Archive for 5 January 2009

Are universities hampered by the ‘email culture’?

Posted in Life with tags , on 5 January 2009 by Steve

“The view that university staff of all categories are overwhelmed by the volume of email and are in consequence not able to digest the information they contain may have a grain of truth in it. On the other hand, I remember the pre-email era well enough, and I don’t believe for a moment that communication strategies were more effective back then. Whereas it is quite possible that we have information overload now, in past years we often had no real communication at all … “ (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 January]

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Numbers qualifying at private colleges increases

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 January 2009 by Steve

“The number of students attending private third-level colleges is increasing. New figures show that last year more than 11,000 individuals received awards from professional institutes, national or UK awarding bodies. Many others received awards which are not yet on the official National Framework of Qualifications. It’s thought to be the first time that figures have been compiled which give an indication of the numbers getting officially recognised and accredited awards in Ireland, outside of the traditional public sector universities and institutes of technology …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 5 January]

A question of dates

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 5 January 2009 by Steve

“I believe I am right in saying that, from next September onwards, all Irish universities will have academic years divided into semesters, with Trinity College Dublin the last institution to adopt this format. I might just add in passing that, at least if you’re a pedant like me, you can only have two ’semesters’ per year, the term having a Latin origin and meaning six months – although of course since nobody’s semester covers six months of teaching, maybe we are all using the wrong term. However, the idea of a ‘third semester’ that is sometimes mooted, it seems to me, is an absurd concept linguistically; and whether it has much pedagogical value is also highly debatable …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 January]