What have VLEs done to Universities?

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2020 by steve

“The distinction between genotype and phenotype is useful in thinking about organisational change. Given that an institution is a kind of organism, it is the distinction between those behaviours that emerge in its interactions with its environment, and the extent to which these behavioural changes become hard-wired into its nature and identity …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 14 January]

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Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s high time for the first update about the famous Maynooth University Library Cat for 2020. I gave him some breakfast on the way in to work yesterday morning, before Storm Brendan arrived. He scoffed it rapidly, even though I strongly suspect I wasn’t the first person to give him food! …” (more)

[In the Dark, 14 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor chairs NUI Galway seminar on universities driving transformational change

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (13 January 2019) chaired a seminar hosted by NUI Galway to highlight the role of higher education in driving the national agenda on regional development and transformational change. Universities play a pivotal role in achieving national strategic priorities and underpin Ireland’s future economic and social sustainability …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 January]

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UCD secures €3m in funding to establish Innovation Hub at Lyons Farm

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NovaUCD (UCD Nova DAC), the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD), has been awarded €3 million in funding to develop an AgTech Connector Innovation Hub at the UCD Lyons Farm in Co Kildare …” (more)

[Independent, 13 January]

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For the humanities to play a stronger role in public policy making, they must move from individual to institutional engagement

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2020 by steve

“What should society expect from the humanities? This question has become pressing in the debate around interdisciplinary research in support of public policy that aims to tackle societal issues. To influence that policy effectively, argues Frans Brom, the humanities must transcend individualism. This would mean not only abandoning ‘outsider’ perspectives focusing solely on criticism of power through individual political action, but also setting up institutions to pursue systematic dialogue with policymakers and the other sciences and to develop the expertise needed to conduct those conversations …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 13 January]

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University of Limerick to double up on rented rooms on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick hopes to offer additional and cheaper on campus accommodation to students by giving them the option of doubling up in rented rooms. UL said the introduction of twin rooms will add 630 extra beds to its existing on-campus offering in time for the new academic year this coming September …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 13 January]

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Why I Won’t Let My Classes Be Recorded

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2020 by steve

“In early January, I received an email message from an audio-visual coordinator at the UCLA School of Law asking whether I wanted my spring-semester class to be recorded. More specifically, the message informed me that all class sessions are recorded by default unless the instructor opts out. I responded, as I have to similar messages in previous years, with a request not to record my class …” (more)

[John Villasenor, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 January]

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