What medieval cosmology tells us about the value of Arts and Humanities in universities

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“Here is a really interesting post on medieval cosmology: Cosmology: Unearthing a 13th-century metaverse | The Economist, which shows that really, the two sides of modern universities can’t work in isolation …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 April]

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Unpaid Internship Circulated by TCD Law School Cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“An unpaid work placement in Newport Pharmaceuticals Ltd advertised by the Trinity Law School has been cancelled following requests for information from The University Times …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 30 April]

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Students and Units

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“Ploughing through more lab reports today, I find myself going from frustration to anger to bafflement. Why do students so consistently omit units when they draw their graphs? …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 April]

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University teachers concerned about DCU merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“DCU’s merging process with Mater Dei and St Patrick’s College has taken a hit after the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) expressed their concerns about the plans …” (more)

[Michael Shiels McNamee, The College View, 30 April]

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English language use ‘most significant internationalisation trend for HE’

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2014 by steve

International“The use of English as the language of instruction is a ‘galloping phenomenon’ across the world, according to a report …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 30 April]

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Ministers Bruton and Sherlock announce funding of €47million for scientific research

Posted in Research on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock TD today announced €47 million in funding for pioneering research initiatives …” (more)

[SFI, 30 April]

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‘Higher’

Posted in Life on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“A radio comedy drama set in the crazy world of a ‘pile ’em high university’. The episodes are set in the chaos of Karen Poynter’s Geography Department at Hayborough University – ranked 132nd in the academic league table, where, if you have a pulse, you can have a degree …” (more)

[HT: Áine Ryall]
[Radio 4 Comedy Drama – British Comedy Guide, April 2014]

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The internationalisation of academic publishing points to distinctly different audiences for scholarly books

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“The rise of internationalisation has been a prime focus of bibliometric research for years. Most of the studies so far have analysed the increasing occurrence of multi-national co-authorships of journal articles …” (more)

[Frederik Verleysen and Tim Engels, Impact of Social Sciences, 29 April]

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Flipped learning skepticism: Is flipped learning just self-teaching?

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“I had to take a bit of a hiatus for the last two weeks to finish up the semester and to give and grade exams. Now that this is over, I wanted to come back and address some of the comments in these two posts …” (more)

[Robert Talbert, Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 April]

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Lack of graduates entering construction ‘threatening sector’s recovery’

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“There is a warning from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland that a lack of graduates in the construction sector could threaten the housing recovery. The society has published a new report which shows that, even with modest economic growth, more than 1,100 posts will be created …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 April]

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Wise counsel

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“I may have been a very insensitive person back in the 1970s when I was a student, but I have to say honestly that I cannot remember any of my fellow students suffering any form of psychological distress …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 April]

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Junior cycle reform is a chance to give meaningful lessons in history

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“Junior-cycle reform remains a contentious topic. For many history teachers it represents a threat to the subject they love. Some have voiced concerns about the removal of history as a core subject, suggesting students will be left without a sense of the story of our past and a means to put current social and political events into context …” (more)

[Danielle O’Donovan, Irish Times, 29 April]

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The education system was designed for the last century

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“The 21st-century challenge is to prepare all our children to assume a meaningful place in a high-knowledge economy and society. Our main engine of development, the public education system, was geared in the 20th century towards a different job …” (more)

[Cliona Hannon, Irish Times, 29 April]

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The Minister, the teachers and maths

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – ‘Correlation is not causation’ was the first important principle of good research we learned in college. Thus, to associate the taking of ordinary level maths at leaving certificate with poor outcomes in primary school is not just offensive, it’s ridiculous …” (more)

[Anne McCluskey, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Hands up all those who support the teachers

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2014 by steve

“The weather has been so good recently you’d almost think the Leaving Certificate came early. And at the latest teachers’ conferences, there were plenty of high points …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 28 April]

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The Continued Oppression of Women at Oxford

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2014 by steve

“As the advance of women through academia continues there are a few stubborn pockets of non-compliance. It appears that one is Oxford, where in some schools men are more likely to get first class degrees than women …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 27 April]

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Can we really measure research supervisory quality?

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2014 by steve

“Research metrics are fraught with danger. Usually they are dangerous when they are abused. We can measure the citation history of a paper but that tells us little beyond its citation history …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 26 April]

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Plagiarism: Detection, Prevention, Monitoring

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on April 26th, 2014 by steve

“I attended the National Forum for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning seminar on plagiarism organised by Kevin O’Rourke at DIT’s Learning Teaching and Technology Centre. The meeting was interesting as it covered three aspects of plagiarism …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 25 April]

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The Minister and the teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – I wish to support general secretary Pat King’s condemnation of a minority group at the ASTI convention who barracked, heckled and abused Mr Quinn throughout his speech …” (more)

[Colette Phillips, Irish Times, 26 April]

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The perils of REF ‘irradiation’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2014 by steve

“Academics have internalised research assessment to such a degree that the effects may be irreversible, fears Thomas Harrison …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 24 April]