Reflections on the Examination Period

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow (11th January) is the start of our mid-year examination period here at Maynooth University. It’s therefore a good opportunity to send a hearty ‘good luck’ message to all students about to take examinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 January]

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Should the second level system go modular?

Posted in Teaching on June 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This letter in the Irish Times by Seán de Brún of Mary Immaculate College has a certain air of plausibility about it. There is no doubt that a modular system where students are assessed in a variety of ways should, in theory, result in students acquiring a more rounded set of skills …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 13 June]


Students ride a merry go round between final and modular courses

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Instead of replacing the stress of final exams, the modular system has replicated it six times over. Maybe finals were not so bad after all …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 23 June]

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The academic unit of exchange

Posted in Teaching on July 9th, 2011 by steve

“I remember when in the University of Hull in 1994 or thereabouts a new modular structure for degree programmes was introduced, most academics saw it primarily as a mechanism for changing the term structures of the academic year, and they assessed (and usually resisted) it accordingly …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 July]

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The flexible degree programme

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“I used to have a German friend who was by inclination, temperament and vocation a university student. When I last had contact with him in the mid-1980s he had been what we would call an undergraduate student, in the same course, for nearly nine years, and he was showing absolutely no sign of wanting to bring that phase of his life to an end. For all I know he is a student still. In this part of the world we have taken a very different approach: your degree programme is, probably, three or four years long, and most students will complete it in that timeframe; a small number may fail enough examinations to extend their progress by a year. But that’s it, really. Our approach to this has been guided by economic prudence – it is expensive to keep a student on a course – and educational principle – students should focus on their studies and complete them in a timely manner …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 April]

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