Should lecturers fear for their future?

Posted in Teaching on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Now that we’re all well ensconced in the online learning ‘business’, the question naturally arises as to whether we’re digging our own graves. We now know that, in purely educational terms, online learning ‘works’. The student experience may not be what it was but there is no reason to believe that eliminating F2F lectures has had any detrimental effect on student learning …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 9 November]

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IUA/EDTL Webinar: Planning for effective remote teaching during Covid-19 – 24th June 12.30-13.30

Posted in Teaching on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Join us on 24th June from 12.30-13.30 for a discussion on planning for effective remote teaching during Covid-19 and the launch of the EDTL Approach: outlining a pathway for those adapting a module or programme, normally taught wholly or partly face-to-face, for the start of the new academic year …” (more)

[IUA, 11 June]

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Lecturers – we are no longer in charge of the classroom?

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The transition from classroom to on-line lectures has been smooth for some lecturers, and difficult for others. Not all subjects lend themselves to the on-line environment, and as Éanna Ó Caollaí writes about ‘Coronavirus and the “new norm” at third level’ in today’s Irish Times: ‘shoe-horning course content online in response to a crisis might work as a stop-gap but it is not considered to be best practice when it comes to online education …'” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 June]

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Reopening education

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As Ireland struggles to find ways to reopen schools and universities, the focus has been on how social distancing lengths of one or two metres are the rate-limiting factor. While these are key determining factors, they are not the only ones …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Queen’s University: New students ‘will be taught remotely’

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

“Students set to start degrees in English at Queen’s University Belfast in September have been warned they will initially be taught remotely. A letter sent to prospective students envisages courses will combine online lectures, chat groups and video calls with ‘some face-to-face teaching’ …” (more)

[Michael Fitzpatrick, BBC News, 26 May]

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Third level gears up for blended learning

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As prospective students finalise their CAO choices and social restrictions introduced to disrupt the coronavirus pandemic are eased, what should this year’s crop of first year undergraduates expect when they start college in September? …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Coronavirus fallout means universities look to online delivery

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As restrictions aimed at curtailing the spread of Covid-19 are likely to continue for several months, life for many students starting third level is likely to be very different this year than previously. Flexibility will be key in the coming months as most college settings don’t support spatial separation and will have adopted special measures to ensure syllabus delivery …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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How to make the switch to online teaching more effective

Posted in Teaching on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“As a result of the new coronavirus epidemic most universities in China have encouraged their professors to apply online teaching instead of in-class teaching and this is likely to continue for the indefinite future. Some professors and students have complained about problems with online teaching and lack confidence in its effectiveness, but many are still new to the whole online experience. Here are some of the problems and some potential solutions …” (more)

[Huili Han, University World News, 21 March]

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