Higher education one of worst at handling cyberattacks

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2018 by steve

International“Higher education ranks as one of the worst business sectors to handle cyber threat crises. Nearly three-quarters of participants took three or more days to create and apply a patch after notification of an attack, said EfficientIP’s 2018 Global DNS Threat Report …” (more)

[Macy Bayern, University World News, 14 September]


Smartphones in the classroom?

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Everyone in my generation managed to get thorough primary, secondary, and third-level education without the use of a smartphone, or a mobile phone of any type. Indeed I had a giggle to myself when at a 40-year school reunion last December I learned after the Reunion Mass that some of the guys at the back were looking up the football results on their phones. Would I have done the same if I had a smartphone 40 years ago? Totally! …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 6 April]

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Cassells is wrong! University can be cheaper!

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In twenty years time, much fewer school leavers will be going to college. This will be simply because there will be so many more options available to them. Many of the options will be based on technology and the Internet and will be attractive for many reasons, not least that they will be much less expensive for the school-leaver …” (more)

[Well I wouldn’t start from here anyway!, 18 April]

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Technology is key to reducing college education costs

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 20 years’ time, fewer school leavers will go to college. Far more study options will be available, many on the internet – and much cheaper than what is offered now. Distance learning and work-based learning, including apprenticeships, will become more available, reducing the total cost of education by allowing school leavers to live at home and ‘earn while they learn’ …” (more)

[Brian Mulligan, Irish Times, 18 April]


More university students are using tech to cheat in exams

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2017 by steve

“A growing number of UK university students are cheating in exams with the help of technological devices such as mobile phones, smart watches and hidden earpieces. Data obtained by the Guardian through freedom of information requests found a 42% rise in cheating cases involving technology over the last four years – from 148 in 2012 to 210 in 2016 …” (more)

[Sarah Marsh, Guardian, 10 April]

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Status, Trust and Emerging Technological Threats to Universities

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2017 by steve

“Universities appear to have successfully neutralized the existential threat that appeared to be posed by technology. Early debates about technological personalisation and ‘Personal Learning Environments’ envisaged new forms of education where flexible and personalised learning coordinated with new tools would replace traditional educational structures …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 11 March]


Why are girls not choosing IT courses at third-level?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With fears that we won’t be able to fill tech vacancies unless more women start studying engineering and IT, Áilín Quinlan went to a girls’ school to ask young girls why they aren’t putting these courses on their CAO forms? …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 2 February]

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Ireland poised to exploit expansion in education technology

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is poised to take advantage of the expected growth in the educational technology industry, with the potential to create jobs and boost the economy.That’s according to those working in the industry, which could be worth more than $250 billion (€220 billion) globally by 2017 …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 June]

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The medium is the message?

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2011 by steve

“A couple of days ago I received a letter from an old friend, whom I have known since we were students together (though not studying for the same degree programme). He is the same age as me, but his attitude to technology and gadgetry is not, as you will see in a moment, the same as mine. But he is a highly respected scholar, now occupying a chair in a well respected university …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 August]

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Tech sector in skills shortage ‘crisis’

Posted in Life on July 15th, 2011 by steve

“The Irish Internet Association is calling on the Government to introduce tax credits, PRSI waivers and repatriation grants for workers in the technology sector to combat skills shortages in Ireland. ‘We are in crisis mode and this is about investing in a wealth generating sector’, said its chief executive, Joan Mulvihill …” (more)

[Ian Campbell, Irish Times, 15 July]

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Killed in committee? Not this time around

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2011 by steve

“Many a great idea was killed in a campus committee. True enough, but not enough said. In my view, the biggest mistake higher ed web professionals make is accepting the well-deserved reputation of college and university committee ineffectiveness as a universal truth. Agreed, a group of 20 around a too small table in a windowless conference room is not likely to get much done …” (more)

[Susan Talbert Evans, 10 July]

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Academic studies home technology challenges

Posted in Life on June 6th, 2011 by steve

“It’s one of the 21st century’s biggest frustrations. You excitedly unwrap your latest technology purchase, plug in the flashy TV, charge up the pristine smartphone or unbox the new laptop. The screen remains pitch black, so you wait. And wait some more. And then furrow your brow as you try to work out exactly how to turn the thing on, what the thicker-than-the-Bible book of instructions means, and why the hell you bought the thing in the first place. Next time, know this: you’re not alone …” (more)

[Lucy Tobin, Guardian, 6 June]


Time spent reading digital screens almost equals print

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2011 by steve

“For the first time the length of time people spend reading on a digital screen is now almost equal to the time spent reading printed paper text, a recent survey by Gartner, Inc suggests …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 10 May]


IT could split higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2011 by steve

“Information technology is a multi-faceted and potentially disruptive phenomenon and we should not assume business as usual, the President of the Commonwealth of Learning, Sir John Daniel, told the congress …” (more)

[University World News, 13 March]


Shortage of quality graduates costs Ireland 200 top IT jobs

Posted in Life on December 18th, 2010 by steve

“A shortage of quality IT computer graduates has cost Ireland almost 200 hi-tech jobs which will now go to Romania instead, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 December]


Ireland suffers major skills shortage

Posted in Life on November 15th, 2010 by steve

“Ireland faces a new IT skills shortage, with salaries in some software and technology companies jumping 15%. ‘At a minimum, we have seen a 10% increase on base salaries’, said Hugh McCarthy, an IT jobs recruiter at Brightwater Recruitment …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Sunday Business Post, 14 November]

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It’s the little things

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2010 by steve

“It was around this time last week. I was sitting at a desk in the OECD archives in Paris while the librarian showed me how to use Powerfilm, an unimaginably useful software programme that prints images from microfiche directly to pdf for the reader to take away and read at his/her leisure …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 27 September]

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Students must get ‘all-round’ education

Posted in Teaching on September 25th, 2010 by steve

“All arts students should have compulsory training in information and communications technology, a new report recommends. It says that it is time to end the artificial divide between the humanities and sciences and it recommends that all students be educated in both …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 September]

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A new era for information technology?

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2010 by steve

“… On an annual basis DCU’s School of Computing has calculated the number of job vacancies in the ICT sector, and even during the worst moments for the sector there were many unfilled posts requiring skilled employees. Our failure as a country to persuade students to choose university courses in these areas damaged iout economic prospects …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 April]

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IT courses bounce back in popularity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2010 by steve

“Computer companies will breathe a sigh of relief over the bounce back in the popularity of information technology (IT) courses among Irish students …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 March]

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