US president Barack Obama  at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in  Oklahoma on Thursday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Figures on the size and make-up of the prison population in the US explain why Barack Obama is aiming to fix the country’s “broken system” of criminal(...)

 David Puttnam. Photograph Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

There is a quiet revolution taking place in education. One day in early January, a million teachers downloaded lesson plans and ideas from other teach(...)

The online revolution

Here’s some food for thought. The largest education provider in Africa is based in the west of Ireland. With three million learners and a furth(...)

Test-tube trials: scientist Conor Courtney shows Taoiseach Enda Kenny a DNA extraction experiment at the Science Gallery in Trinity College, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Should we go online to learn? Poor teaching and what can be done about underperformance, figured on the airwaves last week on RTÉ’s “Toda(...)

Web Log

Irishman Mike Feerick set up online MOOC platform Alison back in 2007, long before Massive Open Online Courses became mainstream. He’s innovating agai(...)

Watching the CEO of an Irish company receive one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for innovation in education, it was surprising such celebra(...)

Plagiarism row: what next? It’ll be interesting to see what happens next in the Institute of Technology Tralee plagiarism story. On the one ha(...)