Thousands of students petition UCC to adopt ‘fair’ approach to exams during pandemic

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Students of University College Cork (UCC) are calling for a fair approach to upcoming final examinations which are due to be sat online. UCC students are continuing to study from home as measures taken by the Government led to the further closure of universities across the country …” (more)

[Breda Graham, EchoLive, 1 April]

Tags: , , , ,

Can universities safely implement ‘no detriment’ policies?

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“This summer’s exams are going to be tricky. For students, exams are always tricky. That’s kind of the point. High stakes assessment that plays a significant part in the calculation of degree classification is supposed to test the knowledge and application that has built up over the course of a module or year. Students want to be sure they are performing at their very best, and where this best is impossible to achieve due to circumstances beyond their control providers have traditionally offered mitigations …” (more)

[David Kernohan, Wonkhe, 1 April]

Tags: ,

Petition to implement ‘no detriment’ policy in DCU hits over 1,000 signatures

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A petition to get DCU to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy due to students working from home has passed over 1,300 signatures on Change.org. The policy, which would be brought in to alleviate pressure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, would apply for all end of semester exams or final assignments …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 31 March]

Tags: , , ,

Petition launched for Trinity to implement ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An online petition has been launched urging College to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy for this year’s summer assessments. The policy, similar to measures taken by several UK universities in light of the coronavirus pandemic, would mean that as long as students receive a passing mark their overall average grade cannot be brought down by upcoming assessments …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 31 March]
[See: TCD petition, UCC petition, DCU petition, UCD petition]

Tags: , , , , ,

Student assessment changes due to Covid-19 could be an opportunity

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following an announcement from the Vice President for Academic Affairs in DCU, Professor Eithne Guilfoyle, all final examinations planned in May for first and second year students have been cancelled. Instead, there is now an onus on lecturers to design alternative assessments for students, to replace these exams. While of course this is disruptive for students, many of whom have been studying for final exams for their modules since January and in some cases last September, it also compels us to assess the effectiveness of final examinations overall …” (more)

[Niall Briody, The College View, 31 March]

Tags: , , ,

Waterford IT exams won’t go ahead with ‘alternative assessment’ found

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“The Academic Council at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced today that as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic all semester 2 examinations scheduled for May 2020 are to be replaced by alternative assessment. The submission dates for the revised assessment will be set by the lecturers for each module and can be expected within the period of 8-18 May 2020 …” (more)

[Justin Kelly, Waterford Live, 30 March]

Tags: , ,

Coronavirus: IT Carlow cancels scheduled examinations

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“The Institute of Technology Carlow has cancelled examinations and other face-to-face assessments scheduled to take place at the end of the summer term in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The examinations will be replaced ‘where feasible’ by alternative online assessments or online exams, the institute confirmed today …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 30 March]

Tags: , ,

LyIT rule out written exams for end of academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“Students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology have been told they will have no written exams at the end of this college year. The move comes after the government announced an extension of the closure of schools and colleges until April 19 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 26 March]

Tags: , , , ,

NUIG to host majority of summer exams online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway will hold the majority of summer exams online to avoid bringing thousands of students to exam halls around the city. The university’s exams are due to begin at the end of April and will continue up to the 15th of May – with results expected in July …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 March]

Tags: , , ,

Students to Get Details of Exam Arrangements by End of Next Week

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

“Students should get confirmation on what shape this year’s exams will take by the end of next week, Trinity said today. Trinity’s College Board today approved proposed changes to the structure of this year’s exams – previously by The University Times – that could see students sitting final assessments instead of exams or real-time online exams …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 March]

Tags: , ,

Coronavirus: Queen’s University cancels exams

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has cancelled all exams due to go ahead on campus. The university said it would arrange alternative ways to assess students instead. Both Queen’s and Ulster University closed their campuses to all but some key staff on Tuesday …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 20 March]

Tags: , , ,

UCD Cancel All Traditional Exams as Doubts Mount over Colleges Returning by March 29th

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“In an email sent out to all current students, UCD Deputy President and Registrar, Professor Mark Rogers announced that the university ‘will not be running our traditional examinations in the RDS, Blackrock or the Newman Building this trimester’. The university will attempt to replicate all scheduled lectures, assessment and grading as best it can, in a time which Rogers described as ‘very difficult, challenging and unsettling’ …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 19 March]

Tags: , ,

Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle orals and practical exams have been cancelled

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“The Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle orals and practical exams are being cancelled – but students will be awarded full marks for them. However, no decision has been made yet about the written exams in June, Education Minister Joe McHugh said today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 March]

Tags: , , , ,

UCC replaces written exams with online assessments for end of semester exams

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The university said the decision was made now to give staff and students time to adjust to the change. University College Cork has announced it will use online assessments for its 2019/2020 end of semester examinations in light of the recent Covid-19 outbreak …” (more)

[Alan Loughnane, Joe.ie, 18 March]

Tags: , ,

Leaving Cert should be postponed until autumn, says Teaching Council

Posted in Teaching on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“There are calls for the Leaving Cert and college exams to be deferred until the autumn because of the coronavirus. Schools and colleges are shut until the end of the month for now to contain the spread of the infection. Peter Finnegan from the Teaching Council of Ireland thinks the Leaving Cert and other exams should be postponed until September …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 March]

Tags: , , ,

Exams to be Replaced By Online Assessment, says College

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All in-person exams are likely to be scrapped and replaced with alternate forms of online assessment, the College announced today. In an email sent out to all staff and students, College Secretary John Coman and Acting Director of College Health Service Niamh Farrelly said that they understood from Senior Lecturer Kevin Mitchell ‘that preparations are being made to convert all planned in-person examinations to alternate modes of assessment that can be delivered online’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 13 March]

Tags: , , ,

DCU cancels exams due to concerns over spread of coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“All arranged examinations for non-final year students in DCU have been cancelled for this semester, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. August resits have also been cancelled, with alternative assessments being put in place …” (more)

[Sally Madden, The College View, 12 March]

Tags: , ,

Trinity is Considering Holding Exams in August

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College is considering delaying exams until August if assessments do not run as normal, according to internal documents obtained by The University Times. Final exams could also be converted to written assessments, and the designated exam period could be extended, according to a confidential memorandum delivered to University Council yesterday by Senior Lecturer Kevin Mitchell …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 March]

Tags: , ,

DCU to Replace First, Second and Third Year Exams With Alternatives

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First, second and third year exams in Dublin City University (DCU) are to be replaced by alternative assessments in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Undergraduate exams planned for May, with the exception of final-year students, are to be replaced with alternatives …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 12 March]

Tags: , ,

Fake screenshot shows Trinity awarding grades of 65 in exam contingency plan

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Faked screenshots were circulated this afternoon showing Trinity publishing an exam contingency plan on its website in which students are awarded a grade of 65 in the event that exams are cancelled. A Trinity spokesperson confirmed to Trinity News that the communications team knows of no such exam plans and College did not publish this information on the website …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 10 March]

Tags: , ,