Not having a second language hurts job opportunities, experts warn

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concerns are being raised that job-hunters don’t have a second language. Jobs.ie says it is proving a challenge for recruiters and it is warning of a potential skill shortage. It says companies are looking for workers who speak German, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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What should universities do about organised cheating?

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2019 by steve

International“Every so often the world of higher education is swept by a big panic about systemic and widespread cheating. The latest instance is concern about contract cheating or essay mills that provide bespoke essays or papers for students …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 16 September]

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Open access to teaching material – how far have we come?

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2019 by steve

International“One of the foundational aims of the open access movement, set out in the Budapest Open Access Initiative, was to provide access to research not only to scholars, but to ‘teachers, students and other curious minds’ and in so doing ‘enrich education’. However almost two decades on from the declaration access to the research literature for educational purposes remains limited …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gadd, Jane Secker and Chris Morrison, LSE Impact Blog, 16 September]

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Bite-sized Lessons – A Message for Third-Level?

Posted in Teaching on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An interesting ad popped on my Facebook feed this morning – it was from Babbel.com who were advertising bite-sized language lessons that last 10-15 minutes, with the tag line ‘you’ll always find time for them’. I like the sound of such short lessons, my own YouTube Channel contains short ‘How To …’ videos of about 5-10 minutes length – this seems to work well for casual learners …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 12 September]

New consent campaign launched across Cork colleges

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new consent campaign, targeted towards students, has been launched in Cork city this week. The campaign has been initiated in response to a spike last September in the cases of rape reported to the the Cork Sexual Violence Centre (CSVC) by students during colleges’ Fresher’s weeks …” (more)

[Alfie Fletcher, Trinity News, 10 September]

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‘Ban all watches from exams to stop cheating’

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2019 by steve

“All watches should be banned from exam halls to discourage cheating, says an inquiry into the extent of malpractice in exams taken by pupils across the UK. Smart watches, connected to the internet, are already banned from use by students taking public exams …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 10 September]

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Will AI replace university lecturers? Not if we make it clear why humans matter

Posted in Teaching on September 6th, 2019 by steve

“Many UK universities are struggling financially, but there’s one option that is rarely discussed: replacing lecturers with artificial intelligence (AI) machines …” (more)

[Mark Haw, Guardian, 6 September]

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Moving away from points system may not level the playing field

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In her recent column, Joanna Siewierska, president of UCD students’ union, makes many good points but two points in particular deserve comment (‘Time to change our unfair CAO points system’, Education Opinion, September 3rd) …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 5 September]

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UCC to hold workshops for LGBT+ students focusing on coming out in college

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“New workshops for LGBT+ students, focusing on coming out in college, are to take place as part of Freshers Week this year at University College Cork (UCC) for the first time ever. The two new facility-led workshops will be held for first-year LGBT+ students Saturday, September 7 during UCC orientation …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 2 September]

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DCU Should Be Fighting To End Unpaid Internships, Not Encouraging Them

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An annual Irish League of Credit Unions survey published on August 19 revealed some dismaying statistics on the financial struggles of third-level students in Ireland. While 74% of students having to work during the college term to cope with costs is generally manageable, 55% of students say they often skip lectures in favour of paid work …” (more)

[Lucien Waugh-Daly, The College View, 1 September]

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The annual timetable debacle is an embarrassment to Trinity

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is not an unreasonable request that students be informed what classes they are taking, where those classes will be held, and what times they will be required to attend the classes. Students have always needed to know this information, right back through the four centuries of Trinity’s existence. College knows, with every approaching September, that it is necessary to publish the timetables for each course before the semester begins …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 25 August]

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Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of the criticisms of mainstream education is that it often doesn’t cater for the ‘fact’ that students have different ‘intelligences’ or that they have preferred ‘learning styles’. When we think about intelligence the first thing that is likely to cross our mind is IQ. The existence of metrics like IQ presume that there is a single attribute that people have that determines their overall cognitive ability …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 15 August]

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Girls outperform boys in most Leaving Cert subjects at higher level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Girls have once again outperformed boys in a majority of higher level subjects in this year’s Leaving Cert. A gender breakdown of the results shows girls secured a higher proportion of top grades – H1s, H2s and H3s, or 70-100% – across most subjects …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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‘Reform Leaving Cert to bring it into 21st century’ – Ibec says radical overhaul of senior cycle needed to prepare students better for future world of work

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert must be made more relevant for the 21st century, according to employers. As up to 59,000 students from the class of 2019 received their results, the employers’ group Ibec said reform of senior cycle and careers guidance was necessary to better prepare students for the future world of work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Evie Kearney, Independent, 14 August]

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Grade inflation is soaring: Are degrees losing all meaning?

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“First-class honours and 2.1 grades have increased significantly in most Irish universities, institutes of technology and colleges over the last ten years, an analysis by Noteworthy.ie has found. The upward trend has led academics and recruiters to warn that third-level degrees are becoming ubiquitous, with employers struggling to differentiate one first-class honours or 2.1 degree from another in their search for top talent, and extracurricular activities and work experience becoming increasingly important for students …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 August]

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Does the Leaving prepare students for third level

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I’m sure I’ve written about his before but I’m returning to it today because is has come up on social media today. Here’s the context: many academics bemoan the ‘fact’ that students arrive in college unprepared for the challenges that await them. By all accounts, incoming students cannot think critically and they rely way too much on rote learning …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 13 August]

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The Leaving Cert and anti-intellectualism

Posted in Teaching on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In Ireland, this is the day when every punter who has ever been to school and thinks they know a thing or two about education, appears out of the woodwork to give their tuppence worth on the Leaving Cert. I hate it but I can’t stop myself getting involved in pointless debates on Twitter …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 13 August]

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Six take-away points from this year’s Leaving Cert results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland1. More performing well in higher level papers. The most significant trend evident in this year’s results is a steady increase in the numbers taking higher level papers and performing well in them. This trend is evident across a wide range of subjects, particularly in the core subjects of Irish, English and maths …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 13 August]

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University of Limerick to host workshops on sexual consent

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to host a sexual consent workshop this week. Last year UL ran 48 consent workshops, primarily delivered by student life officers at the university …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 12 August]

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Exemption from Irish to be made easier, education sources say

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pupils will be able to secure exemptions from the study of Irish without requiring psychologists’ reports under new changes being introduced from the start of the school year. It follows a Department of Education review which found evidence that the system was being ‘gamed’, with psychologists being placed under pressure by parents to give exemptions to students who did not qualify for the opt-out …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 August]

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