Dr Roisin Donnelly – Research Publications

Academic Professional Development

Under this theme, the following publications encompass studies in curriculum design, blended enquiry-based learning, and supporting academic development.

Curriculum Design
  1. O’Neill, G., Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2014). Supporting Programme Teams to Develop Sequencing in Higher Education Curricula. International Journal of Academic Development, 19(4). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1360144X.2013.867266
    Won the IJAD 2014 article of the year award
  2. M. O’Keeffe, M., & Donnelly, R. (2015). Embedding reflective practice and creativity to link a modularised curriculum. In P. Kneale & S. Brown (Eds.), Perspectives on Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Student Experience. London: Palgrave.
  3. Donnelly, R., & Harding, N. (2015). An exploration of the effects on programme design and development effected by educational leadership in reaction to societal and economic factors in Ireland. AISHE-J Special Edition. http://ojs.aishe.org/index.php/aishe-j/article/view/225
  4. Donnelly, R., Dallat, J., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2013). Supervising and Writing a good undergraduate dissertation. eBook Bentham Science Publishers. http://www.eurekaselect.com/113965/volume/1
  5. Barrett, T., & Donnelly, R. (2008). Encouraging Students’ Creativity in Higher Education. In B. Higgs & M. McCarthy (Eds.), Emerging Issues II: The Changing Roles and Identities of Teachers and Learners in Higher Education. NAIRTL.
  6. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2005). Designing Modules for Learning. In G. O’Neill, S. Moore & B. McMullin (Eds.), Emerging Issues in the Practice of University Learning and Teaching (pp. 99-110). Dublin: AISHE/HEA.
  7. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2005). Collaborative Project-based Learning and Problem-based Learning in Higher Education: A Consideration of Learner-focused Strategies. In G. O’Neill, S. Moore & B. McMullin (Eds.), Emerging Issues in the Practice of University Learning and Teaching (pp. 87-98). Dublin: AISHE/HEA.
  8. Donnelly, R. (2004). The Evolution and Fostering of Creativity within an Imaginative Curriculum in Higher Education. The Curriculum Journal, 15(2), 155-166.
Blended Enquiry-based Learning
  1. De Graaf, E., Donnelly, R., Hack, K., Dodd, L., Kolmos, A., & McKillop, A. (2014). Technology, Digital Learning and Sustainability – PBL in Changing Environments. PBL Symposium Panel, TCD, 29-30 May.
  2. Donnelly, R. (2013). The Role of the PBL Tutor within Blended Academic Development. Innovations in Education and Training International, Volume 3.
  3. Donnelly, R. (2010). Harmonizing Technology with Interaction in Blended Problem-based learning. Computers & Education, 54(2), 350-359. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2009.08.012
  4. Donnelly, R. (2010). Interaction analysis in a ‘Learning by Doing’ Problem-based Professional Development Context. Computers and Education, 55(3).
  5. Donnelly, R. (2010). Embedding Interaction within a Blend of Learner Centric Pedagogy and Technology. World Journal of Educational Technology, 1(1).
  6. Portimojärvi, T., & Donnelly, R. (2010). A PBL response to the digital native dilemma. In Barrett & S. Moore (Eds.), New Approaches to Problem-based Learning: Revitalising Your Practice in Higher Education. Abington: Routledge.
  7. Donnelly, R. (2009). The nature of complex blends: Transformative problem-based learning and technology in Irish higher education. In Yukiko Inoue (Ed.), Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. http://www.igi-global.com/teaching-case/nature-complex-blends/38006
  8. Donnelly, R. (2009). Interaction and Transformation in Virtual Problem-based Learning Communities. CELDA Conference, Rome, November.
  9. Donnelly, R. (2008). Transformative Potential of Constructivist Blended Problem-based Learning in Higher Education. In C. Payne (Ed.), Information Technology and Constructivism in Higher Education:  Progressive Learning Frameworks. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
  10. Donnelly, R., & Portimojärvi, T. (2008). Shifting Perceptions within Online Problem-based Learning. In P.L. Rogers, G.A. Berg, J. Boettcher, C. Howard, L. Justice & K. Schenk (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Distance Learning. 2nd Edition. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc.
  11. Donnelly, R. (2008). Activity Systems within Blended Problem-based Learning in Academic Professional Development. International Journal of Applied Educational Studies, 3(1), 38-59.
  12. Donnelly, R. (2008). An Analysis of the Transformative Potential of Blended Problem-based Learning in Higher Education. EISTA 08 Conference, Orlando, June.
  13. Donnelly, R. (2008). Virtual Problem-based Learning Communities of Practice for Teachers and Teacher Educators: An Irish Higher Education Perspective. In C. Kimble & P. Hildreth (Eds.), Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators. Vol. 2. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, N.C: USA.
  14. Donnelly, R. (2007). Online Problem-based Learning Approach in Higher Education. In L. Tomei (Ed.), Online and Distance Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
  15. Donnelly, R., & Portimojärvi, T. (2006). Muuntuvia näkemyksiä ja monimuotoisia toteutuksia. In Ongelmaperustaista oppimista verkossa (PBL-IT Text-book). Finland: Tampere University Press.
  16. Donnelly, R. (2006). Blended Problem-based Learning for Teacher Education: Lessons Learnt. Journal of Learning, Media and Technology, 31(2), 93-116.
  17. Donnelly, R. (2006). International Collaboration in Blended Problem-based Learning. ICL Conference, Austria, Sept 27-29.
  18. Donnelly, R. (2005). The Tutor’s Role in Propagating Blended Problem-based Learning in Higher Education: a Case Study Approach. Graduate Student Doctoral Research Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, Jan 31- Feb 1.
  19. Donnelly, R. (2005). Contemplating the Evolving Role of the Tutor in Blended Problem Based Learning in Higher Education. International PBL Conference, Lahti, Finland, June 9-11.
  20. Donnelly, R. (2004). The Effectiveness of Teaching ‘Online Learning’ in a Problem-based Learning Classroom Environment. In M. Savin-Baden & K. Wilkie (Eds.), Challenging Research into Problem-based learning (pp. 50-64). Buckingham: Open University Press.
  21. Donnelly, R. (2004). An Online Problem-Based Learning Approach in Higher Education. In C. Howard, J. V. Boettcher, L. Justice, K. Schenk, P.L. Rogers, & G. A. Berg (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of International Computer-Based Learning (pp.1-9). Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc.
  22. Donnelly, R. (2004). Online Learning in Teacher Education: Enhanced with a Problem-based Learning Approach. AACEJ, 12(2), 236-247.
  23. Donnelly, R. (2004). Different Thinking Hats: The Continuously-Evolving Role of the Instructor in E-Problem Based Learning (E-PBL). ED-MEDIA World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Switzerland, June 23-28.
  24. Donnelly, R. (2003). Using Problem-based Learning to Explore Qualitative Research. The European Educational Research Journal, 2(2), 309-321.
  25. Donnelly, R. (2003). An Online Dilemma: The Pull of Individuality Pitched Against Peer Collaboration in an Online Problem-based Learning Group. ED-MEDIA World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Hawaii, USA, June 23-28.
  26. Donnelly, R. (2002). Teaching Postgraduate Research Methods using a Novel Problem-based Learning Approach. ICED 4th World Conference, Perth, July 3-6.
  27. Harvey, J., Donnelly, R., & Lee, M. (2002). First Experiences with Online Learning using PBL – Problem Based or Problematic. First Annual SEDA and AISHE Conference, Dublin Castle, April 11-12.
  28. Donnelly, R. (2001). Combining an Online and Problem-based Approach: with Learning as the Common Denominator. WebCT’s 3rd Annual International Conference, Vancouver, June 23-27, http://booboo.webct.com/2001/papers/Donnelly.pdf
Supporting Academic Development
  1. Donnelly, R. (2015). Values Informing Professional Practice in Academic Professional Development. International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education (IJTIE), Volume 4, Issue 1, June 2015. http://www.infonomics-society.org/IJTIE/Published%20papers.htm
  2. Donnelly, R., McAvinia, C., & McDonnell, C. (2015). An Evaluation of Formative Audio Feedback within Part Time Professional Development Programmes in DIT. Ed-Tech2015 Conference, 28th-29th May, University of Limerick, Ireland.
  3. Donnelly, R. (2014). A Reflective Report on Values Informing Professional Practice in Educating the Educators. London International Conference on Education, London, 10-11 November.
  4. McAvinia, C., Donnelly, R., McDonnell, C., Hanratty, O., & Harvey, J. (2014). Does accredited professional development for academics improve teaching and learning in Higher Education? In M. Filipa, Y.P., Ribeiro, & B. Culum (Eds.), New Voices in Higher Education Research and Scholarship.
  5. Donnelly, R. (2014). Supporting lecturers in the Disciplines In the affective academic writing process. Journal of Academic Writing, 4(1), 26-39.http://e-learning.coventry.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/joaw/index.
  6. McAvinia, C., Harvey, J., Donnelly, R., McDonnell, C., & Hanratty, O. (2014). What has been the impact of accredited professional development for people teaching in higher education? UK HEA 10th Annual Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 2-3 July.
  7. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2013). Supporting Group Research Supervision at Postgraduate Level in Irish Higher Education. In O’Farrell & A. Farrell (Eds.), Emerging Issues III. http://www.edin.ie/emerging-issues-3.php
  8. Harvey, J., Donnelly, R., & McAvinia, C. (2013). Engaging lecturers as students: building sustainable professional development. 6th Annual Learning Innovation Conference: Sustainable Models of Student Engagement – Rhetoric or Achievable? Dublin, 17 October.
  9. Donnelly, R. (2013). Enabling Connections in Postgraduate Supervision for an Applied eLearning Professional Development Programme. International Journal of Academic Development. 18(4), 356-370 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1360144X.2013.784873
  10. Donnelly, R., & Crehan, M. (2012). Supporting lecturers in writing and publishing educational research. CELT Conference, NUI Galway, 6-7 June.
  11. Harding, N., Donnelly, R., O’Keeffe, M., & Russell, M. (2012). Action Research for Educators: Learning Innovation. Poster presentation at LIN Annual Research Conference, Dublin, 11 October.
  12. Donnelly, R., Russell, M., & Harding, N. (2012). Shared Ambitions Support Educators in Practitioner Action Research. Poster presentation at SRHE Annual Research Conference, Newport, UK, 14-15 December.
  13. Donnelly, R., & Crehan, M. (2011). The impact of generic teaching strategies from a professional development programme on discipline-specific Faculty. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  14. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2011). Crucial Connections: an exploration of critical thinking and scholarly writing. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  15. Donnelly, R. & McAvinia, C. (2011). Academic Development Perspectives of Blended Learning. In Anastasiades, P.S. (Ed.), Blended Learning Environments for Adults: Evaluations and Frameworks. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  16. Donnelly, R. & McSweeney, F. (2011). From humble beginnings: evolving mentoring within professional development for academic staff. Journal of Professional Development in Education, 37(2), 259-274.
  17. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2011). Towards Productive Reflective Practice in Microteaching. Innovations in Education and Training International, 48(3).
  18. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2011). Crucial connections: an exploration of critical thinking and scholarly writing. International Conference on Thinking 2011, Queen’s University Belfast, 21-24 June.
  19. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2011). Supporting academic writing through the lens of critical thinking. EATAW, Belfast, 29-30 June.
  20. Donnelly, R. (2009). Supporting Teachers through a Combined Model of Philosophical, Collaborative and Experiential Learning. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  21. Manathunga, C., & Donnelly, R. (2008). Opening Online Academic Development Programmes to International Perspectives and Dialogue. In R. Donnelly & F. McSweeney (Eds.), Applied eLearning and eTeaching in Higher Education. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
  22. Donnelly, R. (2008). Lecturers’ Self-Perception of Change in their Teaching Approaches: Reflections on a Qualitative Study. Educational Research Journal, 50(3), 207-222.
  23. Donnelly, R., Harvey, J., & O’Rourke, K. (2008). Creating Constructive Criteria: Evaluating the Perceived Usefulness of ePortfolios to Support Different User Needs. ILTA 08, Dundalk IT, May.
  24. O’Farrell, C., Donnelly, R., & Igbrude, C. (2008). Fashioning Global Scholarship as an Emerging Context. ICED 08 Conference, Salt Lake City, June.
  25. Donnelly, R. (2007). Perceived Impact of Peer Observation of Teaching in Higher Education. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 19(2), 117-129.
  26. Donnelly, R., & O’Rourke, K. (2007). What now? Evaluating eLearning CPD Practice in Irish Third-Level Education. Journal of Further & Higher Education, 31(1), 31-40.
  27. Donnelly, R. (2007). Investigating Staff Perceptions of eLearning Development and Support for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education. Level 3 DIT’s Online Journal, http://level3.dit.ie
  28. Donnelly, R. (2006). Teaching Portfolios. Case Studies of Good Practice in the Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education, Dublin: HEA.
  29. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2007). The Use of Teaching Portfolios for Academic Professional Development at Dublin Institute of Technology (pp.112-120). In Teaching Portfolio Practice in Ireland: A Handbook. Dublin: Centre for Academic Practice and Student Learning (CAPSL); Trinity College Dublin.
  30. Donnelly, R. (2006). The Tutor’s Role as Academic Developer in Blended Problem-based Learning in Higher Education. In M. Savin-Baden (Ed.), Problem-based learning online (pp.79-97). Buckingham: Open University Press.
  31. Donnelly, R., & O’Farrell, C. (2006). Constructivist eLearning for Staff Engaged in Continuous Professional Development. In J. O’Donoghue (Ed.), Technology Supported Learning and Teaching: A Staff Perspective (pp.146-159). Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing.
  32. Donnelly, R. (2006). Exploring Lecturers’ Self Perception of Change in Teaching Practice. Teaching in Higher Education, 11(2), 203-217.
  33. Donnelly, R. (2006). A Critical Exploration of the Rhetoric of Equity Belied by Practice in Postgraduate Teacher Education. Level 3 DIT’s Online Journal, http://level3.dit.ie; http://arrow.dit.ie/ltcart/2
  34. Donnelly, R. (2006). Abstract: In Search of a Sustainable Model of Academic Development: Combining E-Learning and Problem-based Learning. AISHE Conference, NUI Maynooth, Ireland, August 31- Sept 1.
  35. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2005). Exploring the Relationship between Espoused Philosophies of Teaching and Practice. SRHE Conference, Edinburgh, December 13-15.
  36. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2004). What Lecturers Want: Supporting Academic Staff in the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching. AISHE Inaugural Conference, Trinity College Dublin, September 2-3.
  37. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2004). Creating Spaces for Voices: The Portfolio as a Framework to Support Inquiry into Third Level Learning and Teaching. Education-line Database, http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/00003437.htm
  38. Fitzmaurice, M., & Donnelly, R. (2004). Changing practice: research on the impact of continuing professional development in Higher Education, 9th Annual SEDA Conference, Birmingham, November 16-17.
  39. Donnelly, R. (2003). Integrating the Use of Teaching Portfolios with Experiential Learning for Academic Development. Journal of Teacher Development, 7(2), 245-264.
  40. Donnelly, R. (2003). Researching and Acting: Exploring and Improving the Provision of Academic Support for Newly Appointed Staff in a Higher Education Institution in Ireland. Networks: Online Journal for Teacher Research,
  41. Donnelly, , & O’Brien, F. (2003). Towards the Promotion of Effective E-Learning Practice for Academic Staff Development in DIT. Level 3 DIT’s Online Journal, http://level3.dit.ie
  42. Donnelly, R., & O’Brien, F. (2003). Abstract: Pedagogy Before Technology: A Strategy for Academic Staff Development. EdTechUsers 3rd Annual Conference, Waterford IT.
  43. Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2003). Abstract: Creating Spaces for Voices: The Portfolio as a Framework to Support Inquiry into Third Level Learning and Teaching. European Educational Research Association Conference. Hamburg, September 17-20.
  44. Donnelly, R. (2002). An Action Research Project to Explore Providing Improved Academic Support for Newly Appointed Staff in a Higher Education Institution in Ireland. Joint CARN/ERNNI Annual Conference, Derry, November 8-10; Graduate School of Education Newsletter, Queens University Belfast.
  45. Leitch, R., McNiff, J., Donnelly, R., MacCorraidh, S., & Nikolou-Walker, E. (2002). Initial Inquiries: Learning how to Improve Practice through a Doctoral Programme. Joint CARN/ERNNI Annual Conference, Derry, November 8-10.
Higher Education Policy
  1. Donnelly, R. (2004). Critical Evaluation of the Impact of Global Educational Reform: an Irish Perspective. International Journal of Educational Management, 18(6&7), 351-359.

Recent research cited: 

Impact of teaching development programmes in higher education. by Professor David Parsons, Dr Inge Hill, Dr Jane Holland, Dick Willis. (UK: HEA), (pp. 13, 17, 19, 21)