Minister Harris to meet university leaders as classes move online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will meet university leaders early this week to discuss how best to bring some level of certainty to students about the academic year and the move to digital learning amid the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Third Level at Level Three and Back to Square One

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I spent a big chunk of yesterday assigning students to groups and organization rotations to allow them to attend lectures on campus at Maynooth University in a manner consistent with public health guidelines relating to Covid-19. Then, late yesterday afternoon, the Irish Government announced that all third-level institutions should move practically all their teaching online …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 September]

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Third-level colleges nationwide placed under tight public health restrictions with minimal attendance on campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges are being placed under tighter public health restrictions because of the rise in Covid-19. Higher education institutions in Dublin are already operating stricter rules and now the same will apply to colleges across the country …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 September]

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School of Languages to Move Online Until At Least November

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All teaching in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies will move online until at least the week ending November 13th. In an email to students, Tracy Corbett, a communications officer in the School, said that the School would be ‘closely monitoring all public health advice to determine whether we will deliver face to face teaching after the 13th November, or whether we will continue to deliver online teaching’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 September]

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Learning To Remain Online Only For At Least 3 weeks

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) have announced that learning will remain online until October 5th at the earliest. This date is in reference to the government’s review of the current level 3 restrictions. This was communicated to students in the afternoon of September 22nd in an email from Deputy President Mark Rodgers …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 22 September]

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Orientation Week to Take Place Virtually

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It has been announced that Orientation Week will take place solely online. University College Dublin (UCD) Registrar Mark Rogers declared in an email that Orientation Week, a week dedicated to helping first-year students navigate college life, will take place virtually following the revised public health guidelines released by the government on Friday …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 21 September]

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Stop and think if you want to teach F2F

Posted in Teaching on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the Covid crisis worsens (again!) the issue of on-campus teaching is becoming more and more contentious. There are quite a few academics on social media expressing their desire to get back in the classroom because they (the academics) miss the whole experience. I miss it too but it’s important to ask why you would risk the health of yourself and your students by using a face-to-face approach rather than going online. Is it for the students or is it for you? …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 21 September]

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How Level 3 Restrictions Will Impact UCD: Minimal In-Person Lectures and Societies Suspended

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the capital is set to move to Level 3 of lockdown, University College Dublin is preparing for the drastic effects the new regulations will have on the first few weeks of the Autumn Term. The Registrar has announced that UCD will be operating under Level 4 restrictions with regard to teaching …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 18 September]

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to Move Online Where Possible, Says College

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Classes in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, apart from those which must be delivered in person, will move online until level-three restrictions are lifted, the College announced this evening …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 September]

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Dublin universities introduce enhanced measures in response to increased Covid-19 incidence

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

Ireland“The universities in Dublin have agreed a set of enhanced measures in response to a request from government / NPHET to deal with the rising incidence of Covid-19 in the county. All universities already have detailed plans in place for the safe re-opening of campus over the next two weeks. Arising from the request from government, Dublin universities have made further provisions as follows …” (more)

[IUA, 18 September]

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Dublin universities cancel on-campus activities, move most classes online

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

Ireland“Dublin’s four universities have suspended the majority of on-campus activities and moved classes online as tighter Covid-19 restrictions look set to be implemented in the capital. UCD, Trinity College, DCU and TU Dublin announced that all teaching and learning will be online except for practical workshop and lab-based tuition that cannot be done remotely …” (more)

[Ceimin Burke,, 18 September]

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Third-Year Law Students Slam School Over Impractical Timetables

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-year law students have hit out at the Law School for creating unworkable timetables that have in-person and online lectures scheduled to take place immediately after one another. Students received their long-awaited timetables for the coming semester on Monday, with Trinity among the last of the universities to inform students of what they can expect their semester of blended teaching to look like …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 16 September]

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Online teaching at third level

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Kevin Nolan’s letter (September 14th) makes a number of assumptions regarding the delivery of online teaching that are not entirely fair as they appear to apply second-level standards to the third level …” (more)

[Wolfgang Marx, Irish Times, 16 September]


Online teaching at third level

Posted in Teaching on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Kevin Nolan’s letter (September 14th) should be required reading for all concerned with the third-level sector. However, he concentrates on one side only, delivery, rather than the circumstances in which supply takes place …” (more)

[Neil Buttimer, Irish Times, 15 September]


Online teaching at third level

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – While it is widely known that essentially all third-level teaching will be online for the coming academic year, what is not being discussed is how that online teaching will take place, and the quality of that delivery. It is clear to all who work with the third-level sector that there will be no moderation of how individual lecturers deliver online content, or the quality of that delivery …” (more)

[Kevin Nolan, Irish Times, 14 September]


CIT reveals details on learning model for coming year

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology has released information on the learning model that will be in place for the coming academic, 2020/21 year, which will be a hybrid model with the majority of learning done online and remotely …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 9 September]

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The Year Ahead

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow sees the release of the 2020 Leaving Certificate results which this year are based on ‘calculated grades’ rather than examination results. It seems that for about 79% of students these grades will be the same as the teacher’s assessment, about 17% will be lower than the teacher assessment and in about 4% of cases it will be higher …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 September]

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Some UCD students told courses to be entirely online

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s Students’ Union (UCDSU) has said that some students within the college have been told that their courses are set to be delivered entirely online for the upcoming term. In July, the Registrar of University College Dublin (UCD) said that undergraduate students could expect 40-60% of their learning to take place on-campus, while graduates could expect 75-100% …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 4 September]

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‘Academics are notoriously slow to change’ via @timeshighered

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“So, between Covid-19 and Google – we are entering into a new era of education. We have unprecedented abilities to change and improve the way we teach and learn. As Dawn Lerman and Falguni Sen wrote in the Times Higher Education (THE) website last April, ‘Could the coronavirus force positive change in higher education?’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 3 September]

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Back to Returning to Campus Again

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three weeks ago I was writing about our plans for returning to campus at Maynooth University only to be rudely interrupted the very next day by new restrictions that forced us to put those plans on ice. Now we have about four weeks to get everything in place so we have to crack on. Today the University wrote to all students outlining the general approach we are taking at Maynooth, but the details vary enormously from subject to subject …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 September]

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