Did the Dog Eat Your Empathy?

In the past academic year alone students have come to me about a range of issues that have effected their performance and attendance in my modules: bereavement, physical illness, mental illness, coming out to their families and friends, pregnancy, financial struggle, work commitments due to financial struggles, sexual assault, homesickness, relationship break-ups. None of my … Read more

DigComp 2.1 and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

DigComp 2.1 was published this month by the JRC of the European Commission, an update to 2016’s DigComp 2.0. The latest version of this framework develops the proficiency levels in more detail. DigComp 2.0 and 2.1 layout some very useful paths to help us move beyond the “skills” silo that the digital has become in … Read more

“Imagine. . .”: John Lennon as an Entry Point to Learning about Transcendentalism

*As part of my studies in the Certificate for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education I was asked to write a Teaching Portfolio section on entry points to learning. We were asked to connect this entry point with Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. In this abridged version I introduce the difference between MI and entry … Read more

A Domain of One’s Own: Taking Control of Digital Selfhood

I attended Jim Groom’s talk in Cork (31st march 2017) and want to say a few words while it’s fresh in my mind. For those of you unfamiliar with Groom’s work, he is a co-founder of Reclaim Hosting, a company that provides domains and web hosting to students and educators. Groom was here to talk … Read more

Kerouacking the Classroom and Talmudic-Style Annotation of Poetry

I teach a final year seminar called America With[out] Borders, and among the required readings are long poems by Lorna Dee Cervantes and Claudia Rankine. I have taught Cervantes’s “Bananas” and “Coffee” in other modules previously, but have rarely been satisfied with the lectures. These are challenging poems that require deep, well-researched readings. Students rarely enter … Read more

Chicanas Speak Out in the Context of the Women’s March

On this dark day I am preparing for lectures next week, focusing on my students rather than paying any attention to Trumplestiltskin (the name I have chosen to refer to him). I am not American, but I teach literatures of the Americas, especially those works written by citizens that Trumplestiltskin wishes to forcibly remove from … Read more

Staffless Libraries in Ireland: A Brief Appreciation of Librarians

Former minister Mary O’Rourke penned an open letter to Simon Coveney regarding plans to roll out staffless libraries across Ireland. It’s worth a read, and I certainly think it’s worth putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and writing Minister Coveney a few more letters to complain about what most certainly is a daft idea. … Read more

Much To-Do about Organsing My Time: Managing the Mess of Schedules and Lists

As the tasks and deadlines of the new year loom I find my eyes drawn to any tweet, post, update and article that refers to being organised. I am not someone who deliberately makes New Year Resolutions due to the fact that I know I will not stick to them. I am, like many people, … Read more