College Plans for Increase in In-Person Teaching Next Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity plans to increase the amount of face-to-face teaching in small group seminars next semester, while large lectures will remain online for the rest of the year. To facilitate students unable to attend face-to-face teaching, the College plans to increase the amount of ‘hybrid teaching’ offered next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Aoife Kearins, University Times, 27 November]

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Face value: why won’t students turn their cameras on?

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

“You’re leading a seminar about this week’s topic. You’ve gone through the arguments, counterarguments and the fine details forgotten by the textbooks. You conclude, sit down and ask for the thoughts of the students. Silence. If you’re a lecturer, you may know this experience all too well …” (more)

[Jack Harvey, Wonkhe, 27 November]

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Third-level colleges aim to resume more face-to-face teaching early next year

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges may be able to increase face-to-face teaching for first year students and resume sports activity on campus early next year in line with an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, according to Government sources. A formal announcement is due on Friday afternoon and follows discussions between the Department of Higher Education and representatives of third-level colleges over options to boost on-campus activity …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Top Five Takeaways From the Trinity Futures Group’s Findings

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The times they are a-changin’ and College is no exception. A confidential discussion paper, drafted by the Trinity Futures Group and seen by The University Times, laid out plans, proposals and promises for what Trinity may look like in the future …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 26 November]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Teaching

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for no indoor classes taking place under level 3, which effectively shuts music, dance schools and speech and drama schools …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 November]

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Covid-19: University lecturers warn of ‘chaos’ if face-to-face teaching returns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University lecturers have warned of ‘chaos and confusion’ if there is a return to face-to-face teaching in the new year in the absence of clear health and safety rules. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said he wants to boost on-campus activity for first year students, in particular, early next year amid concern over a potential rise in drop-out rates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 November]

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UL lecturer discusses working from home

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Due to the government’s Covid-19 guidelines that higher education should be primarily online where possible, the vast majority of third-level institutions have moved online for not only this semester but the whole year. University of Limerick (UL) has decided to move the majority of courses online ‘minimising on-campus activity to essential on-campus learning activities’ …” (more)

[Katie O’Donovan, Limerick Voice, 18 November]

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Any Relaxation of College Restrictions Must Be ‘Gradual’, Says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned that any change from the current level-five restrictions on universities must be ‘gradual’. At present, most teaching in the third-level sector has moved online, unless in-person classes are deemed necessary, as is the case with practical and laboratory subjects …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 17 November]

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Students Condemn ‘Lazy’ Pre-recorded Lectures and Online College

Posted in Teaching on November 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Several UCD Students have this week told the College Tribune that they feel under pressure, overwhelmed and uncertain as many lecturers regularly disobey time slots for online lectures and classes by extending the length of course material, with many solely posting pre-recorded lectures without any ‘live’ interaction or engagement at all …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 16 November]

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Is the move online adding to casualisation of HE work?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2020 by steve

International“Within the emerging critical literature on edtech in higher education and its impact on academic labour, with rare exceptions, little attention has been paid to the outsourcing of teaching through online programme management providers (OPMs), and how it contributes to the casualisation of academic work inside and within traditional university settings …” (more)

[Mariya Ivancheva, Aline Courtois and Carolina Guzmán-Valenzuela, University World News, 7 November]

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DCU, Maynooth, UL to Stay Online for Second Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University and the University of Limerick (UL) have all decided to remain online for next semester, the Irish Independent reported today. The move is a surprising one, considering the government has yet to publish public health guidelines for next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Universities tell students no return to campus next semester

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of universities have told students that there will be no general return to campus for the second half of the academic year. It means that some students may not set foot on the campus for the entire 2020/21 year, with lecture halls remaining silent and students logging on to classes from their bedrooms …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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University of Limerick to continue ‘current academic delivery model’

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick have today confirmed that ‘in order to provide students and our wider UL community with greater certainty and to allow adequate time for planning, the decision has been taken to continue with the current academic delivery model for the remainder of the academic year 2020/21 …'” (more)

[Martin Mongan, Limerick Leader, 6 November]

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Reimagining higher education post Covid

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Suppose an effective Covid vaccine is developed and we return to normality. What will university teaching look like in 2021/2022 or maybe in 2022/2023? No doubt there will be a lot more F2F teaching, students will have returned to campus and many lecturers will be happy to return to the past. But what about all the online resources we will have created by then? Will we just ditch them or will we select the bits we like and keep them for future years as a sort of back-up to our F2F teaching? …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 5 November]


Not everything is moving online

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2020 by steve

“There have been a lot of reports that argue that digital provision is the future. It’s not that the evidence isn’t there in a general sense – clearly just in my lifetime the online connected world has changed nearly everything about the way we live, work, and learn …” (more)

[David Kernohan, Wonkhe, 5 November]

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Standing Up for Online Lectures

Posted in Teaching on November 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I have a break of an hour between my last lecture on Vector Calculus (during which I introduced and did some applications of Green’s Theorem) and my next one on Mechanics & Special Relativity (during which I’m doing projectile motion), so I thought I’d share a couple of thoughts about online teaching …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 November]

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Should lecturers have to pass a digital literacy test for providing lectures?

Posted in Teaching on November 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“By now, everyone is well-acquainted with the notion of working remotely and learning remotely. Since March 2020, third level–education has primarily been taught in online form. This has led to mixed responses from students, educators, and policymakers alike …” (more)

[Mareen Breslin, SIN, 31 October]


Screencasting: the safety net that encourages creativity and spontaneity

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The jury is in. I love online teaching. I love making screencasts where I can relax in the knowledge that if students haven’t followed me the first time around, they can replay my ‘lecture’ or dig a bit deeper into the notes I’ve provided in Word. I love the fact that online assessment means I can introduce them to tools like Excel Solver and WolframAlpha and not have to say, ‘obviously I can’t assess you on these techniques in the final exam’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 October]


College confirms that ‘not much will change’ for Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students this evening, Provost Patrick Prendergast explained that because of College’s previous preparations, not much will change in Trinity as College is operating at a ‘very high level of safety’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly and Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 20 October]

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College Classes to Remain Online for Rest of Semester, Says Head of School

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The ‘current arrangements for teaching’ – which are predominantly focused online – will remain in place for the duration of Michaelmas term, the Head of the School of English has said. In an email to students …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 19 October]

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