Status, Trust and Emerging Technological Threats to Universities

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2017 by steve

“Universities appear to have successfully neutralized the existential threat that appeared to be posed by technology. Early debates about technological personalisation and ‘Personal Learning Environments’ envisaged new forms of education where flexible and personalised learning coordinated with new tools would replace traditional educational structures …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 11 March]


Why are girls not choosing IT courses at third-level?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With fears that we won’t be able to fill tech vacancies unless more women start studying engineering and IT, Áilín Quinlan went to a girls’ school to ask young girls why they aren’t putting these courses on their CAO forms? …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 2 February]

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Ireland poised to exploit expansion in education technology

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is poised to take advantage of the expected growth in the educational technology industry, with the potential to create jobs and boost the economy.That’s according to those working in the industry, which could be worth more than $250 billion (€220 billion) globally by 2017 …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 June]

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The medium is the message?

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2011 by steve

“A couple of days ago I received a letter from an old friend, whom I have known since we were students together (though not studying for the same degree programme). He is the same age as me, but his attitude to technology and gadgetry is not, as you will see in a moment, the same as mine. But he is a highly respected scholar, now occupying a chair in a well respected university …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 August]

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Tech sector in skills shortage ‘crisis’

Posted in Life on July 15th, 2011 by steve

“The Irish Internet Association is calling on the Government to introduce tax credits, PRSI waivers and repatriation grants for workers in the technology sector to combat skills shortages in Ireland. ‘We are in crisis mode and this is about investing in a wealth generating sector’, said its chief executive, Joan Mulvihill …” (more)

[Ian Campbell, Irish Times, 15 July]

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Killed in committee? Not this time around

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2011 by steve

“Many a great idea was killed in a campus committee. True enough, but not enough said. In my view, the biggest mistake higher ed web professionals make is accepting the well-deserved reputation of college and university committee ineffectiveness as a universal truth. Agreed, a group of 20 around a too small table in a windowless conference room is not likely to get much done …” (more)

[Susan Talbert Evans, 10 July]

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Academic studies home technology challenges

Posted in Life on June 6th, 2011 by steve

“It’s one of the 21st century’s biggest frustrations. You excitedly unwrap your latest technology purchase, plug in the flashy TV, charge up the pristine smartphone or unbox the new laptop. The screen remains pitch black, so you wait. And wait some more. And then furrow your brow as you try to work out exactly how to turn the thing on, what the thicker-than-the-Bible book of instructions means, and why the hell you bought the thing in the first place. Next time, know this: you’re not alone …” (more)

[Lucy Tobin, Guardian, 6 June]


Time spent reading digital screens almost equals print

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2011 by steve

“For the first time the length of time people spend reading on a digital screen is now almost equal to the time spent reading printed paper text, a recent survey by Gartner, Inc suggests …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 10 May]


IT could split higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2011 by steve

“Information technology is a multi-faceted and potentially disruptive phenomenon and we should not assume business as usual, the President of the Commonwealth of Learning, Sir John Daniel, told the congress …” (more)

[University World News, 13 March]


Shortage of quality graduates costs Ireland 200 top IT jobs

Posted in Life on December 18th, 2010 by steve

“A shortage of quality IT computer graduates has cost Ireland almost 200 hi-tech jobs which will now go to Romania instead, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 December]


Ireland suffers major skills shortage

Posted in Life on November 15th, 2010 by steve

“Ireland faces a new IT skills shortage, with salaries in some software and technology companies jumping 15%. ‘At a minimum, we have seen a 10% increase on base salaries’, said Hugh McCarthy, an IT jobs recruiter at Brightwater Recruitment …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Sunday Business Post, 14 November]

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It’s the little things

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2010 by steve

“It was around this time last week. I was sitting at a desk in the OECD archives in Paris while the librarian showed me how to use Powerfilm, an unimaginably useful software programme that prints images from microfiche directly to pdf for the reader to take away and read at his/her leisure …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 27 September]

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Students must get ‘all-round’ education

Posted in Teaching on September 25th, 2010 by steve

“All arts students should have compulsory training in information and communications technology, a new report recommends. It says that it is time to end the artificial divide between the humanities and sciences and it recommends that all students be educated in both …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 September]

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A new era for information technology?

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2010 by steve

“… On an annual basis DCU’s School of Computing has calculated the number of job vacancies in the ICT sector, and even during the worst moments for the sector there were many unfilled posts requiring skilled employees. Our failure as a country to persuade students to choose university courses in these areas damaged iout economic prospects …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 April]

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IT courses bounce back in popularity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2010 by steve

“Computer companies will breathe a sigh of relief over the bounce back in the popularity of information technology (IT) courses among Irish students …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 March]

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UCD technology to mine more than 300k articles and 4 million blog posts a day

Posted in Research on December 2nd, 2009 by steve

“Technology developed at UCD’s School of Computer Science and Informatics will be used to power one of the most powerful media intelligence tools on the planet, and will mine its way through 300,000 news articles and 4 million blog posts on a daily basis …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 2 December]

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Email as we Know it, is Dead

Posted in Life on December 2nd, 2009 by steve

“Email is losing effectiveness as a standalone communications medium, according to international expert Erik van Ommeren of IT services company, Sogeti. Organisations today also need to harness collaborative technologies and cloud computing. Speaking at a SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management) Northern Ireland event recently, Erik van Ommeren explained how collaboration and cloud computing are a natural fit for communications in the new global business environment …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 2 December]

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Technology, students and universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“There are some – related – articles in today’s Irish Independent on themes which have featured on this blog. A report published yesterday by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) shows that the number of students going to college has hit a record high (the Irish Times ran the same story under the headline that there are more students than farmers in Ireland) and that courses in science and computing are now back in favour …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 11 November]

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Scientists hope to network Facebook-style

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2009 by steve

USA“Cornell University and six other institutions will use a US$12.2 million federal stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a Facebook-style professional networking system to link biomedical researchers across America. Participants say by making it easier for scientists to find each other, researchers will be able to improve their ongoing studies and forge collaborations that could lead to new discoveries. The new network will be called VIVOweb …” (more)

[William Kates, University World News, 25 October]

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Online Education’s Great Unknowns

Posted in Teaching on October 25th, 2009 by steve

USA“Distance learning has broken into the mainstream of higher education. But at the campus level, many colleges still know precious little about how best to organize online programs, whether those programs are profitable, and how they compare to face-to-face instruction in terms of quality. That is what Kenneth C. Green, director of the Campus Computing Project, concludes in a study released today in conjunction with the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 22 October]

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