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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #720 on: January 19, 2021, 01:04:50 PM »
Other online teaching has been hit and miss.

We have maths tutorials - the students that like it and find it useful are there every session. Some never turn up.

Project supervisions have gradually moved online but some are doing face to face still.

Looking at TP2 labs makes my heart stop. It's 10 straight weeks of back to back sessions for us to deliver.

or not.

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #721 on: January 21, 2021, 08:30:22 PM »
We’ve finally admitted we’re online only for the rest of the semester.

Re: University Challenged
« Reply #722 on: January 21, 2021, 08:50:38 PM »
I'm actually not allowed to discuss our plans :/

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #723 on: January 21, 2021, 08:52:22 PM »
I'm actually not allowed to discuss our plans :/

NDA?

greencalx

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #724 on: January 21, 2021, 10:08:11 PM »
I'm actually not allowed to discuss our plans :/

I wasn’t sure that I wasn’t but since it was on the front page of the local newspaper...

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #725 on: January 21, 2021, 10:13:30 PM »
Ours isn’t committing to staying online beyond February, but the chance of them coming back before Easter is virtually nil.

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #726 on: January 22, 2021, 07:29:05 AM »
Mine is absolutely insisting that we will be back in the classroom from mid-February (and we've also been warned of more redundancy culls in the summer if we -- that is staff -- don't get application number ups and acceptences of offers firmed up. Some of the current initiatives are absolutely mental related to applications on the one hand, and student rentention on the other).

So far, with classes being 100% online rather than the hybrid stuff, I have had really good attendance and engagement in my seminars. Sure, I have to do a bit more in terms of sending emails and stuff to the various module cohorts every week to keep them on track, but this week, our first full-on week of work/discussion/workshops, has seen for me some of the best groups discussions since I was doing stuff completely in the classroom.

I will be very happy to go back to face to face tutorials when the time comes (I find call after call on Teams for tutorials gets exhausting -- I have three hours' of tutorials mandatory for one of my fresher modules to slog through this morning), but yeah, it's such a marked difference to have everyone online rather than trying to deal with online students and students in the classroom at the same time.

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #727 on: January 22, 2021, 07:27:13 PM »
Yip. Bi-mode is madness and we made a decision not to do that early on. Hours-wise it was a little more work, as we had to run a couple of extra online sessions for those who couldn’t come to the in-person ones. But I would rather do two hours where I can interact meaningfully with a single group rather than a single hour failing to interact with either.

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #728 on: January 22, 2021, 09:47:28 PM »
Extraordinarily, things are going okay here. It was decided early in the month that the whole semester would be online, but essential library and lab services are being allowed to operate on a limited basis. This is the least they could do, of course, but the incompetence of the people in charge is so great that we're almost led to feel grateful.

Re: University Challenged
« Reply #729 on: February 24, 2021, 03:12:22 PM »
We're resuming f-2-f on 8th March, except our group told management to fuck off, so we won't.

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #730 on: February 24, 2021, 03:42:37 PM »
In person classes starting in September for me in a “phased approach” (assuming I get accepted to this specialized research MA). All online until then.

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #731 on: February 24, 2021, 06:53:41 PM »
In person classes starting in September for me in a “phased approach” (assuming I get accepted to this specialized research MA). All online until then.

Pray tell, what is this specialised research? (why the N. American spelling - you're losing touch).

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #732 on: February 24, 2021, 09:47:35 PM »
Pray tell, what is this specialised research? (why the N. American spelling - you're losing touch).

Masters in public health; my focus would be on neighbourhood and societal cohesion.

Is there money in that? There best be or I’m snookered.

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #733 on: February 24, 2021, 10:33:40 PM »
Masters in public health; my focus would be on neighbourhood and societal cohesion.

Is there money in that? There best be or I’m snookered.

Sounds suitably 'viddy, go for it.

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« Reply #734 on: February 24, 2021, 10:55:33 PM »
Yeah exactly, and to be honest I was joking about money. If I felt I was doing something good in the world at the end of it, that’s enough - I’ve worked solely for money and detested it, will never do that again.

Sorry for derailing the thread.

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #735 on: February 24, 2021, 10:57:40 PM »
Masters in public health; my focus would be on neighbourhood and societal cohesion.

Is there money in that? There best be or I’m snookered.

Yep, there will be a job for you in the new gov department we are tentatively setting up around public health and environment and society

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Re: University Challenged
« Reply #736 on: February 24, 2021, 11:00:05 PM »
Yep, there will be a job for you in the new gov department we are tentatively setting up around public health and environment and society

Will keep you in mind when the job suitors come knocking in a few years!

Re: University Challenged
« Reply #737 on: February 25, 2021, 02:01:59 AM »
Social cohesion? Sounds a lot like that Cultural Marxism thing to me.

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