A Technological University is Born

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… So what can we learn from this new Government initiative. The first lesson is that this was not a red-letter day, in fact it is far from it. On a basic level this is clear to all as the leaked announcement in the Irish papers earlier this week merited only the equivalent of 5 to 6 column inches and the item got approximately 2 minutes on the RTÉ Six O’Clock News yesterday …” (more)

[Foreseeing Academicals, 17 July]

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Metadata 2020: a community collaboration to advance metadata for scholarly communications

Posted in Research on August 8th, 2018 by steve

“Metadata 2020 is a collaboration of scholarly communications stakeholders working towards richer, connected, reusable, and open metadata for all research outputs. Clare Dean explains what the collaboration’s goals are, what common problems and opportunities for progress have already been identified, and how these are being addressed by six main projects. These include improved communications with researchers on the importance and uses of metadata, more clearly defined and better understood terminologies around metadata, and the sharing of best practices, principles, and guidelines …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 8 August]

Sexual consent workshops for students should be compulsory after ‘troubling’ report – Minister

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent workshops may become mandatory for students in all third-level colleges in the wake of new research on sex-related attitudes and behaviours on campus. Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she thought it was time to make them compulsory, describing as ‘troubling’ findings from a study by NUI Galway …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 August]

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Ireland’s first Black Studies module to launch in UCD

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is introducing a new ‘Black Studies and Critical Race Perspectives in Education’ module, marking the first module of its kind at third level in Ireland. The module intends to explore the experiences of people of black African descent and examine their history, contributions to Africa and the wider world, social movements, and contemporary forms of Blackness …” (more)

[Alison Traynor, Trinity News, 7 August]


Leaving Cert not preparing students for university, DCU study finds

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university study has found Leaving Cert students feel poorly qualified to identify sources of information in the era of fake news. The survey of 304 first year students in Dublin City University (DCU) found nearly two-thirds did not feel the Leaving Cert taught them how to think independently or identify sources of information …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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