Silence from a class … it almost never means ‘Yes!’

Posted in Teaching on February 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I got some giggles in class recently when I used my usual tactic when I ask ‘does anyone have any questions?’ after covering a topic by waiting longer than normal for responses. When I explain that I wait at least 8-10 seconds before continuing, I mostly get nods of approval as students see the value in giving extra time to compose questions …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 5 February]

CIT building a new multifunctional sports arena at their Bishopstown campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is moving forward with plans to build a new two-storey multipurpose sports arena at its Bishopstown campus. The arena will include eight courts, fitness studios, a health & fitness facility and dressing rooms …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 4 February]


Free speech in universities: a new guide for England and Wales

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2019 by steve

“As readers of this blog know, the issue of freedom of expression in universities has frequently been in the news over recent years. It has been alleged repeatedly that university communities have become bad at ensuring that a variety of views on controversial topics can be expressed without hindrance, for example views that support conservative politics, or certain arguments regarding transgender matters …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 February]

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Why is it so expensive to become a teacher?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The six-year route to qualifying as a second-level teacher is a long, winding and expensive road. As Ireland reaches full employment with access to quality jobs after a four-year degree programme in many disciplines, the length of teacher training with its associated costs is becoming a disincentive to entering the profession, according to experts …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 5 January]

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