Instructors look to continue using technology after the pandemic

first_imgLinkedin Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 First-year students reflect on their first semester of college The J. M. Moudy buildings. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Previous articleHow off-campus students are coping with their mental healthNext articleEpisode 214 – Week 3 NFL, Week 4 CFB Shaina Looker RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Facebook ReddIt printProfessors are adjusting to the challenges of online teaching and plan to implement new teaching techniques in the semesters to come.Keith Whitworth, an instructor of sociology, said once everything is back to normal, he plans to record all his lectures and move to a more inverted class model, allowing more time for in-class activities. “I like being able to jump on a Zoom session with students to go over their exam and I will encourage students to connect with Zoom if they cannot attend in-person office hours,” Whitworth said. Jordan Doyle, an academic adviser for the Neeley School of Business and adjunct instructor in the communication studies department, said she plans to utilize D2L more in the future. “I used to always have students email me their assignments, which makes it hard when I’m also an adviser during the day and fielding emails from my advisees,” Doyle said. “Separating my adviser life from my teaching life is much easier using D2L.”Professors have relied on Zoom’s features to help virtually run their courses.“Teaching online allows the ability to use breakout rooms more effectively than dividing into groups in a classroom,” Whitworth said. “I can facilitate a breakout room within seconds and the students can go immediately into a discussion.”Doyle said she thinks the silver lining in this less-than-ideal situation is that professors have all grown from a pedagogical perspective.“I don’t think we will ever get ‘back’ to normal because we’ve learned so much over the past year on how to make our class more effective and efficient using technology,” Doyle said. “If anything, the classroom experience will be even better in the future as a result of COVID-19.”Whitworth said he is satisfied overall with online teaching as this is the best solution available during this pandemic.“I believe that TCU was wise to train instructors over the summer to be fully prepared to teach synchronously,” Whitworth said. “This is the best model to deliver the TCU promise of personalized attention, although it falls short of the goal.” + posts center_img ReddIt What we’re reading: Obama campaigns for Biden, University of Michigan imposes a stay-at-home order Shaina Looker Twitter TCU equestrian team prepares for spring season Shaina Looker Shaina Looker Shaina Looker TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution last_img read more

Press TV reporter shot dead in Damascus

first_img Organisation News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Syrian journalist Maya Nasser, a correspondent for Iran’s English-language Press TV, was fatally shot by a sniper yesterday while covering a twin bomb attack on military command headquarters in central Damascus and the ensuing fighting, Press TV reported. He died in hospital from a gunshot injury to the neck.Hussein Mortada, a Lebanese journalist working as Damascus bureau chief for Iran’s Arabic-language TV station Al-Alam, also sustained a gunshot injury while covering the fighting. Tajamu’ Ansar Al-Islam claimed responsibility for the two explosions (one of which was a car-bomb) but not for shooting the two journalists.Reporters Without Borders condemns the targeting of the Press TV and Al-Alam reporters and points out that, under UN Security Council Resolution 1738, journalists should under no circumstances be targeted by the parties to the conflict. Aged 35, Nasser was the 12th professional journalist to be killed in Syria since the start of the uprising in March 2011.It has meanwhile emerged that Abdelkarim Al-Oqda, a citizen journalist who had filmed many videos of the government’s violent crackdown its opponents, was killed during an assault by government forces on Arbaeen, a neighbourhood in the west-central city of Hama, on 19 September.He died when soldiers attacked his home and set fire to it. An amateur video posted online by activists shows four charred bodies on the ground, one of them Al-Oqda’s. An activist said the army targeted his house because of his coverage of the uprising in Hama.Aged 27, Al-Oqda was a cameraman and reporter for Sham News Network (SNN), providing thousands of videos about the clashes in Syria since March 2011. SNN’s videos are used by many international media such as Al-Jazeera and the BBC.His tragic death brings the number of citizen journalists killed since the start of the uprising to 29. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 12, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists September 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press TV reporter shot dead in Damascus to go further Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts News February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reviving hopes, FARC rebels say they will free French journalist on 30 May

first_imgNews RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more After holding French journalist Roméo Langlois for a month, the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have announced that that he will be released unconditionally on 30 May. The announcement was made in a brief communiqué posted on the FARC website yesterday. The three-point communiqué says:Firstly, the release of the French journalist Romeo Langlois will take place on Wednesday, 30 May.Secondly, the coordinates of the place where Mr. Langlois will be released will be given at the appropriate moment to the humanitarian mission consisting of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Piedad Córdoba (a former senator who has often mediated with the guerrillas) and the French delegate.Thirdly, we are awaiting publication of the security protocols that are indispensible for the success of this operation. Definite guarantees must exist for the physical safety of all participants in this release.Signed: 15th Front of the FARC-EP, Southern Block, Mountains of Colombia, 26 May 2012.“This communiqué should be read as a message of hope,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By keeping the promise made on 6 May to free release Langlois, the FARC will be respecting a solemn pledge given on 26 February to stop holding civilians hostage.“This pledge must be borne in mind not only as regards Langlois’s release but also, beyond that, with a view to a lasting solution to a civil war that has been undermining Colombia for a half a century. Langlois’s captivity is reminder that this war, which international public opinion often forgets, is still going on. We hope that the 30 May operation’s success will boost the hopes for dialogue and peace.”Aged 35, Langlois has been based in Colombia since 2002 stringing for media in France (France 24, Le Figaro, Marie-Claire and VSD), Switzerland (L’Hebdo and 24 Heures) and Canada (Radio Canada). An experienced reporter, he has established contacts with all parties to the Colombian conflict and his work with his colleague Pascale Mariani in the field has been widely recognized.He was captured in the southern department of Caquetá on 28 April while covering an anti-drug operation by an army unit that was ambushed by the FARC.Inside photo: Ouest-France RSF_en Receive email alerts ColombiaAmericas News to go furthercenter_img October 21, 2020 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Colombia Reports RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia News May 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reviving hopes, FARC rebels say they will free French journalist on 30 Maylast_img read more

Hell-raiser Harris features in New Year’s Day documentary

first_imgEmail Facebook RICHARD HARRIS, THE FIELD, 1990A NEW documentary exploring Richard Harris’ fascinating life both on and off-screen will be aired on TG4 on New Year’s Day at 9.30pm.The larger-than-life Limerick man was famed as an actor, writer, director, singer, poet, sportsman and one of the most notorious hell-raisers of all time,Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up For the first time ever, his life will be explored and celebrated in a documentary packed with drama, intrigue, fun and hilarious stories exploring a larger than life character who lived his eccentric life to the full and left behind a body of work unrivalled by any other Irish actor.Harris was celebrated as much for his colourful life off-screen, as for his many memorable roles on screen.He made more than 70 movies, won a Golden Globe and an award at Cannes for Best Actor.He also won a Grammy and had an international hit with his rendition of McArthur Park, lamenting how someone left a cake out in the rain.He was nominated for two Oscars and drank for Ireland. He dominated any film he was in and held his own against Brando in ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ and Eastwood in ‘Unforgiven’.Between those two career highs, he starred in ‘Camelot’, ‘A Man Called Horse’ and played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series – although he did so reluctantly, only taking the part after his granddaughter threatened to never speak with him again if he turned the part down.Portrait of actor Richard Harris at an older ageHowever, his acting prowess went hand in hand with his drinking prowess and along with his friends and fellow hell-raisers, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, he tore through the film establishment in a blaze of whiskey and wine.He was the last of the great hell-raisers; a dinosaur from an era when movie stars misbehaved and the public loved him for it.The documentary zones in on how he wore his Irish heritage as a badge of pride and talked of Ireland and Limerick every chance he got.Also how he laid the groundwork for everyone who came after him. and set the bar high in terms of acting achievements and low in the way he behaved off-screen.“Without Harris there would be no Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson or Colin Farrell,” a spokesman for documentary producers, Derg Films, said.Featuring exclusive interviews with some of Hollywood’s elite, including Clint Eastwood, Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Duvall, Ridley Scott, Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne and Stephen Rea, this documentary explores Harris’ fascinating and colourful life . WhatsApp LifestyleEntertainmentFilmNewsHell-raiser Harris features in New Year’s Day documentaryBy Bernie English – January 1, 2020 451 Advertisementcenter_img Print Linkedin Twitter Previous articleA lively January night of music – The Three AmigosNext articleCould you be Limerick’s latest millionaire? Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more

€10m technology fund to provide digital support to students

first_imgEmail Advertisement News€10m technology fund to provide digital support to studentsBy Meghann Scully – April 25, 2020 177 Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell explained that the scheme will support tourism businesses that were not eligible for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) payment or previous Fáilte Ireland continuity grant schemes.A €10 million technology and devices fund has been set up to provide digital support to students at primary and secondary level, Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’ Donnell has said.Deputy Kieran O’ Donnell said the funding will be a huge help to both students and teachers as part of our response to Covid-19.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy O’ Donnell said: “Schools in Limerick know their students best. So they are being empowered to support those who most need access to technology, with the right equipment.“Schools are being asked to prioritise exam classes, and then to look at where else access to technology is most needed. I am confident this will make a real difference to thousands of students and provide the technology they need to be able to access online supports.“At this time it is imperative we go further as a society to support more vulnerable young people. By redirecting funding we are focusing our attention on where it is needed, with a priority on Leaving Certificate students. Combined with an emphasis on wellbeing, this funding will help to give students the tools they need to succeed.”The measures are part of a number of initiatives taken by the Department to support Limerick children and young people who require digital support during the period of school closures.They include:Guidance being issued to all schools to support the ongoing learning of children with special educational needs and children whorequire digital support.Collaboration with Cisco/WebEX to support schools with training in video conferencing software – for use by teachers with their classes.Guidance and resources developed by the National Council for Special Education on supporting children with special educational needs.Continuation of the School meals programme, funded through the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, to provide food parcels to children who are at risk of food poverty.Continued funding of Home Tuition or, where this is not possible, flexibility to bank hours for use at a later time in the year.Resources to support good mental health and wellbeing amongst students produced by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS).€10 million funding package secured as part of the Digital Strategy for Schools ICT Infrastructure Fund.The Department of Education and Skills is also working with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and telecoms companies through industry body Ibec to make a number of relevant websites “zero rated”. This would allow students to access these sites with no data costs.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, added: “I believe the tech grants now being issued to schools can help harness the hard work, innovation and creativity being shown by our schools and their students to the greatest extent possible.“The efforts of our school communities are something to be proud of.” Print Twittercenter_img Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleKnow the Difference between Hay Fever and COVID-19 SymptomsNext articleIlen Salmon’s Wake Tetra Pak Boat Craft Competition Meghann Scullylast_img read more

125 people attend ED at Letterkenny University Hospital over past 24 hours

first_img Twitter Facebook 125 people attend ED at Letterkenny University Hospital over past 24 hours Previous articleHusband of missing woman appeals for helpNext articleTalks to restore devolved Government in NI to begin next month News Highland WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – November 27, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 125 people have attended the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital in the past 24 hours, as a result, the Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented.Management at the hospital say the ED has been extremely busy with many patients currently awaiting a bed.They have apologised for the distress or inconvenience caused to patients or their families who are experiencing long wait times.The public is again being reminded to only attend the Emergency Department in the case of real emergencies. Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Man says he was shot 3 times by volunteer constable for fleeing traffic stop

first_imgFlorence Police Department(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — A state constable is under investigation after shooting a man who was fleeing a traffic stop in South Carolina, according to officials.Florence Officer Edward Sieban pulled over Brandon Fludd for speeding late Saturday night, according to Lt. Mike Brandt of the Florence Police Department. Sieban was accompanied by Group III State Constable Christopher Bachochin, Brandt said. A second police officer pulled over in another car as well.Video of the incident shows Sieban ask for Fludd’s information and state he smells marijuana. The video then shows Fludd refuse to exit the vehicle and back into a police car. Shots are heard as Fludd drives away. Brandt could not confirm the number of shots fired. When asked why he drove away, Fludd told ABC News, “Because I got nervous, I shouldn’t have taken off, I should have listened, but I got nervous and scared.”Fludd said after he drove away from the scene he met his wife. He then got in his wife’s car and went to the hospital. Fludd said he was shot three times: in his chest, his arm and his knee.Officers found Fludd’s vehicle shortly after shots were fired. Fludd was later located at the McLeod Regional Medical Center, Brandt said.The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the incident.According to SLED, “Group III state constables are appointed by the governor and serve local law enforcement agencies without pay. SLED’s role is to establish training requirements, set standards for conduct, prescribe limits on the use of authority, determine suitability and fitness of applicants, and enforce governing policies.”According to ABC affiliate WPDE, Bachochin is an “advanced-level constable” and has been with the program since 2012. Fludd’s lawyer, South Carolina State Rep. Justin Bamberg, released a statement on the incident.“We are deeply concerned that a pharmacist who volunteers as a constable has the ability to not only carry a weapon while observing actual police work, but to discharge it eight times into a moving vehicle,” he said. “Police officers are required to go through a lengthy and rigorous training process in order to carry out their duties.“Volunteer constables, like the pharmacist involved in this incident, do not have the appropriate training and should not be allowed to participate at the same level as a member of law enforcement. We will continue our own investigation into this incident and will ensure that Mr. Fludd’s rights are protected,” Bamberg added.Speaking to ABC News, Bamberg said, “No one was at risk of being injured or killed by what my client did. This is what happens when you put firearms in the hands of a pharmacist and let him play police.”The Florence officers involved in the incident are not on leave, according to Brandt. Bachochin has been instructed not to work, according to SLED, which is policy if the constable is under investigation. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

2 dead after military jet crashes near airport in Alabama

first_imgGoogle Maps Street ViewBY: MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Two pilots are dead after a military jet crashed near an Alabama airport Friday evening, officials said.The aircraft landed in a wooded area near the Montgomery Regional Airport, according to airport executive director Marshall Taggart.The T-38 trainer aircraft was assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing, based out of Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, the Air Force said in a statement.The airport was notified of the crash shortly after 5 p.m. local time.Airport officials did not know what caused the fatal accident.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two pilots involved in this incident,” said Col. Seth Graham, the 14th Flying Training Wing commander, in a statement Friday night. “There are no words that can describe the sadness that accompanies the loss of our teammates.”A student and U.S. Air Force instructor pilot died in the crash, Graham said during a press briefing Saturday. They were participating in a routine off-station training mission.“Every weekend we send as part of our syllabus for students to do what we call a cross-country training mission, where they fly away from Columbus around the area to get training at other airfields,” Graham said.The pilots were on the first leg of a two-leg mission, said Graham, who did not know their ultimate destination.The base is temporarily suspending those types of off-station missions, Graham said.The names of the pilots are currently being withheld, pending next of kin notifications.A safety investigation board will be investigating, the Air Force said.ABC News’ Jamie Aranoff and Luis Martinez contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sam Merrill Named Mountain West Player of the Week

first_imgUtah State closes out its regular season on Tuesday, facing Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo., at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on AT&T Sports Net (DirecTV 683, Dish 414, Comcast 52). A Utah State victory in the game will give the Aggies at least a share of the Mountain West regular season championship. Merrill led the Aggies in scoring and played in every minute as Utah State moved into first place of the Mountain West standings with a 70-54 victory over San Diego State and an 81-76 victory over Nevada. Against the Aztecs, Merrill scored a team-best 19 points, shooting 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from the floor, 11.1 percent (1-of-9) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (6-of-6) at the free throw line, and added five rebounds and one block. Against the Wolf Pack, Merrill led both teams in scoring with a game-high 29 points, shooting 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from the floor, 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from behind the 3-point line and 90.0 percent (9-of-10) at the free throw line, and added five rebounds, two assists and one block. For the week, Merrill averaged 24.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, playing the entire 40 minutes in each game. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State junior guard Sam Merrill has been named the Mountain West Player of the Week, as announced by the league offices on Monday morning. The award is Merrill’s first this season and first of his career. In addition to his MW recognition, Merrill was also named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week. It is the fourth time this season that Merrill has been recognized as USU’s Student-Athlete of the Week. With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships. March 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local Sam Merrill Named Mountain West Player of the Week Tags: Mountain West Player of the Week/Sam Merrill/Utah State Aggies Basketball Robert Lovell Written by Utah State men’s basketball news and information is available on Facebook (, on Twitter (@usubasketball) and on Instagram (@usubasketball). Fans can also get USU men’s basketball highlights on YouTube ( read more