Twitter v Facebook or Not

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“I spend time in both Twitter and Facebook but have discovered the real world constrains deep engagement in both. Every year that I teach creative multimedia to college students, I test awareness of several different social networks …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 9 March]

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Teachers threaten to withdraw measures agreed in first Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“The country’s main teacher unions have threatened to withdraw goodwill as part of their campaign against the new Croke Park deal. The Teachers Union of Ireland said that it will consider taking back voluntary and productivity measures as part of the first Croke Park agreement …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 9 March]

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Wrong questions asked of social networks

Posted in Legal issues on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“As deplorable as bullying is, one might be forgiven for feeling slightly uneasy at the Oireachtas committee on social media this week, when Facebook and Twitter representatives were hauled before elected representatives to discuss online bullying …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Now they’ve come for the journalists

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“A few days ago, Nate Thayer, a reasonably distinguished 52-year-old journalist, received an email from an editor at the Atlantic. She had read an article he had written and wondered if she could publish a shortened version. He said sure and asked what they paid …” (more)

[Tom Streithorst, Prospect, 8 March]

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Australia’s academy faces day of reckoning over student loans

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

Australia“When the Australian government declined in January to implement recommended increases in teaching funding, or to permit the franchising of a university’s degrees, some observers perceived a growing nervousness about the cost of the country’s uncapped higher education system …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 7 March]

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Before you vote on Croke Park 2 …

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Croke Park 2 has caused a lot of discussion in the teaching community. The INTO, which represents Irish primary teachers have been hosting a number of meetings both face-to-face and online through their Facebook page …” (more)

[Anseo.net, 9 March]

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Drop in teaching college applications ‘unsurprising’ – Deputy Jonathan O’Brien

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has said that figures published by the CAO that show a significant reduction in the number of students choosing to become teachers is ‘unsurprising’ considering the way new entrants to the profession have been treated in recent years …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 9 March]

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Rabbitte ‘doesn’t anticipate’ long term public sector strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte says he doesn’t anticipate long term strike action by public sector workers over planned pay cuts under the new Croke Park deal …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 9 March]

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Why Don’t the French Speak English?

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2013 by steve

France“On March 2, Régis Roinsard took the stage at Greenwich Village’s IFC Center to talk about his directorial debut, Populaire, which had just delighted a group of French tourists and New York Francophiles …” (more)

[David Sessions, The Daily Beast, 9 March]

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DCU cites massive swing towards STEM subjects in CAO first preferences

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“DCU has reported a significant swing in the direction of STEM-based courses in terms of CAO first preference figures. The university said it attracted more than 4,000 first preference applications …” (more, video)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 9 March]

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TUI members in rally against Croke Park II

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Rank and file members of the Teachers Union of Ireland will gather in Dublin today in a show of solidarity against Croke Park II …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 9 March]

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In a time of crisis, why are academics so quiet?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

International“Let’s refer to the definition that Ignacio Ramonet provided in 2006 of what it is to be an intellectual, so that we can understand better why it is so difficult to find one in the Malian academic environment …” (more)

[Isaie Dougnon, University World News, 9 March]

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Student spending drops to 25-year low

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“The amount being spent per student by American public colleges and universities has fallen to its lowest level in at least 25 years, a result of state budget cuts that a new report warns are rapidly eroding the nation’s educational edge over its international competitors …” (more)

[Jon Marcus, University World News, 9 March]

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State control blamed for ‘slow death’ of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

India“Universities are ‘dying a slow and painful’ death in the face of utilitarian policies of the state and aggressive commercialisation of higher education, eminent educationists said last week at a seminar organised by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association …” (more)

[University World News, 9 March]

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Higher education hubs – Why do we want them?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

International“Significant planning and investment have been devoted to developing higher education hubs around the world, but the reasons that drive host countries to set up areas that can attract foreign branch campuses can be diverse, a global higher education conference heard this week …” (more)

[Katherine Forestier and Yojana Sharma, University World News, 8 March]

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Surge in demand for science courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“CAO points for science and technology courses are likely to jump again after application figures for college places this autumn showed another surge in demand for these courses …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Education investment key to securing our future

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Multinational companies always like to cite Ireland’s educated workforce as one of the reasons why they set up shop here …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 9 March]

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CAO race is on as students target courses linked to ‘new economy’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“College hopefuls are picking courses in science, technology, agriculture and business as they chase ‘new economy’ jobs, CAO figures reveal …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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Traditional music meets futuristic online teaching

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Video may have killed the radio star, but modern technology has just given traditional music a new lease of life. Gino Lupari, bodhrán player with Four Men and a Dog, is in his living room in Magherafelt, Co Derry, instrument in hand, drumming it into his student how to develop as a player …” (more)

[Martin Doyle, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Long strikes will follow rejection of Croke Park II, union warns

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“The largest public sector union has warned members that sustained industrial action is their only option if the Government imposes pay cuts …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 9 March]

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