Third degree: College students struggling to cope with remote learning experience

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“COVID-19 has turned the typical third-level student experience on its head. Remote learning is the prevailing reality for the majority, cutting students off from the rich vibrancy of campus life. Opportunities to connect in-person with their peers – so vital for this stage of their development – and with their lecturers – key mentors for their future careers – are rare or non-existent …” (more)

[Helen O’Callaghan, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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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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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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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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College in a time of Covid: Are third-level students being short-changed?

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In late September, hundreds of students gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway. They were widely condemned for breaching Covid-19 regulations. While student leaders say large gatherings and house parties should not have happened, they point out that the vast majority of students are quietly giving up at least a chunk of their student years to support the battle against coronavirus – and getting little credit for it …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 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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Sinn Féin says 35% of students expected their course to be entirely online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life, Teaching on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students have expressed feelings of having been “misled into securing accommodation” despite the move of most learning online in a new report published by Sinn Fein. Sinn Féin Higher and Further Education Spokesperson Rose Conway-Walsh has published the results of the Sinn Féin Student Accommodation Survey 2020 …” (more)

[Connie Roughan, Trinity News, 21 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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UCD Students Will be Allowed to Finish Academic Year Online

Posted in Teaching on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) will operate classes predominantly online for the rest of the academic year, the university has announced jointly with University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 13 November]

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Colleges set to boost on-campus activity for students over dropout fears

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are being advised to increase on-campus activity for first- year students due to concerns that significant numbers are at risk of dropping out or disengaging from their courses. Most teaching and learning at third level has been taking place online since colleges reopened in September, due to Covid-19 public-health restrictions. Only small classes such as practicals and laboratory work have been permitted to take place on campus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 November]

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Concerns about holiday travel, accommodation brought to light in international students’ survey

Posted in Life on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns about exams, accommodation and travel during the Christmas period have been highlighted by the first responses recorded in a survey of international students on challenges posed by Covid-19 regulations. Last week, international students were alerted to the release of a virtual, anonymous student survey in order to determine the status and response of international students amidst Level 5 restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 8 November]

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Students are unfairly vilified for spreading Covid-19

Posted in Life on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“You only have to look at the comment section of any recently published Covid-19 scandal in any news outlet to see which demographic is on the receiving end of the public’s blame for spreading the virus. We have been treated to videos of house parties and mass gatherings in areas with high concentrations of students …” (more)

[Laura Galvin, Trinity News, 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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College September 2021: What will student life be like?

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What will college be like in 2021? The class of 2021 – who may or may not sit the traditional Leaving Cert exam next June – are, along with the rest of us, hopeful that either a vaccine or effective treatment might allow a return to normal campus life and the familiar college experience …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Student Accommodation – Refunds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanisms he has explored to ensure students in both on-campus and off-campus accommodation will receive full refunds for unused accommodation; the institutes of higher education and accommodation providers that have agreed to give refunds; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more, and even more)

[Dáil debates, 20 October]

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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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Covid-19: Schools and colleges to remain open during Level 5 restrictions

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

Ireland“There is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that schools remain safe settings and they will continue to operate during the Level 5 restrictions, Minister for Education Norma Foley has said. In a statement, she said the move to increase public health restrictions will support schools to continue to operate safely and sustainably during the pandemic …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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No mention of higher education in Taoiseach’s restrictions announcement

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

Ireland“In an expected move tonight, the government has decided to implement Level 5 restrictions on the country for six weeks, starting Wednesday night. Implications for the higher education sector were not mentioned by the Taoiseach during his address to the country this evening announcing Cabinet’s decision on the imposition of heightened Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 19 October]

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