Third level gears up for blended learning

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As prospective students finalise their CAO choices and social restrictions introduced to disrupt the coronavirus pandemic are eased, what should this year’s crop of first year undergraduates expect when they start college in September? …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Coronavirus fallout means universities look to online delivery

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As restrictions aimed at curtailing the spread of Covid-19 are likely to continue for several months, life for many students starting third level is likely to be very different this year than previously. Flexibility will be key in the coming months as most college settings don’t support spatial separation and will have adopted special measures to ensure syllabus delivery …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Minister McHugh announces online registration for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades opens on Tuesday 26 May

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“­All Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students should register now on gov.ie/leavingcertificate. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Monday 25 May 2020) announced that the new online Calculated Grades Student Portal will open for registration to Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students tomorrow Tuesday 26 May …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 May]

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A question of loyalty

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Let’s suppose your institution is promoting ideas that you believe are potentially damaging. What should you do? It’s a tricky question, especially if you have a certain degree of attachment to your institution, as I have …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 25 May]

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Student Accommodation Will Be Radically Different Next Term

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As colleges plan ahead to the 2020/2021 academic year, it is looking increasingly likely that the conventional university teaching methods will not be able to take place when college begins again later this year. While this will impact all students, it causes a particular worry for students who normally are now finalising plans for student accommodation for the next academic year …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 25 May]

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There’s absolutely no anonymity in this year’s Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“And we’re off! The Covid-19 Leaving Certificate is under way and “guidelines” were our starting gun. There literally wasn’t time to finish reading them before one of the teacher unions asked its members to exercise caution before engaging with them …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 May]

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Equity and the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Covid pandemic seems to have encouraged many people to think about equity in education – for obvious reasons. And, as one would expect, the Leaving Cert and the industry that has been built up around it are blamed for the inequities that undoubtedly exist …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 24 May]

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Leaving Cert ‘not as fair as we might think,’ says Professor calling for ‘re-think’ on exams

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert is not as fair as people think, according to a UCD Professor and former teacher. Covid-19 has meant for the first time the written exams have been cancelled and replaced with predictive grades, which will be given by teachers …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 24 May]

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Universities are pressing the self-destruct button

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

“Online lectures and virtual years abroad will only make prospective students wonder why they should attend at all …” (more)

[Joanna Williams, spiked, 25 May]

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Teachers enter uncharted territory in grading Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on May 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The white-knuckle ride that is the Leaving Cert for the class of 2020 continues apace. The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI)’s direction to members on Thursday evening not to engage in awarding students calculated grades had plunged the ‘Plan B’ for the examinations into fresh uncertainty …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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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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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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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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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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