Archive for 11 August 2010

Bonus points won’t make students take up higher level maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“A survey of Irish ordinary level maths students has found that the re-introduction of bonus points still would not be enough to make them do higher level maths, showing just how deep this schism has been allowed to develop in the Irish education system …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 11 August]

Irish student claims she’s being abused for supporting Israel

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“A Cork student is complaining she is the victim of a ‘hate campaign’ after volunteering for the Israeli Defense Force. Cliona Campbell, a 19-year-old Cork student, took the unusual step of volunteering for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and says she has now become the victim of a hate campaign …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 11 August]

Hotline opened for new students

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“NUI Galway has launched a new dedicated First Year Student Hotline, which will be open for calls from this morning. The initiative, the first of its kind across the sector, has been specially designed to help incoming first year students make the transition to Third Level education. The hotline will be open to the students, their parents and their advisers …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 11 August]

Rise of Social, Demise of Literary Reading

Posted in Life with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“I am part of a diminishing species of people who like to hold, thumb, page, and read books. I am also part of an increasing species of people who are reading less from paper and more from screens. On my fortnightly pilgrimages to Dublin, I walk through Hodges and Figgis and see the evidence first-hand: fewer people are standing around the shelves and reading what they see in the shop …” (more)

[Inside View, 11 August]

Employability and the Role of the University

Posted in teaching with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“Should universities teach students how to find a job? Are employment skills a necessary requirement for higher education to deliver today? …” (more)

[TheUniversityBlog, 11 August]

Most Scottish universities already full

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“Most Scottish universities are full, with no places for prospective students who have fallen short on exam grades. A total of eight out of Scotland’s 15 universities say they will not be taking candidates through the annual ‘clearing’ process …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 August]

The gender thing

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“… And just in case somebody in academic circles thinks that universities are so much better, think again – women make up the majority of lectureship positions, but only a small proportion of the holders of senior posts are women …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 August]

Brian MacCraith interview

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

Barry Hennessy interviews Brian MacCraith, newly-appointed President of Dublin City University. MP3, starts at about 00:00:46.

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 10 August]

Too much computer time means back ache for Irish kids

Posted in Life with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) is warning parents that excessive time in front of computer and television screens could mean an increase in back pain, neck and shoulder pain and headaches for their children …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 11 August]

Which is your Priority: Research or Teaching?

Posted in Life with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“… At the moment it feels as if I need an extra job (and perhaps an extra life) to be able to respond to the demands of research and publishing on one hand and prepare for teaching several courses on the other. During my summer vacation I should have been working on my book, due, as my editor kindly reminded me just the other day, on September 15 …” (more)

[Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Inside Higher Ed, 10 August]

Web Site Lets Students Bet on What Grades They’ll Earn

Posted in teaching with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“… A Web site called Ultrinsic tries to make the rewards of studying more immediate. Students can make a small bet on how well they’ll do in a course, with a starting limit of $25 on how much they can earn. The students contribute a chunk of the money, and Ultrinsic puts up the rest. If they make the grade, they win it all …” (more)

[Sophia Li, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 August]

The Death of Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“… The most important goal of a university education is to teach student how to think and a major component of that process is critical thinking. Unfortunately, sitting in front of your monitor reading a lecture is not the best way to learn how to think and it doesn’t give you any practice in critical thinking. There’s a reason why students need to interact with other students and scholars in a university setting and it’s very sad that people like Bill Gates don’t get it …” (more)

[Sandwalk, 10 August]