What’s the equivalent of blended learning for service delivery?

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

“The way the sector has responded to Covid has illustrated new possible ways of working. But, asks Julie Walkling, what happens when the old ways can return alongside? …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 17 February]

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Universities need to wise up – or risk being consigned to history

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on February 14th, 2021 by steve

“The thing about pandemics, observed the historian Yuval Noah Harari, is that they tend to accelerate history. A couple of years ago, appalled by the environmental, financial and working-time costs of running research conferences, I wondered aloud how long it would take for many of these events to be conducted online – and gloomily predicted that it would take another decade …” (more)

[John Naughton, Guardian, 13 February]

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Bubbles, radio and TV: the joys of online teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I’ve been teaching in third level since I was 23 and at the end of every year since I first started, I’ve had a nagging sense that I could have done better. I started each year full of enthusiasm and ready to try new approaches but I invariably I found that half-way through the second semester, fatigue set in and the quality of my teaching began to slip …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 10 February]

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No mass return of students to third-level campuses before the summer

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There will be no mass return of students to third-level campuses in the current academic year. Depending on public health advice, there may be opportunities for more students to attend for small group teaching or other activities, but lecture theatres won’t fill until autumn, at the earliest …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 February]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Remote Teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he expects courses to go 100% remote learning for the upcoming semesters (details supplied); the percentage of in-class students versus online learning; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 February]

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Online Learning Guidelines Spark Student Outrage

Posted in Teaching on January 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Since the beginning of the new semester, students have encountered difficulties regarding the access of online lectures. Specifically, the issue of posting lectures that students were not able to attend. The College Tribune has researched University College Dublin (UCD) virtual classroom guidelines, in order to understand how faculty are expected to conduct online learning …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 26 January]

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When your professor is dead, but teaches anyway

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

“A real-life example leads to questions on education, labor, and economic worth. Aaron Ansuini made a surprising discovery with all kinds of implications. The university appears to have no problem listing a deceased professor as the ‘teacher’ of this particular course …” (more)

[BoingBoing, 22 January]

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In-Person Teaching Must be Kept to an ‘Absolute Minimum’, Says IFUT

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that in-person activity in College ‘has to be kept to an absolute minimum’, echoing Trinity’s message on increased restrictions earlier today …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 January]

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Teaching Arrangements for Spring Trimester to Continue Remotely

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Teaching arrangements for the Spring trimester, beginning on the 18th of January were officially communicated to students on Friday, 8th January. Remote learning is to continue until the 8th of March with the exception of essential laboratories, practicals, clinical and studio teaching which will continue on-campus. Libraries and study spaces are to remain open ‘where possible’ …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 8 January]

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Teaching to Remain Online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lectures, small group classes and tutorials will remain online, while some practical classes and lab-based activities will take place in person, College announced tonight. An email to staff and students this evening – signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast and Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff – stated that while teaching will move online, the libraries will still be open to students who had pre-booked seats …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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UCC reintroduces No Academic Disadvantage exam policy for winter examinations

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has reintroduced the No Academic Disadvantage measures for their upcoming examinations this January. All students received an email from the Interim Registrar Stephen Byrne on Wednesday stating that ‘in recognition of these exceptional circumstances’ the University has ‘reinstated the additional No Academic Disadvantage” policy and these measures “will apply for the full academic year 2020/2021’ …” (more)

[Fiona Keeley, University Express, 6 January]

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Trinity to Announce Effects on Teaching of Expected Restrictions By Friday

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will announce by Friday the effects on teaching of new restrictions expected to be introduced by the government in the coming days. An email – signed by Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff and Secretary to the College John Coman – to staff and students today said that there would likely be further clarification on how new restrictions will affect universities later on Wednesday or Thursday …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 January

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Last Day Off

Posted in Life, Teaching on January 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow is officially my first day back at work after the Christmas break. Not that I’ll be going back to my office on campus in the morning. Thanks to the state of the Covid-19 pandemic I will be working from home for the foreseeable future. It’s looking pretty grim at the moment, and I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 January]

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Trinity survey highlights pitfalls of remote learning

Posted in Teaching on December 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email circulated to students on 27 November, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced plans to increase the amount of in-person teaching next semester. Following this, students were invited to participate in a survey to evaluate their opinions after a full semester of remote learning. Of Trinity’s 18,000 students, 6,053 responded to the survey sent out by college …” (more)

[Kate Glen, Trinity News, 22 December]

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Decision on Semester Two Format To Be Made on January 4th, Says College

Posted in Teaching on December 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity plans to make a decision on the format that semester two will take on January 4th, amid fears of a new strain of coronavirus spreading across the country. In late November, Trinity announced that it planned to increase the amount of face-to-face teaching in small group seminars next semester, while large lectures would remain online for the rest of the year …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 22 December]

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Colleges to remain online as January restrictions tightened

Posted in Teaching on December 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and higher level institutions are to remain primarily online in the start of the new year, Taoiseach Michéal Martin has said. This comes after a sharp rise in cases over recent days, after the UK announced a new variant had broken out in London and other colleges are to remain online until January 12 as part of a tightening of restrictions …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 22 December]

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‘Simon Harris says comments made by GMIT lecturers “entirely inappropriate and extremely hurtful”’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has described comments made by two GMIT lecturers as ‘extremely hurtful’ and ‘entirely inappropriate’. The governing body of the college has launched an internal investigation after two lectures were heard discussing the performances of some of their students, often in very crude terms. The two lecturers made the comments over Zoom and were not aware that some students could hear them …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 16 December]

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College apologises after lecturers overheard insulting student online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has apologised to students after two lecturers forgot to switch their cameras off after watching virtual presentations, and were overheard using offensive and insulting language to describe what they had seen …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Irish Times, 14 December]

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UL announces academic model for Spring 2021

Posted in Teaching on December 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has this morning announced its academic delivery model for the upcoming Spring semester. As announced in November, the University had announced plans to retain its current academic delivery model for the remainder of the academic year and have now offered specifics …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 8 December]

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Coronavirus: University teaching to move online from 9 December

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2020 by steve

“Universities in Northern Ireland are to move all teaching online by 9 December to allow students to return home for Christmas. Students have also been advised to take a Covid-19 test before they return to their family home. Rapid testing is being offered to students at Queen’s and Ulster Universities …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 December]

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