Lead From the Future

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“The brand of remote instruction most colleges are offering now will create a backlash against online education. Colleges will have to significantly expand the learning ecosystem to overcome it, write Peter Stokes and Mark Johnson …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 1 April]

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Saved by Technology: An Inside Look at UCD’s Online Learning Platform

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“After a two weeks break, on March 23rd classes have restarted for all UCD students through the online learning platform made available by the university. This is as a result of the nationwide university shutdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 …” (more)

[Alessia Mennitto, College Tribune, 27 March]

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Virtual Thesis Defense

Posted in Teaching on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“PhD students defending their dissertations must do so remotely right now. Could videoconference defenses become the new normal? ‘Can you move the computer closer?’ asks a disembodied voice. ‘Because we see a lot of roof.’ ‘Ah, I think it looks much better’, another invisible person says a few minutes later …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 27 March]

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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]

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How to make the switch to online teaching more effective

Posted in Teaching on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“As a result of the new coronavirus epidemic most universities in China have encouraged their professors to apply online teaching instead of in-class teaching and this is likely to continue for the indefinite future. Some professors and students have complained about problems with online teaching and lack confidence in its effectiveness, but many are still new to the whole online experience. Here are some of the problems and some potential solutions …” (more)

[Huili Han, University World News, 21 March]

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A Longer Haul

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“To nobody’s great surprise today we received official confirmation that there will be no face-to-face teaching for the rest of the semester at Maynooth University; teaching had been due to end in early May. There will also be no in situ examinations, with all assessments being switched either to homework or remote assessments …” (more)

[In the Dark, 24 March]

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Academic Library Response to COVID-19: Real-Time Data Gathering and Dissemination

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“As higher education institutions in the United States began to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving classes online, emptying residence halls, and authorizing remote work, academic librarians found themselves in need of real-time information – not only about their own institution’s practices, but also how other libraries were responding …” (more)

[Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, The Scholarly Kitchen, 23 March]

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Students risk losing out as online teaching creates ‘digital divide’

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“If the secondary school students in John Gavin’s Irish class thought they were getting off lightly when the schools closed, they had another thing coming. Gavin broadcasts his classes from a home-made studio equipped with a 27-inch iMac, gigabit broadband and professional-grade microphones. It allows him to conduct quizzes in real-time, screencast tutorials and share video from his computer screen …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Michaelle McBride, Irish Times, 23 March]


When Academic Work Occurs Only Through Our Computers

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Until some indeterminate date, all of our academic work will take place on our computers. Think about that for a second. For those of us higher ed people who are working full-time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions on coming to campus, all of our work will be digital …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 22 March]


Going online: it’s not about us

Posted in Teaching on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’ve always felt that a big part of the reason that many unproven teaching innovations gain traction is that they tend to they make the job of teaching more enjoyable. I love teaching laboratory classes because it is quite a social way of teaching. I like to call it ‘teaching by walking around’, my version of the well-known concept of ‘managing by walking around’ …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 22 March]

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Delivering teaching using live streaming and lecture capture

Posted in Teaching on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“As the Covid 19 pandemic develops, universities are asking serious questions about how they can continue to successfully deliver teaching and learning. Is online streaming and lecture caption the answer? …” (more)

[Chris Thomson and Zac Gribble, Wonkhe, 20 March]

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On Virtual Meetings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“We’ve now had almost a week of campus closure here at Maynooth and it has now become clear that there will be no more face to face teaching for the remaining half of the Spring Semester. That does not mean that everything stops, just that all teaching from now on will be delivered remotely. There won’t be any in situ exams in May either. These will be replaced by assessments to be submitted online …” (more)

[In the Dark, 19 March]

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We are all precarious now. Can technology help us?

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

“Universities in their modern, globalised, massified, form have emerged amid the general belief that the world is a safe place. Being predictable and safe meant that the only thing to worry about was gaining certificates, skills, jobs and a place to live. Coronavirus has quickly changed this reality …” (more)

[Mark Johnson, Wonkhe, 18 March]

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The debate about technology in education is focused on devices rather than content

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“When Apple released the iPad a decade ago, there was a rush among early adopters to embed such an innovative device into their lives. There was also a surge in the uptake of digital technology in schools around the world at the same time. Ireland was no different …” (more)

[Ann Marcus Quinn, Irish Times, 15 March]


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]

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Making the Switch

Posted in Teaching on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“This morning I had my first on-line class in a module that is usually delivered in a classroom. Attendance was excellent, and all students who tuned in were able to see and hear what I was doing. I used the familiar Adobe Connect and all its feature – my students seemed happy enough at the end of class. My five year old home computer stood up to the task very well …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 13 March]

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Covid-19 – a Breakthrough for Technology in Education? #CoronaVirus

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is already a lot of Technology in education – we have become so reliant on it that most of us can no longer envisage learning without some kind of technology in the classroom. Despite some setbacks (eg, see: Co Meath school to reverse iPads-only policy after review), students everywhere are using their computers for learning. There’s no going back on this …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 12 March]

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Going Online #coronavirus

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Well, the narration took a while. I got distracted by my fridge which started to make a weird noise. Then the phone range – twice! Lessons learned! However, it’s no harm if a little bit of humanity is injected into online lectures. Perfection isn’t necessary just like it isn’t in face-to-face lectures …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 10 March]

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Limerick college drawing up contingency plans for ‘delivering module content’ amid coronavirus fears

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

“Academics at Mary Immaculate College have been told to urgently devise contingency plans for ‘delivering module content’ in the event of there being on-campus restrictions due to the coronavirus. While there are no restrictions at place at present, MIC president, Professor Eugene Wall wrote to academics and other staff in recent days following a meeting of the MIC Covid-19 Response Team …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 7 March]

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Students Call on College to Let Them Study Online, Amid Coronavirus Fears

Posted in Teaching on March 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students are asking to be allowed study at home rather than come to College, after the first confirmed case of the disease was confirmed in Trinity last night. An online petition, with over 500 signatures, claims that students should be allowed to study online rather than in College …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 March]

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