ICEP Committee

ICEP 2017 Organising Committee

Dr Brett Becker

Brett is an assistant professor in Computer Science at University College Dublin and has been researching and lecturing Computer Science for fourteen years. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from UCD where he also completed an MSc in Computational Science. In 2015 Brett completed an MA in Higher Education at the Dublin Institute of Technology and he is currently studying on UCD’s University Teaching and Learning course. Brett’s undergraduate degrees are a BA in Physics and a BA in Computer Science. He is particularly interested in computer science education research (specifically first-lear programming), data analytics, parallel computing, and in how fundamental concepts of computation and information theory impact the education of students in all disciplines. He is a very active member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). Brett’s Homepage: www.brettbecker.com

Dr. Susan Bergin

Susan is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University since 1997. She holds a PhD in Computer Science, a Masters in Computer Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Science (management). She received a National Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009 from then President Mary McAleese, in recognition of her commitment to integrating research into her teaching practice. She is a member of the ICEP steering committee since 2010 and has worked as the Programme co-chair/Organising co-chair from 2011 to 2014.Susan’s research interests are in adaptive learning and affective computing. She pioneered the development of PreSS, a system that can predict performance of novice programmers with over 80% accuracy after minimal exposure to programming concepts. The accuracy of this system has been repeatedly revalidated over the past ten years. She is currently leading an international study, the largest of its kind, to predict programming performance of 1500 participating students and continues to work with her team on improving the systems ability. She also has a keen interest in the development of personalised adaptive learning systems, that consider behavioural, cognitive and psycho-physiological factors that influence a student in real-time online learning-environments. She is currently leading several PhD research projects on student engagement, anxiety in learning, educational analytics and adaptive technology.

Dr Kevin Casey

Kevin is a lecturer at Maynooth University. Before his current position he served as a lecturer at Dublin City University for 3 years and at Griffith College Dublin for 9 years. Having completed a BSc and MSc in Computer Science at University College, Dublin, he began lecturing at GCD in 1994. He left in 2002 to take up a position as researcher in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. He continues his involvement with his research group at DCU in the area of data analytics (including Learning Analytics) and IoT. Kevin holds a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

Dr Larry McNutt

Larry is currently a member of the TU4Dublin Implementation team (www.tu4dublin.ie) having previously been the Head of School of Informatics and Engineering at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown from 1999-2014. Prior to joining ITB,he was a Senior Lecturer in the ITT Dublin and has held academic positions in Southern Cross University Australia, Letterkenny IT, DCU and Capella University. He is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, and his research interests and publications include curriculum design, distance education, educational technology, instructional design and computer science education. He is currently involved in a number of collaborative research projects in the e-learning area. Larry studied computer science in University College Dublin (UCD), and holds a Masters degree in Education (Multimedia) from the University of New England, Australia and an Doctorate in Education from NUI Maynooth, where his work explored the habitus of educational technologists.

Dr. Fiona O’Riordan

Fiona(BABS; MBS; M.Ed; Ed.D) is Head of the Centre for Promoting Academic Excellence. She is also Programme Director for the MA in Training and Education and embedded awards PG Dip in Training and Education, and Special Purpose Certificate in Training and Education. Fiona is a founding member and current conference co-chair for ICEP 2017; Chair of Educational Developer in Ireland Network (EDIN); National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in HE Associate; and Chair of the Higher Education Collages Association (HECA) 2017 Conference . More recently she was seconded to work on the National Forum Professional Development Expert Group (NFPDEG). Her research areas included engaging pedagogy; internationalization of higher education; the voice of educators; and curriculum development.

Graham Glanville

Graham is Head of ICT Faculty at the College of Computing Technology (CCT) and has been lecturing in the fields of Business and IT for over ten years. He holds an MSc in Strategic Information Systems Analysis and is currently a Ph.D in Education candidate at the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. Graham’s research areas are Student Engagement, Social Learning and Self-Efficacy in Higher Education. Graham is also a member of the HECA (Higher Education Colleges Association) Teaching and Learning Committee, an Associate member of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and Associate Academic member of the Social Science Centre, Lincoln, U.K.

Ruairí Murphy

Ruairí graduated from Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Communications in Creative Multimedia, and received an MSc in Multimedia Systems from Trinity College Dublin in 2007. Ruairí has worked as a web developer and multimedia designer for a number of years before joining the Computing Science faculty in 2007.

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ICEP 2017 Programme Committee

Programme Co-Chair: Dr. Susan Bergin

Susan is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University since 1997. She holds a PhD in Computer Science, a Masters in Computer Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Science (management). She received a National Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009 from then President Mary McAleese, in recognition of her commitment to integrating research into her teaching practice. She is a member of the ICEP steering committee since 2010 and has worked as the Programme co-chair/Organising co-chair from 2011 to 2014.Susan’s research interests are in adaptive learning and affective computing. She pioneered the development of PreSS, a system that can predict performance of novice programmers with over 80% accuracy after minimal exposure to programming concepts. The accuracy of this system has been repeatedly revalidated over the past ten years. She is currently leading an international study, the largest of its kind, to predict programming performance of 1500 participating students and continues to work with her team on improving the systems ability. She also has a keen interest in the development of personalised adaptive learning systems, that consider behavioural, cognitive and psycho-physiological factors that influence a student in real-time online learning-enviornments. She is currently leading several PhD research projects on student engagement, anxiety in learning, educational analytics and adaptive technology.

Programme Co-Chair: Dr. Aidan Mooney

Dr. Aidan Mooney is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University. He has worked on and led numerous research projects on Computer Science Education. His early interest was in the area of Problem Based Learning (PBL) where he focused on using this technique to enhance the experience of first year Computer Science students. He subsequently looked in more detail at retention issues relating to first year students culminating in him completing an Action Research Project as part of a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. He sees technology as playing a vital role in Education and has researched and developed a number of tools which were incorporated into Moodle to enhance student participation and learning (e.g. plug-in for Moodle to aid programming students get instant feedback on submitted programs).

Dr. Brett Becker

Brett is a lecturer in Computer Science at University College Dublin and has been researching and lecturing for twelve years. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from UCD where he also completed an MSc in Computational Science. In 2015 Brett completed an MA in Higher Education at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Brett’s undergraduate degrees are a BA in Physics and a BA in Computer Science. He is particularly interested in computer science education research, data analytics, parallel computing, and in how fundamental concepts of computation and information theory impact the education of students in all disciplines. Brett’s Homepage: www.brettbecker.com

Dr. Fiona O’Riordan

Fiona(BABS; MBS; M.Ed; Ed.D) is Head of the Centre for Promoting Academic Excellence. She is also Programme Director for the MA in Training and Education and embedded awards PG Dip in Training and Education, and Special Purpose Certificate in Training and Education. Fiona is a founding member and current conference co-chair for ICEP 2017; Chair of Educational Developer in Ireland Network (EDIN); National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in HE Associate; and Chair of the Higher Education Collages Association (HECA) 2017 Conference . More recently she was seconded to work on the National Forum Professional Development Expert Group (NFPDEG). Her research areas included engaging pedagogy; internationalization of higher education; the voice of educators; and curriculum development.

Dr. Kevin Casey

Kevin is a lecturer at Dublin City University. Before his current position he served as senior lecturer at Griffith College Dublin for 9 years. Having completed a BSc and MSc in Computer Science at University College, Dublin, he began lecturing at GCD in 1994. He left in 2002 to take up a position as researcher in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. Having since returned to lecturing, he continues his involvement with his research group at TCD in the area of virtual machines and compiler optimisation. Kevin holds a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

Dr. Waseem Akhtar

Waseem is head of the Computing Science faculty at Griffith College Dublin. He is also the Programme Director for MSc in Big Data Management & Analytics and MSc in Applied Digital Media Technologies. Waseem’s research interests focus on multidisciplinary topics such as Evidence Based Management, Business Intelligence Systems and other applications of Big Data in the strategic management of higher education institutions, as well as applications of analytics for the management of teaching and learning, talent and career development. He is also interested in science communication and is actively involved in a number of initiatives for promoting science, STEM careers and science communication. Waseem holds a PhD in Computer Science from University College Dublin.

Alice Childs 

Alice Childs : (BA; PGCTLHE; MA(ODE) is a Learning Technologist Manager and Dissertation supervisor on the Masters in Training and Education at Griffith College. She has worked in the HE sector for over a decade in the UK and Ireland, most recently as an Educational/Learning Technologist for both UCD and GCD. As Associate Principal/Senior Lecturer with Leeds Trinity University, UK (1999-2007) Alice devised and co-ordinating many Media Production and Journalism modules for undergraduate and post graduate programmes and continues to contribute to Conferences e.g. ILTA’s Ed Tech (2012/14 and15), ICEP (2016) and UCD’s EdTECx (2015 and 2017). She also enjoyed a professional broadcasting role as Bi-media Producer with BBC Manchester (1993-1999) and was co-editor of The Meaning of Life 2 with Gay Byrne, RTE/Gill & Macmillan – Interviews Edited by Alice Childs. Published in 2014 the book enjoyed a brief period at the top of the Irish best sellers list.

Dr. Declan Delaney

Dr. Roisin Donnelly

Dr Roisin Donnelly is currently on a year’s secondment to the National Forum from the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she has worked for 17 years as an Academic Developer and was Programme Chair for the suite of accredited Postgraduate Programmes for the professional development of academic staff and industry consultants. During this time, she has developed extensive experience of academic professional development and research from within Ireland and abroad, and has presented widely and published [https://roisindonnellyresearch.wordpress.com/dr-roisin-donnelly-publications/] on this topic. She is the co-founder and editor of the Irish Journal of Academic Practice (IJAP) http://arrow.dit.ie/ijap/. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Queen’s University Belfast, and is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA).Roisin’s role in the Forum, as a Project Manager, is to guide the development, management and evaluation of the pilot phase of the implementation of the emerging Professional Development Framework for those who teach in higher education. She also contributes to the Forum’s work in advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in Irish higher education by engaging in current and relevant pedagogical research.

Dr Paul Donovan

Dr Paul Donovan is Principal Investigator at the School of Business, Maynooth University (MU). He was previously Registrar and Head of Management Development at Irish Management Institute (IMI) specialising in Human Resource Development. Before joining IMI he worked as a general operations manager with Bord na Mona, the Irish Peat Development Authority. He was also Training and Development Manager of the Bord na Mona group. Paul has delivered executive development programmes in over 15 countries. His research interest is the transfer of training. He has received funding of €278,000 from Enterprise Ireland to construct a web based tool to maximise transfer of learning from training programmes back into the workplace. He has opened a small private company to spin out from MU to market this tool.

Dr. Julie Dunne

Julie has a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry (2002), and a Higher Certificate in Third Level Teaching and Learning (2010). She was awarded an MA in Higher Education (2015) for her research entitled ‘Participatory Action Research: Effect of Emphasising Graduate Attributes on Work-Placement Reflection’. She has been a lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology since 2002, and has been involved with work-placement education and research for several years in both the pharmaceutical and food industries. She currently co-ordinates a Higher Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Studies. Her pedagogical interests include work-based learning and assessment, technology enhanced learning, graduate attributes development and assessment, and peer learning.

Dr. Alison Farrell

Alison Farrell is Teaching Development Officer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Maynooth University where she is also Head of the University’s Writing Centre. She has been directly involved in Education since 1994 and has worked in a wide range of pedagogical areas at all levels. She is a founding member and current co-chair of the Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing (INEW). She is also the founder of the Summer Writing Institute For Teachers (SWIFT). Her research interests include composition and enquiry, literacy, academic writing and collaboration. She holds a PhD in English.

Graham Glanville

Graham is Head of ICT Faculty at the College of Computing Technology (CCT) and has been lecturing in the fields of Business and IT for over ten years. He holds an MSc in Strategic Information Systems Analysis and is currently a Ph.D in Education candidate at the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. Graham’s research areas are Student Engagement, Social Learning and Self-Efficacy in Higher Education. Graham is also a member of the HECA (Higher Education Colleges Association) Teaching and Learning Committee, an Associate member of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and Associate Academic member of the Social Science Centre, Lincoln, U.K.

Dr. Rosario Hernández

Dr Rosario Hernández is an Associate Professor at the UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and Vice-Principal for Teaching and Learning in the UCD College of Arts and Humanities. Her primary degree is in Education and  she also hold a BA, and MA in Hispanic Studies and a PhD in Education. Her research interests include second language teaching and learning, assessment of student learning, teaching methodologies and the professional development of teachers. She has presented her work at international conferences, and published on international journals on second language teaching and learning from an educational perspective. In 2007 she was awarded a Fellowship in Teaching and Academic Development as part of a new initiative at University College Dublin to develop more innovative teaching and learning practices and to enhance student learning.

Dr. Dave Lillis

David Lillis is a lecturer in the UCD School of Computer Science. He primarily teaches in Beijing-Dublin International College (BDIC), a joint project with Beijing University of Technology. He has gained wide experience in third level teaching in both Ireland and China, having also taught in Fudan University, Shanghai and Griffith College Dublin. He is currently a member of the Curriculum Review and Enhancement Committee for the BSc in Software Engineering in BDIC. David graduated from the University of Limerick with a BA in Law and Accounting. Following this, he moved to UCD where he switched to Computer Science. There he earned a HDip, MSc and PhD prior to joining the academic staff. In addition to Teaching & Learning, David has also published articles in the areas of Information Retrieval, Agent Oriented Software Engineering, Component-Based Software Engineering and Wireless Sensor Networks.

Dr. Moira Maguire

Moira Maguire is Head of Learning and Teaching at Dundalk IT. She is currently President of the All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE). Moira is a co-editor for the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education and a member of the editorial team for the All Ireland Journal of Higher Education (AISHE-J). Moira has a BSc and PhD in Psychology from the Queen’s University of Belfast and has been a psychology lecturer at DkIT, the University of Westminster and the University of Luton (now Bedfordshire). Her research interests include academic writing, transitions and feedback.

Dr. Claire McDonnell

Claire is currently on secondment in the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) where she coordinates the MA in Higher Education as well as contributing to the other programmes and workshops offered there. Her permanent role at DIT is as an organic chemistry lecturer. Claire has particular interests in the application of online tools to support student learning and collaboration, community based learning and research, context and problem-based learning, student transition to third level and the integration of teaching and research.

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Dr. Aidan Mooney

Dr. Aidan Mooney is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University. He has worked on and led numerous research projects on Computer Science Education. His early interest was in the area of Problem Based Learning (PBL) where he focused on using this technique to enhance the experience of first year Computer Science students. He subsequently looked in more detail at retention issues relating to first year students culminating in him completing an Action Research Project as part of a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. He sees technology as playing a vital role in Education and has researched and developed a number of tools which were incorporated into Moodle to enhance student participation and learning (e.g. plug-in for Moodle to aid programming students get instant feedback on submitted programs).

Dr. Catherine Mooney

Dr Catherine Mooney is a lecturer in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at UCD in 2008, followed by a four year post-doctoral position in clinical bioinformatics with Prof Denis Shields in the School of Medicine and Medical Science, UCD and a two year position with Prof David Henshall at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Currently her research focuses on identifying biomarkers in blood from babies at risk of seizures and ultimately aims to apply these discoveries towards point-of-care and lab-on-a-chip diagnostics. In 2016 Catherine completed a special purpose award in Teaching and Education at Griffith College Dublin. She has a special interest in encouraging more women to pursue careers in computer science, and has published a number of papers on computer science education.

Dr. Brian Nolan

Dr. Sean Russell

Dr. Seán Russell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin. Dr. Russell received his primary degree in computer science from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. He then started his PhD in the Clarity research centre, as part of the school of Computer Science in University College Dublin. The focus of his PhD was intelligent transportation systems, machine learning and agent-oriented programming languages and was completed in 2014. Dr Russell worked as a part time lecturer in Griffith college Dublin between January 2011 and May 2014. Dr. Russell began working as an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science in University College Dublin after completion of his PhD. His research interests include intelligent transportation systems, wireless sensor networks, agent-oriented programming languages and computer science education.

Dr. Barry Ryan

Barry carried out both his undergraduate studies (BSc Biotechnology) and his PhD research in DCU. His PhD was supervised by Dr. Ciarán Ó’Fágáin in the area of applied enzymology. He commenced teaching in DIT in 2009 and currently lectures on biotechnological, biochemical, chemical and other ancillary aspects of Food and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has completed his PG Diploma in Third Level Teaching and Learning, his MSc in Applied eLearning and his MA in Higher Education.  He has been recognised as a Senior Fellow of the HEA and has received both national (Jennifer Burke Award for Innovative Teaching) and institutional (DIT Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching) awards for his teaching practice. His primary pedagogic research focuses on the effect of assessment, feedback and blended learning on undergraduate learning with particular emphasis on first year students. Further areas of pedagogic research include pre-laboratory preparation, engaging large classes and the integration of novel technology into the teaching and learning environment.

Dr. Mark Scanlon

Dr Mark Scanlon is a Lecturer in the UCD School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland. Both his MSc and PhD are in the field of Computer Science, focusing on Digital Forensics. Mark has a strong interest in educational technology and has recently completed his Professional Diploma (PDip) in University Teaching and Learning in UCD. His broad teaching experience ranges from academically exceptional children (8-12 years old) in the Centre for Talented Youth, Dublin City University to teaching mature students returning to education to re-skill as part of UCD’s Conversion MSc in Computer Science.

Dr. Robbie Smyth

Robbie is deputy head of the Journalism and Media Communications faculty at Griffith College Dublin. His academic interests include economic policy, political communication, business development in the creative and communication sectors, media and communication policy issues as well as innovation and best practice in third level education. Robbie was a parliamentary adviser for Sinn Fein from 2002 to 2003 and Sinn Fein General Secretary from 2003 to 2005. He was a board member of InterTradeIreland from 2000 to 2007. In 2009 he was appointed to the Cross Sector Advisory Forum of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Robbie was appointed to the Griffith College Management Board in 2014. He has been writing in the Republican paper An Phoblacht since 1991. His PhD research involved a study of how the news media report opinion poll data, focusing particularly on Irish newspapers.

Dr. Fergus Toolan

Fergus is an Associate Professor in the Norwegian Police University College (NPUC) where he lectures courses on Programming and Digital Forensics / Cybercrime Investigation. Prior to this Fergus was a researcher in UCD’s Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation. Fergus was head of the M.Sc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation programme in UCD. Prior to joining UCD Fergus was the Course Director for the undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of Computing Science in GCD. He has taught numerous courses in computing and mathematics in NPUC, UCD, GCD, and Fudan University in Shanghai using both traditional means and also teaching purely online courses. Fergus holds a B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD from UCD. Fergus’ research interests include the validation of digital forensic tools, file system forensics, the use of information retrieval and machine learning in digital forensics and improving the quality of online learning resources.