More university students are using tech to cheat in exams

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2017 by steve

“A growing number of UK university students are cheating in exams with the help of technological devices such as mobile phones, smart watches and hidden earpieces. Data obtained by the Guardian through freedom of information requests found a 42% rise in cheating cases involving technology over the last four years – from 148 in 2012 to 210 in 2016 …” (more)

[Sarah Marsh, Guardian, 10 April]

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Rather than simply moving from ‘paying to read’ to ‘paying to publish’, it’s time for a European Open Access Platform

Posted in Research on April 10th, 2017 by steve

“Open access is here to stay. Massive support from academic institutions and research funders makes it the likeliest future scenario for scholarly publications, leaving only the question of how the transition is made. Benedikt Fecher, Sascha Friesike, Isabella Peters and Gert G Wagner argue that current policy efforts do not go far enough …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 10 April]

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Evaluating Teaching

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2017 by steve

“The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) put out an interesting little piece the week before last summarizing the problems with student evaluations of teaching. It contains reasonable summary of the literature and I thought some of it would be worth looking at here …” (more)

[HESA, 10 April]

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How to strangle an export industry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit, now that is is really happening, is going to cause a major strain on this country. In that context, and accepting that we don’t want to steal their boots while the body is still warm, it behooves Ireland to take every opportunity presented to take business from the UK …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 April]

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Unions Express Concern Over Long-Term Impact of Academic Promotions Reform

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed concern over the long-term impact of an academic promotions system based on the College’s financial position. Last week, The University Times revealed that the promotion of academic staff in Trinity will in future be determined by what College can afford…” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 April]

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An Ireland Without Independent Students’ Unions Would be a Poorer, Less Liberal Place

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The student movement can take credit for a lot of things. It was the student vote that helped push marriage equality through in 2015. Last October, it was students who marched to Leinster House calling for publicly funded education – united in their thousands by one clear aim, bussed across the country by their respective students’ unions …” (more)

[University Times, 9 April]

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Thousands protest in Hungary over threat to Soros university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2017 by steve

“Tens of thousands of people have protested in Budapest against legislation that could force the Central European University, founded by the financier George Soros, to move out of Hungary …” (more)

[Guardian, 9 April]

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