MSc Students’ Work

This programme has been designed to give education practitioners and those supporting education a hands-on opportunity to explore technology enhanced approaches for their own teaching and training needs. It provides a creative combination of theoretical grounding, conceptual understanding, tailored application and original research related to blended and online learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation. On completion of Year 1 (4 core modules and 1 elective module), with a successful research proposal, participants may progress to complete year 2 of the MSc (2 modules – an applied eLearning project with a journal paper (30 ECTS) and an ePortfolio (15 ECTS)).

Click on the topics to see relevant Applied eLearning projects:

Below is a list of the project titles and associated journal papers that the participants produced. 

The MSc programme has been noted by graduates each year as having a very high level of support from tutors across all programme activities. In addition, the MSc programme team are delighted to have also supported a number of participants in authoring papers based on their Applied eLearning projects for publication in peer reviewed journals or for presentation at national and international conferences. We will continue to support such dissemination opportunities across our cohorts.

Journal Papers produced/published from year 2 of the MSc
Robbie Hickey Instructional videocasts: Lifelong learning in a mobile world.
Published 2011 in ‘Transactions’ HEA Academy Journal
Denis Cullinane Shared social video in Higher Education ‘Blended’ Business programmes.
Mirasol Isorena The effects of integrating a high engagement programme in interactive whiteboards on Higher Education practitioners.
Brent Floyd A study into user acceptances, preferences and performance of a virtual learning environment in higher education.
Bob Lawlor Using podcasts to support Communication Skills Development: A case study for content format preferences among postgraduate research students.
Published 2010 in ‘Computers & Education’
Diane Cashman Digital repositories and collaborative resource development: A case study of a Veterinary Community. See example
Gavin Duffy The design, development and evaluation of e-learning resources used to support group learning in a problem-based learning engineering module. See example
Tara O’Driscoll Induction training in a corporate environment: a comparative study of eLearning and classroom training.
Michael Seery

The implementation of pre-lecture resources to reduce in-class cognitive load: a case study for higher education chemistry.
Published 2011 in the ‘British Journal of Educational Technology’

Leonardo Langora Introducing a wiki as a collaborative knowledge creation tool.
Paul Melrose Facebook’s role as a learning space: Irish students and social networking sites.
Published 2012 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Niall Dixon Scaffolding fully online first year computer literacy students for success.
Malachy Mathews The influence of BIM collaboration on student architectural technologist learning.
Lucia Morales What is mLearning and how can it be used to support learning and teaching in Econometrics?
Joanna Finegan User experience of social media for local cultural heritage discovery: A case study.
Kathleen Hughes Using wikis to support collaborative learning in Marketing.
Pat Kenny How do health care workers describe and interpret the experience of eLearning from an educational drama delivered online?
Laurence Cuffe Digital literacy: Web search ecology and promotion of Internet-based educational resources.
Published 2014 in ‘TEL Ireland’ Journal
Niav McEvoy From theory to practice: Rapid authoring tools meet the needs of different learning preferences.
Published 2013 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Bruce Carolan Evaluating the impact of multimedia integration in online Business Law courses.
Killian Holmes From theory to practice: Implementing Moodle in a secondary school.
Andrew Stuart A blended learning approach to safety training: Students’ experiences of safe work practices and safety culture.
Published 2013 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Michael McMahon A study of the causes of attrition among adults on a fully online training course.
Published 2013 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Fiachra O’Cuinnegain The use of online collaborative tools by students creating visual dialogues.
Mark Glynn Evaluation of impact of professional development training in the area of technology enhanced learning.
Gerry O’Brien Augmented reality as a catalyst for the wider use of digital modelling in the architectural design studio.
Edel Gavan Investigation of the usefulness of how an artefact can assist with technological issues impacting learners’ ability to participate in synchronous online learning.
Hugh Mullan Online group reflection: A prototype for video collaboration in higher education.
Clare Gormley 21st century instructional design: How can adjunct faculty learn about effective online course design?
Published 2014 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Alan O’Donnell Using mLearning as a means to promote self direction and engagement in apprenticeship theoretical lessons.
Published 2014 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Jim Ffrench Evaluating the impact of bespoke mLearning resources on student motivation in Phase 6 Refrigeration Apprenticeship learning.
Niamh O’Mahony Cognitive learning and motivation of 1st year secondary school students using an interactive and multimedia-enhanced eBook.
Published 2014 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Enda O’Reilly An investigation of the use of Accounting eActivities to ease the cognitive load on the learner undertaking an introductory accounting module.
Odette Gabaudan E-xperience Erasmus: Online journaling as a tool to enhance student’s learning experiences of their study visits abroad.
Debbie Howlett Scratch that itch: a lesson on 21st century skills!
Nuala Sweeney- Burt Implementing digital storytelling as a technology integration approach with Primary School children.
Published 2014 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Barry Ryan A walk down the red carpet: students as producers of digital video-based knowledge.
Published 2014 in the ‘International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning’
Angela Walsh Virtual classrooms in the workplace: An implementation Study.
Published 2014 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Steve Meaney A simple model for virtualisation of the coaching and scaffolding components of cognitive apprenticeship.
Patrick Walsh Evaluating the data analytic features of Blackboard Learn 9.1: An academic perspective.
Published 2015 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Paul Ashall Chemical technology as a context based learning tool for chemical sciences.
Brian McGillion Can the use of Web 2.0 technologies facilitate the process of learning and assessment? Using Blackboard 9.1 and a range of its technologies.
Geraldine McCann-Cleary Can community education through the delivery of a Digital Media Technology ePortfolio bridge the gap between the transitions of further education to employment, from a tutor and students perspective?
Jennifer Byrne Can the use of online learning and reflective journals improve students’ performance for a practically taught Timber Jointing module?
Published 2014 in AISHE
Ray Murray Using an adaptive framework for the delivery of technical training modules: a flow-theory approach.
Michael Gleeson Analysing the impact of digital photography projects on student engagement and performance in a Higher Education Engineering discipline.
Presented at ICERI2014, 7th International Conference of Education, Research & Innovation
Lisa Donaldson Integrating web 2.0 learning technologies in higher education: the necessity, the barriers and the factors for success.
Published 2014 in AISHE
Keith Brennan Cognitive load, Connectivist MOOCs and the novice experience.
Siobhan Kirwan 21st century methods used to teach 19th century materials: Can the use of visualisers enhance the teaching of the Montessori mathematics didactic materials?
Jonathan Walsh Can Facebook Help Early School Leavers Engage in Online Learning?
John Kilroy From a CV to an ePortfolio: An exploration of adult learner’s perception of the ePortfolio as a jobseeking tool.
Aine Galvin Ten Days of Twitter: Evaluating academic staff perceptions of the effectiveness of a short, online professional development course.
Rob Lowney Flipping the Law School Classroom: How Does Flipped Learning Affect Practical Legal Skills Development for Solicitors?
Hugh McLain Can Moodle be used to help support new entrants into a Central Government Department?
Tracey Dalton Can Post-Lecture CAD Screencasts Reduce Cognitive Load and Foster Self-directed Learning in First Year Interior Design?
Published 2016 in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’
Eva Kilar Exploring the Potential of BYOD in TESL.
Published 2016 in The Journal of Teaching English with Technology
Claire McDonnell The effectiveness of online formative feedback for optometry students on work placement: a case study.
Aaron MacRaighne Effect of introducing a peer-learning online tool on the conceptual understanding of Newtonian mechanics of student cohorts analysed as groups.
Joan Hughes Do Young Adults in the Further Education & Training Sector need to be Web Wise?
Padraig MacDonagh Observing the Effects of Instructional Screencasts to Support Students Learning Computer Networks Using Packet Tracer.

In previous years, we have used the open source ePortfolio system, Mahara ( The ePortfolio enables MSc participants to assemble and demonstrate their evidence of eLearning over the duration of the MSc programme; an example of this is Barry Ryan’s ePortfolioePortfolios

Equally, some participants have created websites to present their evidence of learning, and increasingly more participants are choosing to develop their ePortfolio in alternate platforms:

Previous MSc participants have also engaged with MOOCs:


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