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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Twitter ID: @muireannOK
I work within the Teaching Enhancement Unit at Dublin City University which has responsibility for teaching and learning support and development in the University. I teach the an Introductory course on Online Teaching, which provides upskilling to academics using technology for teaching online. I also support the pilot of ePortfolio integration into the broad curriculum for students in nursing. I work with academics on supporting their pedagogical research into technology enhanced learning.
I am an Educational Doctorate student at the Institute of Education, University of London. My current research explores the use of social media, in particular Twitter, as a professional learning tool for academics.
My main research interests are in academic professional development, use of social media, eportfolios for reflective practice and general technology enhanced learning.
I work part-time as a lecturer at the Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland supervising students in Masters Action Learning projects. I have supported Projects include supporting reflective practice through eportfolios and development of Academic Writing supports for International students.
Previously I also worked at Dublin Institute of Technology where I coordinated the MSc in Applied eLearning, supporting students to build eportfolios to engage in reflective practice and demonstrate competencies in eLearning tasks. I have lectured on other academic development programmes (PG Diploma in 3rd Level Learning and Teaching, and the MA in Higher Education).
I would be interested in connecting with others who have similar research interests especially those who are partaking PhD or EdD research to share stories.
I have worked in higher education for 14 years and I as a result I have developed good relationships and collaborations with other Higher Education institutions on project such as elearning resource development, support the first year experience and developing communities of practice.
My ICT interest areas are:
- social media (twitter) as a tool for CPD learning
- social media supporting the first year experience
- eportfolios for supporting deep learning across a modularised curriculum.
- eportfolios and blogs for reflective practice
- The use of personal response systems (clickers) for engagement in large group teaching
My main research project at the moment is for my EdD where I am exploring the use of social media, in particular Twitter, as a professional learning tool for academics and higher education professionals.
I am using a case study approach and I have analysed tweets from a particular group of higher education professionals based in Ireland and also analysed a Twitter stream from a conference feed looking for particular types of activity and interaction between Twitter users.
As part of this research I have developed a framework for inquiring into professionals learning. This framework enables me to focus on looking for aspects of learning which include: participation/community, reflection and implementation/transformation. Interpretations and findings are currently being written.
- O’Keeffe (2014) Innovating creative practices with students developing ePortfolios on a professional development Masters programme. EdTech Ireland conference June 2014.
- O’Keeffe (2014 pending) Fostering reflective and creative practices for ePortfolio development Educational Studies Association of Ireland Journal (pending).
- O’Keeffe (2013)Supporting ePortfolios for Deepening Student Learning in Contemporary Irish Higher Education. Proceedings of the Society for Research in Higher Education Dec 2013
- O’Keeffe (2013) How can I support students to develop reflective and creative ePortfolios on a professional development Masters programme? Action Research Colloquium, IT Tralee June 2013
- O’Keeffe, Donnelly (2013). Exploration of ePortfolios for Adding Value and Deepening Student Learning in Contemporary Higher Education. International Journal of ePortfolios. 3(1).
- O’Keeffe, Luby (2012) Crossing the threshold with clickers in first year accountancy. Proceedings NAIRTL conference 2012.
- O’Keeffe (2012) ePortfolios for Learning, Proceedings of EDtech conference, NUI Maynooth.
- O’Keeffe, O’Rourke, Donnelly (2011) Do ePortfolios foster creativity? An evaluative study in a professional development context. Proceedings of DIVERSE Conference, Dublin.
- O'Keeffe M. and Ryan B.J. (2011). Encouraging student engagement and interaction with personal response systems. 18th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology, Leeds, United Kingdom.
- O’Keeffe, Crehan (2010) Using Blogs to foster reflective practice for professional development of teaching staff in higher education, Proceedings of LIN/NAIRTL conference Dublin, Ireland. http://www.nairtl.ie/documents/CrehanandOKeefe.pdf.
- O’Keeffe (2009) An Evolutionary Pathway to establish sustainable NDLR SMARTCops, ASCILITE conference, New Zealand.
- O’Keeffe, Brabazon (2008) Digital learning resources to assist presentation skills of engineering students, EE 2008, Loughborough, UK.
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