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Citizenship : Irish
Fields of expertise
Initial Teacher Education
Emotion, Metacognition and Global Citizenship Education
Current workThe focus of my work is on improving learning and teaching in higher education science and engineering.
I coordinate the Teaching Support Centre, which offers a range of services to EPFL lecturers and professors including (a) teaching evaluation and coaching, (b) pedagogical workshops, (c) research and development support and (d) teacher support activities.
I teach a course on the Social and Behavioural Sciences of Learning across the EPFL Master programmes, as well as a number of courses on teaching science and engineering in higher education. I have also developed (with Cécile Hardebolle) a massive open on-line course to aid students making the transition from second-level to university, called Apprendre à étudier.
My research and development work focuses on (a) scalable innovations in science and engineering teaching and learning and (b) social and human dimensions of engineering education
BiographyI started my academic research with a PhD in industrial sociology at Trinity College Dublin. However, volunteering and working in refugee education during the conflicts in Rwanda and Bosnia in the mid-1990s led me to switch focus and so I began to work in education and teacher education.
I worked in primary and post-primary teacher education in Limerick, Ireland for fifteen years, teaching sociology, history, philosophy and psychology of education while researching identity and inequality issues in education.
At the same time I also worked on the development of curricular materials for the Irish National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, including the award-winning Intercultural Education Guidelines for both primary and second-level schools. I was also centrally involved in developing the senior second-level social science syllabus, Politics and Society. At this time I also represented the Government of Ireland on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Steering Committee and Task Force on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and was co-chair of the UNECE Expert Group on Competences in ESD from 2009 to 2011.
My work on intercultural education led me to recognise the role of emotion and emotional regulation in education. This led to work (with Roisin Corcoran) on emotion in teacher education which has been identified by the journal Teaching and Teacher Education as among the key contributions in the field.
Since 2011 I have worked in Engineering and Science education at EPFL.
Trinity College Dublin
Post Graduate Certificate
Environmental and Development Education
London South Bank University
Bachelor of Social Science
Sociology, Social Administration
University College Dublin
Teaching Transversal Skills in the Engineering Curriculum: the Need to Raise the Temperature2020-11-20. SEFI 48th Annual Conference: Engaging Engineering Education, Enschede, the Netherlands (online), September 20-24, 2020. p. 906-917.
Immersive professional activities as learning: Irish teachers learning from overseas volunteering in IndiaProfessional Development In Education. 2020-05-30. DOI : 10.1080/19415257.2020.1770840.
Designing for impact: a conceptual framework for learning analytics as self-assessment toolsAssessment & Evaluation In Higher Education. 2019-10-26. DOI : 10.1080/02602938.2019.1680952.
Impact on the practice of students and teachers of a learning analytics dashboardSciences Po International Teaching and Learning Workshop 2019: “Integrating Pedagogical Diversity: Blended Learning and Educational Impact”, Paris, France, 26 & 27 June 2019.
Developing teacher agency through dialogueTeaching And Teacher Education. 2019-06-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.tate.2019.03.014.
The Teaching Toolkit: design of a one-day pedagogical workshop for engineering graduate teaching assistantsEuropean Journal of Engineering Education. 2019-02-26. DOI : 10.1080/03043797.2019.1584606.
Flipped classroom in Linear AlgebraSFDN Conference 2019, Zurich, Switzerland, 22 February 2019.
Short-term field study programmes for developing interdisciplinary skills in engineering education2019. SEFI 47th Annual Conference. European Society of Engineering Education. "Varietas delectat...Complexity is the new normality"", Budapest, Hungary, September 16-19, 2019.
Impact of a learning analytics dashboard on the practice of students and teachers2019. SEFI 47th Annual Conference. European Society of Engineering Education. "Varietas delectat...Complexity is the new normality", Budapest, Hungary, September 16-19, 2019.
The Impact of Gender on Engineering Students' Group Work ExperiencesInternational Journal Of Engineering Education. 2019-01-01.
How do science and engineering students approach revisions? A self-regulated learning tool for supporting the transition from secondary to higher education2018-09-17. 46th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, Danish Technical University (DTU), Copenhagen, Danemark, September 17-21, 2018.
Does gender-sensitive teacher training have a place in Engineering Education? Assessing pedagogical training as a step towards gender-inclusive curricula2018-09-17. 46th SEFI Conference, Technical University, Copenhagen, Danemark, 17-21 September 2018. p. 976-983.
Chapter 13: Training and Development Needs for a 21st Century AcademicGlobal Perspectives on Teaching Excellence: A new era for higher education; Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2018-02-12. p. 204.
How do students perceive academic success in secondary schools and in higher education?2018-02-02. SFDN Conference 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland, 2 February 2018.
Computational Thinking and Thinking ComputationallyDia-logos, Ramon Llull's Method of Thought and Artistic Practice; Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018.
Does gender-sensitive teacher training have a place in Engineering Education?2018. 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 17-21, 2018.
Fostering 21st Century Skills through Interdisciplinary Learning Experiences2018. 46th SEFI Annual Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Creating a Smart Learning Space: Learning with and learning from student-generated data about learning2017-09-18. 45th SEFI Annual Conference, Azorez, Portugal, 18-21 September 2017.
Apprendre à étudier - Guide à l'usage des étudiants en sciences et en ingénieriePPUR.
Curriculum co-design using participatory rapid prototyping tools2017. 45th SEFI Conference, Azores, Portugal, September 18-21, 2017.
Ready to face the world?Lessons learnt from applying a Multi-Professional Shared Learning Test tofirst year Engineering and Science students at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) Conference 2016 Ethics, Care and Quality in Educational Development, Cape Town, South Africa, November 22-25, 2016.
Évaluation de l’impact des cours ‘Enjeux Mondiaux’ dans le raisonnement éthique des étudiants de première année à l’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)2016. 29ème Congrès de l'Association International de Pédagogie Universitaire (AIPU), Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, June 6-9, 2016.
Increasing the Perspectives of Engineering Undergraduates on Societal Issues through an Interdisciplinary ProgramInternational Journal of Engineering Education. 2016.
Supporting Teacher Decision-Making Through Appropriate FeedbackGrand Challenge Problems in Technology-Enhanced Learning II: MOOCs and Beyond: Perspectives for Research, Practice, and Policy Making Developed at the Alpine Rendez-Vous in Villard-de-Lans; Heidelberg: Springer, 2016. p. 21-24.
The Formal and Hidden Curricula of Ethics in Engineering Education2015. 43rd Annual SEFI Conference, Orleans, France, June 29 - July 2, 2015.
Conscientious Behaviour, Flexibility and Learning in Massive Open On-Line Courses2015. World Conference on Educational Sciences, Malta, Febuary 2014. p. 519-525. DOI : 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.04.686.
The centre cannot hold: untangling two different trajectories of the 'approaches to learning'frameworkTeaching in Higher Education. 2014. DOI : 10.1080/13562517.2013.827648.
Critical Thinking and Development Education: How do we develop meta-cognitive capacities?Development Education in Policy and Practice; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. p. 65-80.
Approaches to learning, metacognition and personality; an exploratory and confirmatory factor analysisProcedia Social and Behavioural Sciences. 2014. DOI : 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.611.
Sleepers’ lag - study on motion and attention2014. 4th Internation Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, March 24-28, 2014.
Student motion and it's potential as a classroom performance metric3rd International Workshop on Teaching Analytics (IWTA), Paphos, Cyprus, September 17-21, 2013.
Does emotional intelligence predict student teachers' performance?Teaching and Teacher Education. 2013. DOI : 10.1016/j.tate.2013.04.008.
A question of knowledgeEducation that Matters: Teachers, Critical Pedagogy and Development Education and Local and Global Level; Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013.
Developing Emotionally Competent Teachers; Emotional Intelligence and Pre-Service Teacher EducationOxford: Peter Lang.
Teacher educators’ perspectives on the implementation of beginning teacher standards for physical education in Ireland: developing and regulating the profession?European Journal of Teacher Education. 2012. DOI : 10.1080/02619768.2012.696191.
Assessing Emotional Intelligence and Its Impact in Caring Professions: The Value of a Mixed-Methods Approach in Emotional Intelligence Work with TeachersEmotional Intelligence - New Perspectives and Applications; Rijeka, Croatia: InTech, 2012. p. 215-238.
Beginning teacher standards for physical education: Promoting a democratic ideal?Teaching and Teacher Education. 2012. DOI : 10.1016/j.tate.2011.08.001.
Women, Higher Education and Career Choice; Women's experiences of higher education and career choice in Ireland and UgandaSaarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
Teaching Global Perspectives: Introducing Student Teachers to Development EducationDublin: Liffey Press.
Teacher education, emotional competencies and development educationProcedia - Social and Behavioural Sciences. 2010.
Working in the action/research nexus for education for sustainable development; two case studies from IrelandInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 2008.
Re-imagining the traditional lecture: an action research approach to teaching student teachers to ‘do’ philosophyTeaching in Higher Education. 2008.
Education and PovertyWelfare Policy and Poverty; Dublin: Institute for Public Administration, 2007. p. 169-200.
The construction of national identity through primary school history: the Irish caseBritish Journal of Sociology of Education. 2006.
Eye-tracking perspectives of students’ learning trough MOOCsInternational Journal of Technology in Higher Education.
Teaching & PhD
Humanities and Social Sciences Program