The Birds

Posted in Life on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“One of the far from unpleasant side-effects of the lockdown here in Maynooth is that you notice the birds much more. For one thing the marked decrease in traffic means that birdsong a lot more audible, which is very pleasant; for another, some otherwise rather shy species are to be seen out and about …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 April]

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A 20 Foot Cable And The Explosion Of Online Cheating

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“Millions of college students are suddenly going to school online, whether they wanted to or not. Testing those students, administering the assessments of these newly displaced students is, well, a major test for the house of academia. That’s because students cheat …” (more)

[Derek Newton, Forbes, 5 April]

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UL Students Cannot Be Left Out Of Pocket Because Of COVID-19 – Carey

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Clare’s Fine Gael TD insists students at the University of Limerick cannot be left out of pocket with accommodation bills due to the coronavirus. UL’s governing body is to consider issuing partial refunds to students, following the example of other colleges including University College Cork, after being shut down due to the virus pandemic …” (more)

[Clare FM, 5 April]

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DCU has begun producing Personal Protection Equipment for frontline medical staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) has been in high demand in Ireland due to the recent coronavirus pandemic. Researchers and engineers from the DCU School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and I-Form, the Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at DCU have already produced goggles and facemasks for frontline medical staff …” (more)

[Róisín Phelan, The College View, 4 April]

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USI called for students to be refunded on accommodation they cannot use during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have called for students to be refunded for any accommodation they can not use during the current pandemic. DCU will not reopen for the remainder of the semester and so a majority of students have been forced to move back to their family homes indefinitely amid the current pandemic …” (more)

[Róisín Phelan, The College View, 4 April]

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When everything else is cancelled, it’s cruel to insist on Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that there are only two certainties in life – death and taxes. It’s beginning to look as if the Department of Education is determined to add the Leaving Cert to the short list of things that can’t be avoided …” (more)

[Emer O’Hanlon, Independent, 5 April]

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Assessment at a Distance

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“In the light of the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, Maynooth University has issued updated guidance to students about the rest of the Semester. Of particular concern to students is what will happen to their examinations, usually held in the second half of May …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 April]

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