Is Third-Level Education worth it? Maybe not – says David McWilliams

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It won’t come as any surprise to readers of this blog that I would not be in full agreement with David McWilliams who wrote in Saturday’s Irish Times that ‘Third-level education is yesterday’s idea’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 12 March]

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Comments on the new STEM policy document of the DES

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The STEM Policy Document produced by the Department of Education and Skills was recently launched. It follows on from the report produced by an advisory group chaired by DCU President, Brian McCraith. That report was generally sensible and made some good suggestions about how science and technology education could be improved in schools …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 December]

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Third Level Education: Engineering and Technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the drop in the number of students applying for third level courses in engineering and technology; her further views on the future impact it will have on the economy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Solving gender gap in tech will help fix skill shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A skills shortage in the technology industry is looming, both here and abroad, with the number of predicted job vacancies growing and concern mounting over whether there will be enough qualified workers to fill them …” (more)

[Erin McGuire, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Changing girls’ preconceived notions of technology careers

Posted in Teaching on August 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Why don’t more girls go into technology careers? The organisers behind a new Irish schools programme called the Ada Lovelace Initiative (ALI) believe one reason may well be that girls don’t see the people who are in such careers as being much like them …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Worry as girls spurn key science and technology courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The low uptake by girls of courses in key areas such as technology and engineering is getting even worse. New figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show even fewer females enrolling in relevant third-level programmes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 November]

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Bruton says Ireland is ‘in a war’ for tech talent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Jobs Minister Richard Bruton says the country is in a ‘war for talent’ in the tech sector, but is exceeding targets for producing qualified graduates …” (more, video)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 7 November]

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Does the age of online education herald the death of academics?

Posted in Teaching on October 10th, 2014 by steve

UK“In the mid-1980s as a further education lecturer I was mocked by some more traditional colleagues for using ‘lantern slides’, their term for the then newfangled technology of the overhead projector, or OHP …” (more)

[Chris Hackley, The Conversation, 10 October]

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Students’ view of tech sector ‘kills me’, says top IT academic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2014 by steve

“‘My entire career, all my life, we have been trying to create jobs in technology. Now we have the jobs – and we don’t have the people.’ One of the country’s most senior academics has lambasted the Government and universities for how they market technology jobs, saying Irish people are missing huge opportunities in the industry …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 21 September]

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8 Campus Technologies That I’m Surprised Still Exist

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“What technologies do you see on your campus that you thought would history by 2014? Here are my nominations for 8 campus technologies that I’m surprised have hung on: 1. Microsoft Office: …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 20 August]

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Technology’s value to humanities must be made clearer

Posted in Research on May 26th, 2014 by steve

“Evidence of the value of technology in the humanities is ‘thin on the ground’, and more must be done to make clear the benefits of computerised methods within the discipline, a conference is set to hear …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 26 May]

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UCD professor seeks to use technology for a better society

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2013 by steve

“Technology can be a gateway to positive social change, and Prof Lizbeth Goodman, who directs the SMARTlab at University College Dublin (UCD), is determined to make it so …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Silicon Republic, 16 August]

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We can’t get skilled Irish graduates, says Fujitsu

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2013 by steve

“The shortage of Irish job seekers with relevant doctorates is a big problem for foreign companies operating here, a senior multinational executive has warned …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 17 April]

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Politicizing Educational Technology

Posted in Teaching on March 27th, 2013 by steve

“Technology seems to just happen to us. MOOCs are ‘just happening’ to us. But as the recent backlash against Google Glasses shows it is social change which legitimates itself according to a progressivistic logic, but for which nobody votes. There is no democratic accountability for technological change …” (more)

[Mark Johnson, Improvisation Blog, 27 March]

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Norman: tech should be ‘invisible’ in learning

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Let’s face it we all have problems in using technology and software. My own pet hate is screen projectors, I’m sure you can name a few …” (more)

[Donald Clark Plan B, 18 February]

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The joy of science

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2012 by steve

“The great success of the ESOF2012 event (and all credit to the organisers, especially the former Chief Science Adviser, Prof Patrick Cunningham) stimulated a lot of reaction in the local scientific community and pointed criticism of national science funding policy …” (more)

[Luke Drury, Science Calling!, 27 November]

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Funding for science

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Government funding provided through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) aims to foster the long term development and competitiveness of enterprise and industry. In this context SFI makes strategic investments in research in fields of science and engineering most likely to generate new knowledge and leading-edge technologies …” (more)

[Seán Sherlock, Irish Times, 10 July]

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Gender gap in technology and Silicon Valley

Posted in Life on June 7th, 2012 by steve

“The United States has produced viable female presidential candidates, women athletes who command millions of dollars in endorsements, and the first female Nobel economist. Yet there is still no female equivalent of a Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg …” (more)

[Dana Goldstein, Slate, 7 June]

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Robert Solow, Tyler Cowen, and other economists misunderstand science and technology

Posted in Research on May 17th, 2012 by steve

“… It would take a thick head indeed to believe that new technologies aren’t valuable to the economy. But determining how they are important, and how important they are, gets thorny. That’s because we don’t have access to a counterfactual world in which a given technology was never developed …” (more)

[Konstantin Kakaes, Slate, 17 May]

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How science is getting its groove

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2012 by steve

“In the eyes of scientists, dance has never been so chic. These days, the two disciplines are chatting about the perception of movement, bodily memory, or the cognitive processes underlying the creation of choreography and improvisation. And then there’s ‘Dance your PhD’ …” (more)

[Michael Seaver, Irish Times, 10 May]

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