Messers, Dreamers and Misfits

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… I agree with the broad thrust of Fintan O’Toole’s argument. I think the School and University systems are far too focussed on examination and assessment at the expense of genuine education. What I disagree with is the idea that creativity is only to be found in the Arts …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 September]

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Many third level students will return to college campuses this Monday as Government support pledged

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon has pledged Government support as this Monday marks the return of many third level students to college campuses. Writing on social media today he said: ‘This Monday, many third level students will return to college campuses – for some, it’ll be the first time in over a year, for others it will be the first time ever …'” (more)

[Independent, 4 September]

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UCC bystander intervention programme to be rolled out across campuses

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A programme developed at University College Cork (UCC) which teaches students how to intervene if they witness sexual harassment is being rolled out to third-level institutions nationwide today …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 3 September]

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Is the concept of exit velocity for final-year students fact or fiction?

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Does exit velocity actually exist? Or is it merely a convenient fiction, which should not be used to determine algorithms? The Universities UK/Guild HE Understanding Degree Algorithms (2017) report showed us that of 100 responding institutions, 87 used exit velocity in their algorithm for calculating degree classification …” (more)

[Katie Akerman, Wonkhe, 3 September]

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GMIT plans phased return to campus from Sep 20

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“GMIT has published its plan for reopening the campus this academic year, with in-person activities returning on a phased basis from September 20. This is when the first students will be returning to GMIT, those who are continuing their courses, followed by incoming 1st year students on Monday, September 27 …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 2 September]

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‘Parents get kitchen table back’ as college campuses reopen

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher and Further Education has said he is excited about the reopening of college campuses. Simon Harris said: ‘Students who’ve been doing college at the kitchen table will now be going back to college …'” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 September]

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What do education, cybernetics, music, technology and philosophy have in common?

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2021 by steve

“If there is a central tension in the wrestling match between technology/digitalization and Universities, it is that the curriculum is the central pillar of educational organisation, and the web organises itself quite differently. The online world is the epitome of self-organisation – it is no accident that the systems theorists whose work gave rise to the technology also produced the constructivist epistemology which described how natural systems needed no rigid blueprint for their development …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 1 September]

Schools May Rotate Groups of Students for In-Person Classes

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Schools may decide to allow rotating cohorts of students to attend in-person lectures intermittently, the Director of College Health has said. The plan would see students divided into smaller groups that would take turns attending in-person lectures, while watching them online the rest of the time …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 31 August]

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Back to School …

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Three weeks today we are supposed to start teaching returning students; first years won’t start until 27th September. I wish I could say I was optimistic about this. With Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations climbing it feels very much like it did last year. Nevertheless the powers that be are insisting that we proceed with full lecture theatres without social distance …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 August]

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Third-level students express mixed views on return to campus learning

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As third-level colleges plan for a blend of in-person and remote teaching from September, students across the country have expressed mixed views on the return to on-campus learning, with some calling for initiatives such as recorded lecturers to be retained …” (more)

[Jill Cushen, Irish Times, 29 August]

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DCU announce reopening plans as college presidents urge students to get vaccinated

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This week Dublin City University announced their reopening plans to incoming and continuing undergraduate and master students. Continuing undergraduate students and master programmes will begin on the 20th of September, while incoming first year undergraduates will begin on the 27th of September. All students are expected to complete semester one on the 18th of December …” (more)

[Muiris O’Cearbhaill, The College View, 29 August]

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Mask wearing to be mandatory for large college lectures

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students attending large-scale lectures on their return to college next month will have to wear face masks. With about 500,000 students and staff set to return to campus after 18 months, detailed plans as to how to minimise the spread of Covid-19 have been developed and each college will determine how many will attend large lectures …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Trinity College adopts a two-phase approach to re-opening campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is adopting a two-phase approach to returning to campus from next month to take account of the evolving public health situation. Up until the end of October it will operate strict social distancing rules that will limit activity, such as capping the maximum number of students at in-person lectures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 August]

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The Irish Times view on the reopening of schools and colleges: Safety is essential

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The protective value of the national vaccination programme and the effectiveness of measures designed to limit the spread of Covid-19 will both be tested in coming weeks when schools and third-level institutions reopen after the summer break. For schools the new regime is one that is already familiar to pupils and teachers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 August]

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UCC to return to on-campus teaching at 80% capacity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans to deliver in-person lectures and seminars at University College Cork have been announced in an email addressed to students by the university’s interim president. Prof John O’Halloran announced the university’s plans to permit on-campus face to face teaching at 80% of the normal room capacity, with the number of people allowed in a room being capped at 200 …” (more)

[Emer Walsh, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Return of third-level students

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The HSE has indicated (News, August 24th) that only 53% of those aged 16 to 29 are fully vaccinated and that this group accounts for the highest incidence of Covid-19 infection …” (more)

[Brendan Collins, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Max of 300 at ‘in person’ lectures as University of Limerick outlines return plan

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has implemented a maximum capacity of 300 students for face-to-face lectures for the new academic semester. Students have been informed via email that Week 1 of the Autumn 2021 semester commences on Monday, September 6 (first year students excluded) with teaching and exam weeks taking place as per the academic calendar …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 24 August]

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‘Love Island’ used to discuss tough topics at UCC

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The popular reality TV show Love Island, which came to a conclusion this week, is being used by UCC graduates to discuss relationship and societal problems, such as victim blaming, gas lighting and toxic relationships …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 24 August]

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Each college to decide how to hold lectures safely, says minister

Posted in Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The higher education minister has said that it will be up to Irish colleges to determine how they can hold lectures safely in the coming academic year. Speaking on Monday, Simon Harris indicated that the Government would not be prescribing a set of specific rules for how lectures should be held when students return to college in several weeks’ time …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and James Ward, BreakingNews.ie, 23 August]

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Students will return to ‘near normal’ college experience in September

Posted in Research, Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will return to a ‘near normal’ third level experience when colleges reopen in September, Nphet’s Prof Philip Nolan said. Prof Nolan, a public health expert and president of Maynooth University, said some mitigations such as mask wearing and distancing measures will remain …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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