will identify an action-learning project based on the needs or opportunities within their school, college, institution, community or contest.

Participants will supported by monthly 1:1 mentoring and peer group work sessions.

At the end of the project phase, participants will share their project and lessons learnt with their class and an audience of their peers.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group


Project Supervision




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Project-Based Learning
Peer and Group Work
Reflective Learning
Enquiry & Problem-based learning
Student Presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Reflection Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Project: Project report and presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to participants on an ongoing basis through a series of 1:1 mentoring meetings with an Innovation Academy Facilitator during the project phase. Participants will receive feedback and guidance on the identification and selection of their project, on their approach to issues and challenges that emerge during the project duration and on a draft of their final presentation.

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Duc Minh Vu Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Anh Nguyen Quoc Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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