Trinity to Reject ‘Unworkable’ No Detriment, But Offer Backup Options

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity will not implement a no-detriment policy – which it has called ‘unworkable’ – in this year’s summer assessments, proposing instead a raft of alternative measures for students whose exam performance is compromised by the coronavirus pandemic, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 8 April]

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EU science chief resigns and criticises bloc’s coronavirus response

Posted in Research on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“The EU’s top scientist has resigned and criticised the bloc’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Mauro Ferrari, president of the European Research Council, said he was ‘extremely disappointed by the European response to Covid-19’ …” (more)

[Jon Stone, Independent, 8 April]

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Minister Ignores Calls for No-Detriment Policy in Public Announcement

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has announced that further and higher education institutions will not be holding written, oral or practical assessments in examination centres during the COVID-19 health crisis …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 8 April]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor thanks the tertiary education sector for implementing alternative examination arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“The Minister also announces a student-focused initiative to safeguard integrity of qualifications for 2020 graduates. Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (8 April 2020) announced that further and higher education institutions will not be holding written, oral or practical assessments in examination centres during the Covid-19 emergency …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 April]

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How are Academic Institutions Innovating Under Pressure

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Over the past month, the world has changed rather rapidly. Organizations have had to close their physical facilities and move to virtual operations, practically overnight. We are fortunate to have the technology in place to be able to do this, something that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago. And yet with all of these tools, we are still scrambling …” (more)

[Todd A Carpenter, The Scholarly Kitchen, 8 April]

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Landlords Say They Won’t Refund Students Until UL Does

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Private landlords in Limerick say they won’t refund student rents until University of Limerick does the same. The third level institution says the on-campus accommodation has remained open at the facility, with 600 out of around 2,800 beds filled …” (more)

[Clare FM, 8 April]

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Students’ qualifications will not be undermined by cancellation of exams

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Students have been reassured that qualifications they achieve this year will be valued and regarded exactly the same as in any other year despite the cancellation of traditional exams this year. All further and higher education institutions are replacing assessments in exam centres with alternatives including online exams and written assignments as a result of the coronavirus threat …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Students reassured they won’t be penalised if they can’t take part in assessment replacing traditional exam

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Students in higher and further education are being assured that they will not be penalised if they cannot take part in an alternative assessment that is replacing a traditional exam this year. New guidelines make clear that such students can progress, as expected, and will have opportunities to complete assessments at a later point …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 April]

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Countries across globe postpone or cancel state ‘Leaving cert’ exams

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

International“‘We will always be the ones who didn’t pass our Bac’, so reads a headline in France’s Le Monde newspaper this week. On Friday the country became the latest to cancel its final exam for second level students – the equivalent of our Leaving Certificate – and Le Monde notes that the response from students has been mixed …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 8 April]

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Coronavirus: Third-level students will not have to sit traditional exams

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Third-level students will not have to sit traditional end of year exams, with alternative arrangements being put in place by colleges and universities. Confirming the move on Tuesday, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that instead of written, oral and practical assessments in exam centres, students will be offered online tests, written assignments or rescheduling …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Giving Leaving Cert students predicted grades: Why it is a bad idea

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“These are strange and uncertain times. The Covid-19 crisis has had a detrimental effect on many areas of society, none more so than education. Schools and universities have closed. Third-level students will not return to college this semester. It is looking likely that second-level students will suffer the same fate. What is to become of the Leaving Certificate examinations? Will they go ahead? What are the contingency plans? …” (more)

[Ryan Carrick, The College View, 7 April]

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Biochemistry School ‘Strongly Against’ No-Detriment Policy

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“The School of Biochemistry and Immunology is strongly opposing the introduction of a no-detriment policy for final-year exams, citing concerns about the policy’s effect on the prestige of the degree …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 April]

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Trinity Students Receive Degrees In Zoom Commencement Ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Some 532 Trinity students have been conferred with their degrees in absentia in a commencement ceremony on Zoom, marking the first time a graduation has been held online. Chancellor Mary McAleese conferred the degrees in the traditional Latin, in a ceremony that will be later uploaded online, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 April]

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Fourth-year nursing students to be paid more

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Fourth-year nursing students who are currently working as interns in hospitals are set to be paid more, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has confirmed. In an update to its student members the INMO said that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive had clarified that fourth-year interns, who were earning less than Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), will now be paid on the HCA salary scale …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 April]

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UCC’s School of Nursing transformed into HSE Oncology Day Service during COVID-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork has made a premises available to the HSE to facilitate treatment for vulnerable cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Ordinarily the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC uses its simulation centre to facilitate and support student learning. However over the last few weeks UCC and the HSE have worked together to enable the provision of onsite clinical services at the centre, which will now be used to deliver chemotherapy to patients with cancer …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 7 April]

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UCD Waives Extenuating Circumstances Requirements

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“The Extenuating Circumstances Policy of UCD has been altered to fit COVID-19 Special Arrangements. Students are no longer required to provide a ‘Formal Statement of Circumstances’ verified by supporting evidence to validify their requests for extenuating circumstances. Students must still, however, provide the ‘Formal Statement of Circumstances’, outlining their case clearly, and there will be no further requirement of supporting documentation …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 7 April]

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New GMIT President takes up post amid coronavirus shutdown

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“GMIT has welcomed the appointment of a new President, Dr Orla Flynn, who has started work at the deep end amid the coronavirus pandemic. GMIT, like all other colleges in Ireland, was ordered to close in the earliest days of the pandemic here, along with schools and childcare centres …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 7 April]

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Student nurses could be fast-tracked to qualification to tackle Covid-19

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Hundreds of nursing students could be placed on the nursing register early under plans being drawn up to tackle the Covid-19 crisis. One document, compiled by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and seen by TheJournal.ie, suggests that nursing interns across the country could become registered nurses as soon as July – several weeks before planned registration dates …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 April]

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Erasmus Students Offered Reflective Essay In Place Of Lost Credits Abroad

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“In the unprecedented times of Covid-19, UCD has been putting measures in place to allow students to continue their learning. Students who are currently studying abroad have been particularly affected and in recent days university staff have put in place alternative arrangements for students unable to complete their full credits in their host university …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 6 April]

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3 Bad Educational Ideas that COVID-19 Will Hopefully Kill

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“It will be a stretch to find the educational silver linings of COVID-19. A catalyst for online education? Not so much. Traditional online education is all about aligning practice with research, learning design with learning science. We are all trying, and we will get closer the longer this goes on, but nobody in the online education community would claim that remote and online learning are synonymous …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 6 April]

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