Archive for the teaching Category

Are computers in the classroom really such a good idea?

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Are computers in our classrooms a benefit or a hindrance to effective teaching? Is their presence undermining the capacity of teachers to develop numeracy and literacy skills among our students? …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 8 March]

Dublin’s edgy new School of Rock

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“A new wave of sound is poised to flow from Dublin. Next September, budding musicians, producers, and promoters will begin an innovative degree course in Commercial Modern Music, run by the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) at the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 8 March]

Fine Gael – Labour Programme for Government: ICT in Education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“This is an interesting snippet from the new Fine Gael – Labour Programme for Government on their policy on ’21st Century Schools’. What are your opinions on their plans? ‘The Government will end the treatment of ICT in education as a stand alone issue, but will integrate it across education policy …’” (more)

[More Stress, Less Success, 7 March]

Review of Leaving and Junior Cert promised

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“The programme for government has backed away from controversial Fine Gael policies on the Irish language and third-level fees – but it is promising a review of both the Leaving and Junior Cert exams …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 7 March]

Do students learn anything much at college?

Posted in teaching with tags on 6 March 2011 by Steve

“One of the recurring claims now made of higher education across several countries is that students don’t seem to learn much, don’t seem to work hard, and don’t seem to graduate with the necessary skills …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 March]

The cheating epidemic at Britain’s universities

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags on 6 March 2011 by Steve

“A cheating epidemic is sweeping universities with thousands of students caught plagiarising, trying to bribe lecturers and buying essays from the internet …” (more)

[David Barrett, Daily Telegraph, 5 March]

College admits lecturer has case to answer on cheating

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“A Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) investigation has found that one of its lecturers has a case to answer in relation to assisting a student to cheat in a final year exam …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 4 March]

LSE struck deal to train Libya’s future leaders

Posted in teaching with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The London School of Economics struck a deal to train hundreds of ‘future leaders’ of Libya, according to leaked diplomatic cables …” (more)

[Laura Roberts, Daily Telegraph, 3 March]

‘How I cheated the UCD exam system’

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“‘There was nothing ingenious in the plan we concocted. It was nothing like Ocean’s Eleven or anything’, says ‘John’, who has sat exams on three separate occasions in the past two years on behalf of students that had been struggling with their course, including at least one case in which the individual had failed the paper previously …” (more)

[Paul Fennessy, University Observer, 1 March]

Exam Cheating: Reaction and Analysis

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Following revelations of cheating in exams, Quinton O’Reilly gets the reaction and opinion from this news …” (more)

[University Observer, 1 March]

The innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Barack and Michelle Obama recently invited Amy Chyao, a 16-year-old high-school junior from Texas who is working on a new cancer treatment, and Mikayla Nelson, a high-school freshman from Montana who designed an innovative solar-powered car, to sit in the first lady’s box during the president’s State of the Union Address. It was a nice gesture, but the president didn’t tell the truth about the girls …” (more)

[Shankar Vedantam, Slate, 1 March]

Grinding it out for four decades

Posted in teaching with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“PROFILE: THE INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, LEESON STREET, DUBLIN: Its exam notes are famous, students knuckle down to get the points and teachers who don’t make the grade don’t last long …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 1 March]

How Finland emerged from recession with the best education system in Europe

Posted in teaching with tags on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Finland recovered from deep recession and built a world-class education system. Ireland must follow suit …” (more)

[Pasi Sahlberg, Irish Times, 1 March]

Micropublishing E-books for Higher Education

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“The usual hype about new e-toys is familiar territory with e-books. Writing in 2008, before Kindle was launched (bK), Mark Nelson was writing in Educause that ‘some experts predict 2007 – 2009 will be the transition years for the higher education e-book market’. Obviously this hasn’t happened here …” (more)

[Is this going to be on the exam?, 28 February]

Business selling college essays refutes claims of plagiarism

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“A company offering students help with college assignments has denied it promotes plagiarism despite warnings against the use of such services …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 February]

Technology to blame as standards in basic skills fall

Posted in teaching with tags , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“The increasing availability of technological aids in mobile phones and music players is having a detrimental effect on teenagers’ language and maths skills …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 28 February]

Actually Going to Class, for a Specific Course? How 20th-Century

Posted in teaching with tags on 27 February 2011 by Steve

“The first question many undergraduates ask professors on the first day of class is whether they really have to show up. The way they phrase it is a bit more subtle …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February]

Don’t force students to study Irish

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 February 2011 by Steve

“Forcing students to ‘study’ Irish up to Leaving Cert level is unfair and does little to revive the language in so far as the majority of the students are involved …” (more)

[David J Fitzgerald, Irish Examiner, 26 February]

Plagiarism in the 21st century

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“There has been much hand wringing on the web lately over plagiarism. Today, Silicon Republic highlights the story of two young entrepreneurs who have brought the Write my Assignments business model to Ireland …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 25 February]

Ofqual head: End paper exams for digital generation

Posted in teaching with tags on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“Computerised exams should replace pen and paper tests for a generation used to digital learning, the head of England’s exams watchdog has said …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 February]