Postgrads Face Severe Detriment From Pandemic – But No Compensation From UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last month, over 1,100 University College Dublin (UCD) students signed a petition calling for a partial refund of their fees for the 2019/2020 academic term. Two-thirds of the petitioners are postgraduate students, and just over half are doing a one-year masters degree. UCD currently refuses to grant refunds to any students …” (more)

[Meadhbh Park and Blathnaid Corless, College Tribune, 9 June]

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Stricter plagiarism standards for online exams circulated to staff after end of assessment period

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A College memo advising staff on standards for plagiarism in open-book examinations, when compared to traditional live examinations, was circulated to academic staff only after the end of the assessment period, Trinity News has learned. The memo, which offers guidelines on marking exams that took place remotely due to College’s closure amid the Covid-19 pandemic, was not circulated to students …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 9 June]

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Lecturers – we are no longer in charge of the classroom?

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The transition from classroom to on-line lectures has been smooth for some lecturers, and difficult for others. Not all subjects lend themselves to the on-line environment, and as Éanna Ó Caollaí writes about ‘Coronavirus and the “new norm” at third level’ in today’s Irish Times: ‘shoe-horning course content online in response to a crisis might work as a stop-gap but it is not considered to be best practice when it comes to online education …'” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 June]

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Confessions of a UCD Birdwatcher

Posted in Life on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If bad things happened in your academic life, especially if they made a habit of it, what would you do? If it was less a question of things going wrong than of things not being sufficiently right for you to do your best work, then you might retreat …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 9 June]

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Can student life survive online?

Posted in Life on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Studying and learning is moving online. But third level is about so much more than academia: it’s about getting involved, joining clubs and societies, having new experiences, making new friends and making mistakes. If the Covid-19 crisis continues well into the next academic year, will students – particularly incoming first years – miss out on that formative college experience? …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 9 June]

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We are failing young people if we can’t teach them common decency

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As a member of faculty at University College Cork, I take great pride in my institution’s rich contribution to the social, cultural and architectural fabric of Cork city. This is due, in part, to the location of the UCC campus, right on the edge of our city’s centre …” (more)

[James O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Third-level teaching plans for autumn

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Campuses were among the first to close. Some third levels already had a basic infrastructure for online learning. For many others, it meant a massive and quick adjustment to online delivery while still helping worried and distressed students whose life had been pulled out from under them …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 9 June]

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No, the future of higher education is not online

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

“The future of Higher Education is not online. In a post-Covid-19 world, that statement seems a little counter-intuitive, but it’s true. The future is not ‘online’, it is not ‘remote’, and it is not ‘distance. Just as modern work has moved past telecommuting and remote working, so teaching and learning will need to move past a millennium mindset of remote, online, and distance …” (more)

[Simon Harper, Wonkhe, 8 June]

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Colleges face crisis as funding in freefall

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Before the pandemic, colleges and universities were creaking due to a decade of underfunding. Now, with vital income from international students, commercial revenues and student accommodation drying up because of Covid-19, that creaking has transformed into a full-blown alarm …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Coronavirus and the ‘new norm’ at third level

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The threat posed to public health by the coronavirus pandemic has led to universities across the globe having to address how they can continue teaching while keeping their staff and students safe. While non-essential businesses had to close their doors to the public in the space of just a few weeks in March, almost all teaching activity at Ireland’s universities and colleges had to rapidly migrate online …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Lectures expected to resume at GMIT on September 28th

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lectures are expected to resume for all GMIT students on the 28th of September. That’s according to the college’s President Orla Flynn, who says students will receive a detailed communication about the planned reopening procedures in the next 10 days …” (more)

[Galway Bay, 8 June]

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Delivering a ‘Top Quality University For The South East’ Remains WIT’s Priority

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has retained its focus on delivering a regional Technological University, irrespective of other developments in the third level sector. Speaking to the Waterford News and Star, WIT’s Vice President for Strategy Dr Richard Hayes said that ‘work between WIT and IT Carlow is ongoing …'” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 7 June]

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Where to begin when it comes to teaching a course online

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The starting point for instructors looking to move their programmes online should be to seek professional help. Most universities will have a Department for Online and Distance Learning and they will have the expertise required to help instructors understand what exactly online delivery will entail …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 9 June]

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