I am a lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology in the Department of Computing Science and Mathematics, having received the BE (Electronic) and PhD (Biomedical engineering) degrees from University College Dublin and the MA (Learning and Teaching) from Dundalk Institute of Technology. My research interests include computational neural engineering, automated formative feedback in computing education and safety critical software.
Formative test-driven development paper published in AISHE-J
My paper on Formative Test-Driven Development for Programming Practicals has just been published in AISHE-J, where I discuss the experience of bringing automated testing into the applied programming classroom. A key feature of this work was the use of industry-standard testing technologies rather than education-specific tools.
Sharing learning and teaching practice 2017
I recently talked about my work on formative online quizzes and demonstrated FileCheck, a utility to check student submissions for compliance, at this year's Sharing Learning and Teaching Practice event within the School of Informatics and Creative Arts at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Both talks were recorded and will be available in early September.
Upcoming presentation at EdTech 2017
My work on using automated formative quizzes to consolidate material covered in lectures has been accepted on to the EdTech 2017 programme. In 15 minutes I will cover how I used Moodle to deliver quizzes to help students test their knowledge of numerical concepts, and how I overcame limitations in Moodle's formula engine using custom scripting.
Presentation at AIT
AIT recently held a combined seminar on Redesigning Programme Assessment which included Y1 Feedback Case Studies. I presented my recent study on using automated feedback to consolidate material covered in lectures. For more information, see the case study report and video.
Using Automated Feedback to Consolidate Lectures
I was delighted to be involved in the Y1Feedback project that aims to improve the first year experience by focusing on improving the feedback that students receive to improve their learning. My recent talk at the Y1 Feedback Symposium described the case study undertaken with Digital Systems lectures in Dundalk Institute of Technology. For more information, see the case study report and video.
Rebooting numerical problem sets
I was delighted to present my recent work at the EdTech 2016 conference in Dublin. This involved the use of Moodle with custom R coding to provide online problem sets to students of Data Communications in Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Sharing learning and teaching practice
DkIT's School of Informatics and Creative Arts held a Sharing Learning and Teaching Practice day in June 2016. I presented my work on numerical problem sets and on plagiarism detection in two talks that are available online.