Lecturers Miss Student Engagement the Most during Online Learning

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last semester the UCD learning experience was flipped on its head as in-person teaching was suspended and the announcement made that teaching would be moving online. The College Tribune spoke to lecturers Judy Walsh, Dr Karen Smith, and Dr Mary McAuliffe from UCD’s School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice about their experience of online-teaching and the challenges it posed …” (more)

[Sadhbh O’Muirí, College Tribune, 5 July]

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No Sign of Fee Reductions for an Upcoming Year of Blended Learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Several Irish universities, including University College Dublin (UCD), have ruled out fee reductions for students this Autumn semester despite fundamental changes in how courses will be delivered as a result of COVID-19 disruptions …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 2 July]

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No plans for fee reductions as third-level courses go online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Several Irish universities say they have no plans to reduce fees for courses beginning this autumn, even though some may be fully or partially moved online due to the impact of Covid-19. As universities and colleges introduce more blended and online learning for the upcoming academic year, on-campus physical learning hours are likely to be significantly impacted for many courses …” (more)

[Brian O’Connell, RTÉ News, 24 June]

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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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The Follies of Technological Determinism

Posted in Teaching on June 11th, 2020 by steve

“One of the most enraging things about people doing drive-by takes on higher education is their insistence on focussing on the ‘implications of technology’ rather than looking at consumer demand …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 11 June]


Universities not ready for online learning – U-Multirank

Posted in Teaching on June 10th, 2020 by steve

International“Universities around the world were largely unprepared for a sudden switch to online learning prior to the COVID-19 pandemic – with only a third providing full online courses in some form, according to data collected for the 2020 edition of U-Multirank …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 9 June]

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Third-level teaching plans for autumn

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Campuses were among the first to close. Some third levels already had a basic infrastructure for online learning. For many others, it meant a massive and quick adjustment to online delivery while still helping worried and distressed students whose life had been pulled out from under them …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 9 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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Coronavirus and the ‘new norm’ at third level

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The threat posed to public health by the coronavirus pandemic has led to universities across the globe having to address how they can continue teaching while keeping their staff and students safe. While non-essential businesses had to close their doors to the public in the space of just a few weeks in March, almost all teaching activity at Ireland’s universities and colleges had to rapidly migrate online …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Where to begin when it comes to teaching a course online

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The starting point for instructors looking to move their programmes online should be to seek professional help. Most universities will have a Department for Online and Distance Learning and they will have the expertise required to help instructors understand what exactly online delivery will entail …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 9 June]


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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UCC announces reopening date

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has announced it will reopen for the next academic year from September 28 with earlier starts for certain programmes such as medicine. The teaching will be delivered in a hybrid model of online and face to face classes, with online seminars for larger groups and face to face classes for smaller meetings such as tutorials and laboratories …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 5 June]

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Students with Disabilities Have Long Sought Online Learning. It Must Continue and Improve

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over the past few weeks, the Disability Service has been conducting surveys and collecting information about the student experience with online learning. In a recent survey amongst 90 students with different disabilities, it was reported that 49.5% indicated that their experience of online learning was positive, 29% said it was negative, 18% had a mixed experience …” (more)

[Niamh Ní Hoireabhaird, University Times, 4 June]

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Coronavirus: Queen’s expects to open for some teaching in September

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) expects to open all of its campus for teaching and other activities in September. However, lectures will continue to be provided online and facemasks will be provided for staff and students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 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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What We Know About Trinity’s Plans for a New Normal on Campus

Posted in Life, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, The University Times has published a slew of details about the various plans Trinity is pondering as it seeks to get back to teaching in the next academic year. For weeks now, we’ve known that students’ return to College – most likely on September 28th – will be only partial, but until this week we didn’t have much in the way of details about the specifics of what this return will look like …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 May]

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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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Universities are pressing the self-destruct button

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

“Online lectures and virtual years abroad will only make prospective students wonder why they should attend at all …” (more)

[Joanna Williams, spiked, 25 May]

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Higher Education requires ‘Tier One’ category for resources and engagement

Posted in Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week Cambridge University in the UK announced that all its courses will be delivered online for the next academic year. The decision followed immediately on a warning from England’s university regulator, the Office of Students, on the need for ‘absolute clarity’ for students making academic plans …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, IFUT, 21 May]

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Remote learning will be deployed at IT Sligo next year

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of IT Sligo, Brendan McCormack has warned of a changed landscape and novel challenges for third level student in the new academic year. Fears had been expressed this week that many students will find it difficult to return to third level education due to the financial consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 May]

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