University of Limerick reveals when it hopes to re-open

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has revealed that it hopes to re-open at the end of September – but new students may not arrive until November. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the college’s campus in Castletroy has only had extremely limited access, with all teaching now taking place online …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 30 April]

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University students face delays starting new academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tens of thousands of university students are set to start the new academic year later than normal this year with most lectures continuing to take place online due to the Covid-19 threat. Many colleges are also considering suspending Erasmus programmes due to travel restrictions, which typically see thousands of students study abroad at other higher education institutions in the European Union …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 April]

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When to bury an academic paper?

Posted in Research on April 30th, 2020 by steve

“Last November, a paper of mine got an impossible-to-do R&R by an academic (ethics/political philosophy) journal – it amounted to a de facto rejection, except if I was willing to write a very different paper. The paper had been rejected before, and I was at a point where I wasn’t sure what to do with it …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 30 April]

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Getting Bored of People Stating the Obvious

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Unprecedented’, ‘things will never be the same’, ‘Covid-19 is a deadly virus’, ‘these are uncertain times’, ‘wash your hands’, ‘the safety of our customers is our highest priority’ – I am getting fed up hearing people stating the obvious. We already know all this – but why do people online, in meetings, in calls, in the media feel the need to say this stuff over and over? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 30 April]

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Why You Shouldn’t Try to Replicate Your Classroom Teaching Online

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2020 by steve

“This week: I share one expert’s ideas on how professors can move beyond trying to replicate their face-to-face teaching online; I describe one start-up’s answer to Zoom fatigue; I share how one writing instructor is encouraging students to see their place in history; I pass along a few ways professors have tried to make the last day of class special …” (more)

[Beckie Supiano, Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 April]

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Chief Medical Officer congratulates UL graduates following ‘remote’ conferring

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and President Michael D Higgins have sent messages of congratulations to over 130 new doctors who have graduated from the University of Limerick. The final year students at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) are UL’s first ever cohort of students to be conferred remotely in absentia due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 29 April]

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Learners flock to colleges to help combat Covid-19 threat

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Before the lockdown, Hank Traynor was involved in providing safety training on building sites. In recent weeks, he’s become one of hundreds of people to complete upskilling courses at his local further education college on how to reduce the threat posed by coronavirus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 April]

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