Archive for 12 December 2010

USI calls for the renegotiation of the Croke Park deal. Wages too high on campus!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“On Saturday 11th December, USI National Council passed a motion allowing the USI leadership to call for the renegotiation of the Croke Park Deal, so that public-sector pay can be further cut in the hope of protecting students’ frontline services …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 12 December]

Podcasting and screencasting for supporting lectures

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“Prompted by my visit to Edinburgh next week to the More Effective Lectures workshop, I have compiled several blog posts and bits and pieces of other writing into a Resource Pack that I hope might be useful to other practitioners …” (more, pdf)

[Is this going to be on the exam?, 12 December]

Theresa May to make Commons statement on tuition fee protests

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“… Reports surfaced today that the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, had offered to resign over the Met’s handling of Thursday’s protests …” (more)

[Jonathan Paige, Guardian, 12 December]

Ultimate Frisbee: Cork Mens dominate home soil, Trinity Ladies win tight final

Posted in Life with tags , , on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“Indoor Inter-Varsity’s 2010 took place in Cork on the weekend of November 20th. This was the first inter-varsity UCC had hosted in a long time, so all players were excited to travel to Cork for an event other than Cork Open …” (more)

[Gearoid O Fearghail, SportsNewsIreland, 12 December]

Varadkar wants public appointments delayed until after election

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“There has been a call for a moratorium on public appointments until after the General Election …” (more)

[Breaking News.ie, 12 December]

Photos released of tuition fees protest suspects

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“Scotland Yard released pictures of 14 people who are wanted in connection with violence during the tuition fee demonstrations …” (more)

[Sunday Telegraph, 12 December]

Could the government lose the tuition fees vote in the Lords on Tuesday?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“Could the government lose the tuition fees vote in the Lords on Tuesday evening? There are beginning to be murmurings that suggest whips are beginning to get nervous …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 12 December]

Police dragged me from wheelchair twice during protests, says demonstrator

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“A disabled protester is to lodge a complaint against the Metropolitan Police, claiming he was twice dragged out of his wheelchair by riot officers during last week’s chaotic protests against student fees …” (more)

[Patrick Sawer, Sunday Telegraph, 12 December]

Students’ ignorance of basic maths is sum of all our fears

Posted in teaching with tags , on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“Last week Ireland’s educational image took another battering in the Performance International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009, a three-yearly global league table from the OECD. Ireland’s scores in maths dipped since the last survey, from 16th to 25th among the 34 OECD countries …” (more)

[Andrew McKimm, Sunday Independent, 12 December]

What students want – chapters, not books

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“It has become an axiom that today’s students don’t want to read whole books. Their attention span has declined in the digital age, where surfing and scanning are the norm. They often want reading lists from professors that consist of short articles and specific chapters rather than whole books …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 12 December]

With Charles and Camilla and the revolting students

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“It was a scene where one could imagine a plague of locusts had been and gone through. Shop windows were smashed. Seemingly indestructible street bins were tossed on their sides, split open …” (more)

[Constance Harris, Sunday Independent, 12 December]

The Republic of Learning

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“… Each year the ABC Board invites a prominent Australian or group of Australians to present six radio lectures expressing their thoughts on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues. Professor Davis’s Boyer Lecture series, entitled The Republic of Learning: higher education transforms Australia, will include six lectures exploring Australia’s higher education landscape …” (more, mp3s)

[ABC Radio, 14 November]

The bitter sweet smell of success

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“The effects of olfactory stimuli on scholastic performance. The research described in this paper was carried out to determine the effects of olfactory stimuli (provided by natural essence oils of lemon) on achievement in English of fourth grade pupils in a school in Turkey …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 12 December]

The hoax MP who fooled the BBC is revealed

Posted in Life with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“A hoaxer who fooled the BBC into thinking he was a Lib Dem MP poised to resign over tuition fees can be revealed as a 27-year-old construction worker from Manchester …” (more)

[Ben Leach, Daily Telegraph, 11 December]

Sign language fourth most studied

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“American Sign Language is close to surpassing German as the third-most-studied foreign language at America’s colleges and universities …” (more)

[Elizabeth Weise, University World News, 12 December]

Dramatic Growth of Open Access: December 11, 2010 early year-end edition

Posted in research with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“In brief: the Directory of Open Access Journals now lists 5,864 titles, having added more than 1,300 over the past year, or close to 4 titles per day …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 11 December]