Sharon Flynn

Sharon Flynn
Irish Universities Association | IUA · Academic Affairs

PhD Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Project Manager, Enhancing Digital Teaching & Learning, Irish Universities Association

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Introduction
I am project manager of Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities, a three year project funded under the HEA Innovation and Transformation scheme. I lead a team of people across the seven universities in Ireland, focusing on the professional development of staff who teach.
Additional affiliations
May 2019 - present
Irish Universities Association
Irish Universities Association
Position
  • Project Manager
August 2006 - May 2019
National University of Ireland, Galway
Position
  • Assistant Director
December 1995 - September 2006
National University of Ireland, Galway
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
October 1992 - December 1995
University of Glasgow
Field of study
  • Computing Science
October 1990 - June 1992
University College Dublin
Field of study
  • Computer Science

Publications

Publications (53)
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This study examines various aspects of an effective teaching evaluation system. In particular, reference is made to the potential of Fink’s (2008) four main dimensions of teaching as a summative evaluation model for effective teaching and learning. It is argued that these dimensions can be readily accommodated in a Teaching Portfolio process. The T...
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Anecdotal evidence suggests that, even when academic staff are aware of the existence of a plagiarism policy, many still don't use it. They either prefer to deal with it in their own way, or ignore the issue. In order to encourage increased and improved use of the existing policy, we were interested in understanding staff concerns about plagiarism...
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This paper describes a 10 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS ) module in Learning Technologies which forms part of a Post Graduate Diploma in Academic Practice, part of a professional development framework for academic staff. The module, which is taught through seven themed workshops over one semester, is research-informed and p...
Technical Report
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42 participants from student and core stakeholder groups supporting teaching and learning across seven member institutions of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) took part in six focus group sessions in June 2021. The aim was to capture the “lived experience” of the Covid-19 situation, how changes in practice brought about by lockdown are bei...
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The Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities (EDTL) Project was initiated in 2019, with its objective to mainstream effective digital teaching and learning across Ireland's seven universities. Project activities in each university were initially framed by individual strategic visions and contexts, but unified across...
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Presentation given as keynote speaker at ALT NI, QUB, Belfast on 10 June 2022.
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National initiatives to stimulate digital innovation in higher education Presentation | This session consists of three presentations on national initiatives to stimulate digital innovation in higher education.
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Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) is a three-year project funded by the Higher Education Authority involving seven universities of the Irish Universities Association (IUA). Commencing in 2019 the aim was to enhance the digital educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of d...
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The Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities Project (EDTL) is a three-year project funded through the Irish Higher Education Authority’s Innovation and Transformation Programme. It is aimed at enhancing the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integra...
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Following the successful run of ACA’s “Think Pieces” series in 2020 on the world after Covid-19 and in 2021 on inclusion in the context of higher education, ACA continues in 2022 by exploring the multi-faceted nature of digitalisation in the higher education sector. Throughout 2022, leading voices on the digitalisation of HE field will be sharing t...
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Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) is a collaborative project involving seven universities of the Irish Universities Association (IUA). The aim is to enhance the digital educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling mainstreamed and integrated use of digital technologies across the teaching and learning process....
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Inclusion in Information Systems (IS) has received significant attention in recent years, but inclusion in IS curriculum design and delivery is comparatively underdeveloped. Understanding and working with diversity in IS student groups has implications for how we prepare students for a diverse workplace and the design and development of IS systems....
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As part of a national project exploring the impact of COVID-19 across the higher education sector in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) ran a series of facilitated workshops with key stakeholder groups (student and staff). Unlike other studies which tend to focus on staff who teach, stakeholders involved in the workshops were heads o...
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Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) is a three-year project funded by the Higher Education Authority involving seven universities of the Irish Universities Association (IUA). Commencing in 2019, prior to the COVID pandemic, the aim was to enhance the digital educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainst...
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The Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities Project (EDTL) is a three-year project, now extended to September 2022, funded through the Higher Education Authority’s Innovation and Transformation Programme. It is aimed at enhancing the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling t...
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Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) is a three-year project funded by the Irish Higher Education Authority involving the seven universities of the Irish Universities Association. Commencing in May 2019, prior to the COVID pandemic, the aim is to enhance the digital educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the...
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Enhancing Digital Teaching & Learning is a three year national project involving seven universities across Ireland and led by the Irish Universities Association. With an overall aim of enhancing the digital learning experience for Irish University students, through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of digital technologies across the teac...
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The Enhancing Digital Teaching & Learning project, led by the IUA and involving the seven IUA universities, is funded under the HEA Innovation and Transformation Programme. Commencing in January 2019, the project aims to enhance the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and int...
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The Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities (EDTL) Project was initiated in 2019, with its objective to mainstream effective digital teaching and learning across Ireland’s seven universities. In January 2020, the project launched an invitation to join an open community, with the intention of sharing expertise and e...
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The Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities Project is a three-year project, funded through the Higher Education Authority’s Innovation and Transformation Programme. It is aimed at enhancing the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of d...
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The Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) project, led by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), aims to enhance the digital learning experience of Irish university students by addressing the digital skills of all who teach in Irish universities. The project team, comprising a project manager based in the IUA and project leads based in...
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The Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning (EDTL) project is aimed at enhancing the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of digital technologies across the teaching and learning process. It involves the seven universities of the Irish Universiti...
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Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities is a three year project that aims to mainstream digital in teaching and learning across the seven Irish universities by addressing the professional development of all who teach. The sectoral project is underpinned by national and European policy objectives and social and eco...
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The IUA-led project, Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities, is a 3-year project involving all seven Irish universities. The aim is to enhance the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of digital technologies across the teac...
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The Irish Universities Association (IUA), the representative body for Ireland's seven universities, is leading an ambitious project to mainstream digital in teaching and learning activities in Irish Universities, by addressing the professional development of all who teach or support teaching and learning. It recognises the valuable work already car...
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The Irish Universities Association (IUA), the representative body for Ireland’s seven universities, is leading an ambitious project to mainstream digital in teaching and learning activities in Irish Universities, by addressing the professional development of all who teach or support teaching and learning. It recognises the valuable work already car...
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In the last three years the use of video in teaching and learning has expanded significantly at our institution, which is evidenced by an increase in the numbers of video contributions, contributors and views. In this talk, Sharon Flynn will explore some of the stories behind this expansion. How are academics and students changing the ways they tea...
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This presentation will open with an overview of a research project currently being undertaken by a consortia of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Ireland, and supported by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (www.teachingandlearning.ie). The project aims to investigate and map the next steps in enhancing access to...
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The use of Wikipedia is often mentioned in discussions around academic integrity, and specifically plagiarism, in higher education in Ireland. Now more than 14 years old, the online encyclopedia is consistently in the top 10 most visited websites worldwide. While some academics have banned the use of Wikipedia completely from their classrooms, othe...
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In the last three years the use of video in teaching and learning has expanded significantly at our institution, which is evidenced by an increase in the numbers of video contributions, contributors and views. In this talk, Sharon Flynn will explore some of the stories behind this expansion. How are academics and students changing the ways they tea...
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The role of a learning technologist is varied (Hopkins, 2013), we are involved in lots of different activities, and no two days are ever the same. We are constantly meeting and working with a variety of people, especially those of us who are based in a central unit. In any particular day, we may be involved in meetings, phone calls, online sessions...
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This project, a national analysis, set out to examine strategies for sharing open educational resources (OERs) to enhance teaching and learning in Irish higher education. Drawing on the collective expertise and experience of colleagues, with on-going involvement in open educational resources, the study explored current practices and potential appro...
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The Information Technology Centre at NUI, Galway, has been teaching IT as a humanities subject in the Arts Faculty for three year. In the academic year 1999-2000 we had our first set of final year students in this particular programme. This poster describes one component of the third year syllabus, the final year project.
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This paper describes an initiative at a University in the west of Ireland to use Turnitin with large class sizes to support student writing. The Centre for Learning and Teaching is a central unit within the University, responsible for a wide range of activities. In particular, we provide support to academic staff on good practice in the use of tech...
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This SEDA Special explores the career development of educational developers at a time when educational development units and developers themselves are seen as being increasingly important in informing and supporting the quality enhancement agenda within higher education. Through a series of personal reflective accounts, this volume examines the car...
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Reasoning about software systems developed using components begins with component-level specifications, from which system-level specifications are derived. While sound compositional reasoning is a strength of formal specification methods, practical experience with systems construction leads us to expect surprises when two components that were never...
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In the world of expressions, undefined values arise quite naturally. Simple examples are: the result of division by zero, or the integer square root of a negative number. When manipulating specifications in the form of mathematical expressions, possibly undefined expressions cannot be ignored. Rather, we choose to address the problem. This paper de...
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The increased use of the web as a means of disseminating material seems a dominant trend in third level institutions. This modern development is the latest in a long trend in harnessing technology to mimic the traditional classroom model. However, systems to-date do not deal with many of the issues recognised in pedagogical research and instead mer...
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This paper describes a calculus for the stepwise and piecewise refinement of expressions. It provides a means for the derivation of executable expressions from initial specifications. We take the view that a refinement calculus consists of: a specification language, which usually includes constructs which are non-executable, but is a "superlanguage...
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In order to use expressions as the basis of a specification language, we admit undefinedness, and introduce non- determinism through the use of a choice operator. We extend expressiveness of the language by allowing choice from a set of values. Such a set could be infinite, giving unbounded non-determinism, or it could be empty, producing miracles....
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This paper illustrates a method of transforming an initial speciication expression, which is not necessarily algorithmic, into an eecient func-tional implementation using a reenement calculus for expressions. In doing this, we beneet from the ease of manipulation that state-less ex-pressions allow. However, implementations of functional algorithms...
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In 1999 we reported on a new departure for the department of IT in the National University of Ireland, Galway, in the teaching of Information Technology as a full subject in the Arts Faculty. At that time we described the motivation behind the decision to provide a humanities-based IT course, and the challenges which faced us. Now that we have comp...

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This 3 year project, which is funded through the Higher Education Authority’s Innovation and Transformation Programme, is aimed at enhancing the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of digital technologies across the teaching and learning process.