Knowledge, Disciplines and Skills: finding the sweet spot

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For the last decade, and more, education, both at second level and third level, has become something of a battleground. It appears that on one side we have a group who view the world as having been so transformed by digitisation etc that the very nature of education needs to undergo radical change …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 30 November]

If you can’t be kind in peer review, be neutral

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2020 by steve

International“Like most scientists, we are both regularly asked to serve as peer reviewers: to rank proposals and candidates and to identify flaws that should prohibit a publication of a manuscript or provision of grant support. Journals encourage reviewers to ‘plainly state’ their opinion of a manuscript, and reviews of manuscripts and grants land in authors’ inboxes unfiltered and unedited …” (more)

[Rebekah Baglini and Christine Parsons, Nature, 30 November]

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What to expect from the OECD review of the Irish Education System

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

Ireland“Lots of bar charts. Lots of talk about ’21st century’ skills. Workplace this, workplace that. Lots of worry about the ‘rapid pace of change’ and education not being ‘fit for purpose’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 30 November]

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Trinity Needs Normalcy Post Pandemic – Not Black Mirror-Esque Innovations

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

Ireland“We may have this week gotten a taste of what may be to come for Trinity, after The University Times reported on a confidential discussion paper brought to University Council, which outlined a ream of coronavirus-inspired recommendations for the future. They included creating off-campus hubs, demolishing and selling off buildings and making online learning a permanent feature of College …” (more)

[University Times, 29 November]

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OECD unclear how ‘rigid’ Leaving Cert prepares students for future

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

Ireland“The Leaving Cert is ‘too narrow and rigid’ and its main focus seems to be acting as a filter for entry into higher education, according to a review by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The findings of the Paris-based organisation, which represents 36 wealthy nations worldwide, are due to be published later this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Is it the Right Time to be Talking About In-person Teaching Next Semester?

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland took its first steps to relax level-five restrictions this week, apprehension and caution trumped any feelings of celebration that people may have felt. It felt eerily similar to last summer, when restrictions were loosened only for the virus to ultimately resurge with a vengeance. Provost Patrick Prendergast sent out an email to students on Friday …” (more)

[University Times, 29 November]

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Can Biden help reset China-US HE and research relations?

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

“The geopolitical, trade and technology tensions between the United States and China will continue to have an impact on higher education collaboration between academics and universities in the two countries under US President-Elect Joe Biden, higher education experts say, although they see a likely change of tone under Biden which could ease some current friction which is affecting student flows from China …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 25 November]

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