Alternatives to Lectures?

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s probably fair to say that the act of lecturing has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. The purpose of a lecture was to chart a course through a subject for students, transmitting key points of knowledge, explaining difficult concepts, getting students to question, schooling them in the ways of experts in the discipline in question. For lectures to be effective students had to listen hard and they had to take notes …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 3 December]

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Is Higher Education a waste of time and money?

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In advance of the debate at the OEB Conference in Berlin next Thursday I am posting this blog for feedback. If you’ve any questions or comments I could use for the panel or for Bryan Caplan who will be there, please do post them …” (more)

[Well I wouldn’t start from here anyway!, 2 December]

Staff unpaid as fears rise over college’s fate

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 28 staff at a language school have not been paid amid fears it has closed down. The union representing some of the teachers at Grafton College in Portobello, Dublin appealed to the Department of Education to step in and ‘not to wash its hands of this’ just weeks before Christmas …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 3 December]

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Smurfit School climbs in European business table

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School has climbed one place to 23rd in the 2018 ‘Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings. The standings measure a school’s quality and range of programmes across a number of courses, including Master of business administration (MBA) and Master in management …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 3 December]

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Interesting Times for Times Higher?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

International“Changes may be coming for the ‘universities Bible’, aka Times Higher Education, and its rankings, events, consultancies and so on. It seems that TES Global is selling off its very lucrative cash cow and that, in addition to private equity firms, the RELX group which owns Scopus and Clarivate Analytics are in a bidding war …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 November]

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IMI makes FT’s business school rankings for the first time

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute has entered the Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings for the first time, becoming the highest new European entrant in this year’s list. The IMI, which merged with University College Cork in 2016, was ranked in 76th place out of 95 in Europe, in what is seen as a ‘ranking of rankings’ that measures the quality and breadth of programmes at various business schools …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 November]

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How Exactly Did Trinity’s Campus Fall Into Such Disrepair?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Changes abound, it would seem, on Trinity’s historic campus, with the wide-ranging recommendations of the College’s Estates Strategy. The report includes an explicit directive asserting that ‘if the University is to be more competitive over the longer term, there needs to be a paradigm shift in the approach to managing and investing in the estate’ …” (more)

[University Times, 2 November]

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Thoughts on student-centred learning

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There’s this idea in modern education and it’s referred to as ‘student-centred learning’. Now, most reasonable people would think that education is, and always has been, a student-centred activity. I mean, what else could it be? …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 29 November]