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Orna Farrell

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T: Ext. 5662
E: Orna.Farrell@dcu.ie
Programme Chair- BA Humanities, BA English & History, BA Single Module

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Open Education Unit, National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL), Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland

T: +353-1-7005662
E: orna.farrell@dcu.ie
Assistant Professor


Biography

Dr. Orna Farrell (BA; MA; Hdip; Phd)
Orna is an assistant professor in Dublin City University (DCU) specializing in the areas of online, blended and distance education. Orna is director of DCU Connected Humanities programmes, which are online open access undergraduate degrees aimed at adult students. Orna holds a BA (Hons) in Arts, an MA in History and a Higher Diploma in Secondary Teaching from University College Dublin, and a Phd in Education from Trinity College.

Working within DCU’s National Institute for Digital Learning Orna's research interests include online pedagogy, online student success and engagement, and eportfolio based learning. She is principal investigator of the National Forum funded project #Openteach: professional development for open online educators. Orna is a founding member of Eportfolio Ireland, a professional learning network for eportfolio practitioners and researchers.

Doctoral supervision
Orna is available to supervise doctoral students in the areas of blended, online and digital learning in a range of educational settings. 





Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'If I had missed it I would have been the lost little sheep: Exploring student narratives on orientation to first year'
Farrell, O., Brunton, J., & Trevaskis, S. (2019) 'If I had missed it I would have been the lost little sheep: Exploring student narratives on orientation to first year'. Journal of Further and Higher Education, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'I am not simply learning and regurgitating information, I am also learning about myself”: learning portfolio practice and online distance students'
Orna Farrell;Aidan Seery; (2019) 'I am not simply learning and regurgitating information, I am also learning about myself”: learning portfolio practice and online distance students'. Distance Education, 40 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Failure to Launch: The Unfulfilled Promise of Eportfolios in Irish higher education: An Opinion Piece'
Orna Farrell; (2018) 'Failure to Launch: The Unfulfilled Promise of Eportfolios in Irish higher education: An Opinion Piece'. Dbs Business Review, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Head start online: flexibility, transitions and student success'
Brunton J.;Brown M.;Costello E.;Farrell O. (2018) 'Head start online: flexibility, transitions and student success'. Educational Media International, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Reflections on ePortfolio Professional Learning: Harnessing an Unconference Approach'
(2018) 'Reflections on ePortfolio Professional Learning: Harnessing an Unconference Approach'. Aepr, [Details]
2018 'Pre-induction supports for flexible learners: The Head Start Online MOOC pilot. A Practice Report'
(2018) 'Pre-induction supports for flexible learners: The Head Start Online MOOC pilot. A Practice Report'. Student Success, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Refections on ePortfolio Professional Learning: Harnessing an Unconference Approach'
Lisa Donaldson, Karen Buckley, Orna Farrell, Julie Uí Choistealbha (2018) 'Refections on ePortfolio Professional Learning: Harnessing an Unconference Approach'. Aepr, 2 (3):20-29 [Details]
2016 'Y1 Feedback - the story so far: Progress and reflections from an Irish multi-institutional learning and teaching enhancement project'
O'Regan, L., Harding, N., Brown, M., Maguire, M., Munro, M., McDermott, G., Ryan, S., Farrell, O., Cranny, D., Gallaher, G., & McKevitt, C. (2016) 'Y1 Feedback - the story so far: Progress and reflections from an Irish multi-institutional learning and teaching enhancement project'. AISHE-J: THE ALL IRELAND JOURNAL OF TEACHING AND LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 8 (3):2991-2994 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2019 Teaching online is different: critical perspectives from the literature.
Caitríona Ní Shé;Orna Farrell;James Brunton;Eamon Costello;Enda Donlon;Samantha Trevaskis;Sinead; (2019) Teaching online is different: critical perspectives from the literature. . [DOI] [Details]
2016 Feedback in First Year: A Landscape Snapshot Across Four Irish Higher Education Institutions.
Y1Feedback (2016) Feedback in First Year: A Landscape Snapshot Across Four Irish Higher Education Institutions. Y1 Feedback, Dublin. [Details]
2016 Technology-Enabled Feedback in the First Year: A Synthesis of the Literature.
Y1Feedback (2016) Technology-Enabled Feedback in the First Year: A Synthesis of the Literature. Y1 Feedback, Dublin. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Developing Digital Pedagogy: The Impact of National Strategy and Enhancement Themes in an Irish Institute of Higher Education'
Nuala Harding, Lisa O’Regan, Moira Maguire, Mark Brown, Seamus Ryan, Geraldine McDermott, Orna Farrell, Morag Munro, Gerry Gallagher, David Cranny, Conor McKevitt, Edel Healy, Ronan Bree, Don Faller, Anne Mulvihill, Jeremy Bird, Akinlolu Akande, David Doyle, David Dowling, Dina Brazil and Gina Noonan (2017) 'Developing Digital Pedagogy: The Impact of National Strategy and Enhancement Themes in an Irish Institute of Higher Education' In: Geok Bee Teh, Siew Chee Choy (eds). Empowering 21st Century Learners Through Holistic and Enterprising Learning. Singapore: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Giving flexible learners a head start on higher education: Designing and implementing a pre-induction socialisation MOOC.
(2017) Giving flexible learners a head start on higher education: Designing and implementing a pre-induction socialisation MOOC. [DOI] [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2017 Digital Education: Out to the World and Back to the Campus. EMOOCs 2017
Delgado Kloos C., Jermann P., Pérez-Sanagustín M., Seaton D., White S (Ed.). (2017) Digital Education: Out to the World and Back to the Campus. EMOOCs 2017 London: Springer. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL
Brunton, J.;Costello, E.;Farrell, O.;O’keeffe, N.; (2018) Attaining 21st century skills online: A programmatic approach Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL [Details]
2017 EdTech 2017 TEL in an Age of Supercomplexity - Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association
Farrell, O., Curran, C., Brunton, J. (2017) The History Lab: Developing digital research skills EdTech 2017 TEL in an Age of Supercomplexity - Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association [Details]
2016 ASCILITE 2016 - Conference Proceedings - 33rd International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Show Me the Learning
Brunton, J.;Farrell, O.;Brown, M.;Mahon, C.;Costello, E.; (2016) Head start online: A MOOC for effectively supporting flexible learner transition into higher education ASCILITE 2016 - Conference Proceedings - 33rd International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Show Me the Learning [Details]
2017 Empowering 21st Century Learners Through Holistic and Enterprising Learning
(2017) Empowering 21st Century Learners Through Holistic and Enterprising Learning Empowering 21st Century Learners Through Holistic and Enterprising Learning [Details]
2017 Digital Education: Out to the World and Back to the Campus
(2017) Digital Education: Out to the World and Back to the Campus Digital Education: Out to the World and Back to the Campus [Details]
2017 AAEEBL Regional Conference
Farrell, O. (2017) The learning portfolio differs to other modes of learning, I am not simply learning and regurgitating information, I am also learning about myself AAEEBL Regional Conference [Details]
2017 EdTech 2017 TEL in an Age of Supercomplexity - Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association
Farrell, O. (2017) (2017) Student voices on eportfolios The learning portfolio differs to other modes of learning, I am not simply learning and regurgitating information, I am also learning about myself EdTech 2017 TEL in an Age of Supercomplexity - Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association [Details]
2017 annual European Association for Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference
Farrell, O. (2017) What is it like learning with an eportfolio for online distance learners? annual European Association for Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference [Details]
2017 UK/Ireland MoodleMoot
Brunton, J., Brown, M. Costello, E., & Farrell, O (2017) Head start for online study: Reflections on a MOOC for new learners UK/Ireland MoodleMoot [Details]
2017 EdTech 2017 TEL in an Age of Supercomplexity - Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies. Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association
Brunton, J., Brown, M. Costello, E., & Farrell, O. (2017) New models of flexible learner socialisation in the digital age: The Head Start Online MOOC EdTech 2017 TEL in an Age of Supercomplexity - Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies. Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association [Details]
2017 27th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning
Brunton. J., Brown, M., Costello, E., Delaney, L., & Farrell, O. (2017) Promoting effective, strategic pre-entry and on-entry socialisation for flexible learners in higher education 27th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning [Details]
2017 22nd Annual SEDA Conference 2017
Brunton, J., Farrell, O., (2017) Distributed and Disaggregated: Developing excellence in teaching and learning in online distance learning teams 22nd Annual SEDA Conference 2017 [Details]
2016 The Next Generation Digital Learning Research Symposium
Farrell, O. (2016) The next generation of online learning: How can digital portfolios enhance the nature of the learning experience and the development of criticality among flexible learners? The Next Generation Digital Learning Research Symposium [Details]
2016 The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference
Farrell, O., & Brunton (2016) Using online primary sources to foster historical thinking The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference [Details]
2016 ePIC 2016 Conference
Farrell, O. (2016) Opening minds with eportfolios: How can eportfolios enhance the nature of the learning experience and the development of criticality among flexible learners? ePIC 2016 Conference [Details]
2016 9th European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) Research Workshop
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E., Farrell, O., & Mahon, C. (2016) Head start online: Thinking about, or preparing for, flexible study 9th European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) Research Workshop [Details]
2016 The Next Generation Digital Learning Research Symposium
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E., & Farrell, O. (2016) A MOOC to facilitate flexible learner transition into higher education - Head Start Online: first steps to flexible study The Next Generation Digital Learning Research Symposium [Details]
2016 The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference
Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E., & Farrell, O. (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]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Harnessing an unconference approach to develop eportfolio competencies,
Lisa Donaldson, Karen Buckley, Orna Farrell, Julie Ui Choistealbha, J. (2018) Presentation at ePortfolios & More: The Developing Role of ePortfolios within the Digital Landscape, Dublin City University, Dublin, 24th May. [Oral Presentation], Harnessing an unconference approach to develop eportfolio competencies, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland [Details]
2018 DIY Unconference: CPD with a twist,
Lisa Donaldson, Orna Farrell, Karen Buckley, and Julie Uí Choistealbha. (2018) Presentation at EdTech 2018, TEL Quality Matters – People, Policies and Practices, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, Carlow, 31st May - 1st June. [Oral Presentation], DIY Unconference: CPD with a twist, Carlow, Ireland [Details]
2019 Workshop: The Potential and Practice of Eportfolio,
Lisa Donaldson, Karen Buckley, Orna Farrell (2019) This half day workshop featured a keynote by Kristina Hoeppner, Catalyst IT, New Zealand & a conversational workshop on eportfolio practice. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Workshop: The Potential and Practice of Eportfolio, Dublin City University , 11-NOV-19 [Details]
2017 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia conference,
Brunton, J., Brown, M. Costello, E., & Farrell, O (2017) Head start online: A good start is half the work. [Poster Presentation ], Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia conference, Melbourne [Details]
2016 Eportfolios in Ireland: What now? Where next?,
Farrell, O (2016) Critical Thinking and Eportfolios (With a Mahara Focus. [Invited Oral Presentation], Eportfolios in Ireland: What now? Where next?, DIT [Details]
2011 AISHE Conference,
Farrell, O. & Brunton, J (2011) Induction and New Learner Transition to Higher Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], AISHE Conference, Dublin [Details]
2010 AISHE Conference,
Farrell, O. (2010) Portfolio assessment: The learner perspective. [Poster Presentation ], AISHE Conference, Dublin [Details]
2016 EdTech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association,
Costello, E., Brunton, J., Farrell, O., & Brown, M (2016) Rising to the challenge of flexible learner transition: A pre-induction socialisation MOOC initiative. [Chaired Session], EdTech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, Dublin [Details]
2016 Ed Tech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge,
O'Regan, L., Harding, N., Brown, M., Maguire, M., Munro, M., Gallagher, G., McDermott, G., Ryan, S., Cranny, D., McKevitt, C., & Farrell, O. (2016) Y1 feedback: Technology-enabled approaches for first year. [Invited Oral Presentation], Ed Tech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Dublin [Details]
2016 Ed Tech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge,
O’Brien, R., Brunton, J., Costello, E., & Farrell, O. (2016) Developing a MOOC: My journey. [Invited Oral Presentation], Ed Tech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Dublin [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 Ed Tech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association,
Farrell Orna (2016) If eportfolios are so amazing, why dont we all have one?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Ed Tech 2016, ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge, Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, Dublin [Details]
2011 University of Wales Conference,
Farrell, O. & Lane, B (2011) Enhancing the first-year experience with online quizzes and screencasts. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], University of Wales Conference, Cardiff [Details]

Invited papers

  Year Publication
2017 Using a Mahara Eportfolio with Online Distance Students.
Farrell, O. (2017) Using a Mahara Eportfolio with Online Distance Students. Invited papers [Details]
2017 Using a Mahara Eportfolio with Online Distance Students.
Farrell, O. (2017) Using a Mahara Eportfolio with Online Distance Students. Invited papers [Details]

Case

  Year Publication
2017 Developing a systematic programme focused assessment and feedback strategy.
Brunton. J., Brown, M., Costello, E., & Farrell, O. (2017) Developing a systematic programme focused assessment and feedback strategy. Case [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 DCU President's Award for Excellence in Teaching- in the category of new lecturer DCU
2019 Winner Best Digital Poster Award ICDE World Conference on Online Learning
2019 Winner Best Paper by Country: Ireland Edmedia

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Associate Member /
Irish Learning Technology Association Member /
AAEEBL- Association for Authentic Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning Member /
Eportfolio Ireland Committee Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
DCU UDL working group member 2019 / 2020
Academic Council Member 2017 / 2020

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2019 Trinity College Dublin Doctor of Philosophy Education
2003 University College Dublin Higher Diploma in Education
2002 University College Dublin MA History of International Relations
2001 University College Dublin BA (Hons) International- History, German

Reviews

  Journal Role
International Journal Of Educational Technology In Higher Education Reviewer
Journal Of Further And Higher Education Reviewer
Distance Education Reviewer

Research Interests

Working within DCU’s National Institute for Digital Learning her research interests include higher education transitions, educational technology, digital historical skills and eportfolio based learning.


Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Buka- Advancing Equity and Access to Higher Education Through Open and Distance Learning European Union- Erasmus plus 18-NOV-19 - 22-FEB-21 DCU team 993,270.00
#OpenTeach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 01-APR-19 - Team Leader/Principle Investigator 50,000.00
Y1 Feedback project National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 01-JAN-16 - 28-FEB-17 Team Member 20,000.00