IA40440 Leadership Development for Educators

Academic Year 2020/2021

The aim of this module is to enable participants to reflect upon and develop their leadership knowledge, skills and mindset to enable them to successfully lead change and drive innovation within their environment and to help them to become a recognised leader for innovation.

The module offers a carefully constructed, challenge-based learning experience that will contribute to a mind-set change and equip learners with the leadership skills to effectively engage with others, identify needs & opportunities and to lead innovation & change within their environment.

Participants will reflect on their own strengths, weaknesses, values and principles and have the opportunity to build on their preferred leadership style. Participants will practice building consensus, influencing and engaging others to be the best that they can be, whilst building the resilience and grit required to overcome obstacles to successful innovation.

Participants will also hear from guest speakers who are leading change and innovation at both local and national levels, who will share their own leadership journeys and lessons learnt.

Learners will actively participate in communities of practice and intentionally expand their professional networks.

Note: This module is run as part of the Professional Certificate in Entrepreneurial Educators.

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 rigor, 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, participants should
1. Have the ability to use and critically analyse various creative leadership styles, practices and skills,
2. Be able to lead design-thinking projects, collaboration, teamwork and iterative learning in a leadership context,
3. Have developed the skills to self-evaluate and critically reflect on one’s own leadership style and contribution towards achieving a common goal in an ambiguous or unpredictable environment,
4. Have developed the skills to lead successfully in relation to challenges arising inside or outside of established organisations, such as change management, stakeholder relations, resource constraints.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Conversation Class




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All Innovation Academy modules take a ‘learning by doing’ approach, combining individual, and group activities and tasks including presentations, discussion and reflection. Guest speakers will share their own experiences and lessons learnt. 

• Active/Task-Based Learning
• Peer And Group Work 
• Reflective Learning
• Enquiry & Problem-Based Learning
• Student Presentations
• Case Study Learning
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: Action-Learning Project Outline Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes.

(80% attendance is required to PASS this component)
Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Personal Reflections and Realisations Essay Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Presentation: Action-Learning Project 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, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided by both fellow class members and the facilitator to students on their proposed action-learning project.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 40 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 40 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 40 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 40 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 40 Wed 09:00 - 16:50