Cold Spell

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s bitterly cold in Maynooth today. We haven’t had much snow but it sure is freezing. As I write it’s 1pm and the temperature is only -4°C. I went to put some stuff in the wheelie bin just now but the lid was frozen shut …” (more)

[In the Dark, 9 January]

Tags:

Engagement and learning

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago, English teacher and blogger, Adam Boxer, wrote a very interesting blog (I’m sure you’ll be able to track it down!) in which he made a very interesting point, which was this: when we consider approaches to teaching, whether they be innovative or traditional, we need to look beyond whether they “work” or not. We also need to consider how hard they are to implement …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 9 January]

In-Person Teaching Must be Kept to an ‘Absolute Minimum’, Says IFUT

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that in-person activity in College ‘has to be kept to an absolute minimum’, echoing Trinity’s message on increased restrictions earlier today …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 January]

Tags: , , , ,

Foley and unions agree on Leaving Cert but no deal over schools’ return

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley, teacher unions and other education partners have agreed they want the Leaving Cert to go ahead – but they are no closer to getting sixth years back into the classroom. Less than 24 hours after teacher unions pulled the plug on plans to reopen schools on Monday for 60,000 Leaving Cert students and 18,000 pupils with special needs, a new round of talks was under way in an effort to find agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 January]

Tags: , , , ,

Online exams prove traditional formats to be arbitrary

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It is no secret that online learning has proven to have both advantages and disadvantages. Having the classroom ripped away from students has left many hunched over their laptops at home for what seems to be hours on end …” (more)

[Shannon McGreevy, Trinity News, 9 January]

Tags: ,

Nial Osborough obituary: Ireland’s greatest legal historian

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2021 by steve

IrelandW Nial Osborough. Born: February 13th, 1939. Died: December 29th, 2020. With the passing of the inimitable William Nial Osborough, Ireland has lost its most extraordinary and diverse legal scholar. His legacy is published work that ranks him among the world’s great legal historians. He will live on in the memory of the thousands of law students that he inspired …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 January]

Tags: ,

Seismic shift needed in the relationship between Irish universities and enterprise

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At €200 million, the recent Human Capital Initiative is one of the largest investments ever in Irish higher education. It aims to increase the capacity of universities to meet priority skills needs at this pivotal time and in the disruptive aftermath of Covid-19. To fully deliver on this investment, a seismic shift is needed in the relationship between Irish universities and enterprise …” (more)

[Deirdre Lillis, Business Post, 8 January]

Tags: , , , ,

Feeder schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Publication of lists of ‘feeder’ schools omits the fact that many young people receive third-level education via formal trade apprenticeships, but these are not included in the figures (‘Wealthy areas keep strong advantage in accessing third-level places’, News, January 8th) …” (more)

[Mary Morrissey, Irish Times, 9 February]

Tags: , ,

Teaching Arrangements for Spring Trimester to Continue Remotely

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Teaching arrangements for the Spring trimester, beginning on the 18th of January were officially communicated to students on Friday, 8th January. Remote learning is to continue until the 8th of March with the exception of essential laboratories, practicals, clinical and studio teaching which will continue on-campus. Libraries and study spaces are to remain open ‘where possible’ …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 8 January]

Tags: , , ,