The Transatlantic Cable – An Irish Perspective

(A paper submitted to the 2001 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications, Student paper winner for Europe and Asia.) Changes in the telecommunications industry over the past decades have been significant. The last 20 years has seen a dramatic growth in the dependence of industry and commerce on telecommunications and wireless technologies. Nonetheless the laying…

Unfamiliar or improbable?

“There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable” – Thomas Schelling, Harvard economist, in reference to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour Although the above quote is not at all in reference to education or technology – it nonetheless is related and important. There will inevitably be a wall in…

Exploring Learning Analytics..

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education had a symposium on Learning Analytics (LA) last week (http://www.teachingandlearning.ie). It was informative, useful and a sincere Thank You to the organisers who ensured the day was successful. The symposium presentations topics included first principles, ethics, student experience, application of LA, original research,…

A Hero’s Journey

“The cave you fear to enter, holds the treasure you seek” Deconstructing that idea popularized by Joseph Campbell and reflecting on heroism, I think our society needs more heroes! Perhaps you are either already one, or you could prepare yourself to become one. I think we have been persuaded, incorrectly, to think that heroes are either…