Thoughts on evidence based education

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Back in 2013, Ben Goldacre (he of Bad Science and Bad Pharma) started a campaign to make education more evidence-informed. His original talk can be found here. Many educators (teachers, lecturers etc), most of whom could be described as traditionalists, found Goldacre’s intervention compelling and the ResearchEd movement, now a global phenomenon, was born …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 22 May]

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Leaving Cert: ASTI agrees to engage with calculated grades process after indemnity row resolved

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has agreed to engage with the Leaving Cert calculated grades process after getting further clarification on the State indemnity. It clears the way for its members to start the process of providing estimated marks for their students, as an alternative to sitting written exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 May]

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On Grading, Appeals and the Class of 2020 (again)

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If there’s one thing that Irish Higher Education might be good for right now, it’s sharing ideas with our colleagues at second level on how best to take care of the rising Class of 2020. I have already written four posts aimed at that class and their families …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 22 May]

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English language schools appeal for Government support

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“English language schools are seeking support for the sector from the Government so they can plan a strategy to recover from the shutdown. They say there is no timeframe in the Covid-19 road map for when they can reopen …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 May]

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The Offices of the University

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Although we’re still in the middle of this year’s examination period at Maynooth University many of us are having to give considerable thought to how we might manage the forthcoming return to work that is being phased in. The next stage is due to begin on June 8th …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 May]

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Leaving Cert: ASTI says Minister ‘prematurely’ announced plans in hope teachers would ‘put up or shut up’

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Secondary teachers’ union ASTI has said the Minister for Education acted prematurely in issuing the guidelines for teachers in assessing predicted grades for this year’s Leaving Certificate. On Thursday, the union directed its members not to engage in the predictive grades process, saying plans to indemnify teachers against legal action were not strong enough and could potentially lead to personal liabilities for second-level teachers …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Leaving Cert: State indemnity row rumbles on amid claim teachers could be liable for costs of legal action

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Efforts continuing to resolve the row over State indemnity for Leaving Cert grading process, as a union claims that teachers could be caught for up to one third of the costs of an action by a student. The row has arisen over the strength of the legal protection for teachers in the event of a challenge against a grade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 May]

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Untrumpable UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Though TCD probably has it on the Nobels, UCD must have edged ahead on the certified Saints with John Henry Newman’s canonization last October. We famously decided not to send a representative to our founder’s big day in Rome, before changing our mind after the snub broke in the national media. Even seasoned observers of the Belfield Beagle’s proofing lapses would have been surprised by this particular PR disaster …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 22 May]

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Public sector jobs a draw for working professionals but of less interest to students

Posted in Research on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Professionals are more likely to consider a job in the public sector than students. That is according to new research by e-recruitment platform IrishJobs.ie, in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 May]

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Leaving Cert plan in doubt as teachers’ union tells members not to co-operate

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans to award thousands of Leaving Cert students predicted grades have been thrown into doubt after the country’s biggest secondary teachers’union directed members not to engage with the process. The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said plans to indemnify teachers against legal action were not strong enough and could potentially lead to personal liabilities for second level teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 May]

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How to Cope With Covid-19 Burnout

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“This week: I share the story of a faculty member who lived through burnout, and what it taught her about how to cope; I tell you how some colleges are planning for fall teaching; I point you to remote-teaching related stories you may have missed …” (more)

[Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 May]

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Limerick university students wait for refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has urged the University of Limerick (UL) to ‘get their finger’ out over the refunding of rents to students. It comes after it emerged that Education Minister Joe McHugh took it upon himself to contact the college’s chancellor, Mary Harney to discuss the matter …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 21 May]

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Economy Minister casts doubt over Magee Medical School 2021 opening

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Plans for a Magee Medical School opening next year have been cast into doubt after the Economy Minister told a committee meeting that ‘significant work’ is required and questioned Ulster University’s financial stability …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 21 May]

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Why One Former Campus Leader Thinks College Rankings Should Stop During the Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus has underscored inequities in American society, including among college students. When campuses first began emptying in early March, low-income and first-generation students were more likely to have lost critical sources of food and shelter. When courses moved online, a strong Wi-Fi connection and quiet place to focus were harder to come by …” (more)

[Francie Diep, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 May]

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ASTI: Legal protection currently being offered to teachers ‘falls short of what is required’

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest second-level teaching union has advised its members not to begin marking Leaving Cert students as it believes the legal protection currently being offered to teachers is unacceptable …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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Higher Education requires ‘Tier One’ category for resources and engagement

Posted in Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week Cambridge University in the UK announced that all its courses will be delivered online for the next academic year. The decision followed immediately on a warning from England’s university regulator, the Office of Students, on the need for ‘absolute clarity’ for students making academic plans …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, IFUT, 21 May]

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Remote learning will be deployed at IT Sligo next year

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of IT Sligo, Brendan McCormack has warned of a changed landscape and novel challenges for third level student in the new academic year. Fears had been expressed this week that many students will find it difficult to return to third level education due to the financial consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 May]

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Magee Medical School timeline

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The Magee campus story dates back over 150 years with a campaign to establish it as Northern Ireland’s second university beginning in the 1960s. Since then various groups have fought for a meaningful expansion of the Derry campus …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 21 May]

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announces publication of guidance for schools on Calculated Grades

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (21 May 2020) announced the publication of detailed guidance on the new system of Calculated Grades for this year’s Leaving Certificate. The document is being sent to all post-primary schools today, to provide teachers and principals with information on the process of estimating marks for students to receive Calculated Grades …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 May]

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