€38m fund will give struggling students free laptops

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Around 11,000 free laptops will be distributed to disadvantaged students as part of a €38m investment in higher education. A demand-led fund of more than €5m will be aimed primarily first years, helping to provide students who have difficulty in getting a suitable device for their studies to find the right computer …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 6 September]

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TU Dublin’s Tallaght campus investigating ‘significant’ ransomware attack

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Technological University Dublin has said its Tallaght campus was the victim of a ‘significant’ ransomware attack last week. The Tallaght campus’ entire on-site ICT systems were subject to an attack early on Thursday, and an investigation by technical experts and An Garda Síochána is now underway …” (more)

[Adam Daly, TheJournal.ie, 6 April]

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Yes, ‘A World Without Email’ Is Totally Worth Reading

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2021 by steve

“When I told colleagues that I was reading Cal Newport’s new book A World Without Email, the responses were pretty much universal: ‘Captain Obvious’. ‘Now that’s original’ (said sarcastically). ‘Not another anti-e-mail fantasy.’ We all know the e-mail overload is killing our productivity, draining our attention, and destroying our ability to focus. Do we really need a whole book to tell us what we all already know? It turns out that we do …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 4 April]

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Why universities will need to digitalise to survive

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2021 by steve

International“Universities, and the role they play in society, are under threat from the impact of the ongoing pandemic. While rarely a sector in financial crisis, university leaders in seven of the higher education systems in Europe now predict a fall in core national funding as a result of COVID-19, compounding the huge hits universities have taken on rental and commercial services and contractual research …” (more)

[Dave Sherwood, University World News, 27 February]


More Professors Ditch Print

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“For the first year on record, more faculty members used learning management systems than print course materials when teaching classes, according a new report released Tuesday from the National Association of College Stores. The 2020 Faculty Watch report is based on a survey of 968 faculty members from 17 two- and four-year, public and private institutions in the United States and Canada …” (more)

[Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed, 24 February]

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Universities need to wise up – or risk being consigned to history

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on February 14th, 2021 by steve

“The thing about pandemics, observed the historian Yuval Noah Harari, is that they tend to accelerate history. A couple of years ago, appalled by the environmental, financial and working-time costs of running research conferences, I wondered aloud how long it would take for many of these events to be conducted online – and gloomily predicted that it would take another decade …” (more)

[John Naughton, Guardian, 13 February]

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Extended Virtual Campuses: EDUROAM

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for including commercial premises in the roll-out of extended virtual campuses by a provider (details supplied); the selection criteria and process for commercial premises; if students will be able to assess the Wi-Fi without being paying customers; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 January]

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When your professor is dead, but teaches anyway

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

“A real-life example leads to questions on education, labor, and economic worth. Aaron Ansuini made a surprising discovery with all kinds of implications. The university appears to have no problem listing a deceased professor as the ‘teacher’ of this particular course …” (more)

[BoingBoing, 22 January]

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Students get almost 17,000 laptops in online learning scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Almost 17,000 laptops have been delivered to third-level students throughout Ireland as part of a publicly-funded scheme to facilitate online learning during the pandemic. The 16,700 Dell laptops were funded under a €168 million scheme announced by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris, for third level institutions and students …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Laptops

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of individual laptops purchased as part of the laptop scheme for third level students announced in August 2020; the total cost of purchasing those laptops; the form of needs assessment carried out prior to purchase; if colleges or universities were consulted as part of the needs assessment; the specific colleges or universities; the number of laptops issued to each third level institution; and the number of laptops issued to students per third level institution in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 January]

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Government to Extend WiFi Initiative for Students to 90 New Locations

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The government will extend internet access for students to 90 new locations across the country in order to create ‘extended virtual campuses’, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris announced today. HEAnet will lead the initiative, rolling out eduroam – a WiFi connection that students can automatically connect to – to locations accessible to students, such as libraries, museums, public offices, coffee shops and shopping centres …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 January]

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Online exam monitoring can invade privacy and erode trust at universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

“The health risks posed by COVID-19 mean most Canadian university classes are online this year. As a result, some students will write exams online via remote proctoring platforms that surveil their activities. These tools go by names like ProctorU, Examity, Respondus and Proctorio, among others. Designed by for-profit tech startups, they monitor students’ laptops, tablets or phones during the course of an exam …” (more)

[Bonnie Stewart, The Conversation, 3 December]

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Digital divide ‘catastrophic’ for many students – World Bank

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

International“The digital divide off campus has been ‘catastrophic’ for large groups of students around the world, but the return to campuses has also been ‘hit and miss’ in different contexts, even in rich countries, according to Roberta Malee Bassett, the global tertiary lead and senior education specialist for the World Bank …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 21 November]

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‘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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