‘Absolutely Not’: UCD’s Response to Student Calls for Reimplementation of No Disadvantage Policy

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Back in April, students and lecturers alike had their lives greatly impacted by the introduction of online learning as a result of the ongoing pandemic. It became clear that the 2019/2020 Spring trimester would be like no other, and, in particular, that grades would be impacted …” (more)

[College Tribune, 9 November]

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TUI says ‘traditional’ Junior and Leaving Cert exams must return next year

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has said that if schools are being kept open as a priority, it will ‘not countenance or accept’ any attempt not to hold the written State exams next year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 November]

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Minister Harris Announces €5 million COVID-19 fund for teaching and learning reforms

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has announced a €5 million fund designed to drive teaching and learning innovation across the higher education sector. The aim of the fund is to improve how to teach and learn in a digital world …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 9 November]

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Colleges set to boost on-campus activity for students over dropout fears

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are being advised to increase on-campus activity for first- year students due to concerns that significant numbers are at risk of dropping out or disengaging from their courses. Most teaching and learning at third level has been taking place online since colleges reopened in September, due to Covid-19 public-health restrictions. Only small classes such as practicals and laboratory work have been permitted to take place on campus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 November]

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The Provostial Elections Will Affect Every Student’s Life. They Must Stay Clued In

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Applications have officially opened for the top job in College: the role of Provost. The election of the next Provost will be pivotal for Trinity. Although it may seem to students that the role of the Provost is confined to a hidden-away ivory tower – an idea that is not helped by the number one Grafton St address and the intimidating facade of the house – they are indisputably the most powerful person in the college community …” (more)

[University Times, 8 November]

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Covid-19: universities can’t fix everything and that should be OK

Posted in Life on November 9th, 2020 by steve

“University communities have been thrust into perpetual crisis mode – but staff burnout is counterproductive, says Simone Buitendijk. We can’t go on like this. By striving to create an unachievable perfect replica of the past in a volatile, unstable present, we risk doing a disservice to the longer term future of our students and our wider academic communities …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 9 November]

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Covid-19: Majority feel old way of working not worth the commute – poll

Posted in Research on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many Irish people do not want to return to the way they worked or commuted before Covid-19 and want a greener alternative. That is according to a national survey of 1,000 adults conducted last month by Science Foundation Ireland to mark Science Week 2020 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 November]

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Should lecturers fear for their future?

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Now that we’re all well ensconced in the online learning ‘business’, the question naturally arises as to whether we’re digging our own graves. We now know that, in purely educational terms, online learning ‘works’. The student experience may not be what it was but there is no reason to believe that eliminating F2F lectures has had any detrimental effect on student learning …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 9 November]

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Universities Must Be Decisive On Reopening Next Semester – But Not Too Hasty

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of colleges decided this week to remain online for the second semester, catching many students by surprise. Three months out from the beginning of the next semester, the move seems diffident and certainly hasty. This Editorial Board wrote in September that in-person teaching had been an unrealistic expectation over the summer. At the time, coronavirus cases in Ireland were on the rise again and the possibility of an in-person return to campus seemed laughable …” (more)

[University Times, 8 November]

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Concerns about holiday travel, accommodation brought to light in international students’ survey

Posted in Life on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns about exams, accommodation and travel during the Christmas period have been highlighted by the first responses recorded in a survey of international students on challenges posed by Covid-19 regulations. Last week, international students were alerted to the release of a virtual, anonymous student survey in order to determine the status and response of international students amidst Level 5 restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 8 November]

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