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3 minutes ago, Florentine_Pogen said:

Howz The Prof doing this week ?

Surprising turnaround for him. I was in a meeting with him earlier. He's apparently delighted to be teaching this year and was full of good ideas for teaching next year. It was like speaking to a different person. 

I have heard though that he's been busy pissing off the admin staff. 

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I'm seeing a list of govt-funded courses to apply for up in NE Scotland, but they're all essentially individual modules of an MSc which say "use this to work towards an MSc in...".

Given that they're 10 week courses that will probably just see any job applications pitting you against full MSc graduates, is there much point in taking up these supposedly in-demand courses?

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37 minutes ago, Hedgecutter said:

I'm seeing a list of govt-funded courses to apply for up in NE Scotland, but they're all essentially individual modules of an MSc which say "use this to work towards an MSc in...".

Given that they're 10 week courses that will probably just see any job applications pitting you against full MSc graduates, is there much point in taking up these supposedly in-demand courses?

We're moving towards this model also. Apparently, some market research is floating around showing that executives want the chance to take the odd individual course without going for a full Masters.

Sounds like bollocks to me but university management is dead keen on anything that sounds "executive" or "senior".

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17 minutes ago, scottsdad said:

Been marking since yesterday and have now marked seventeen pieces of coursework. Just another 190 to go, plus 50 exam papers

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I'm sure one of these kind gentlemen on the web who write your students essays for them will help you out. :smartass

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53 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

I'm sure one of these kind gentlemen on the web who write your students essays for them will help you out. :smartass

I've been reliably informed that they're all fed through The Computer, which eats any duplicate work it finds and craps out dismissal notices.

Thank God these things weren't around when I copypasted 4,000 words for a meaningless college essay twenty-five years ago!

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That's not true, I'm a notorious liar, ask anyone  :angel

 

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There was an episode of Friends once where Joey went through a letter he wrote with a thesaurus to make it sound smarter. The end result was gibberish. 

I get that now with some student coursework. They copy and paste something and see that it gives them a high score on the plagiarism checker. They then feed it into a paraphrasing tool that changes the words using an online thesaurus. The result is utter nonsense. 

Come the disciplinary hearing the students sometimes don't understand that this is plagiarism. They believe that by having a low score on the similarity checker they haven't committed plagiarism. They even say "Turnitin only showed 15% plagiarism". 

 

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Perhaps one for the Covid thread, but there is a meeting today between the Scottish Government and the university leadership discussing moving the first 3 weeks of semester 2 to online only. And then wait and see what the numbers are. 

Going on past experience, if this happens then it will be completely online. 

Expecting an announcement of some sort in the next few days

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1 hour ago, scottsdad said:

Perhaps one for the Covid thread, but there is a meeting today between the Scottish Government and the university leadership discussing moving the first 3 weeks of semester 2 to online only. And then wait and see what the numbers are. 

Going on past experience, if this happens then it will be completely online. 

Expecting an announcement of some sort in the next few days

Not all universities have the same term dates do they? We're due to restart teaching on the 17th.

It's somewhat ominous that the rumour is to make the first 3 weeks online only rather than delaying the start of semester (which I reckon would be doable - it just means eating into the spring/summer breaks a little to complete exam boards and the like).

Starting online makes it easier to continue online...

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3 minutes ago, The Master said:

Not all universities have the same term dates do they? We're due to restart teaching on the 17th.

It's somewhat ominous that the rumour is to make the first 3 weeks online only rather than delaying the start of semester (which I reckon would be doable - it just means eating into the spring/summer breaks a little to complete exam boards and the like).

Starting online makes it easier to continue online...

My feeling is they will say something like "online only till the end of January, followed by a review" - which will drag on and so the whole semester will be online. 

Delaying the start date of semester would be almost impossible for some places. For us, that would push back the exam board dates (which are already very tight), and then into the summer postgraduate dissertations, and so on and so on. I think a "pivot" to online is what they will do, as it has been described to us.

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6 minutes ago, scottsdad said:

My feeling is they will say something like "online only till the end of January, followed by a review" - which will drag on and so the whole semester will be online. 

Delaying the start date of semester would be almost impossible for some places. For us, that would push back the exam board dates (which are already very tight), and then into the summer postgraduate dissertations, and so on and so on. I think a "pivot" to online is what they will do, as it has been described to us.

I think we'll be the same. The only certain thing is that the decision will be taken too late to adequately prepare.

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4 minutes ago, scottsdad said:

My feeling is they will say something like "online only till the end of January, followed by a review" - which will drag on and so the whole semester will be online. 

Delaying the start date of semester would be almost impossible for some places. For us, that would push back the exam board dates (which are already very tight), and then into the summer postgraduate dissertations, and so on and so on. I think a "pivot" to online is what they will do, as it has been described to us.

That's true; I was looking at things from an UG perspective, but you're right that PG has tighter deadlines with little wriggle room.

Och well. At least I can re-use most of my recorded lectures from last January...

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