Teaching by Walking Around

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’m a lecturer but I wish I was called something else. I could use the term ‘academic’ but that seems like a word you use only within the academic environment, and, these days, the word ‘academic’ tends to be view as synonymous with ‘useless’ or ‘pointless’. The thing is, the job of a lecturer involves a lot more than lecturing …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 20 April]

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Predicting exam grades for Northern Ireland students is like playing God, says teacher

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2020 by steve

“Teachers have said being asked to predict their students’ grades is ‘fundamentally unfair’. Two local teachers were among those expressing concern after Stormont Education Minister Peter Weir announced that Covid-19 restrictions mean GCSE, AS and A-level tests will be replaced by a ‘calculated grade’ that takes into account homework and mock exams …” (more)

[Jessica Black and Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 20 April]

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O’Casey said: ‘Th’ time is rotten ripe for revolution’. Minister McHugh, now is the time to revolutionise the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For a large proportion of Leaving Certificate students the much-anticipated announcement from Education Minster Joe McHugh of the deferral of the exams due to Covid-19 perpetuated rather than assuaged fears. Students tuned in hoping for a considerate plan of action but were vastly disappointed …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 20 April]

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Time for clarity on Junior Cert plans

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I would like to commend Miriam Wiley for drawing attention to the fact that the needs of Junior Cert students are being not being served by the vague references to ‘school-based exams’ to replace the cancelled State examination (Letters, April 17th). I would like to point out, however, that her suggestion for the State Examination Commission (SEC) Junior Cert exam papers to be issued to schools is precisely what has been proposed to the teaching unions …” (more)

[Fionnuala English, Irish Times, 20 April]

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THE‘s WUR 3.0 is on the way

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2020 by steve

International“… Times Higher Education (THE) is talking about a 3.0 version of its World University Rankings to be announced at this year’s academic summit in Toronto and implemented in 2021, a timetable that may not survive the current virus crisis. I will discuss what is wrong with the rankings, what THE could do, and what it might do …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 19 April]

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Trinity Has Made Exam Blunders Before, But This Year’s Are Especially Damning

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students are currently preparing for an unprecedented exam period, with the traditional RDS setup upended and online and take-home assessments ushered in as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But in Trinity, it seems that the more things change, the more things stay dispiritingly the same …” (more)

[University Times, 19 April]

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