A few things I’ve learned from a Covid semester

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At the start of this semester, our big issue, apart from safety, was student engagement. How could we keep students engaged when most of their learning was online? One of our ‘solutions’ was to introduce lots of assessments; small, medium and large. We now have so many assessments that we’ve had to develop codes for them: OE, MCQ, LA, MA etc. While I’m in favour of diversity of assessment in general, I think we’ve overdone it …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 November]

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Third degree: College students struggling to cope with remote learning experience

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“COVID-19 has turned the typical third-level student experience on its head. Remote learning is the prevailing reality for the majority, cutting students off from the rich vibrancy of campus life. Opportunities to connect in-person with their peers – so vital for this stage of their development – and with their lecturers – key mentors for their future careers – are rare or non-existent …” (more)

[Helen O’Callaghan, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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Loneliness and Isolation in UCD

Posted in Life on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this month, the University Observer published an article entitled ‘Double Major Isolation’ in which four double major arts students in UCD spoke about the feelings of isolation and loneliness that two often come with doing the joint honours BA. How big is a problem like loneliness in UCD? No one could say for sure, however what can be examined is what is being done to combat it …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 27 February]

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Double Major Isolation

Posted in Life on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s no secret that UCD is a big campus. There are over 33,000 students and a couple thousand of them are participating in the biggest arts programme in the country. But when you’re in a double-major arts programme, there are no specialised classes and while there might be tutors that learn your name if you’re the kind of person that speaks up in class, there is no reason ever for your lecturers to know who you are unless you go to them with a specific problem …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 8 February]

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Encourage students’ identities to flourish, says Galway academic

Posted in Life, Teaching on September 7th, 2014 by steve

“Students who already feel marginalised before they attend university are being further alienated because of the divides that exist within institutions, a conference has heard …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 7 September]

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