Maynooth University survey shows 62% of students felt ‘optimistic’ a little, or a lot, less often than usual’

Posted in Life, Teaching on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The latest results from a survey of Maynooth University students in response to Covid 19 show ‘62% of students indicate that they felt ‘optimistic’ a little, or a lot, less often than usual in the 30 days preceding the survey’ …” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 24 June]

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Going to college: Tips for CAO applicants preparing for the college year ahead

Posted in Teaching on June 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Currently, third level institutions are working hard to prepare for the return of students in September. As a result, we are starting to gain an understanding of what third level might look like in the next academic year …” (more)

[Aoife Walsh, Independent, 10 June]

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No, the future of higher education is not online

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

“The future of Higher Education is not online. In a post-Covid-19 world, that statement seems a little counter-intuitive, but it’s true. The future is not ‘online’, it is not ‘remote’, and it is not ‘distance. Just as modern work has moved past telecommuting and remote working, so teaching and learning will need to move past a millennium mindset of remote, online, and distance …” (more)

[Simon Harper, Wonkhe, 8 June]

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Lecturer and student relationships matter even more online than on campus

Posted in Teaching on June 8th, 2020 by steve

“In a matter of weeks, universities have changed how we teach in at least one important way: we’re now online. It is now becoming clear that this shift may last at least into the new academic year and likely longer. As lecturers, this is not necessarily something to be afraid of: it’s an unparalleled opportunity to rethink teaching and to refocus on relationships with students …” (more)

[Kate Roll and Marc Ventresca, Guardian, 8 June]

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University fees and online classes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As a prospective student who will hopefully be starting an engineering degree in Queen’s University Belfast this autumn, it is with growing concern that I read of various developments regarding next year’s teaching methods …” (more)

[Szymon Gorczynski, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Students and lecturers: Share your views on remote learning

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Online lectures are set to continue for students at colleges and universities in September, combined with some face-to-face seminars in some institutions. The Irish Times would like to hear from students and lecturers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 June]

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Testing the equivalence of online and on campus learning

Posted in Teaching on May 28th, 2020 by steve

“Our thousand-year-old model of higher education has been strongly culturally transmitted. It is based on creating environments and facilities that ensure efficiency and effectiveness for university teaching and a ‘place to be’ for the students, in social and academic communities …” (more)

[Gilly Salmon, Wonkhe, 27 May]

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How are Academic Institutions Innovating Under Pressure

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Over the past month, the world has changed rather rapidly. Organizations have had to close their physical facilities and move to virtual operations, practically overnight. We are fortunate to have the technology in place to be able to do this, something that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago. And yet with all of these tools, we are still scrambling …” (more)

[Todd A Carpenter, The Scholarly Kitchen, 8 April]

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‘Lagging wifi, internet freezes, distractions’: Students on the reality of online classes

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“As a result of the public health restrictions facing the entire country, higher education institutions have moved to host their classes and lectures online. Face-to-face exams are also being replaced by alternative online and remote assessment procedures. However, many students who face challenging and stressful circumstances worry that they are falling behind and their grades will suffer …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 April]

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Coronavirus and copyright – or, the copyright concerns of the widespread move to online instruction

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“I work in Trinity College Dublin, which announced on Tuesday that education would be delivered online from next Monday. The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has put together a very useful spreadsheet of links to useful online teaching resources. But, in our race to go online in time to deliver classes to our students, we must not forget that copyright law continues to apply …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 15 March]

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Funding awarded for online Irish adult teaching course

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Centre for Irish Language Research, Teaching and Testing (Lárionad na Gaeilge) at Maynooth University has been awarded funding to develop an online course which will qualify graduates to teach Irish to adults. Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne announced a grant of €270,000 which will fund the delivery of the course during a visit to the campus on Tuesday afternoon …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 21 May]

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On-line classes – The ‘New Normal’

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“According to Clay Shirky (@cshirky), ‘The digital revolution in higher education has already happened. No one noticed.’. He writes that in 2012 one in four American undergraduates took ‘at least one course online’ – a figure that is surely climbing …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 7 March]

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Students, attendance and online notes

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We note with interest the debate in recent days regarding students’ experiences of third-level teaching and learning (‘Students have unrealistic expectations, academic says’, January 21st). Since 2008, we have collaborated with colleagues in a multi-institutional research project across Ireland examining students’ use of online learning systems at third level …” (more)

[Eamon Costello, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Learning from PowerPoint: is it time for teachers to move on?

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2015 by steve

USA“For a brief period in the history of teaching, using PowerPoint automatically qualified you as a tech-savvy professor – an innovator who wouldn’t settle for the usual combination of staticky black-and-white overhead films and hand-scrawled chalkboard notes. Now, it’s hard to believe that PowerPoint was once considered innovative by anyone …” (more)

[Michelle Denise Miller, The Conversation, 24 September]

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Videoing lectures ‘has no impact’ on attendance, says study

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Academics’ fears that making video recordings of lectures available will reduce student attendance are misplaced, a study suggests. Computer scientists at Queen’s University Belfast who monitored the introduction of lecture capture on their courses concluded that it had not had a negative impact on attendance, and that students had instead used the footage to reinforce traditional learning …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 24 September]

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400 is not 1500. Not even in the new digital economy …

Posted in Teaching on July 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Generally, if something seems too good to be true then it probably is – Hence my concern with the new online honours digital degree thing offered by the Digital Skills Academy …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 25 July]

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Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2015 by steve

USA“For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference. That’s the takeaway from a new study …” (more)

[Casey Fabris, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 April]

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Keeping Pace with the Changing Face of Online Learning via @OLCToday

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Online Learning Consortium has just published a smashing new infographic about the changing face of on-line learning. Third level colleges are now offering more affordable degrees on-line than ever before …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 11 March]

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Full-time third-level education for all is a luxury we can’t afford

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Opinion: Third-level courses cost everyone a lot of money, whereas distance learning does not. Could it be that sending our children to college is an extravagance? Something that would be nice to have, but we can’t really afford and do not really need? …” (more)

[Brian Mulligan, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Education Committee to consider online learning potential

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and the Open University will appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection tomorrow afternoon for a discussion on the role and contribution of online courses in the third level sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 2 December]

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