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James Brunton

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Programme Chair/Director - BA In Humanities (Psychology Major)

D102
Bea Orpen Building,
Dublin City University Glasnevin Campus,
Dublin 9

T: +353 1 700 5329
E: james.brunton@dcu.ie
W: https://thethirdspace.home.blog/

Biography

James has a BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and a PhD in Social/Organisational Psychology from Dublin City University. He is the Chair /Director of the DCU Connected BA in Humanities (Psychology Major) Programme in the Open Education Unit, National Institute for Digital Learning. James is a member of the Digital Learning Research Network which includes over 50 staff with a research interest, and a range of scholarly outputs, in this area. His research interests include the psychology of identity formation, socialisation/orientation processes for ‘off-campus’ higher education students, online learning design, open pedagogy, and digital assessment. James is available to supervise doctoral students in any of these areas of research interest. His research has been published in journals such as Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Open Praxis, and Educational Media International.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Designing and developing a programme focused assessment strategy: A case study'
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E., & Walsh, E. (2018) 'Designing and developing a programme focused assessment strategy: A case study' In: J. Evans, S. Jordan, & F. Wolfenden (Eds.) (eds). Assessment in open, distance, and e-learning: Lessons from practice (1st Ed.). Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge. [Details]
2018 'Psychology'
Brunton, J. (2018) 'Psychology' In: Eportfolio Based Assessment - Inspiring Exploration and Supporting Evaluation for Practitioners. Dublin: Dublin City University. [Details]
2020 'Learner success and digital technologies'
Brunton J. & Brown M. (2020) 'Learner success and digital technologies' In: Peters M. (Ed.) (eds). Encyclopedia of teacher education. Singapore: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'COVID-19 and the push to online learning: Reflections from 5 countries'
Teräs, M., Teräs, H., Arinto, P., Brunton, J. Daryono, D., & Subramaniam, T. (2020) 'COVID-19 and the push to online learning: Reflections from 5 countries'. Digital Culture & Education, [Details]
2020 'A balancing act: A window into online student engagement experiences'
Farrell, O., & Brunton, J. (2020) 'A balancing act: A window into online student engagement experiences'. International Journal Of Educational Technology In Higher Education, 17 (25) [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Duelling identities in refugees learning through open, online higher education'
Brunton, J., Farrell, O., Costello, E., Delaney, L., Foley, C., & Brown, M. (2019) 'Duelling identities in refugees learning through open, online higher education'. Open Praxis, 11 (4) [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Designing and developing a programme-focused assessment strategy: a case study'
Brunton, James and Brown, Mark and Costello, Eamon and Walsh, Elaine (2016) 'Designing and developing a programme-focused assessment strategy: a case study'. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 31 (2):176-187 [Details]
2019 'Pre-induction supports for flexible learners: The Head Start Online MOOC pilot. A Practice Report'
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E. and Farrell, O. (2019) 'Pre-induction supports for flexible learners: The Head Start Online MOOC pilot. A Practice Report'. Student Success, 10 (1):155-161 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'In MOOCs we Trust: Learner Perceptions of MOOC Quality via Trust and Credibility'
Costello, Eamon and Brunton, James and Brown, Mark and Daly, Laurence (2018) 'In MOOCs we Trust: Learner Perceptions of MOOC Quality via Trust and Credibility'. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 13 (06):214-222 [Details]
2018 'Head start online: flexibility, transitions and student success'
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E., and Farrell, O. (2018) 'Head start online: flexibility, transitions and student success'. Educational Media International, 55 (4):347-360 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference
Brunton, James and Brown, Mark and Clinch, Gavin and Costello, Eamon and Farrelly, Tom and Gilligan, Jennifer and Murphy, Antony (2016) ‘Teaching for Transitions’: Reflecting on three nationally funded projects that developed digital tools to facilitate transitions into Higher Education The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference [Details]
2016 The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference
Brunton, James and Brown, Mark and Costello, Eamon and Farrell, Orna (2016) ‘A good start is half the work’: Developing a MOOC to aid flexible learner transition into Higher Education The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference [Details]
2017 European Conference on Massive Open Online Courses
Brunton, James and Brown, Mark and Costello, Eamon and Farrell, Orna and Mahon, Conor (2017) Giving Flexible Learners a Head Start on Higher Education: Designing and Implementing a Pre-induction Socialisation MOOC European Conference on Massive Open Online Courses , pp.10-19 [Details]
2018 ECEL 2018 17th European Conference on e-Learning
Brunton, James and Costello, Eamon and Farrell, Orna and O’Keeffe, Noeleen (2018) Attaining 21st Century Skills Online: A Programmatic Approach ECEL 2018 17th European Conference on e-Learning [Details]
2018 17th European Conference on eLearning (ECEL)
Costello, Eamon and Brown, Mark and Brunton, James and Bolger, Richard and Soverino, Tiziana (2018) Textbook costs and accessibility: Could open textbooks play a role? 17th European Conference on eLearning (ECEL) [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 OE Global 2019 conference,
Farrell, O. & Brunton, J. (2019) Open, future, online teaching: Enabling excellence in the student experience. [Oral Presentation], OE Global 2019 conference, Milan , 26-NOV-19 - 28-NOV-19 [Details]
2019 OE Global 2019 conference,
Brunton, J., Farrell, O., Delaney, L., Brown, M., Costello, E., & Foley, C. (2019) Providing open opportunities for access to higher education to refugees through an open education initiative: A Case Study of Dublin City University’s University of Sanctuary Scholarship programme. [Oral Presentation], OE Global 2019 conference, Milan , 26-NOV-19 - 28-NOV-19 [Details]
2019 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning,
Brunton, J. & Gaffney, M. (2019) From disposable assignment to a social good. Piloting an open pedagogy assignment in an undergraduate, developmental and educational psychology module. [Oral Presentation], 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Dublin , 03-NOV-19 - 07-NOV-19 [Details]
2019 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning,
Brunton, J., O’Mahony, D., & McDonnell, D. (2019) What's a GDPR? Teaching data ethics & responsibilities to online psychology learners. [Oral Presentation], 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Dublin , 03-NOV-19 - 07-NOV-19 [Details]
2019 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning,
Brunton, J., Farrell, O., Eccles, S., Giblin, M., O’Shea, H, Byrne, P & Martin, M. (2019) Strength in numbers: A co-teaching pilot in online Humanities modules. [Poster Presentation ], 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Dublin , 03-NOV-19 - 07-NOV-19 [Details]
2019 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning,
Brunton, J., Farrell, O., Costello, E., Delaney, L., Foley, C., & Brown, M. (2019) “You have the asylum world and you have... the study world”: Duelling identities in refugees learning online. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Dublin , 03-NOV-19 - 07-NOV-19 [Details]
2019 Annual Conference of the Division of Academics, Researchers, and Teachers in Psychology (British Psychological Society),
Brunton, J. (2019) Supporting undergraduate psychology student transition to a higher education online distance learning programme. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Division of Academics, Researchers, and Teachers in Psychology (British Psychological Society), Cardiff , 04-JUN-19 - 05-JUN-19 [Details]
2019 Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA),
Brunton, J. & Gaffney, M. (2019) Using simple digital technologies to produce a public communication: Students first experience of an open pedagogy assignment in an online undergraduate psychology module. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA), Dundalk , 30-MAY-19 - 31-MAY-19 [Details]
2019 Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA),
Brunton, J., O’Mahony, D., & McDonnell, D. (2019) GDPR, a DPIA, and don’t forget the PDSS: Teaching data ethics & responsibilities to online psychology students. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA), Dundalk , 30-MAY-19 - 31-MAY-19 [Details]
2016 EdTech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association,
Farrell Orna & Brunton James (2016) Fostering Historical Thinking with Digital Primary Sources. [Invited Oral Presentation], EdTech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, Dublin [Details]
2016 Open Education Global Conference,
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E., Delaney, L., & Fox, S. (2016) Creating a toolbox of OERs to facilitate flexible learner transition into higher education: A collaborative project between four Irish higher education institutions. [Oral Presentation], Open Education Global Conference, Krakow , 12-APR-16 - 14-APR-16 [Details]
2015 Irish Learning Technology Association Conference,
Costello, E., Brown, M., Brunton, J., & Delaney, L. (2015) Learning beyond the horizon: Using Peerwise to increase engagement for students in transition. [], Irish Learning Technology Association Conference, University of Limerick , 27-MAY-15 - 29-MAY-15 [Details]
2015 Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society Annual Conference,
Brunton, J., & Walsh, E. (2015) Assessing ‘off-campus’ psychology students: Strategic design and development of psychology assessments from a programme level perspective. [], Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Armagh, Northern Ireland , 21-MAY-15 - 22-MAY-15 [Details]
2015 European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) Conference,
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E., Delaney, L., Fox, S., Galvin, C., & Lonergan, N. (2015) Free, focused and flexible: A suite of online transition tools for supporting student success. [], European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) Conference, FernUniversitat en Hagen, Germany , 27-OCT-15 - 30-OCT-15 [Details]
2015 International Assessment in Higher Education Conference,
Walsh, E,. & Brunton, J. (2015) Assessment strategy: Online distance education. [], International Assessment in Higher Education Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom , 25-JUN-15 - 26-JUN-15 [Details]
2015 Shaping the Future of Learning Together, Association for Learning Technology Annual Conference (ALT-C),
Costello, E., Brown, M., Brunton, J., & Delaney, L. (2015) It's on the exam! Affecting student engagement through crowd-sourced assessment. [], Shaping the Future of Learning Together, Association for Learning Technology Annual Conference (ALT-C), Manchester, United Kingdom , 08-OCT-15 - 09-OCT-15 [Details]
2015 European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN) Conference,
Brown. M., & Brunton, J. (2015) Flexible toolbox project. [], European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN) Conference, Barcelona, Spain , 09-JUN-15 - 12-JUN-15 [Details]
2015 OER15,
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E., Delaney, L., & Fox, S. (2015) Student success toolbox: Digital tools for use in supporting flexible learners. [], OER15, Cardiff, Wales , 14-APR-15 - 15-APR-15 [Details]
2015 Irish Learning Technology Association Conference, Limerick,
Brunton, J., Brown. M., Costello, E., Delaney, L., Fox, S., Galvin, C., & Lonergan, N. (2015) Digital readiness tools for use in supporting flexible learners: A research and development transitions project. [], Irish Learning Technology Association Conference, Limerick, University of Limerick , 27-MAY-15 - 29-MAY-15 [Details]
2014 Eight EDEN Research Workshop, Challenges for research into open and distance learning: Doing things better - doing better things. Oxford, United Kingdom, 27th October,
Walsh, E., & Brunton, J. (2014). (2014) Assessment strategy – Designing and developing assessments for online distance education. [], Eight EDEN Research Workshop, Challenges for research into open and distance learning: Doing things better - doing better things. Oxford, United Kingdom, 27th October, Oxford, United Kingdom, 27th October , 26-OCT-14 - 29-OCT-14 [Details]
2014 Northern Irish British Psychological Society Conference,
Brunton, J. (2014) Facilitating the Creation of a Student Identity through an Effective Socialisation Programme. [], Northern Irish British Psychological Society Conference, Belfast , 03-APR-14 - 05-APR-14 [Details]
2014 Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Learning Technology,
Walsh, E., & Brunton, J. (2014). (2014) Designing and developing assessments - the assessment matrix and training for online distance education assessment writers. [], Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Learning Technology, University College Dublin, Dublin , 30-MAY-14 - 31-MAY-14 [Details]
2014 44th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland,
Brunton, J. (2014) Psychology programmes’ teaching and learning models in the Irish context. [], 44th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland , 12-NOV-14 - 15-NOV-14 [Details]
2013 European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) Conference,
Brunton, J., O'Keeffe, N., Costello, E., Fox, S., Walsh, E., Delaney, L. and Morrissey, A. (2013) Student Socialisation within Online Distance Education Programmes – Starting at the Start. [], European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) Conference, Université Paris-Sorbonne , 23-OCT-13 - 25-OCT-13 [Details]
2013 43th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland,
Brunton, J. (2013) Facilitating the Creation of Positive Student-identities through Pre-emptive Socialisation in a Virtual Learning Environment. [], 43th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Sligo, Ireland , 05-NOV-13 - 09-NOV-13 [Details]
2012 European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Research Conference,
Brunton, J., O'Keeffe, N., Costello, E., Fox, S., Walsh, E., Delaney, L. and Morrissey, A. (2012) Facilitating Pre-induction Socialisation for Distance Education Programmes. [], European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Research Conference, KU Leuven, Belgium , 22-OCT-12 - 23-OCT-12 [Details]
2012 European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Research Conference,
Delaney, L., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Fox, S., Morrissey, A. O'Keeffe, N. and Walsh, E. (2012) Online, Face to Face or Blended what tutorial delivery do students want in distance education?. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Research Conference, KU Leuven, Belgium , 22-OCT-12 - 23-OCT-12 [Details]
2012 EdTech Conference,
Brunton, J. and O'Keeffe, N. (2012) Utilising Online Activities in Assessment of Online Distance Education Students to Enhance Collaborative Learning. [Conference Organising Committee Member], EdTech Conference, NUI Maynooth, Ireland , 31-MAY-12 - 01-JUN-12 [Details]
2011 European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) Conference,
Walsh, E. , O'Keeffe, N. , Brunton, J. , Fox, S. , Morrissey, A. , Costello, E. (2011) Implementing Web Conferencing on Oscails Online Programmes. [Conference Organising Committee Member], European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) Conference, Anadolu University Eskisehir, Turkey , 03-NOV-11 - 04-NOV-11 [Details]
2010 AISHE International Conference Series,
Farrell, O. and Brunton J. (2010) Creating a first year experience. [Conference Organising Committee Member], AISHE International Conference Series, Dublin City University , 22-FEB-10 - 23-FEB-10 [Details]
2009 Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland,
Brunton, J. (2009) An examination of identity-portfolio-management processes in organisational entrants. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland, University of Limerick , 28-MAY-09 - 29-MAY-09 [Details]
2005 Annual Conference of Irish Academy of Management (IAM), Sept 2005,
Brunton, J. (2005) Different Faces for Different Places: An Investigation of Identity Creation and Management. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of Irish Academy of Management (IAM), Sept 2005, Galway , 08-SEP-05 - 09-SEP-05 [Details]
2005 XII. Congress of European Work and Organisational Psychology,
James Brunton (2005) Determinants of Organisational Socialisation: An Identity Creation and Management Perspective. [], XII. Congress of European Work and Organisational Psychology, Istanbul , 12-MAY-05 - 15-MAY-05 [Details]
2004 Annual conference of the Irish Academy of Management (IAM),
James Brunton (2004) Identity, Life Domain Context interaction and their impact on perceived Life Domain Context compatibility. [], Annual conference of the Irish Academy of Management (IAM), Trinity College Dublin , 03-SEP-04 - 04-SEP-04 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2019 An investigation of effective online teaching: a needs analysis of online educators and online students.
Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Donlon, E., Trevaskis, S., Eccles, S., Ní Shé, C. (2019) An investigation of effective online teaching: a needs analysis of online educators and online students. Dublin City University, Dublin. [Details]
2019 Teaching online is different: Critical perspectives from the literature.
Ní Shé, C., Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Donlon, E., Trevaskis, S., Eccles, S. (2019) Teaching online is different: Critical perspectives from the literature. Dublin City University, Dublin. [DOI] [Details]

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2009 Dublin City University Ph.D.
2002 University College Cork B.A.

Research Interests

James' research interests include the psychology of identity formation, socialisation/orientation processes for ‘off-campus’ higher education students, online learning design, open pedagogy, and digital assessment. James is available to supervise doctoral students in any of these areas of research interest. His research has been published in journals such as Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Open Praxis, and Educational Media International.