Current and Past Projects
PhD and MA Supervision (Ongoing):
- I have supervised the completion of over 80 MA dissertations/ projects to-date and co-supervised the completion of one PhD thesis. I am currently supervising nine MA dissertations/ projects and co-supervising one PhD.
Technology Adoption and the Professional Development Needs of Blended and Fully Online Teachers (2014 to present):
- Since 2014, I have been facilitating professional development workshops for staff who need to learn how to teach online or simply wish to use technology more in their on-campus teaching. In 2021, I was seconded to work as the Project Lead for the first phase of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) review at the University of Limerick. Activities included undertaking a literature review, benchmarking against other Higher Education Institutions, working with VLE (LMS) platform vendors and service providers, and consulting with the campus community about their VLE needs. I am currently working on a number of publications arising from my research and remain an active member of the VLE Project Team, which I established in early 2021.
Learning Analytics and Content Analysis (2016 to present):
- I use Sakai analytics and qualitative content analysis to evaluate student engagement among on-campus and online students. I have also collaborated on a project to examine Google analytics for YouTube instructional videos. Collaborators: Dr. Michael O'Brien and Dr. John Walsh (University of Limerick).
International Virtual Teams (2006 to present):
- I am one of a team of researchers investigating communication strategies, leadership roles, and technology use in international student virtual teams. Collaborators: Dr. Madelyn Flammia (University of Central Florida), Dr. Patricia Minacori (Université Paris-Diderot 7), and Dr. Yvonne Cleary (University of Limerick).
E-Learning and Blended Mobility (2015 to 2018):
- I led the e-learning and blended mobility workpackage for the EUCERMAT (EUropean CERamics MATerials) Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership. My activities included delivering e-learning training to academic staff in five EU institutions (the Université de Limoges, France; the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany; the AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland; the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal; and the University of Limerick), researching best practice in online delivery, coordinating blended mobility activities, and facilitating the online delivery of teaching units, with a view to developing a blended mobility/ online Joint Masters programme in Advanced Ceramics. Click here for further details.
MIDAS-NET (Multimedia Information Demonstration And Support Network) (1998 to 1999):
- I was the MIDAS-NET Ireland representative for BTiS. BTiS was the coordinator of the INFO2000 MIDAS-NET in Ireland. INFO2000 was a programme of the European Commission (5th Framework), which promoted multimedia content in the information society. The MIDAS-NET network was established to collect and disseminate information and raise awareness about multimedia.
MLIS (MultiLingual Information Society) (1998 to 1999):
- I was the MLIS Ireland Project Officer for BTiS. In this role, I developed resources, undertook research, attended conferences, and presented findings at national and international workshops. MLIS was a programme of the European Commission (DG XIII/E), which promoted linguistic diversity in the emerging information society. It comprised actions relating to language infrastructure development and the use of language technologies and resources in business and the wider community.