The state of confusion around engagement, student-centred education and learning outcomes

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There seems to be a consensus that we have a problem with student engagement – or a lack of it. Anecdotes abound about poor attendance, a general lack of interest, rote learning, students looking at their phones and even sleeping during lectures, and students not bothering to read manuals in advance of laboratory classes. As I have shown in an earlier blog, the problem with engagement is not just anecdotal …” (more)

[Greg Foley, An Irish Blog about Education, 7 August]

Giant’s Causeway-inspired building for UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A New York-based firm of architects has been selected to develop a €48 million centre for creative design and new entrance at University College Dublin (UCD). Steven Holl Architects saw off competition from 98 teams from 28 countries with their design inspired by ‘the geometries of Giant’s Causeway’ …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Majority of students ‘do not think 12 pints makes a person unable to give consent’

Posted in Life, Research on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two-thirds of students do not think 28 standard drinks makes a person too drunk to give sexual consent, a study has found. As part of a number of investigations into sexual consent among third level students, researchers at NUI Galway carried out an online survey of 753 participants, who were shown two versions of a scenario in which two students go home together after a night out …” (more)

[Dean Ruxton, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Denialism on the Rocks: It Just Got a Lot Harder to Pretend that Predatory Publishing Doesn’t Matter

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2018 by steve

“If you don’t want predatory publishing to tarnish the open access (OA) movement, you basically have two choices: an easy but ineffective one, and a difficult but more effective one. The easy but ineffective strategy is to deny that predatory publishing is a real issue and try to stop people talking about it … ” (more)

[Rick Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 7 August]

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People with disability now more likely to go to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been significant growth in the number of students with disabilities, including those with a mental health condition or autism, going to third-level education. In 2016/17, 10% (4,482) of new entrants to college had a disability, compared with 6% in 2012/13 and 4% in 2007/08. The data has been collated by the Higher Education Authority for the mid-term review of the National Access Strategy 2015-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 August]

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Before Universities Demand More Autonomy, How About They Provide Quality Education?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week, almost 40 students received fee refunds after lodging complaints about the quality of the journalism programme at NUI Galway (NUIG). For many third-level students across the country, the problems cited – poor communication from co-ordinators, lack of work placements, little access to equipment – were no doubt all too familiar …” (more)

[University Times, 6 August]

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Purpose of new junior cycle assessment ‘largely unclear’

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An extra layer of assessment for junior cycle students, introduced purely to win the backing of teacher union leaders for controversial exam reforms, is causing difficulties. Both teachers and students are questioning what is known as the Assessment Task, and believe its purpose is ‘unclear’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 August]

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Either Trinity Knew What Fee Certainty Was, Or It Didn’t. Both Options Are Unfortunate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In March, when Take Back Trinity roiled the campus, College seemed to resolutely promise fee certainty to international and postgraduate students. Last week’s fiasco, which saw Trinity reverse course on a 5% fee increase for international students, therefore looks rather mystifying – even if, like us, you’ve become conditioned to expect rather elliptical decision-making from the College …” (more)

[University Times, 6 August]

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Most female students ‘face sexual hostility’, study finds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 70% of female students and 40% of male students experienced sexual hostility or crude gender harassment by the time they were finishing third-level education, a study by NUI Galway researchers has found. The same proportion of women (70%) and more than 60% of men surveyed also felt sex education at secondary school wasn’t satisfactory …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 August]

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