To follow, you will find details of MIC’s academic model for the forthcoming academic year.
MIC continues to be led by the prioritisation of public health concerns and by the safety and well-being of its students and staff across both the Limerick and Thurles campuses and as such all planning and resulting decisions are undertaken in line with the Government’s public health guidelines and the necessary requirement for social distancing. We plan to return to on-campus teaching and learning when the pandemic abates, but for the foreseeable future the blended model of teaching and learning will be necessary in order to allow for as many students as possible on campus, while also protecting the health of our students, staff and wider community.
2020-21 Academic Calendar:
Autumn Semester (Semester 1) will begin on 28 September and finish on 18 December 2020 and will consist of 12 weeks. Assessments and feedback will be given throughout Semester 1. There will be no end of semester exam period*.
The Spring Semester (Semester 2) will commence on January 25 and end on May 15 2021. It will consist of 12 weeks of teaching and a three-week assessment period.
* The following exams will take place: Language oral exams (BA; B Ed & B EdPsych Gaeilge; Arts Language Electives in B Ed) and Mathematics exams (BA in Education; BA; Arts Mathematics Electives in B Ed) will take place in Week 12.
Orientation will take place primarily online for new entrants during the week of 21 September 2020 with a small on-campus dimension.
It will consist of live online talks as well as pre-recorded sessions. Orientation will revolve around digital learning, the academic side of College as well as the social element. Students will have an opportunity to engage with programme leaders and will learn how to familiarise themselves with the required technology for their studies. Students will also meet with key support staff, student services and the Students’ Union. In the case of students registering on the BA (Liberal Arts) an opportunity to meet with faculty involved in the delivery of all the Arts subject areas will be provided.
Our overall aim of Orientation 2020 is to ensure that while the means of orienting students will be somewhat different, the result will be the same. We will endeavour to provide all our students with the opportunity to establish meaningful connections with the College and its processes.
‘Welcome to Campus’ short visits for MIC Limerick students will be scheduled for all first-year groups over the following two weeks, 7 September and 14 September 2020.
‘Welcome to Campus’ short visits for MIC Thurles students will be scheduled for all first-year groups during the week commencing 21 September.
Roll-out of this aspect of orientation will be contingent on public health advice in order to ensure that the health and wellbeing of our College community is safeguarded across both our campuses in Limerick and Thurles. Further information regarding orientation will be posted to our dedicated orientation section of the website closer to the time.
For the coming academic year, MIC will operate a blended model of teaching and learning – that is to say a combination of online and on-campus delivery.
The online learning week will resemble a regular teaching week as much as possible, but with all content delivered online. This will enable students to engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. Synchronous teaching means that lecturers and students will be online together participating in a time-tabled live lecture/tutorial. Asynchronous allows you, the student, to connect and attend the pre-recorded lectures in your own time within a specified timeframe.
The on-campus experience for students on the Limerick Campus in Semester 1 will operate on a weekly rotation model, with each year group coming on campus for a specific number of weeks on a rotational basis over the semester.
Please note that the schedule for students on the Thurles Campus is envisaged to run as normal, predominantly face to face, and will be published separately.
We are also mindful of the needs of students who may not be able to engage in on-campus interactions due to underlying health conditions and we will seek alternative methods of engagement for students in this situation.
Notes on Rotational Model:
Year 3 BA and Year 3 ECCE students will be on placement. Those who cannot go on work placements or who have had their study abroad/Erasmus placements cancelled will be undertaking the blended GOLD (Global Outlook, Local Delivery) programme. This programme will be largely online with some on campus elements. Further details to follow.
The Year 2 BA Media & Communications module Basic Video Production may have special arrangements for regular weekly on-campus teaching.
The schedules for the following programmes are not listed here and will be communicated later to the relevant groups: Grad Dip SEN; Professional Doctorate in Ed & Child Psych; Structured Phd in Ed, Taught M Ed, and Grad Dip Ed programmes; Taught MA programmes.
MIC programme delivery models, and any changes to them, will continue to be guided by the Government’s Public Health Directives.
As with previous years, the timetable will be available at least a week before the semester commences on 28 September. This combined timetable will detail your scheduled activities for both the on-campus and online learning weeks.
All of the academic and pastoral support you would expect to operate in a normal college year will be available to you. See here for further information on student supports.
In addition MIC is committed to the development of a digital campus to provide the necessary online academic, technical and pastoral supports.
Courtbrack Accommodation, MIC Limerick, will be open from September 2020 and be available for rental on a weekly rotational basis. Unfortunately due to current Public Health Directives, it will not be possible to offer accommodation within the Halls of Residence at MIC Limerick this September.
MIC Thurles On-campus accommodation will be open from September 2020. Further details available from Manager.Summerville@mic.ul.ie or T: 061 302500
COVID-19 is still with us and will continue to be with us for the immediate future. Unfortunately, over recent weeks we have witnessed many examples of the re-emergence of the virus when restrictions were eased. We all have a role to play to ensure that this will not happen within our community and every one of us must take responsibility for our own safety and the safety of those around us. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, had contact with someone with COVID-19, or are in a vulnerable group, then please follow HSE advice and self-isolate if recommended. See www.hse.ie
We continue to update a FAQ section on our website – see here. If you have additional queries please contact the relevant office/support service through the email addresses given below.
For Faculty of Education-related queries: EducationOffice@mic.ul.ie
For Faculty of Arts-related queries: ArtsOffice@mic.ul.ie
For Student Life-related queries: Geraldine.Brosnan@mic.ul.ie
For Students' Union-related queries: Misuprez@mic.ul.ie
For Student Academic Administration-related queries: SAA@mic.ul.ie
For Fees-related queries: Studentfees@mic.ul.ie
For grants-related queries (SUSI/HEA): Studentgrants@mic.ul.ie
For International Student-related queries: Holly.Cowman@mic.ul.ie
For Erasmus+ student queries: Deirdre.McInerney@mic.ul.ie
For Off-Campus placement queries: Patricia.Cassserly@mic.ul.ie
For accommodation-related queries: Manager.Summerville@mic.ul.ie
Finally we wish you all a lovely summer and look forward to seeing you in person in September. Until then #StayResponsible and #StaySafe.