Contracts, complaints and unintended consequences

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 7th, 2017 by steve

“Whenever a minister announces a potential extension to the rights of students, I’ve started to notice a familiar pattern, and Jo Johnson’s announcement of an OfS consultation on the content of student contracts (his own little regulatory dead cat on the fees and debt table) is a case in point …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 7 August]

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Lecturer suing National College of Ireland called 10% reduction from reassessement ‘unbelievable’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer told the High Court it was ‘unbelievable’ that grades on eight dissertations for a Masters programme in his college would be marked down by 10% across the board …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 16 May]

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Dear student, I just don’t have time to mark your essay properly

Posted in Teaching on May 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“In an ideal world, your work would be read by an engaged, enthusiastic professional – but the reality is very, very different …” (more)

[Guardian, 20 May]

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Exams, and dumbing down

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“I am just about to start marking a load of degree exams. It is a big job and one that you can’t skimp (think – whenever you are tempted – would I want the person examining my child to skimp? No.) And it is always interesting and charged …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A Don’s Life, 31 May]

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Academics under pressure to bump up student grades, Guardian survey shows

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“Academics say teaching reforms are damaging the quality of education and making their workloads unmanageable. Almost half of academics have experienced pressure in the last three years to bump up student grades or stop students failing, according to a Guardian survey of university staff …” (more)

[Claire Shaw and Rebecca Ratcliffe, Guardian, 18 May]

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Grades Are Based on Merit, College Insists

Posted in Teaching on October 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“There is ‘internal consistency’ in the awarding of first and upper second-class honours degrees across the past ten years, Trinity College Dublin has said. The comment has been offered as a response to a recent Irish Times report that Trinity students are more likely to graduate with a first or 2.1 degree than students in any of the state’s other universities …” (more)

[Patrick Lavelle, University Times, 28 October]

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Grade Inflation at Third-Level #MyTwoCents

Posted in Teaching on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Why is it that if students work harder and get better grades that the media latch on to the ‘grade inflation’ bandwagon? This week the Irish Times blasts that ‘DCU, UCC award more “firsts” in new indicator of grade inflation’ and that some students ‘have a much higher chance of graduating with a first class honours degree than other college-goers’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 17 October]

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Are Irish university students getting smarter?

Posted in Teaching on October 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Are students becoming smarter or are university honours qualifications becoming easier to obtain? Controversy over grade inflation rumbles on with pressure being exerted from inside and outside of the educational system …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 October]

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Grade inflation?

Posted in Teaching on October 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Joe Humphreys (‘Are university grades being inflated to suit jobs market?’), October 13th suggests that companies demanding a first or 2.1 for entry level jobs or internships is a factor in the proportion of such degrees awarded …” (more)

[James Quinn, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Grade Inflation Again!

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“This is my last post for a while due to changing circumstances. It’ll be back in the New Year I hope. One of the core drivers of the grade inflation debate is the idea that the ‘quality’ of the student intake should correlate (strongly?) with the grade distribution on exit …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 13 October]

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DCU, UCC award more ‘firsts’ in new indicator of grade inflation

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students attending Dublin City University (DCU) or University College Cork (UCC) have a much higher chance of graduating with a first class honours degree than other college-goers, new figures show in a fresh indicator of ‘grade inflation’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Are university grades being inflated to suit jobs market?

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education may be priceless, but increasingly the marketplace is putting a monetary value on a 2.1. For a long time, people wishing to do postgraduate studies had to obtain this grade, or higher (a “first”), in what was meant to be a marker of academic aptitude …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Trinity hails ‘exceptionally bright’ psychology students as 97% get a 2.1

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“What’s the easiest course in which to get a first? Computer science and software engineering at Maynooth University has relatively strong credentials, with 38 per cent of students over the past five years receiving the top grade …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 October]

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‘I’m sorry but I’m your professor, not your friend’ via @globeandmail

Posted in Teaching on September 25th, 2013 by steve

“Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail in an article by Janni Aragon, published an article on September 9th last entitled I’m sorry but I’m your professor, not your friend. First, I am not a ‘Professor’ – I am a Lecturer, but if I worked in the same role in America I would be called Professor O’Loughlin (I like the sound of that!) …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 25 September]

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Why exam results should be getting better all the time

Posted in Teaching on August 16th, 2013 by steve

“… No doubt there is some element of grade inflation. But my guess is that most of the improvement in exam results is down to the factors that are likely to explain the Flynn effect, with the notion of grade inflation masking recognition that real progress is happening …” (more)

[Gary Thomas, Times Higher Education, 15 August]

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US-style GPA is one numbers game too many, NUS argues

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2013 by steve

“The introduction in the UK of a US-style grade point average will baffle employers and bog the sector down in ‘fruitless and divisive debates’, according to the vice-president for union development at the National Union of Students …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 16 May]

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The ‘I Deserve a Better Grade on This’ Conversation

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2013 by steve

“It’s a conversation most faculty would rather not have. The student is unhappy about a grade on a paper, project, exam, or for the course itself. It’s also a conversation most students would rather not have …” (more)

[Maryellen Weimer, Faculty Focus, 12 March]

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Peer grading in MOOCs

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2013 by steve

“The top of the annual performance review form at my university has a blank space for us to list any additional education we obtained during the previous year. I’ve never filled that space in before, but that will change in my review for 2012 because I spent part of my sabbatical last fall as a student in a massive open online course (or MOOC) …” (more)

[Jonathan Rees, Inside Higher Ed, 5 March]

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New term (to me) ‘Grade grubbing’

Posted in Teaching on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“I read with interest an article in yesterday’s Times Higher Education where Chris Parr wrote the piece ‘Please Professor, I want some more’. The term ‘grade grubbing’ is used and I had not heard it used before. However, the practice of students coming to me questioning/complaining about their grade is very familiar to me …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 1 March]

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Please Professor, I want some more

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“How often have you handed a freshly marked paper back to an expectant student only for their face to drop as they realise they have not been awarded the grade they expected? And how often has that student then pursued you to your office, teary-eyed, to plead with you to change the grade, or to add a few marks on the sly? …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 28 February]

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