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Muireann OKeeffe



Twitter ID: @muireannOK

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Personal Statement

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. 

ICT Interests

My ICT interest areas are:

Recent Projects

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. 


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