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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Taoiseach to address medical graduates at historic UCC graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will address 197 medical graduates at University College Cork (UCC) in a special video message tomorrow (Friday, April 17th) as they take part in the University’s first-ever online graduation ceremony. Their graduation has been brought forward to assist the health service during the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 16 April]

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Election of Scholars, Fellows to Take Place Online, in Break From Tradition

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity will elect its Scholars and Fellows – a longstanding tradition that takes place every year as part of Trinity Week – online next Monday, amid the ongoing shutdown of the College due to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 16 April]

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DCU continues to use Zoom amid security concerns

Posted in Teaching on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“DCU will continue to use Zoom for online lectures despite ongoing security issues with the free version of the service. Despite being aware of ongoing security issues DCU will continue to use zoom services for online lectures, with a spokesperson for the university saying they’re satisfied all its ‘IT systems have appropriate cybersecurity protection in place’ due to them using a licensed version of the remote conferencing service …” (more)

[Jonathon Lynam, The College View, 15 April]

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‘Anticlimactic’: Final years submit dissertations online, in break from tradition

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“In a break from tradition for some departments, many final year students submitted their dissertations online this year due to college’s closure in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Students were stripped of the opportunity to post photographs of their printed and bound thesis’ on social media, as typically occurs in mid-Hilary Term, as many final year project deadlines occurred after the shutdown of Irish colleges …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 13 April]

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What works with Online Teaching?

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Since the cancellation of in-person lectures and tutorials at Maynooth University a few weeks ago, we’ve all been trying – without much a priori knowledge – how to teach students using exclusively online methods. In the Department of Theoretical Physics we’re all trying different things and trying our best to learn from student feedback how to improve …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 April]

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