Reviewing the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Plans are under way to revise the Leaving Cert. There’s no harm in that – it does need to be looked at. Reform and renewal is good in many walks of life. But the LC needs to be looked at in the context of the fact it is, and is likely to remain, the de facto entrance exam for college …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 8 November]

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Lectures and Lava Lamps

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teaching at Maynooth University has resumed after the Study Break, and yesterday I gave my first lecture on Astrophysics & Cosmology after a gap of a week. I still haven’t got onto the Cosmology bit yet, but am most of the way through a set of half-a-dozen lectures or so on stellar structure and evolution …” (more)

[In The Dark, 7 November]


Students Uncertain about Tutorial Quality

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over the past number of weeks, the Tribune has conducted an investigation into Tutorial practices within the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences in UCD. The aim of this investigation has been to gain testimony from tutors regarding the tutorial process, and to gauge undergraduate students’ opinions on the status quo …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 November]

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The trouble with quality reviews

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU has just undergone an institutional quality review and that’s fine. I’m all in favour of accountability. But I do have a serious problem with the whole issue of quality and it has caused me to have a disagreement or two over the years with external examiners …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 2 November]

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Consultation on Strategy for National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Posted in Teaching on November 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National Forum has begun a consultation on its 2019-2021 Strategy. The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2018. The National Forum is currently developing its strategy to the end of 2021. This strategy will inform teaching and learning policy and practice in the years to come. This means, if you are reading this, it is likely to impact directly upon your work or studies …” (more)

[IUA, 2 November]


College Records a Significant Increase in Plagiarism

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity recorded a significant increase in the number of students reported for plagiarism between 2015/16 and 2016/17, The University Times has learned. The increase, which was reported to University Council by former Senior Lecturer Dr Gillian Martin, was attributed to the implementation by the College of a plagiarism policy in 2015 …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 2 November]

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Reading Week

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s Friday of Reading Week – this year it is the 7th week and falls exactly half-way in the semester. Time to catch-up? Take a break? Do research? Plan for the remaining 6 weeks? Try something new? There’s lots of things I could do during this time – so what did I use this break in the semester for? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 2 November]


‘Hologram’ lecturers to teach students at Imperial College London

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

“University classes are set to be given a futuristic spin by letting lecturers appear as hologram-like apparitions beamed in from afar. Imperial College London will show off the technology at a special event later on Thursday before deploying it more widely …” (more)

[BBC News, 1 November]


Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and appeal outcomes to be released earlier following UCD student’s landmark High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The release of Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and the outcomes of appeals are being brought forward next year. A major overhaul of the timetable comes in the wake of the recent High Court case …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 November]

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Ministers announce significant changes to process of Leaving Certificate examination appeals and entry to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 November]

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Analysis: Irish Survey of Student Engagement 2017

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The results for student-faculty engagement have further improved in 2017, according to the Irish Survey of Student Engagement, and could have stemmed from greater focus on specific aspects of the student experience. One quarter of STEM students report that their coursework emphasized applying facts, theories or methods to practical problems or new situations …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 31 October]


Erasmus diaries: The difference between Irish and German universities

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the mid–term essays coming up, college life is actually getting serious now, and so does today’s column. I bet you feel the same. Today I want to talk to you about the difference between Irish and German universities (or specifically my university of Bonn) …” (more)

[Anne Rieger, SIN, 26 October]

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Lack of funding for sexual consent classes in Trinity, Oireachtas committee told

Posted in Teaching on October 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It may not be possible to extend classes on sexual consent to all students at Trinity College Dublin due to a lack of funding, an Oireachtas committee was told on Tuesday. Trinity College Dublin students’ union has run consent workshops for students living in Trinity Hall college accommodation based in Rathmines, and these saw 90% attendance rates last year …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Sexual consent classes at Irish universities to be examined

Posted in Teaching on October 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee is examining the effectiveness, timeliness and certification of sexual consent classes at Ireland’s universities. The Joint Committee on Education and Skills is looking at whether third-level of education is the right time to introduce these classes – or whether this needs to happen more at secondary level …” (more)

[Jack Quann, NewsTalk, 23 October]

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ResearchEd coming to Dublin

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Founded by Tom Bennett, author of the excellent ‘Teacher Proof’ (among other things), ResearchEd is a ‘a grass-roots, teacher-led project that aims to make teachers research-literate and pseudo-science proof. Since 2013 ResearchED has grown from a tweet to an international conference movement that so far has spanned three continents and six countries’ …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 22 October]


Surge in college consent classes take-up

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Attendances at sexual consent workshops at universities has ‘skyrocketed’ this year following a number of high-profile cases. In some colleges, the number of students signing up for the training courses has jumped 600% …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan, Irish Examiner, 22 October]

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A Week of Shouting About the Third-Level Sector’s Disarray

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Not so long ago, talking out loud about the decline of Ireland’s higher education sector was considered somewhat aberrant behaviour. As Tom Boland, the then-CEO of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), told the Royal Irish Academy in 2015, Ireland could not risk the reputational damage of stakeholders ‘shouting from the rooftops’ about the impact of the funding crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 22 October]

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The A&F hazing incidents proves why all colleges should have consent classes

Posted in Teaching on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half naked students performing mock sex acts, some stripping down to their jocks, others breaking up with their other halves over the phone. This was an actual, real-life initiation procedure to get into the Accounting and Finance Society (A&F) at DCU for the 2018/19 academic year …” (more)

[, 20 October]

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Students turning to grind schools due to teacher shortage ‘crisis’

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A shortage of qualified teachers is forcing students to turn to grind schools in greater numbers, deepening the divide between the haves and have-nots in society, school principals say. Mary Keane, president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, says a ‘staffing crisis’ means many schools have opened this year without a full complement of qualified staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]


Tough on essay mills, Tough on the causes of essay mills

Posted in Teaching on October 17th, 2018 by steve

“A campaign to outlaw essay mills in the UK has been running for a few months and 17 October marks the international day of action against contract cheating …” (more)

[Fanni Zombor, Wonkhe, 16 October]

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