‘Broadband has to be a priority’: CIT president says everyone must be able to learn from home

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) president Dr Barry O’Connor wants progress on the National Broadband Plan to ensure that students and lecturers in rural areas can participate in e-learning and can access online resources. Dr O’Connor praised the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for providing funding to combat the pandemic and support learning during the lockdown …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 8 October]

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Lecture Streaming

Posted in Teaching on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When we were told, at the start of this term, to move all our teaching online my initial intention was to record most of the lectures in my office for the students to watch at their leisure rather than streaming them live …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 October]

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Digital Natives are not used to online learning via @guardian

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With most Colleges and Universities returning to class this week there are understandable worries about how incoming new students will perform. In the 19th September edition of The Guardian newspaper, Anna Fazackerley writes about fears that UK universities predict record student dropout rate …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 1 October]

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Harris makes 17,000 Laptops Available for Students to Rent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“17,000 laptops have been made available to assist students with online learning. Back in August, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, announced a fund of €15 million for student learning devices, in order to ‘… support students and ensure equality of access to education’ …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts-Kuntz, College Tribune, 16 September]

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Thousands of laptops to help students with online learning

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Another 17,000 laptops have been ordered to assist students with online and blended learning, minister Simon Harris said. A fund for devices worth €15m was part of a package helping further and higher education to deal with the impact of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Independent, 20 August]

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Students to get laptops as part of €168m Covid-19 college fund

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 10,000 third-level students are to be given money to buy laptops, iPads, and other tablets, and also to connect them to the internet so they can study from home. Under a plan to be announced today by Simon Harris, the higher education minister …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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‘Waterford Ireland’s ICT innovation capital’: Top ranking for WIT in European research funding

Posted in Research on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Recent EU Commission data shows that Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has attracted more research funding from the EU in the area of ICT than all the other institutes of technology combined and more than many Irish universities and technology companies …” (more)

[Dylan White, Limerick Leader, 2 July]

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Trinity Teaching Staff Angered by Lack of College Funding for IT Equipment

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teaching staff in Trinity have hit out at College for failing to provide additional funding to facilitate online teaching and learning, which will continue into the next academic year. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has been told that individual schools will be responsible for securing funding to ensure that staff can facilitate online teaching and learning from their homes …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 June]

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Investment in education technology boomed ahead of Covid-19 outbreak

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

“Investment spiked in education technology companies last year, even before the coronavirus crisis forced schools to adopt remote learning en masse, according to new data. The UK’s education technology sector attracted $289m (€265m) in venture capital money last year, according to new data from Dealroom …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 26 May]

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Colleges, Take Note: A Third-Level Expert Just Poured Cold Water on Online Teaching

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“When it comes to online teaching, we’ve heard a lot of positive talk from Ireland’s university heads in recent times. Almost all of it has seen colleges going out of their way to laud the work of academics forced in the blink of an eye to confront a new pedagogical reality. You can’t blame the institutes – good news, and good PR, are more important than ever in a pandemic, and most teaching staff deserve the plaudits they’re getting …” (more)

[University Times, 17 May]

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Online Teaching to Continue Into Next Year, Provost Confirms

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Online classes are likely to continue into next year, along with a return to real-life contact ‘in a responsible way’, Provost Patrick Prendergast said this evening. While large lectures will be delivered online, smaller lectures, seminars and tutorials will return to campus, Prendergast said, in a video released on Twitter tonight. Groups will, however, be moved into larger lecture theatres to allow for social distancing …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 9 May]

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Minister Launches Timely Report of the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey

Posted in Research on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“INDEx Survey Report Published by National Forum Reveals Digital Lives of Both Students and Staff Who Teach in Higher Education. The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, officially unveiled data capturing the first national picture of the digital lives of almost 30,000 students and staff who teach across 32 higher education institutions today …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 7 May]

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‘I can’t get motivated’: the students struggling with online learning

Posted in Teaching on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Loretta Charles-Cregan, an 18-year-old A-level student, considers herself lucky because her school gave her a laptop to help her do her GCSEs when she was made temporarily homeless after her house flooded. ‘It’s the only reason I can do my work now’, she says. ‘It was a blessing in disguise’ …” (more)

[Rachel Hall and David Batty, Guardian, 4 May]

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Ulster University taking webinar approach to learning from home

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has launched a series of virtual talks for secondary school children in Derry, allowing future applicants the opportunity to engage in career development conversations and to find out more about life at the university …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 3 May]

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‘We Need You’, Taoiseach Tells Trinity’s Graduating Medicine Students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today told Trinity’s graduating medicine students that they’ll play a vital role in battling the coronavirus pandemic, in an online graduation ceremony held so students can join the frontlines in the next month …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 28 April]

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Undergraduate Open Day at NUIG to be held online for first time

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway’s Undergraduate Open Day will be held online for the first time on Thursday, 7 May. The Open Day will give students, parents and guidance counsellors the chance to connect with staff and students at NUIG and explore the undergraduate courses on offer …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 27 April]

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Could Online Teaching – Ushered in Mid-Pandemic – Be Here to Stay?

Posted in Teaching on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus has upturned everything we knew for certain about the Trinity experience. Students and staff alike are now scrambling to understand what happens when everything we thought we needed to go to College – in-person exams, lecture halls, the library – becomes at best not strictly necessary and at worst less useful than some of the tools we can avail of using technology …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 April]

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Maynooth’s Virtual Open Day

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Tomorrow is going to be interesting! Saturday 25th April was scheduled to be an Open Day at Maynooth University for undergraduate admissions which would normally have led to thousands of students visiting the Campus …” (more)

[In the Dark, 24 April]

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Why We’re Exhausted by Zoom

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Twitter, Facebook and the news media are filled with people lamenting their weariness after Zoom class sessions. I feel that, too. The first day I had two Zoom classes in a row, I ended up bleary-eyed and exhausted. I just sat and watched something silly on Netflix, drank a glass of wine and did nothing productive until I could finally go to sleep. I’d had countless Zoom meetings previously, many of which I’d hosted. Some were almost joy-filled. So what was different? …” (more)

[Susan D Blum, Inside Higher Ed, 22 April]

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Donegal students invited to take part in university’s virtual open day

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has adapted its annual Spring Open Day for prospective students to a truly virtual experience of student life and third-level courses. Traditionally the Open Day attracts more than 5,000 visitors to the historic campus and gives potential students the opportunity to meet academics, university students and support staff …” (more)

[Donegal Live, 21 April]

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