The Teachers' Union of Ireland could put this idea to government and show how it could work. If the procedure came to fruition, more students could enter the third level system every year. Lecturers would have more contact hours and productivity would increase. But as an extern with HETAC, I understand some of the institutional resistance. It boils down to a feudal system that seeks to ensure a protective cocoon around third level education as a revenue line first and foremost. Suggesting that some institutions may have to work together to split out fees paid could upset finance and administrative staffs. Yet the enterprise accounting tools of the trade, funded by Irish taxpayes, would make it relatively easy to handle payment for services when split between institutions.
I have less than 15 years remaining in productive work and don't expect to see cross-institution electives approved on university courses as standard practise in Ireland anytime soon. So I'm starting low on the feeding chain and setting up guest lectures from other third level academicians, arranging for those appearances in front of my classes via Online Meeting Rooms. I'll be blogging my experiences, hopefully gaining some advocacy along the way.
Dara Flynn -- "Renewable energy courses on offer" in the Sunday Times Education section, 1 Nov 09.