TCDSU to Create Hybrid-Learning Policy with Postgrads and IFUT

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council has voted to work with postgraduate students and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) to create a policy which would require all lectures to be recorded. The motion will mandate the three groups to ‘find a solution for handing over copyright of recorded lectures to lecturers’ … (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 30 November]

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Lecturers respond to criticism over ‘re-using lecture content’ from last year

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity lecturers have pushed back against criticism for ‘re-using’ last year’s lecture recordings. At the beginning of term, the University Times (UT) reported: ‘lecturers from at least five schools are re-using lecture videos recorded last year for classes this term’ …” (more)

[Sarah Emerson, Trinity News, 21 November]

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Anxiety Among Lecturers Over Lack of CO2 Monitors in Teaching Spaces

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers in Trinity are connected about the lack of adequate ventilation in certain teaching spaces in College as coronavirus case numbers in Ireland rise sharply …” (more)

[Siothrún Sardina, University Times, 5 November]

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No Plans to Use Vaccine Certs for Lectures, Says Harris

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will not have to show proof of vaccination to attend face-to-face lectures, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said, following an announcement yesterday that vaccination certificates will continue to be used until next year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 October]

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Irish university warns students that lecturers may call security if masks aren’t worn in class

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An Irish university has told students that campus security may forcibly remove them from lectures if they refuse to wear a face coverings or leave a classroom, as part of plans to ensure the safe return of classes this year. In an email circulated to students in one faculty in recent weeks, University College Cork told students that lecturers will ask them to wear a mask or leave the lecture hall …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott,, 24 September]

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The Autumnal Equinox 2021

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Anyway, this is Welcome Week in Maynooth and, barring any sudden changes of plan, we’re due to start teaching first year students on Monday 7th September. Returning students commenced on Monday 20th. I gave my first lecture on Vector Calculus yesterday. That was the first in-person lecture I’ve done for over a year …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 September]

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Students return to lectures and classes today after 550 days

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will return to in-person learning today, over 550 days after they last sat in a classroom. At the beginning of the pandemic, Trinity postponed large-scale in-person lectures due to the nature of the pandemic on March 12, with government announcing all colleges and schools were to close on 13 March 2020 …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 September]

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Back to School …

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Three weeks today we are supposed to start teaching returning students; first years won’t start until 27th September. I wish I could say I was optimistic about this. With Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations climbing it feels very much like it did last year. Nevertheless the powers that be are insisting that we proceed with full lecture theatres without social distance …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 August]

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Mask wearing to be mandatory for large college lectures

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students attending large-scale lectures on their return to college next month will have to wear face masks. With about 500,000 students and staff set to return to campus after 18 months, detailed plans as to how to minimise the spread of Covid-19 have been developed and each college will determine how many will attend large lectures …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Colleges May Host Pop-Up Vaccination Centres

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities may host pop-up vaccination centres to encourage students to get jabbed, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has said. Speaking on Newstalk this morning, IUA Director General Jim Miley said that it was ‘hugely encouraging’ that more than four in five people aged 16 to 29 have registered for the vaccine, but ‘we now want to push to the line and get as many as possible of the remainder vaccinated’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 26 August]

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UCC to return to on-campus teaching at 80% capacity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans to deliver in-person lectures and seminars at University College Cork have been announced in an email addressed to students by the university’s interim president. Prof John O’Halloran announced the university’s plans to permit on-campus face to face teaching at 80% of the normal room capacity, with the number of people allowed in a room being capped at 200 …” (more)

[Emer Walsh, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Return of third-level students

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The HSE has indicated (News, August 24th) that only 53% of those aged 16 to 29 are fully vaccinated and that this group accounts for the highest incidence of Covid-19 infection …” (more)

[Brendan Collins, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Max of 300 at ‘in person’ lectures as University of Limerick outlines return plan

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has implemented a maximum capacity of 300 students for face-to-face lectures for the new academic semester. Students have been informed via email that Week 1 of the Autumn 2021 semester commences on Monday, September 6 (first year students excluded) with teaching and exam weeks taking place as per the academic calendar …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 24 August]

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Each college to decide how to hold lectures safely, says minister

Posted in Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The higher education minister has said that it will be up to Irish colleges to determine how they can hold lectures safely in the coming academic year. Speaking on Monday, Simon Harris indicated that the Government would not be prescribing a set of specific rules for how lectures should be held when students return to college in several weeks’ time …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and James Ward,, 23 August]

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Vaccination for Lectures?

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The full guidelines on the return to on-campus teaching in September that I referred to on Monday have now been distributed to all staff, not without comment. Basically the new advice is that in-person teaching will return in September (in fact a month from today in Maynooth) for all forms of class except lectures containing over 250 people, which will be online. Lecture halls and labs will be at full capacity, ie with no social distancing requirement …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 August]

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College lecturers express concerns at plans to resume some classes at full capacity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College lecturers have expressed concern at plans by some universities to resume certain classes at full capacity without social distancing. It comes as it emerged that UCD is planning to resume large lectures of up to 500 students with safety measures such as mandatory mask-wearing …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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UCD plans return of full-size lectures for up to 500 with masks but no social distancing

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is returning to full-size lectures of up to 500 students when it reopens next month. Students will have to wear masks at lectures, but they will not be subject to a minimum social distance …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 August]

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Thoughts of Return

Posted in Teaching on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“So here I am sitting at home supervising my first online repeat examination supplemental assessment. I’ve only had a couple of minor queries so I’ve been able to get on with other things, among which I noticed that according to the news Universities and Colleges in Ireland have announced that ‘The rapid progress in the Covid vaccination programme has injected a new level of confidence about maximising the return to higher education …'” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 August]

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Decision due soon on large lectures at third-level in September

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is likely to decide within the next two weeks whether third-level students will be able to attend larger-scale lectures when they return to college in September. The Cabinet is expected to meet on July 19th when a decision is due to be made about large-scale lectures which in some universities can include up to 500 students …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Interaction in Lectures

Posted in Teaching on July 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There’s been dismay among many students at the University of Manchester at the news that said institution is planning to keep lectures online next year. If the reason for that decision were that campuses are likely to be closed again by September then I would consider it wise, but it seems this is to be a permanent thing; see the following excerpt …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 July]