On-line classes – The ‘New Normal’

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“According to Clay Shirky (@cshirky), ‘The digital revolution in higher education has already happened. No one noticed.’. He writes that in 2012 one in four American undergraduates took ‘at least one course online’ – a figure that is surely climbing …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 7 March]

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Hibernia College sells UK e-learning subsidiary

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish online third-level institution Hibernia College has sold its UK subsidiary to one of the world’s biggest education brands. TES Global, which owns trade publications TES (Times Educational Supplement) and THE (Times Higher Education), announced the acquisition of Hibernia College UK (HCUK) on Wednesday …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 June]

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How ‘Elite’ Universities Are Using Online Education

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2015 by steve

USA“After years of skepticism, higher education’s upper class has finally decided that online learning is going to play an important role in its future. But what will that role be? …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 April]

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The Sectoral Consultation on Building Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education: Digital Roadmap – Phase 1

Posted in Research, Teaching on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… The Digital Roadmap exhorts higher education institutions in Ireland (public and private) to work together to exploit new and existing technologies for the benefit of learners, teachers and researchers. It also enumerates a number of recommendations that have emerged from a sectoral consultation which took place in April and May of 2014 …” (more)

[Marie O’Neill, libfocus, 6 March]

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Interviews from CESI 2013 Pt 2

Posted in Teaching on March 13th, 2013 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I spoke to Catherine Cronin, who is Academic Coordinator of online IT programmes and lecturer in IT at NUI Galway about girls and women and technology and about online learning …” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 12 March]

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Online exam grinds boom fuelled by lower cost e-learning

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“New technology is fuelling a boom in the online grinds market for Leaving Certificate students. A smartphone or tablet computer may be all a student needs to access the growing choice in exam preparation courses …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 February]

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Online revolution threatens to destroy our failing universities

Posted in Life on January 28th, 2013 by steve

“Today, up and down the country thousands of young graduates are kicking about, unemployed, on Facebook and Twitter, looking for something to do. Parents have spent a fortune on their education, yet many are unemployed …” (more)

[David McWilliams, 24 January]

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Digital switchover in move to shake up Junior Cert English

Posted in Teaching on January 4th, 2013 by steve

“Junior Cert students may soon be doing Powerpoint-type presentations as part of the new-style English exam. Changes under discussion will see students doing an e-portfolio in second year, to be assessed by their own teachers for up to 40% of marks …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 January]


Graduation g’day for online students

Posted in Teaching on December 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Distance was no object for a group of Australian students when they collected their degrees from an Irish college. It may be 17,296km from Melbourne to Sligo, but that didn’t stop staff at a leading company collecting their awards – online …” (more)

[Greg Harkin, Independent, 22 December]

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Enacting digital identity

Posted in Teaching on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“When we ask our students to share online — in a discussion forum within an LMS; in a wiki, course blog, Google Doc or Facebook group; on Twitter or anywhere on the open web — we are inviting not just online interaction but an enactment of each student’s digital identity …” (more)

[catherinecronin, 19 December]


Education vital if farming is to lead economic recovery

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“On-farm education plays a vital role in supporting Irish agri-food’s successes in export markets and in sustaining rural life in Ireland, according to Fr Harry Bohan …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 12 December]

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Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?

Posted in Teaching on November 11th, 2012 by steve

“Publishing, music, shopping, journalism – all revolutionised by the internet. Next in line? Education. Now US academics are offering world-class tuition – free – to anyone who can log on, anywhere in the world, is this the end of campus life? …” (more)

[Carole Cadwalladr, Observer, 11 November]

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Irish company launches e-learning software with Facebook reward time

Posted in Teaching on October 15th, 2012 by steve

“Irish company, Aftermath, has launched the first e-learning software that uses Facebook time as a reward for children learning maths online. The software application called Aftermath has been developed in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Bernice Barrington, Business and Leadership, 15 October]

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Distance Learning and the Future of Education

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“There is a lot of discussion in higher education about rising costs and a hope that technology could be used to make education more efficient and effective. Distance learning and digital education is the latest fashion in education …” (more)

[Steven Cohen, Huffington Post, 1 October]

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Want to go to Harvard? Now you can … online and for free

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Ever wanted to attend classes at the world’s number one university? Well, now you can – sort of – thanks to a new online initiative …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 May]

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Harvard and MIT Team Up on Distance Learning Platform

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2012 by steve

“Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced today at a joint press conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the launch of edX, a system of online courses that will be available to learners worldwide …” (more)

[Beryl Benderly, Science, 2 May]

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Next Generation of Online-Learning Systems Faces Barriers to Adoption

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2012 by steve

“More colleges are experimenting with online-learning platforms to meet the growing demand for higher education and to increase revenue in the face of budget cuts …” (more)

[Nick DeSantis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 May]


Big changes in elearning sphere

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2012 by steve

MY EDUCATION WEEK: PATRICK BARRY, Digital development manager at the Educational Company of Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 May]


Not Quite Right: Instructional Technology & The Business Model

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2012 by steve

“These are heady days for digital higher education. For advocates of all-things-digital, myself included, it appears we’ve earned our permanent place at the table. Whether fully online, blended or a supplementing classroom education, digital higher ed is now a strategic issue for colleges and universities …” (more)

[Higher Education Management, 22 April]


Universities leading the way with education technology

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2012 by steve

“Steven Schwartz praises the early adopters of learning technologies, and asks what the rest of the sector needs to do to catch up with them …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 28 March]