Timothy Savage

Timothy Savage
Trinity College Dublin | TCD · Online Education Unit

Doctor of Philosophy

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September 2002 - present
Trinity College Dublin
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Lecturer in technology and education with a focus on higher education, online learning (inc. MOOCs) and research methods.
Education
September 2011 - November 2016
Trinity College Dublin
Field of study
  • Education and Technology
September 2000 - August 2001
Trinity College Dublin
Field of study
  • M. Sc.

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Publications (26)
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This chapter provides a critical discussion of challenge-based learning (CBL) within future trends in higher education (HE). It explores how CBL may address challenges facing higher education institutions (HEIs) in response to these future trends by using a framework of common CBL characteristics. Clear recommendations for CBL practitioners to succ...
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The application of Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) has increased in higher education institutions, fostering student transversal competencies, knowledge of sociotechnical problems, and collaboration with industry and community actors. However, a broad range of different frameworks, hybrid approaches, and educational interventions are using this term...
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Virtual worlds have the potential to provide a new environment in which to engage learners in constructionist activities. However, they were not designed for education and have features and affordances which are not found in traditional constructionist environments. These may limit the pedagogy in action and/or provide new opportunities with which...
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Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) can create large scale communities of learners who collaborate, interact and discuss learning materials and activities. MOOCs are often delivered multiple times with similar content to different cohorts of learners. However, research into the differences of learner communication, behavior and expectation between...
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Information sharing is a key activity of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) user behavior. Sharing Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) has been identified as a means for individuals in online spaces to generate social relationships, construct knowledge, and disseminate information; however this activity has not been investigated within the MOOC space...
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This study identifies a range of leadership tasks needed to form and sustain a community of practice of teachers in K-12. Research suggests that communities of practice are most effective when they are formed organically (as opposed to forcing them from " the top down "). The results of this study support that claim in that the concept of leadershi...
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Online community newcomers can face challenges in community participation, acceptance and fostering member relationships. Consequently, a crucial behavioral strategy for community acceptance identified by previous research is legitimacy. However, current conceptions lack classification and structure, and have a narrow focus. A broader scope for inv...
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Syllable Circles are interactive visualizations representing prominence as a feature in short phrases or multi-syllable words. They were designed for computer-aided pronunciation teaching. This study explores whether and how interactive visualizations can affect language learners’ awareness of prominence, or stress, in English pronunciation. The st...
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Interviews are a staple data collection tool in social science research and in recent decades have been increasingly formalised and systematised. However, due to the specific affordances and constraints of virtual worlds, researchers cannot simply replicate traditional interview techniques in virtual worlds without careful consideration of the spec...
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Constructionism places an emphasis on the process of constructing shareable artefacts. Many virtual worlds, such as Second Life, provide learners with tools for the construction of objects and hence may facilitate in-world constructionist learning experiences. However, the construction tools available present learners with a significant barrier (or...
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The combination of features in virtual worlds provides an opportunity to implement and research unique learning experiences. With increasing interest and activity from the educational research community, exploring virtual worlds for teaching and learning, there is a need to identify and understand the ethical implications of conducting research in...
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As increasing numbers of educators explore the use of virtual worlds for education, there is a need to consider which pedagogical approaches can provide an opportunity to do more than recreate the traditional classroom by leveraging the unique characteristics and potential that the technology can offer. This study identifies Communal Constructivism...
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In Mindstorms, Papert (1980) advocated "the construction of educationally powerful computational environments that will provide alternatives to traditional classrooms and traditional instruction." (p. 182). At the same time he identified that the technology of the day was limited in its capabilities and functionality. Since then considerable work h...
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The study was carried out in four European schools (pupils age 9 to13 years old) within four countries (Portugal, Spain, UK and Ireland). The adopted methodology was based in action-research procedures and it included multiple methods and techniques: systematic classroom observation of teachers and pupil work and learning activities; documentary ev...
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The knowledge society brings its own challenges and demands upon its citizens. Key amongst these is the need to empower people to become lifelong learners, to reflect upon their own learning, to become problem solvers and to appreciate technology. This paper records the experiences of an innovative project using a constructionist Mindtool approach...
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The knowledge society brings its own challenges and demands upon its citizens. Key amongst these is the need to empower people to become lifelong learners, to reflect upon their own learning, to become problem solvers and to appreciate technology. We record the experiences of an innovative project using a constructionist mindtool approach in a modu...
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This paper is not a critical review of IT2000. Instead it argues that sufficient international research is now available to allow us to outline clear principles upon which future initiatives should be based. This paper is based on comparative international research on Best Practice and Innovation in Learning that was commissioned by the Lifelong Le...
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This report was prepared for the Lifelong Learning Group of the Information Society Commission by the Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE), Trinity College Dublin. The recommendations contained in the report are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Information Society Commission or the Lifelong Learning Group
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We believe there is a need for an expanded definition of social constructivism that takes into account the synergy between the more recent advances in information technology - which are increasing our potential for communication and the ability to store a variety of data types - and advances in virtual learning environments. In particular we are st...
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The study was carried out in four European schools (pupils age 9 to13 years old) within four countries (Portugal, Spain, UK and Ireland). The adopted methodology was based in action-research procedures and it included multiple methods and techniques: systematic classroom observation of teachers and pupil work and learning activities; documentary ev...

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