Tom Farrelly

Tom Farrelly
Munster Technological University

Doctor of Education

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September 2002 - present
Institute of Technology, Tralee
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
September 2005 - October 2009
Trinity College Dublin
Field of study
  • E-Learning - VLEs

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Publications (25)
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Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are important infrastructure and digital educational spaces that are widely used. The lecturers’ voices on VLEs and their use were not adequately captured in the #VLEIreland project. Therefore, following the development and piloting of a questionnaire consisting of a common set of questions, lecturers were surve...
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The adoption and integration of ePortfolios into third level teaching and learning provide many benefits as well as challenges. In this article, we capture the perspectives of nine academics from across seven departments within a small Higher Education Institute (HEI) who integrated ePortfolios into their teaching. Through a series of semi-structur...
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Little is known about open access publishing in educational technology journals that employ a hybrid model which charges authors only if they wish to publish via gold open access. In this study we sought to address this gap in the scholarly understanding of open access publishing in hybrid journals that publish research into the intersection of edu...
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In this paper we chart the history of selected metaphors that have been used to describe Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) over the last 15 years. Martin Weller famously claimed in 2007 that “the VLE is dead”. This provocation positioned the VLE as an object of history, forcing us to consider its past, present and future. This notion of historic...
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This paper presents a dataset from a survey of student experiences and perceptions of Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Munster Technological University, a new higher education institute in the south-west of Ireland formed from the recent merger of two older institutes of technology. Data were collected throughout...
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This article undertakes a critical appraisal of learning design and its relation to ethical ideas of care. We give an account of three personae of near future learning designers, developed using speculative methods, seeded with real-world data comprising job advertisements and validated with learning designers. The personae illustrate conflicts abo...
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This article reports on a study that explored eportfolio practice in Irish higher education. The aim of this research was to gain a landscape snapshot of eportfolio practice and technologies across Irish Higher Education Institutes (HEI) and to address a gap in the literature that there is little empirical evidence about how Irish HEIs engage and a...
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The aim of this special issue of the Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning is to explore eportfolio in Ireland and further afield. An eportfolio can be a tool or technology, a practice, a pedagogical model, an assessment method and a framework for learning (Chen & Black, 2010). There is growing interest in Ireland in the affordances of epor...
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The editorial board of the Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (IJTEL) would like to use this opportunity to thank each and every one of you working through a very challenging time over the past twelve months of the pandemic. It is a significant event, a critical incident, that will take some time to document and reflect upon in future jo...
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During the COVID-19 lockdown, a live online event was organised based on a face-to-face presentation format known as 'Gasta'; developed and popularised by one of the authors. With speakers limited to short strictly enforced five-minute presentation; the approach emphasises audience participation, engagement and spontaneity. The organising team embr...
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Educational technology as a broad and applied interdisciplinary research field faces challenges in achieving consensus on what constitutes good quality research. As the field is embedded in many other disciplines, considering what evidence matters and the optimal methodologies to conduct inquiry is continually evolving and maturing. Inhabiting a bo...
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Report on a Community Pharmacy BowelScreen initiative aimed at improving uptake rates.
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Objectives The primary objective was to understand the contemporary public health nurse's (PHN) role and the issues that they face working in rural Ireland. Design and Sample This study was based on an ethnographic approach with 13 PHNs working in rural areas in the South West of Ireland. Measurements A combination of solicited diaries and semi‐s...
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This article reports on a survey (n=573) of international students who were attending one of a group of five higher education institutes (HEIs) in the south of Ireland. This study sought to identify what knowledge these students had about their host country before coming to Ireland. In this study, we also attempted to identify what aspects of livin...
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This article reports on a survey (n=573) of international students who were attending one of a group of five higher education institutes (HEIs) in the south of Ireland. This study sought to identify what knowledge these students had about their host country before coming to Ireland. In this study, we also attempted to identify what aspects of livin...
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Preprint chapter from Higher Education in Ireland: Practices, Policies and Possibilities (Loxley, Seery & Walsh eds)
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The use of Information Communications Technology (ICT) in higher education (HE) seems to have adopted the mantle of a self-evident good, with its adoption acquiring a sense of inevitability (Donnelly and O’Rourke, 2007). In fact so ubiquitous has its use become that it would be almost impossible to find a college or university that has not incorpor...
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In early 2008 five Irish tertiary institutions conducted an online survey of their students' usage of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) in their respective institutions. In 2009, the survey was run again with an expanded set of institutions and supplemented by a staff survey and detailed institutional case histories. The survey instruments used...
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Using an action research approach this paper examines the complexity of designing and developing an innovative and user-friendly approach to professional social care education that incorporates advances in educational technology. The project has just moved to the operational stage following an 18-month period of consultation and reflection. Therefo...

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Projects (3)
Project
To examine the use of Virtual Learning Environments in Irish Higher Education
Project
The Next Generation: Digital Learning Research Symposium