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Egan, K., & Crotty, Y. (2020). Sustaining a prolonged pivot: Appraising challenges facing higher education stakeholders in switching to online learning, International Journal for Transformative Research, 7(1), 1-9. doi: https://doi. org/10.2478/ijtr-2020-0001

McLoughlin, K., & Farren, M. (2020). An Action Research Enquiry into the potential of SolidWorks in the teaching of rotation in Junior Certificate Technical Graphics, International Journal for Transformative Research, 7(1), 26-35. doi: https://

Nally, M., & Ladden, B. (2020). An Exploration of an Induction Programme for Newly Qualified Teachers in a Post Primary Irish School, International Journal for Transformative Research, 7(1), 19-25. doi: ijtr-2020-0003

Ó Beaglaoich, P. Ó., & Crotty, Y. (2020). ‘Meitheal Múinteoirí’: Planning for an Online Community of Practice (OCoP) with post-primary teachers in the Irish-medium (L1) sector, International Journal for Transformative Research, 7(1), 10-18. doi: ijtr-2020-0002

Tal, I, Zou, L., Muntean, G. & Farren, M. (2020). Mulsemedia (Multiple Sensorial Media) in Education. A case study of learner experience, motivation and knowledge gain. International Conference on Computer Supported Education. Full paper to be published in Springer book Communication in Computer and Information Science. 2020.

Lee, H. (2020). Understanding Usability Issues in shifting a device during a task. HCI. 19. 178-191

Mahon, P. and O’Neill, M. (2020). Through the looking glass; the rabbit hole of reflective practice. British Journal of Nursing. Accepted 25th February 2020, awaiting publication

Mahon, P. and Crotty, Y. (2020). Getting to ‘grips’ with educational video production. Nursing made incredibly easy.  


Farren, M., Crotty, Y., Murray, M. & Phelan, A. (2019). Paving the Way to Online Teaching. World Conference on Online Learning. Dublin Convention Centre. Full paper published  in World Conference on Online Proceedings.

Crotty, Y., Farren, M. & Kilboy, L. (2019). Professional Development meets Personal Development: Impact of a Master's programme on Alumni in Global Workplace Learning Handbook. USA: Wiley  

McVeety, E. and Farren, M. (2019). An Action Research Enquiry into child voice in the classroom by empowering children to arrange and implement their own timetable. Educational Action Research

Helfert, M. & Ge. M. (2019). Perspectives of Big Data Quality in Smart Service Ecosystems. Journal of Information Technology Management 10(4) 

Crotty, Y., Farren, M., O'Beaglaoich, P., Sloyan, L., Gallagher, E., Mahon, P. (2019). Action Research using Multimedia Symposium.  Media and Learning Conference, June. KU Leuven.

Crowley, A. (2019). An action research enquiry of third level students employability compentences through implementation of a Business Strategy Simulation software. Irish Games Based Conference, Cork, Ireland.


Newman, E., Farren, M. (2018). Transforming Self-Driven Learning using Action Research Journal of Work-Applied Management. Vol. 10. Issue 1

Mahon, P., Lyng, C., Crotty, Y., Farren, M. (2018). Transforming classroom questioning using emerging technology. British Journal of Nursing.  

Walsh, V., Farren, M. (2018). Teachers Attitudes Regarding Barriers to Meaningfully Implementing iPads in a Primary School Setting'. Computers in the Schools, 35 (2)

O' Coileáin, C. Crotty, Y. (2018). Using the School Self-Evaluation Process to Improve Teacher Engagement with Technology: A Case Study from a Dublin Gaelscoil. Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference. 5th-7th April, UCD, Ireland

Tobin, B. Farren, M. (2018). Understanding the direct involvement of parents in policy development and school activities in a primary school. Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Conference, 25th-27th October, Friends Meeting House, Manchester

Crotty, Y.,Kinney, T., Sweeney, D., D'Arcy, J. (2018). Using an Educational Entrepreneurial Approach to Action Research. Media and Learning Conference, KU Leuven. June 2018.

Helfert, M. (2018). Evaluation of Domain Specific Rule Generation Framework based on Usability Criteria. Evaluation journal. 6 

Mahon, P., Lyng, C., Crotty, Y., Farren, M. (2018). Fostering student engagement using emerging technologies. Irish Learning Technology Association Conference. 

Lee, H. (2018). A Social Circle for your Interactive Design. HCI.19. 623-639.


Farren, M. (2017)Guidelines on Insider Research. Paper can be accessed here. Researched and produced the paper while a member of the DCU University Research Ethics Committee.  

Howard, S. & Crotty, Y. (2017). The potential of an Interactive Game-Based Software to motivate High-Achieving Maths Students at Primary school level. The Electronic Journal of Mathematics and Technology, Vol. 11(2)

Crotty, Y., Kinny, T., Farren, M. (2017) 'Using the Business Model Canvas (BMC) strategy tool to support the Play4Guidance online entrepreneurial game'. International Journal for Transformative Research.

Farren, M., Crotty, Y. (2017). Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety. (Invited Presentation), Royal College of Physicians. 16th February.

Crotty, Y., Farren, M. (2017)Teaching and Teacher Education in STEM Education. University of Limerick. 26th May.

Tiernan, P., Farren, M (2017) Digital literacy and online video: Undergraduate students' use of online video for coursework'. Education and Information Technologies, 22: 3167-3185  

O’ Coileain, C. and Crotty, Y. Choosing a textbook in junior cycle science. International Conference on New Perspectives in Science, Florence, Italy. 16th-17th March 2017

Helfert, M, Lyutak, I, Duncan, H. (2017). Student Projects and Virtual Collaboration in IT Degrees: Incorporating Entrepreneurship into Study Programmes. International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals. 8: 14-26.

Lee, H. (2017). Towards establishing design principles.for balancing usability and maintaining cognitive abilities. HCI. 18. 3-8

Vogel, J., Auinger, A., Riedl, R., Kindermann, H., Helfert, M., Ocenasek, H. (2017). Digitally enhanced recovery: Investigating the use of digital self-tracking for monitoring leisure time physical activity of cardiovascular disease patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation. PLoS ONE, 12

Tobin, B. (2017). Understanding the direct involvement of parents in policy development and school activities in primary school. International Journal for Transformative Research. Vol. 4. Issue 1. 


O'Coileain, C. & Crotty, Y. (2016). Implementing IBL in the Irish language Science classroom using engaging interactive resources. ISE Lesson Authoring tool. New Perspectives in Science Education. Florence, Italy.16-17 March, 2016. Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings.

Crotty, Y. (2016).  An Educational Entrepreneurial Approach to the creation of educational multimedia artefacts. Canada International Conference on Education. University of Toronto. June 27th-30th, 2016.

Crotty, Y. & Farren, M. and Owen, M (2016). Pedagogy as an Inquiry Approach to Teaching'. In: New Developments in Science and Technology Education. Dordrecht: Springer.

Delaney, L., Farren, M (2016) No 'self' left behind? Part-time distance learning university graduates: social class, graduate identity and employability. Open Learning, 31 :194-208

O'Coileain, C. & Crotty, Y. (2016). Webinar-enabled CPD: Promoting IBL to Science teachers who teach through the Irish language. International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) at University of Glasgow. 6-9 January 2016. Peer Reviewed.

Crowley, A. and Farren, M. (2016) Strategy Simulation Games: The student Perspective and an Investigation of Employability Competencies gained through the use of Strategy Simulations in Higher Education. Chapter in Vincenti, G. et al (eds). E-Learning, E-Education and Online Training. USA: Springer International Publishing. 

Fitzsimons, S. and Farren, M. (2016). A Brave New World: considering the Pedagogic Potential of Virtual World Field Trips (VWFTs) in Initial Teacher Education' International Journal for Transformative Research. Vol. 3 (1)

Farren, M. Crotty, Y. (2016). Action Research in Healthcare. Invited talk and panel discussion at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Research Conference, Dublin. 3rd May, 2016.

Carroll, N. Helfert, M. (2015). Service capabilities within open innovation: Revisiting the applicability of capability maturity models. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 28 Iss: 2. pp.275 - 303.

English, V., Crotty, Y. and Farren, M. (2016). Using Video as a pedagogic tool to promote Inquiry-based learning. Tecnologie Didattiche

Delaney L., Farren M. (2016) 'No ‘self’ left behind? Part-time distance learning university graduates: social class, graduate identity and employability'. Journal of Open Learning, :1-15

Brandtner P. Helfert M. Auinger, A. Gaubinger, K. (2015). Conducting Focus Group Research in a Design Science Project: Application in Developing a Process Model for the Front End of Innovation, An International Journal on Information Technology, Action, Communication and Workpractices. Vol. 9 (2015), No. 1, pp. 26–55

Karen, C. and Helfert, M.(2016). Improving the Front End of Innovation: The Case of Mobile Commerce Services, HCII Conference 2016, Toronto, Canada, 17 - 22 JulyGurrin, C. (2016). Beyond Quantified Self - The Promise of Lifelogging as an Assistive Technology”. Keynote talk at HealthWear2016, Budapest, Hungry, 14th June 2016.

English, V., Crotty, Y, Farren, M. (2016) The use of datalogging to raise achievement in science in rural tanzanian schools. New Perspective in Science Education, 17-MAR- 16 - 18-MAR-16, Florence, Italy


Crotty, Y. & Kilboy, L. (2015). Co-creation and participatory approaches to humanitarian innovation. Humanitarian Innovation Conference at Keble College, Oxford University. Published in peer reviewed conference proceedings.

Crotty, Y,  Kilboy, L. How an educational entrepreneurial approach inspired humanitarian workers to be mindfully innovative while working with technology. The International Journal for Transformative Research (IJTR). 2, (1).

English, V. (Cambridge University), Crotty, Y. & Farren, M. (2015). Basketball Shot video analysis activity: A conversational framework. Digital Education Review.

Farren, M., Crotty. Y., Kilboy, L. (2015). The transformative potential of action research and ICT in the Second Language classroom. International Journal for Transformative Research. 2, 2.

Hooker. M. (2015). Implementing Competency Frameworks for Teachers in the Strengthening of Innovation and Practice in Secondary Educaiton teacher development project in Tanzania and Kenya. UNESCO Case study.

Emmett, Y. (2015). Re-thinking professional development and accountability: towards a more educational training practice.  International Journal for Transformative Research.Issue 2, July 2015.

Creane, S., Crotty, Y., Farren, M. (2015) The Application of Augmented Reality for supporting Inquiry Learning.  IEEE Proceedings - International Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning. 

Dermody, F., Sutherland, A. & Farren, M. (2015). A Multi-Modal system for public speaking. Pilot study on evaluation of Real Time Feedback. Connection-Tradition-Innovation Conference, Bamberg, Germany. September 2015. 

Rutten, N., Crotty, Y. et al. (2015). A narrative approach to studying the diversification of inquiry learning across instructional settings. International JOURNAL OF EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT USING ICT, Vol. 11, Issue 2

Delaney, L. & Farren, M. (2015). Online, distance, higher educaiton. access, graduates and employability. EATDU. Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, FernUniversität, Hagen, Germany. October 2015. 


Farren, M., Crotty, Y., Lonergan, T. & Sotiriou, S. (2014). EU Action in developments in the curricula and teaching methods appropriate for the future global technical challenges. IEEE Xplore (Scopus Index). Information Technology Based Higher Education And Training,

Crotty, Y., Lowry, M., Farren, M., English, V. (2014). Peer-Based Webinars to Scaffold Inquiry Based Narratives. IEEE Xplore (Scopus Index). Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies And Learning,

Hooker, M. (2014). The Knowledge Society as a trigger for change and innovation in contemporary learning and assessment practice. Keynote address at the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa Conference. Livingstone. 

Farren, M. & Crotty, Y. (2014). Researching our own practice: an individual creative process and a dialogic-collaborative process. International Journal For Transformative Research, volume 1. Issue 1. De Gruyter Open Publishing.

Helfert, M. (2014). Modelling Collaborative Business Services. International Journal of Services Sciences. Vol 5, 1, pp 19-39.


Crotty, Y. (2013). Running A MooC - a Multi-Modal Approach, International Diverse International Conference. 24-JUN- 13 - 26-JUN- 13, University of Osnabrück, Germany

Cooke, S. (2013). Building a Network of Micro-Economics with Imaginative Training and Job Creation Programmes. Job creation programmme proposal

Farren, M. & Crotty, Y. (2013) Invited Keynote on Action Research. [Speech], Invited Keynote presentation on Action Research at a Research Conference in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland , 19-NOV-13 - 19-NOV-13

Fitzsimons, S. (2013). The road less travelled: the jouney of immersion into the virtual field. Ethnography and Education.

Crotty, Y. & Farren, M. (2013). Digital Literacies in Education: Creative, Innovative and Multimodal Approaches. Peter Lang.

Farren, M. & Crotty, Y. (2013). Leadership in ICT in Education: our story at Dublin City University' In: Digital Literacies in Education. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Farren, M., Whitehead, J. and Bognar, B. (2011) Action Research in the Educational Workplace. : Academica Press. CA. USA.


Helfert M., Donnellan Brian and  Ostrowski Lukasz: (2012). The Case for Design Science Utility, in Systems, Signs & Actions An International Journal on Communication, Information Technology and Work, Vol. 6 (1),  pp. 46–66

Farren, M., Crotty, Y., Owen, M., & McTiernan, W. (2012). A Computational Approach to IBSE. Book chapter: Towards Transformative Education. Bulgaria and Ireland., DCU

King, P. & Crotty, Y. (2012). Guiding the Way Foreword. Piloting the design, implementation and evaluation of a career development programme for senior cycle students in a disadvantaged school setting.

Crotty, Y., Gately, L., and Farren, M. (2012) The Design and Development of an 'Online Teaching' module for teachers and lecturers. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Developing Innovative Digital Educational Resources for Students everywhere: DIVERSE, University of Leuven. KU Leuven , 03-JUL-12 - 05-JUL-12.

Farren, M., Dean, C., Fitzsimons, S., and Crotty, Y. (2012) The Spirit and Vision of Learning: At the still point of a turning world (Symposium) . [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, York St. John University. UK , 11-JUL-12 - 12-JUL-12.

Crotty,Y. (2012). The Importance of Marrying the Head and the Heart and the Sense and the Soul in the Academy. Digital Literacies in Higher Education. Peter Lang

E. McLoughlin, T. Jarvis, O. Finlayson, K. McGann, M. Farren (2012) What is inquiry-based science education?. [Unrefereed Article], EuroScience Open Forum, Convention Centre, Dublin , 11-JUL-12 - 15-JUL-12

Farren, M. (2012) Invited Keynote Panelist. [Speech], Keynote Symposium at MoodleMoot UK and Ireland Conference (in partnership with Dublin City University), Dublin , 02-APR-12 - 04-APR-12.

Whitehead, J., Crotty Y. and Farren, M. (2012) Invited MirandaNet. Presentation: Designing effective CPD programmes. [Speech], BETT Live Presentation in collaboration with MirandaNet, Olympia, London , 11-JAN-12 - 14-JAN-12.


Crotty, Y. (2011). Through the Enlightened Eye and I. Creativity and Visual Literacy in Higher Education?   Educational Journal of Living Theories. Vol. 4. No. 1.

Murnion, P. and Helfert M.,(2011).  A Framework for Decision Support for Learning Management Systems, in 10th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL-2011. : Brighton, UK.

Farren, M., Whitehead, J. & Bognar, B. (2011). Action Research in the Educational Workplace. Academica Press.

Hooker, M. (2011). African Leadership in ICT and the Knowledge Societies: Issues, Tensions and Opportunities for Learning.,

Carlos Andre Reis Pinheiro and Markus Helfert (2010). Neural Network and Social Network to enhance the customer loyalty process; Innovations and Advances in Computer Sciences and Engineering, Springer pp. 91-96.


Crotty, Y. (2010). Should We Judge a Book by its Cover? Addressing Visual Literacy and Creativity at a Third Level. International DIVERSE Conference, 2010, 06-JUN- 10 - 08-JUL- 10,
University of Southern Maine, USA

Farren, M. & Crotty, Y. (2010). Learning through Action Research and Technology. Teaching Reflections. DCU. 

Farren, M., Crotty, Y. & Whitehead, J. (2010).  Action Research. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Invited Keynote: Action Research Seminar., Strathmore University, Kenya , 28-JUN-10 - 01-JUL-10.

Farren, M. (2010) The Creation of a web-based international refereed journal. [Unrefereed Article], Developing Innovative Educational Resources for Students Everywhere - DIVERSE, Maine, USA , 01-JUL-10 - 07-JUL-10.


Crotty,Y. (2009). The importance of assessment for learning when creatively using digital technology and web 2.0 technologies in a research based masters programme, International DIVERSE Conference 2009, 24-JUN- 09 - 26-JUN- 09, Aberystwyth University, Wales

Farren, M. (2008). Co-Creating an Educational Space. Educational Journal of Living Theories.

Crotty, Y. and Farren, M. (2008) Creating video and web based artefacts to support teaching and learning . [Conference Organising Committee Member], DIVERSE Conference, InHOLLAND University, Haarlem, Holland , 01-JUL-08 - 03-JUL-08.

Farren, M. (2008). e-Learning and Action Research as Transformative Practice. Innovate: Journal of Online Education.

Farren, M. (2007). Creating a pedagogy of the unique through a web of betweenness with a new epistemology for educational knowledge.  Action Research Expeditions Journal.

Farren, M. and Whithead, J. (2012). Educational Influences in Learning with Visual Narratives.  DIVERSE Conference. Published by Glasgow Caledonian Press.

Farren, M., Keane, J., Hennessy, T. & O'Mahoney, D. (2007) Teachers as Knowledge Creators. (Teachers from MSc. ELearning, DCU). [Conference Organising Committee Member], Connect, Create, Integrate, Computer Education Society of Ireland Conference. Dublin , 17-FEB-07

Farren, M.& Crotty, Y. (2007) Legitimating New Living Standards of Judgement in Higher Education. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], American Education Research Association (AERA). The World of Educational Quality. Action Research Presentation, Chicago , 09-APR-07 - 13-APR-07.

Crotty, Y. & Farren, M. (2007) Use of technology for creative expression and learning in schools. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) International Conference. Disruption, Development & Debate, Trinity College, Dublin , 26-MAR-07 - 28-MAR-07.

Farren, M. (2006). Supporting a web of betweenness through ICT. eLearning Europa publication.

Farren, M. (2006) Creating a pedagogy of the unique through a web of betweenness. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], British Education Research Association (BERA), University of Warwick , 06-SEP-06.

Farren, M., Tobin, B. and Ryan, M. (2006). A Strategy and Support at School Level. Lanno Campus. Belgium.

Farren M.and Crotty, Y. (2006) Learning using e-media. Schools in the Digital Age. CESI Conference, Dublin , 16-FEB-06.

Farren, M., Whitehead, J. & Whitehead, Joan (2006) (2006) Experiencing and evidencing educational influences in learning through self study using ICT in schools and universities. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], Education Research in the Public Interest, American Education Research Assoc. Conference. San Francisco , 06-APR-06.

Finlayson, O. and Farren, M. (2005). The Impact of Digital Content in the Junior Science Curriculum. National Centre for Technology in Education, Ireland publication.

Farren, M. (2005) The use of collaborative online learning environments in higher education. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], British Educational Research Association, BERA. University of Glamorgan , 05-SEP-05.

Farren, M. (2005) Developing a Scholarship of Educational Enquiry in Higher Education through ICT. [Conference Organising Committee Member], EdTech 2005. Research Strand. , IADT , 25-MAY-05 - 26-MAY-05.

Farren, M. and Whitehead, J. (2005) Educational Influences in learning with visual narratives. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], International Conference on Video and Videoconferencing in Education, Videoconferencing link up from UK to US , 05-JUL-05 - 07-JUL-05.

Farren, M. (2004) Constructing and Disseminating a Knowledge Base of Teaching using ICT and action research. Division K - Teacher Education, San Diego, USA, 2004. Paper . [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], Enhancing the Visibility and Credibility of Educational Research, AERA conference, San Diego , 12-APR-04 - 16-APR-04.

Farren, M. and Ryan, M. (2004). Action Research: A new Scholarship of Educational Enquiry. NUI Galway presentation.

Winters, R., Wall,. R., Farren, M. (2002). The Development of a Maths Interactive Tutorial. ALT. UMIST UK.

Farren, M., Mooney, M., Pentony, D. (2002). Setanta: A University-School Collaboration. CESI - Challenges for Learning in a Digital Age. A CESI Publication.

Farren, M. (2002) Teaching and Learning Action Research. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], Validity and Value in Education Research, AERA conference. New Orleans , 01-MAY-02 - 05-MAY-02.

Farren, M, Flanagan F., Garvey C. (2003) How do We Exercise our Pedagogy of the Unique while Educating for Social Formations?. [Speech], Invited Speaker.Critical Debates in Action Research Conference, University of Limerick , 05-JUN-03.

nternational Conference on Technology in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education,
Farren, M. (2001) Improving the use of ICT in Higher Education through Action Reseach. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], International Conference on Technology in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athen , 27-JUN-01.

Farren, M. and Tweedy, E. (2000). Using ICT to support Action Research and Distance Learning. Action Research in Ireland. September Publications.

Farren, M. and Tweedy, E. (1999) Technology and Partnership Ireland and U.S.A. Collaboration. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], League for Innovation Conference, Chicago, , Chicago, USA , 20-OCT-99 - 23-OCT-99.

Farren, M. (1998). Using ICT for Professional Development. Third European Conference in Integrating ICT in the Curriculum. EU/DCU publication.