Archive for IT

IT could split higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 March 2011 by Steve

“Information technology is a multi-faceted and potentially disruptive phenomenon and we should not assume business as usual, the President of the Commonwealth of Learning, Sir John Daniel, told the congress …” (more)

[University World News, 13 March]


Shortage of quality graduates costs Ireland 200 top IT jobs

Posted in Life with tags on 18 December 2010 by Steve

“A shortage of quality IT computer graduates has cost Ireland almost 200 hi-tech jobs which will now go to Romania instead, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 December]

Ireland suffers major skills shortage

Posted in Life with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“Ireland faces a new IT skills shortage, with salaries in some software and technology companies jumping 15%. ‘At a minimum, we have seen a 10% increase on base salaries’, said Hugh McCarthy, an IT jobs recruiter at Brightwater Recruitment …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Sunday Business Post, 14 November]

It’s the little things

Posted in research with tags , on 27 September 2010 by Steve

“It was around this time last week. I was sitting at a desk in the OECD archives in Paris while the librarian showed me how to use Powerfilm, an unimaginably useful software programme that prints images from microfiche directly to pdf for the reader to take away and read at his/her leisure …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 27 September]

Students must get ‘all-round’ education

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 25 September 2010 by Steve

“All arts students should have compulsory training in information and communications technology, a new report recommends. It says that it is time to end the artificial divide between the humanities and sciences and it recommends that all students be educated in both …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 September]

A new era for information technology?

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 1 April 2010 by Steve

“… On an annual basis DCU’s School of Computing has calculated the number of job vacancies in the ICT sector, and even during the worst moments for the sector there were many unfilled posts requiring skilled employees. Our failure as a country to persuade students to choose university courses in these areas damaged iout economic prospects …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 April]

IT courses bounce back in popularity

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“Computer companies will breathe a sigh of relief over the bounce back in the popularity of information technology (IT) courses among Irish students …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 March]

UCD technology to mine more than 300k articles and 4 million blog posts a day

Posted in research with tags , on 2 December 2009 by Steve

“Technology developed at UCD’s School of Computer Science and Informatics will be used to power one of the most powerful media intelligence tools on the planet, and will mine its way through 300,000 news articles and 4 million blog posts on a daily basis …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 2 December]

Email as we Know it, is Dead

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 December 2009 by Steve

“Email is losing effectiveness as a standalone communications medium, according to international expert Erik van Ommeren of IT services company, Sogeti. Organisations today also need to harness collaborative technologies and cloud computing. Speaking at a SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management) Northern Ireland event recently, Erik van Ommeren explained how collaboration and cloud computing are a natural fit for communications in the new global business environment …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 2 December]

Technology, students and universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“There are some – related – articles in today’s Irish Independent on themes which have featured on this blog. A report published yesterday by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) shows that the number of students going to college has hit a record high (the Irish Times ran the same story under the headline that there are more students than farmers in Ireland) and that courses in science and computing are now back in favour …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 11 November]

Scientists hope to network Facebook-style

Posted in research with tags , , , on 25 October 2009 by Steve

USA“Cornell University and six other institutions will use a US$12.2 million federal stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a Facebook-style professional networking system to link biomedical researchers across America. Participants say by making it easier for scientists to find each other, researchers will be able to improve their ongoing studies and forge collaborations that could lead to new discoveries. The new network will be called VIVOweb …” (more)

[William Kates, University World News, 25 October]

Online Education’s Great Unknowns

Posted in teaching with tags , on 25 October 2009 by Steve

USA“Distance learning has broken into the mainstream of higher education. But at the campus level, many colleges still know precious little about how best to organize online programs, whether those programs are profitable, and how they compare to face-to-face instruction in terms of quality. That is what Kenneth C. Green, director of the Campus Computing Project, concludes in a study released today in conjunction with the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 22 October]

Academic Libraries, Publishers, and Digital Books

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 October 2009 by Steve

USA“The future will judge academic librarians by how well they were able to build coalitions across institutions and negotiate with publishers to bring digital books into a co-equal status with physical books. This is a hard problem to solve, but leaders will be judged on how well they solve the hard ones …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, October 19]

University offers course on computer hacking

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 October 2009 by Steve

Scotland“A Scots university is offering high school pupils the chance to learn how to hack into computers. Edinburgh Napier University is holding the two hour course – entitled Computer Hacking for Dummies – as part of its school half-term programme. The institution claims that the aim of the lesson is to teach kids how to protect their computers against attacks over the internet, but they are promising that students can ‘practice their hacking skills’ …” (more)

[Cara Sulieman, Deadline Scotland, 9 October]

Problems with Online Research

Posted in research with tags , on 9 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The act of finding and reading published research has changed so much in the last 10-20 years. Ask any old-timer – anyone over 30 ;) – and they’ll tell you how literature searches used to involve looking up abstracts in hardback paper indexes and CD-ROMs; trying to find missing print journal issues from library shelves and waiting weeks for interlibrary loans from the British Library. Now you can do everything from your desktop in your office or at home …” (more)

[Jack Hyland, Read Around Research, 9 October]


Posted in research with tags , on 4 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Tyler Cowen started an interesting discussion on the potential utility of Twitter. I am sceptical enough about its utility for people involved in academic research, but I am going to give it a try again particularly following Cowen’s eloquent defence …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 4 October]

Forward Into the Cloud

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 September 2009 by Steve

USA“While a number of colleges and universities devote resources to keep campus e-mail grounded on their own servers, they are finding it difficult to coax students out of the cloud. Students are increasingly arriving at college already managing multiple e-mail addresses with ‘cloud’-based e-mail services – such as Gmail and Hotmail – which are hosted remotely by third-party companies. These students are often reluctant to use the e-mail client provided to them by their institution. ‘We did a survey several years ago, and the overwhelming majority of incoming students said they had between three and four e-mail accounts’, said Beth Ann Bergsmark, director for academic information technology services at Georgetown University …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 30 September]

Structured Interactions and Research Productivity

Posted in research with tags , on 27 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Anybody who has worked on large scale projects that involve, for example, large scale survey design, data collection, development of policy reports on top of the development of academic papers and intellectual development will know that there are a lot of challenges involved. One key issue is how communication is structured in the group. Some of this is ‘soft’ in terms of good personal relations, day-to-day interactions but the use of technology is almost essential once one goes through a certain scale …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 27 September]

Computers to mark English exams

Posted in teaching with tags , on 25 September 2009 by Steve

UK“The owner of Edexcel, one of England’s big three exam boards, is introducing the artificial intelligence-based, automated marking of exam essays in Britain next month. Pearson plans to launch the Pearson Test of English Academic next month. It is a computer-based English language test designed to help English-speaking universities assess pupils’ use of grammar and vocabulary, according to the Times Educational Supplement …” (more)

[Chris Irvine, Daily Telegraph, 25 September]

Science and the Internet

Posted in research with tags , , , , on 25 September 2009 by Steve

EU“The Internet gives everybody the chance to become a publisher. It is now possible for science to reach large audiences, with the potential to eliminate the role of established filters and gatekeepers, such as the traditional peer reviewed scientific journal. This also means that science can be easily reviewed, assessed, rated and commented upon by anybody, reinforcing scientific democracy. Poor research might thus be identified more quickly and debunked. The challenge is to create open access systems and ensure that old gatekeepers are not simply replaced by new ones …” (more)

[John Wood, Science Business, 23 September]