Dr Orna Farrell is Assistant Professor specialising in online and blended education based in the School of Policy Practice, Institute of Education in Dublin City University (DCU). Orna holds a PhD in Education from Trinity College Dublin.
Previously, Orna was Head of the Open Education Unit at Dublin City University, which provided online programmes to off campus students through the DCU Connected platform. From 2020-21, Orna led the Digital Learning Design Unit, created to support DCU’s pivot to hybrid learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From 2017-20, she was Chair of the DCU Connected Online Humanities programmes.
Working within DCU’s National Institute for Digital Learning. Orna's research interests include online pedagogy, online student success and engagement, eportfolio and open educational practice. She has a growing publication record in her fields of interest, including a range of book chapters, journal articles, invited presentations and conference papers. She has published in high ranking journals such as Distance Education, the Journal of Interactive Media in Education, Research in Learning Technology, and the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education.
In the Irish context, Dr Farrell was principal investigator of the recent National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education funded project #Openteach: professional development for open online educators. Previously Orna was a member of both the Y1 Feedback and Student Success Toolbox projects also funded by the Irish National Forum.
Orna is involved in two EU funded projects currently. Firstly, she is the DCU Principal Investigator for the Encore+ European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education Project, which aims to create a European network that supports innovation and entrepreneurship with Open Educational Resources (OERs) and involves a partnership with: The International Council for Open and Distance Education, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, The Open University, International University of La Rioja, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano.
Secondly, Orna is a member of the DCU team for the BUKA: Better Universities and Knowledge for All – Advancing equity and access to higher education through open and distance learning. This project aims to enable increased access to higher education for people in rural and remote regions as well as those with diverse in Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Dr Farrell is involved in a number of Irish and European networks in the area of digital, online and open education. She is an active member of the NIDL digital learning network. Orna is a founding member of Eportfolio Ireland, a professional learning network of eportfolio practitioners and researchers. She is deputy chair of the European Distance and E-Learning (EDEN) Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) committee.
Orna is available to supervise doctoral students in the areas of blended, online and digital learning in a range of educational settings.
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2021||Caitríona Ní Shé;Orna Farrell;James Brunton;Eamon Costello (2021) 'Integrating design thinking into instructional design: The #OpenTeach case study'. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, . [Link] [DOI]|
|2021||Farrell, O., Buckley, K., Donaldson, L., & Farrelly, T. (2021) 'Editorial: Good bye exams, hello eportfolio'. Irish Journal Of Technology Enhanced Learning, 6 (1). [Link] [DOI]|
|2021||Farrell, O., Buckley, K., Donaldson, L., Farrelly, T., (2021) 'Eportfolio in Ireland: A Landscape Snapshot'. Irish Journal Of Technology Enhanced Learning, 6 (1). [Link] [DOI]|
|2021||Farrell, O. (2021) 'The evolution of portfolio in higher education: past, present and future'. Distance Education in China, 4 . [Link]|
|2021||Farrell, O (2021) 'Review of Veletsianos, G. Learning Online: The student experience'. TechTrends, 65 . [Link] https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-021-00582-z|
|2020||Orna Farrell;James Brunton; (2020) 'A balancing act: a window into online student engagement experiences'. International Journal Of Educational Technology In Higher Education, . [DOI]|
|2020||Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Delaney, L., Brown, M., Foley, C. (2020) 'This is two different worlds, you have the asylum world and you have the study world’: an exploration of refugee participation in online Irish higher education'. ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 28 (2020) . [Link] https://doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v28.2368|
|2020||Farrell, Orna (2020) 'From Portafoglio to Eportfolio: The Evolution of Portfolio in Higher Education'. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, (1). [DOI]|
|2019||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, . [Link] [DOI]|
|2019||Orna Farrell;James Brunton;Eamon Costello;Caitriona Ni She;Enda Donlon;Samantha Trevaskis;Sinead Eccles; (2019) 'An investigation of effective online teaching: a needs analysis of online educators and online students'. Zenodo, . [DOI]|
|2019||James Brunton;Orna Farrell;Eamon Costello;Lorraine Delaney;Colum Foley;Mark Brown; (2019) 'Duelling identities in refugees learning through open, online higher education'. Open Praxis, . [DOI]|
|2019||Orna Farrell;Aidan Seery; (2019) 'I am not simply learning and regurgitating information, I am also learning about myselfâ: learning portfolio practice and online distance students'. Distance Education, 40 (1). [DOI]|
|2018||Orna Farrell; (2018) 'Failure to Launch: The Unfulfilled Promise of Eportfolios in Irish higher education: An Opinion Piece'. Dbs Business Review, . [DOI]|
|2018||Brunton J.;Brown M.;Costello E.;Farrell O. (2018) 'Head start online: flexibility, transitions and student success'. Educational Media International, . [DOI]|
|2018||(2018) 'Reflections on ePortfolio Professional Learning: Harnessing an Unconference Approach'. Aepr, .|
|2018||(2018) 'Pre-induction supports for flexible learners: The Head Start Online MOOC pilot. A Practice Report'. Student Success, . [DOI]|
|2016||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. [Link]|
|2019||CaitrÃona NÃ ShÃ©;Orna Farrell;James Brunton;Eamon Costello;Enda Donlon;Samantha Trevaskis;Sinead; (2019) Teaching online is different: critical perspectives from the literature. . [DOI]|
|2016||Y1Feedback (2016) Feedback in First Year: A Landscape Snapshot Across Four Irish Higher Education Institutions. Y1 Feedback, . [Link]|
|2016||Y1Feedback (2016) Technology-Enabled Feedback in the First Year: A Synthesis of the Literature. Y1 Feedback, . [Link]|
|2019||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, . [Link] [DOI]|
|2021||Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Ní Shé, C., Costello, E., (2021) 'Professional learning for online educators' In: 7th e-Learning Excellence Awards 2021. Berlin : 7th e-Learning Excellence Awards 2021. [Link]|
|2017||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: Empowering 21st Century Learners Through Holistic and Enterprising Learning. Singapore : Springer. [DOI]|
|2017||(2017) Giving flexible learners a head start on higher education: Designing and implementing a pre-induction socialisation MOOC. [DOI]|
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Orna's research interests include online pedagogy, online student success and engagement, eportfolio and open educational practice. She has a growing publication record in her fields of interest, including a range of book chapters, journal articles, invited presentations and conference papers. She has published in high ranking journals such as Distance Education, the Journal of Interactive Media in Education, Research in Learning Technology, and the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education.