University of Limerick records may need to be independently examined

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on February 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fears that thousands of students at the University of Limerick possibly received ‘understated’ degrees may need to be independently examined, members of the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) believe …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 2 February]

Tags: , , ,

Irish education system needs ‘to wake up fast’ to cope with future AI workplace – leading futurist

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A top industry futurist has said that Ireland Inc and third level colleges here are ‘nowhere near ready’ to cope with the digital revolution of business. George Muir has spoken at conferences across Europe, Australia and the US on the future of the workplace, artificial intelligence (AI) ethics and how AI will impact our professional lives in the future …” (more)

[Louise Kelly, Independent, 1 February]

Tags:

Acrimony and Unanswered Questions, at TEP Open Forum

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College officials were met with resentment and uncomfortable questions this evening, as students made plain their unhappiness about the Trinity Education Project at a bad-tempered open forum run by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 30 January]

Tags: ,

Lords approves two-year degree course plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 30th, 2019 by steve

“Plans to expand two-year degree courses at universities in England have been approved by the House of Lords. Universities will be able to charge higher fees for these shorter, more intensive courses from this September …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 January]

Tags:

UCC to expand anti-harassment programme

Posted in Teaching on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A culture of zero tolerance to verbal or physical sexual harrassment is to be encouraged at one of the country’s largest universities by the expansion of an intervention programme to all 22,000 students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

Tags: , ,

When lecturing become like teaching children

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When students do badly in my modules, I feel frustrated, bewildered and annoyed, and all at the same time. I want to shake students, to sit them down and ask them what the hell they are playing at. And when my emotions cool down, I ask myself if it’s really all my fault. Maybe I didn’t explain the material very well? …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 25 January]

Review of University of Limerick student records system to cost up to €20 million

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A full review of University of Limerick student records system could cost up to €20 million, TDs were told at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) this Thursday. The Limerick Leader revealed earlier today that concerns have been raised over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

Tags: , , , , ,

Have your say: Is semesterisation putting too much pressure on students?

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Are Christmas and January exams putting students under too much pressure? It’s a question being asked on college campuses, prompted by factors such as high student drop-out rates, rising anxiety levels and declining participation in clubs and societies …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 January]

Tags: ,

Minister launches new Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education programme for deaf students

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to enter primary teaching. The programme is receiving funding from the Department of Education and Skills under the PATH 1 inclusion programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

Tags: , , , , ,

Education Minister signals he’s open to history being core Junior Cert subject

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education minister Joe McHugh has signalled he’s open to history being made a core subject for Junior Cert students telling the Dáil that it’s ‘vital’ young people learn from the past. He said it’s important that the historic contexts of Brexit and events being marked in Centenary Commemorations are understood …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 22 January]

Tags: , ,

Trinity students object to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students at Trinity College Dublin say its new system of Christmas exams and continual assessment is putting students under huge pressure and resulting to a steep decline in participation in societies. The university has broken with its 400-year tradition this year by introducing both Christmas and summer exams, along with continual assessment …” (more)

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

Tags: ,

Record number of UK university students awarded first-class degrees, figures show

Posted in Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

“A record number of first-class degrees were awarded to graduates last year despite growing pressure on UK universities to tackle grade inflation. More than a quarter (28%) of graduates now leave UK universities with top marks – a rise of two percentage points, figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) reveal …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 17 January]

Tags: , ,

The Leaving Cert and the Premier League

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of the purported aims of the new Leaving Cert grading and points-awarding system (in the news today) was to ‘take the heat out of the CAO system’. The argument was that by having fewer grade bands, students would be under less pressure to scramble for every point to get to the next grade and earn more points …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 17 January]

Tags: , ,

Grade reforms push ‘ill-equipped’ students to take higher-level exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Reforms which reward those who sit higher level exams are pressurising struggling students into taking on more challenging exam papers, according to new research. The ESRI study into the impact of grading reforms introduced in 2017 finds there is also evidence of growing inequality, with students in disadvantaged schools less likely to take up higher level subjects compared with students in better-off areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

Tags: , , ,

Grading changes risk further alienating less academic pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new grading system introduced two years ago was supposed to ease pressure on Leaving Cert students and take some of the heat out of the points race. However, a new study by the ESRI finds that, for some students, it has had the opposite effect …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

Tags: , , ,

Research shows some increase in number of students taking higher level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announced today that the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published research on the early impacts of the revised grading scheme for Leaving Certificate examinations which was introduced in June 2017 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 January]

Tags: , , , , ,

After Anger Over TEP, TCDSU to Run Open Forum

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) is hosting an open forum this month to allow students to air their concerns about the Trinity Education Project to College officials. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 30th …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 16 January]

Tags:

The rise of the ‘smart university’?

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago for this blog, I interviewed the then Irish Minister for Education and Science, Ruairi Quinn. He was one of those relatively rare examples of an education minister with a real understanding of and sympathy for higher education, and indeed a set of civilised and cultured values …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

Tags: ,

Reflections on the Examination Period

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow (11th January) is the start of our mid-year examination period here at Maynooth University. It’s therefore a good opportunity to send a hearty ‘good luck’ message to all students about to take examinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 January]

Tags: , ,

Grudge matches

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

“One of the things that students find most puzzling about university exams is that markers (or graders for US friends) can give high marks to well argued, well referenced answers with which they strongly disagree. This is perhaps helped by the fact that in Cambridge, in my faculty at least, exams are not regularly marked by those who taught the course …” (more)

[Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement, 9 January]

Tags: ,