Biography

I am an Associate Professor of Language Education at the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. My research interests lie in the area of language teaching and learning and technology enhanced learning. I am particularly interested in the use of computational, corpus and network science methods to examine language data. I am currently academic director for Learnovate, the research and innovation centre focused on educational technology funded by Enterprise Ireland and hosted in TCD.

My background is in language and computation. I hold a degree in French and Italian, a Masters in Theoretical Linguistics and a PhD in Computer Science. In industry, I have worked on machine translation and speech synthesis products in the language domain as well as prototypes for network management systems in the telecoms domain. I teach and supervise masters and doctoral research in the area of language teaching and learning and technology enhanced learning.

 

 

 

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Quantitative Research Methods in, editor(s)Declan Fahie, Shane Bergin , The Student Guidebook to Doing your Research Project , Dublin, Ireland, UCD Press , 2022, [Aibhín Bray, Joanne Banks, Ann Devitt]Book Chapter, 2022

Colm Ross, Maria Kennedy, Ann Devitt, Home School Community Liaison Coordinators (HSCL) Perspectives on Supporting Family Wellbeing and Learning During the Covid-19 School Closures: Critical Needs and Lessons Learned, Irish Educational Studies, 40, (2), 2021Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Brendan Tangney, Aibhín Bray, Ann Devitt, Eilís Ní Chorcora, Jen Maguire Donohoe, Joanne Banks, Kevin Sullivan, Lisa Keane, Philip Byrne, Rónán Smith and Cliona Hannon, Trinity Access - Project Overview, TARA, Trinity Access, Trinity College Dublin, December, 2021Report, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, Response to Flavin on Disruptive Innovation and Technology Enhanced Learning: Affordances for Disruption, The Psychology of Education Review, 45, (1), 2021, p35 - 37Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text

Opportunities and challenges in the reform of Junior Cycle language curricula in, editor(s)Murchan, D & Johnston, K. , Curriculum Reform within Policy and Practice: School and system change at second-level in Ireland., London, Palgrave, 2021, pp105 - 124, [Devitt, A. & Ó Murchadha, N.]Book Chapter, 2021

Aibhín Bray, Joanne Banks, Ann Devitt and Eilís Ní Chorcora, Connection before content: using multiple perspectives to examine student engagement during Covid-19 school closures in Ireland, Irish Educational Studies, 40, (2), 2021Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Mengdi Wang, Students' intercultural sensitivity development through telecollaborative Chinese language learning on Zoom: a case study of Irish students at the beginning-level of Chinese language, CALL and professionalisation: short papers from EUROCALL 2021, EUROCALL 2021Paris26-27th August 2021, edited by Naouel Zoghlami, Cédric Brudermann, Cedric Sarré, Muriel Grosbois, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny , Research-publishing.net., 2021, pp279 - 284Conference Paper, 2021 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Ann Devitt and Chelsea Whittaker, Evaluation of the Kinia-Suas Remote Reading Buddy Program 2021, Dublin, TCD, September, 2021Report, 2021 TARA - Full Text

Media/ting Educational Reform: Junior Cycle Reform in the Media in, editor(s)Damian Murchan & Keith Johnston , Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice - Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp61 - 81, [Ann Devitt]Book Chapter, 2021

Adopting Assessment for Learning (AfL) in Higher Education: Implications for Technology Deployment in, editor(s)Stuart Allen, Kim Gower and Danielle Allen , Handbook of Teaching With Technology in Management, Leadership, and Business., USA, Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., 2020, pp1-400 , [Brady, Mairead, Fellenz, Martin and Devitt Ann]Book Chapter, 2020

Ann Devitt, Colm Ross, Aibhín Bray and Joanne Banks, Parent Perspectives on Teaching and Learning During Covid-19 School Closures: Lessons Learned from Irish Primary Schools, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, July, 2020Report, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, Aibhin Bray, Joanne Banks, Eilís Ní Chorcora, Teaching and Learning During School Closures: Lessons Learned. Irish Second-Level Teacher Perspectives, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, July, 2020, p1 - 93Report, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Aibhín Bray, Eilís Ní Chorcora, Jen Maguire Donohue, Joanne Banks and Ann Devitt, Post-primary Student Perspectives on Teaching and Learning During Covid-19 School Closures: Lessons learned from Irish Students from schools in a Widening Participation Programme, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, August, 2020Report, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Mairead Brady, Ann Devitt and Rachel Kiersey, Academic staff perspectives on technology for assessment (TfA) in higher education: a systematic literature review, British Journal of Educational Technology, 2019, p1 - 19Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text DOI

Nic Réamoinn, S and Devitt, A., Children's perspectives on the use of robotics for second language learning in the early years of primary education: a pilot study, CALL and complexity - short papers from EUROCALL 2019, EurocallLouvain-la-Neuve, Belgium28-31 August 2019, edited by Fanny Meunier, Julie Van de Vyver, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny , Research-publishing.net, 2019, pp321 - 326Conference Paper, 2019 TARA - Full Text

Wang, M., Bauer, C. and Devitt, A., Computer mediated communication for adolescent learners of Chinese as a Second Language in Ireland: systematic review and needs analysis, CALL and complexity - short papers from EUROCALL 2019, EurocallLouvain-la-Neuve, Belgium28-31 August 2019, edited by Fanny Meunier, Julie Van de Vyver, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny , Research-publishing.net, 2019, pp391 - 396Conference Paper, 2019 DOI TARA - Full Text

Liston, J. and Devitt, A. , Development Education in Initial Teacher Education; Learning from TCD project , Ubuntu Assembly meeting 2019, portlaoise10th Jan 2019, 2019Oral Presentation, 2019

Carola Strobl, Emilie Ailhaud, Kalliopi Benetos, Ann Devitt, Otto Kruse, Antje Proske, Christian Rapp, Digital Support for Academic Writing: A Review of Technologies and Pedagogies, Computers and Education, 2019Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Brady, M., Fellenz, M.R., & Devitt, A., Using a theory-based online simulation game to support student learning: Unintended consequences with obvious and hidden lessons for adopters, The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 11, (2), 2019, p1 - 17Journal Article, 2019

Brady Mairead and Devitt Ann, Symposium: A Guide to Curricular Redesign with an Assessment for Learning and Technology Perspective", August 2018, In:Academy of Management Conference (USA) Teaching and Learning Conference, 2018, ChicagoMeetings /Conferences Organised, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Liston, J. and Devitt, A. , Integrating Development Education in teacher education: An evidence-based approach to designing a Continuing Professional Development resource to support the work of pedagogy lecturers , Ubuntu Dialogue Day 2018 'Pushing the Boundaries of Knowledge and Understanding of Development Education'University College Cork25th May 2018, 2018Oral Presentation, 2018

Denise Burns, Ann Devitt, Gerry McNamara, Joe O'Hara and Martin Brown, Is it all memory recall? An empirical investigation of intellectual skill requirements in Leaving Certificate examination papers in Ireland, Irish Educational Studies, 2018Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Carola Strobl, Emilie Ailhaud, Kalliopi Benetos, Ann Devitt, Otto Kruse, Antje Proske, Christian Rapp, Online support for academic writing: A review of technologies with special attention to the needs of non-native writers , Eurocall 2018Jyväskylä, Finland22-25 August 2018, 2018Conference Paper, 2018

Rachel Kiersey, Ann Devitt and Mairead Brady, Staff Use of Technology-Enhanced Assessment in Higher Education: A Systematic Review, Dublin, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, October, 2018, p1 - 48Report, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, Joe Condon, Gene Dalton, Jane O'Connell and Melanie Ní Dhuinn, An maith leat an Ghaeilge? An analysis of variation in primary pupil attitudes to Irish in the Growing Up in Ireland study, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 21, (1), 2018, p105 - 117Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text DOI

Bootstrapping Learning in a Chinese Beginner's Classroom in, editor(s)Yang Lu , Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Issues, Abingdon, OXON, Routledge, 2017, pp157 - 177, [Ann Devitt and Weiming Liu]Book Chapter, 2017

Gene Dalton and Ann Devitt, Gaeilge Gaming: Assessing how games can help children to learn Irish, International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 6, (4), 2016, p22 - 38Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Brady Mairead, Ann Devitt, Patrick Geoghegan, Conor O'Flanagan, David Clince, Ryan Kane, Michael Burns, Camille Julien-Levantidis, When Competitiveness Overshadows Learning. A Case Study Of A Digital Game Based Learning And Assessment Initiative In A Third Level Setting., Proceedings of the 6th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning, Irish Game based Learning ConferenceTrinity College Dublin1st and 2nd Sept, edited by Felicia, P, Peirce, N, Brady, M and Devitt, A , 6th, 2016, pp1-6Conference Paper, 2016

Devitt, A and Brady M., , Autonomy And Challenge In Simulation Games For Marketing Education, Irish Game based Learning ConferenceTrinity College Dublin1st and 2nd Sept, 2016, pp1-4Conference Paper, 2016

Knowledge, Belief and Practice in Language Teacher Education: Integration and Implementation of Threshold Concepts over a teaching career in, editor(s)Land, R., Meyer J.H.F. and Flanagan, M.T. , Threshold Concepts in Practice, Rotterdam, Taipei & Boston, Sense Publishers, 2016, pp309 - 320, [David Moroney, Eugene McKendry, Ann Devitt]Book Chapter, 2016

Jameson, E. Brady, M., and Devitt, A, Towards A Framework For The Evaluation Of Digital Game-based Learning At The Third Level, Irish Game based Learning ConferenceTrinity College Dublin1st and 2nd Sept, 2016, pp1-3Conference Paper, 2016

Kearns, M., Devitt, A., and Brady M., , Utilising an Assessment for learning (Afl) approach with large student cohorts in higher education settings,, ECER 2016, European Conference on Educational ResearchUniversity College DublinAugust 23 -26h, 2016, pp1 - 3Conference Paper, 2016

Gene Dalton and Ann Devitt, Irish in a 3D World: Engaging Primary School Children, Language Learning and Technology, 20, (1), 2016, p21 - 33Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

Felicia, P., Neil Peirce, Mairead Brady and Ann Devitt(ed.), Irish Game Based Learning Conference, Proceedings of the 6th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning, Trinity College Dublin, 6th, 1-2 September, 2016, 1-334 pProceedings of a Conference, 2016 URL TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt,Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Brendan MacMahon, Multilingualism challenges and opportunities in the Irish Post-primary education sector, American Educational Research Association ConferenceChicago, US16-20 April , 2015, pppponlineConference Paper, 2015

Mairead Brady, Ann Devitt, Markus Lamest, Stephen Gomez, Winner takes all? The role of gamification in learning and Higher Order Processing, Academy of Marketing ConferenceLimerick, Ireland7-9 July, 2015Conference Paper, 2015

Bauer C., Devitt A. and Tangney B, The alignment of CMC language learning methodologies with the Bridge21 model of 21C learning, European Conference on Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL)Italy, edited by F. Helm, et al. , Research-publishing.net, 2015, pp44 - 50Conference Paper, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text

Gene Dalton and Ann Devitt, The best of both worlds - drawing together gaming and virtual worlds for children's language learning, Eurocall 2015 (European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning Conference)Padova, Italy26-29 August 2015, 2015Conference Paper, 2015

Dr. Ann Devitt, Gene Dalton, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Jane O'Toole ad Dr. Joe Condon, "Is maith liom Gaeilge". An analysis of variation in primary pupil attitudes to Gaeilge in the Growing up in Ireland study, focusing on the Teacher factor., ESAI 40th Annual Conference. "Educational Research and Practice in times of Transition: Looking to the Future"Maynooth University and Carton House April 2015, 2015Published Abstract, 2015

Ann Devitt, Markus Lamest, Mairead Brady, Nicki Newman & Stephen Gomez, Marketing simulations: experiential learning in a simulated serious game for higher-order cognitive development, The Association of Business Schools 4th Annual Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference, York, UKApril, 2015, pp1 - 3Conference Paper, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Devitt, A. Brady M., Lamest, M., Dalton, G., Newman N and S Gomez , Serious Games in Marketing Education: Developing Higher Order Cognitive Skills through collaboration in a Simulation Game, , INTED 2015, 9th International Technology, Education and Development ConferenceMadridMarch , 2015Conference Paper, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, Semantic connectivity and high utility words in core reading program corpus, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading 2015 ConferenceThe Big Island, Hawaii15-18 July, 2015Conference Paper, 2015

Ann Devitt and Eugene McKendry, Threshold Concepts in Language Teacher Knowledge: Practice versus Policy, Annual meeting of the American Educational Research AssociationPhiladelphia3-7 April 2014, 2014, pponlineConference Paper, 2014 TARA - Full Text URL

Ann Devitt, Marita Kerin, and Helen O'Sullivan, Threshold Concepts and Practices in Teacher Education: Professional, Educator and Student Perspectives, Fourth Bienniel Conference on Threshold Concepts: From personal practice to communities of practiceTrinity College, Dublin28-29 June 2012, edited by Catherine O'Mahony, Avril Buchanan, Mary O'Rourke and Bettie Higgs , NAIRTL, Ireland, 2014, pp129 - 132Conference Paper, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Activating empathy: Language teacher training through a Chinese course in, editor(s)Linda Mingfang Li and Minjie Xing , Innovation and Consolidation in Learning and Teaching Chinese, London, Sinolingua, 2014, pp74 - 85, [Weiming Liu and Ann Devitt]Book Chapter, 2014

Weiming Liu and Ann Devitt, Using Reciprocal Peer Coteaching to developing learner autonomy: an action research project with a beginners' Chinese class, Language Learning in Higher Education, 4, (2), 2014, p489 - 505Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

David Moroney and Ann Devitt, Knowledge, Belief and Practice in Language Teacher Education: Integration and Implementation of Threshold Concepts over a teaching career, 5th Biennial International Threshold Concepts ConferenceDurham, UK9-11 July, 2014Conference Paper, 2014

Ann Devitt, Joe Condon, Gene Dalton, Jane O'Connell, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, An maith leat Gaeilge?: An analysis of variation in primary pupil attitudes to Gaeilge in Growing Up in Ireland study, Growing Up in Ireland Annual Research ConferenceDublin, Ireland26 November , 2014Oral Presentation, 2014

Ann Devitt and Eugene McKendry, Threshold Concepts in Language Teacher Education: the voice of the professional, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual ConferenceAthlone, Ireland10-12 April 2014, 2014Conference Paper, 2014

Gene Dalton and Ann Devitt, Computer Games for Langauge Learning: The child's perspective, European Conference of Computer Assisted Language Learning (EuroCALL)Groningen, the Netherlands, 2014Conference Paper, 2014

Gene Dalton and Ann Devitt, Learning Irish in a virtual world: Can new technologies be effective in bridging the motivation gap in the child's language learning experience at school?, International Association of Applied Linguistics European Junior Researcher MeetingDublin, Ireland, 2013Conference Paper, 2013

The role of students in a power sharing context: A study of the development of a Chinese teacher's identity. in, editor(s)Linda Mingfang & Xing, Minjie , Developing Pedagogies for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in Higher Education, London, Sinolingua, 2013, pp45 - 54, [Weiming Liu and Ann Devitt]Book Chapter, 2013

Weiming Liu and Ann Devitt, Autonomous Learners and Transformative Practitioners: The implementation of collaborative peer teaching in a language teacher training course, The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, 19, (1), 2013, p27 - 36Journal Article, 2013

Ann Devitt and Marita Kerin, Crossing the Threshold in Initial Teacher Education: Identity and Competencies , The European conference on educational researchIstanbul10-13 September 2013, 2013Conference Paper, 2013

Gene Dalton and Ann Devitt, Focus on form in a virtual world: Unlocking communicative competence in children learning Irish as a second language, Conference of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)Big Island, Hawaii21-25 May 2013, 2013Conference Paper, 2013

Ann Devitt and Khurshid Ahmad, Is There a Language of Sentiment? An Analysis of Lexical Resources for Sentiment Analysis, Language Resources and Evaluation, 47, (2), 2013, p475 - 511Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

The use of peer teaching in a Chinese classroom in, editor(s)Dian Huang and Minjie Xing , Innovations in Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language, London, Sinolingua, 2012, pp145 - 154, [Weiming Liu and Ann Devitt]Book Chapter, 2012

Ann Devitt, Marita Kerin, Helen O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Oldham, Thresholds Concepts and Practices for Teacher Education: a different lens or just a new pair of drapes, ESAI 2012 (37th Annual Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference)University College Cork29-31 March 2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012

Weiming Liu and Ann Devitt, Autonomous learners and transformative practitioners: the implementation of peer teaching in a language teacher training course, Nineteenth International Conference on LearningThe Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK14 to 16 August 2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012 URL

Ann Devitt, Marita Kerin, Helen O'Sullivan, Threshold Concepts and Practices in Teacher Education: professional, educator and student perspectives, 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts ConferenceTrinity College, Dublin28-29 June 2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Weiming Liu and Ann Devitt, Action research and Chinese teacher training, The 11th International Conference on Chinese Language TeachingXi'an, China16-17 August, 2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012

Ann Devitt, Elizabeth Oldham and Marita Kerin, Beginning a career of learning about learning: a case study of student teachers in an initial teacher education programme in Ireland, Teachers' Life-cycle from Initial Teacher education to Experienced Professional: 2011 ATEE Annual ConferenceRiga26-30 August 2011, edited by Irēna Zogla and Lūcija Rutka , Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 2012, pp283 - 296Conference Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text URL

Ann Devitt, A New Apprenticeship in Language Teacher Education, AERA 2012 (Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association 2012)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada13-16 April 2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012 URL TARA - Full Text

Liu, W. & Devitt, A., The role of the native speaking student-teachers in a collaborative peer teaching context, The 10th BCLTS International Symposium on Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in Higher EducationUniversity of Central Lancashire, UK11July - 13 July, 2012Conference Paper, 2012 URL

Ann Devitt, Lexical cohesion in the language of science textbooks , ECER 2011 (European Conference on Educational Research)Berlin, Germany13-16 September 2011, 2011Conference Paper, 2011

Ann Devitt, Sean Devitt, Marita Kerin and Elizabeth Oldham, Back to school: how becoming a reflective learner impacts on practice, European Conference on Educational Research 2011Berlin, Germany13-16 September 2011, 2011Conference Paper, 2011

Liu, W. & Devitt, A., Peer Teaching and Teaching Chinese, 1st Interdisciplinary Linguistics ConferenceQueen's University Belfast, UK14-15 October 2011, 2011Conference Paper, 2011

Ann Devitt and Khurshid Ahmad, The language of emotion and financial news, XVI European Symposium on Language for Special Purposes (LSP07)Hamburg, Germany27-31 August 2007, edited by Walther von Hahn, & Cristina Vertan, , Peter Lang, 2010, pp40 - 49Conference Paper, 2010

Devitt, A., Girvan, C., Liu, W., McLoughlin, H., Vocabulary Development in a Virtual World: the Role of Virtual Realia, EUROCALL Conference 2010 (European Association for Computer-Assisted Language LearningBordeaux, France8-11 September 2010, 2010, ppCD-ROMConference Paper, 2010

Ann Devitt and Khurshid Ahmad, Sentiment Analysis and the Use of Extrinsic Datasets in Evaluation, Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2008)Marrakech, Morocco28-30 May, 2008Conference Paper, 2008 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, 'Arrangement and a method relating to performance monitoring', European Patent Office, pct/ep2007052168, 2007Patent, 2007 URL

Ann Devitt and Khurshid Ahmad, Sentiment Polarity Identification in Financial News: A Cohesion-based Approach, Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL 2007)Prague, Czech Republic25-27 June, 2007Conference Paper, 2007 TARA - Full Text

Javier Baliosian, Huw Oliver, Epifanio Salamanca, Boris Danev, Ann Devitt and Gerard Parr, Self-configuration for Radio Access Networks, Proceedings of 7th IEEE Workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks (Policy 2006)London, Ontario, Canada5-7 June 2006, 2006Conference Paper, 2006

Ann Devitt, Boris Danev and Katarina Matusikova, Constructing Bayesian Networks Automatically using Ontologies, Second Workshop on Formal Ontologies Meets Industry (FOMI 2006)Trento, Italy14 December 2006, 2006Conference Paper, 2006 TARA - Full Text

Javier Baliosian, Franciose Sailhan, Ann Devitt and Anne-Marie Bosneag, The Omega Architecture: Towards Adaptable, Self-Managed Networks, Workshop on Distributed Autonomous Network Management Systems (DAMNS 2006)Dublin, Ireland16 June 2006, 2006Conference Paper, 2006

Javier Baliosian and Ann Devitt, 'Method for forecasting unstable policy enforcements ', European Patent Office, 067560482-1244 PCT/IB2006051771, 2006Patent, 2006

Javier Baliosian and Ann Devitt, Forecasting Unstable Policy Enforcement, IEEE International Conference on Systems and Networks Communications (ICSNC 2006)Tahiti, French PolynesiaNovember 2006, IEEE, 2006, pp37Conference Paper, 2006

Ann Devitt and Boris Danev, 'Arrangement and method for network management', European Patent Office, pct/ep2006069436, 2006Patent, 2006

Ann Devitt, Joseph Duffin and Robert Moloney, Exploiting network topology in mining sequential patterns from telecommunications alarm data, MineNet Workshop at SIGCOMM 2005Philadelphia, USAAugust 2005, 2005, pp179 - 184Conference Paper, 2005 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt and Joseph Duffin, Topographical Proximity: Exploiting Domain Knowledge for Sequential Data Mining, Temporal Data Mining Workshop at ICDM 2005,Houston, TexasNovember 2005, ACM Press, 2005, pp33 - 40Conference Paper, 2005

Ann Devitt, Joseph Duffin and Robert Moloney, 'Network alarm management', European Patent Office, pct/se2005002014, 2005Patent, 2005

Ann Devitt and Carl Vogel., The Topology of WordNet: Some Metrics, Proceedings of the Second International WordNet Conference - GWC2004Brno, Czech RepublicJanuary, 2004, 2004Conference Paper, 2004

Ann Devitt and Carl Vogel, Using WordNet hierarchies to pinpoint differences in related texts, Ontologies and Information Extraction Workshop at EUROLAN 2003Bucharest, RomaniaAugust 2003, 2003Conference Paper, 2003

Aoife King (editor); Rita Duffy; Caitríona Lally; Jacob J. Erickson; Donna Lyons; Courtney Helen Grile; Ann Devitt; Sam Slote; Kristina Varade; Rory Montgomery; Sahar Ahmed; Daryl Hendley Rooney; Lorraine Leeson; Elspeth Payne; Eve Patten, What the Pandemic Means: Perspectives from the Trinity Long Room Hub Covid-19 Blog Collection, 2021, - 1-56Miscellaneous, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text

Jennifer O'Sullivan, Maria Clara Fiorentini & Ann Devitt, Literacy in the kitchen, 2020, -Miscellaneous, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, Literacy on the Mobile, 2020, -Miscellaneous, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, Literacy On The Loose Webinar, 23 April 2020, In:Literacy On The Loose Webinar, 2020, OnlineMeetings /Conferences Organised, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Colm Ross & Ann Devitt, Literacy with Two Languages, 2020, -Miscellaneous, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, Literacy on Devices, 2020, -Miscellaneous, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Jennifer Liston & Ann Devitt, Literacy in nature, 2020, -Miscellaneous, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Nóirín Hayes & Ann Devitt, Literacy On The Couch, 2020, -Miscellaneous, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Mary Flanagan & Ann Devitt, Literacy On Television, 2020, -Miscellaneous, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Marita Kerin, Coteaching Music in the Primary School: Teacher Perspectives, TCD, 2019Thesis, 2019

Nicki Newman, Ann Devitt, Markus Lamest, Mairead Brady & Stephen Gomez , Marketing Simulation Research Report for Pearson UK. , London, 2014, p1 - 20Report, 2014

Marie-Therese Batardiere (UL), Anne Brindley (GMIT), Kristin Brogan (IT Tralee), Frances Carr (The Old Schoolhouse Montessori School), Ann Devitt (TCD), Tanya Flanagan (St Farnan's, Co. Kildare), Aine Furlong (WIT), Barbara Geraghty (UL), Mary Ann Kenny (IT Blanchardstown), Deirdre Kirwan (Scoil Bhride, Dublin), Agnieszka Matys (Polska Szkola SEN, Dublin), Niamh Nestor (UCD), Susanna Nocchi (DIT), Conny Opitz (TCD), Frederique Rantz (PPLI), Mary Ruane (IRAAL), Christiane Schönfeld (UL), Sarah Smyth (TCD), Margot Spencer (UCC), Riana Walsh (IT Tallaght), OVFL Response to DES Consultation on Foreign Languages in Irish Education, 2014Report, 2014 URL

Ann Devitt, New spaces in language education: language learning in a virtual world, ESAI (Educational Studies Association of Ireland) Annual Conference 2010Dundalk, Ireland26 March 2010, 2010Oral Presentation, 2010

Research Expertise

    • Title
      • Digital Family Literacy: using digital technologies to support literacy of parents and children
    • Summary
      • The over-arching goal of this project is to use technology to improve the literacy skills of parents with literacy learning needs through a family digital literacy programme. This project will focus on parents in families with children in stages 1 and 2 of primary school (junior infants to second class). The specific literacy focus will be the constrained literacy skills which are key components of the Junior Primary Language Curriculum (NCCA, 2017). The over-arching goal will be addressed through the following research questions: 1. What are the individual and family literacy practices of families where a parent has literacy learning needs, in particular focusing on the uses of and access to technology? (See Work Package 2: Family digital literacy survey) 2. What technologies to support literacy are effective in developing constrained early literacy skills (e.g. letter knowledge, phonics)? (See Work Package 3: State of the Art Review in Technology to support early literacy) 3. Can these technologies, employed in a family literacy programme, support family literacy practices and develop the literacy skills of both parents and children? (See Work Packages 4 and 5 below to design and evaluate a family digital literacy module using an experimental research design)
    • Funding Agency
      • IRC
    • Date From
      • 1 Sept 2019
    • Date To
      • 1 Sept 2021

     

    • Title
      • Blended Learning in Schools: A Universal Design Approach
    • Summary
      • The purpose of this project is to empower teachers to develop pedagogical competences for establishing effective and engaging learning experiences in a digital space, whether as part of a blended experience or wholly online. With the consortium partners from Ireland, Greece, Belgium and Spain, representing a mixture of second-level teachers and education researchers, we will address the common aim of harnessing UDL to achieve 'an EU-wide common understanding of how to make distance, online & blended learning effective, inclusive & engaging' (a strategic priority of the EC Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027). The project will address two key areas: inclusion and digital pedagogical competences, with the main target group being second-level teachers. The approach will be based on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework (Cast.org), an inclusive approach to teaching and learning that offers all students an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. This framework offers students different options for accessing, building and internalising learning. It guides teachers to provide multiple means for students to: a) engage with; b) represent; and c) action/express their learning. A key output of this project is to provide a digital overlay to the UDL framework to scaffold teachers' implementation of UDL principles in remote/blended contexts, such as during school closures. The other project outputs will flow from the development of this digital overlay, to provide further layers of supports for teachers to adopt digital learning principles of UDL. These include: a self-evaluation tool for teachers to identify aspects of the digital UDL framework with which they require support; an associated learning model to support teachers' creation of digital, UDL activities that include a focus on key skills and competences; Open Educational Resources to scaffold implementation of the framework; and a professional development module which will focus on Area 5 of the DigCompEdu Framework: empowering learners through accessibility and inclusion, differentiation and personalisation. These tools will aim to support teachers and schools to develop inclusive strategies for the digital provision of teaching and learning in their own educational context, with an overarching goal of ensuring high levels of student engagement notwithstanding the mode of content delivery.
    • Funding Agency
      • EU
    • Date From
      • 1/5/2021
    • Date To
      • 30/4/2023

     

    • Title
      • Enabling Technology Enhanced Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning in Higher Education: The Evidence
    • Summary
      • This project assumes a view of assessment that is embedded and integral to teaching and learning and where assessment data is used by both staff and students to progress learning towards learning goals that are explicit and shared. It will focus on assessment as a measurement and record of learning, ultimately for accreditation (summative) as well as assessment as a tool for both teachers and students to evaluate and progress learning (assessment for learning). Assessment as learning focuses on the student as an actor in the assessment process, setting success criteria, peer and self-assessing, and using these activities to progress their learning. The Digital Roadmap identifies a clear need to prioritise the development of high-impact and best practices within the learning environment 'that leverage the potential of digital technologies to support student learning and substantially contribute to evidencing pedagogical excellence'. (Digital Roadmap, p49). Technology offers great potential in the area of assessment, opening opportunities for experiential learning, collaborative learning, speedy or instant feedback and among a range of possible affordances. However, the reality of incorporating technology into institutional structures and of transforming pedagogical practice to embrace the possibilities of technology can be fraught with difficulty. The aim of this project is to conduct a systematic literature review and meta-analysis to synthesize and summarize previous literature and to identify best and next practices through a depth of understanding of prior research in this domain. Incorporating both a quantitative and qualitative perspective. This will provide a holistic overview of research findings, generating a solid evidence base for professional transformation in this domain.
    • Funding Agency
      • Irish Research Council
    • Date From
      • 9/1/2017
    • Date To
      • 9/1/2018

     

    • Title
      • Semantic connectivity: a new computational framework to investigate distributional properties of language which optimise second language acquisition
    • Summary
      • This project is a computational corpus analysis of semantic connectivity in general language and second language learner data to explore the hypothesis that Small World Network (SWN) properties that hold in lexical knowledge bases are not just an artefact of language representations but may be a causal factor in second language acquisition. Research has shown that humans are highly sensitive to distributional properties of language data and that this impacts on language acquisition. This will be the first systematic corpus analysis of second language acquisition data which focuses on semantic connectivity, leveraging the powerful distributional regularities of SWNs, and has the potential to open a new dimension in the field of language acquisition.
    • Funding Agency
      • Fulbright Commission
    • Date From
      • 1/1/2016
    • Date To
      • 1/7/2016

     

    • Title
      • Threshold Concepts in Language Teacher Education (TC4LTE)
    • Summary
      • Threshold Concepts (TCs) have emerged over the last ten years as a useful metaphor and tool for curriculum design and research with work conducted in higher education settings. TCs are defined as those without which it is not possible to engage in the practices and discourse of a discipline, in this case language teaching. This project aims to identify threshold concepts for language teacher education and the conditions that facilitate the learning of these concepts. The project incorporates the voice of professionals in the field articulating key moments of learning in their careers and the voice of the student teacher articulating their learning over the course of their initial teacher education programmes. The project aims to draw on the broad experience of language teachers North and South to identify threshold concepts for language teaching and to examine the degree and manner of integration of threshold concepts within ITE programmes North and South.
    • Funding Agency
      • SCoTENS
    • Date From
      • September 2012
    • Date To
      • August 2013

     

    • Title
      • Automatic analysis of text in French, German and Spanish
    • Summary
      • Sourcing, testing and building graphical user interface for text analysis tools for French, Spanish and German.
    • Funding Agency
      • Enterprise Ireland
    • Date From
      • 2009
    • Date To
      • 2009

     

    • Title
      • Creating the feedback loop: assessment for learning and student voice integration in JS Bess course with 150+ students
    • Summary
      • This project targets one of the greatest problems in higher education: how to respond in a timely and optimal manner to the learning needs of large student cohorts. In large lecture environments it is difficult for lecturers to assess what students are learning and what they are not. This project will implement an Assessment for Learning (AfL) approach in a Junior Sophister Marketing module with 200 students to act as a template for using AfL in higher education. An Assessment for Learning approach puts the student at the centre of their own learning experience, assessing their current state of knowledge and setting the direction for the learning experience within the module. AfL is an on-going, integral part of the learning process. It includes teacher, peer and self assessment. It is learner-driven and focused on enhancing student learning. This project will use a range of methods to build this AfL culture: clickers for quickly assessing integration of core concepts, exit passes to collect key questions for students, KWL (know-want to learn-have learnt) activities on blackboard. The goal here is to bring in the students as co-creators of their module and directors of their learning by responding to their learning trajectories.
    • Funding Agency
      • Trinity College Dublin
    • Date From
      • Oct 2015
    • Date To
      • Oct 2016

     

    • Title
      • Continuity of Education in Ireland during the Covid Pandemic
    • Summary
      • This primary objective of this project is to capture teachers experiences of online teaching and learning and student engagement during the current school closures. The key deliverable from this project is a policy brief on barriers, enablers and effective practices to the Working Group on Continuity of Learning. We structured the survey to ensure we capture differences across different school types and regions. The expertise of the research team in educational technology and educational disadvantage will allow us to provide clear policy recommendations in terms of engagement, pedagogy and technology in response to the study findings. The project was completed within a very short timeframe and directly to the policy body coordinating the response of the school system.
    • Funding Agency
      • TCD
    • Date From
      • 1/5/2020
    • Date To
      • 1/9/2020

Publications and Further Research Outputs

    Commendation in Provost's Teaching Excellence Awards2019

    Fulbright TechImpact Award2015-16

    Commendation in Provost's Teaching Awards2014

Member of Educational Studies Association of Ireland2010 – Current

Member of IRAAL (Irish Association for Applied Linguistics)2008 – Current

Member of Association of Computational Linguists2006 – Current

Member of AERA (American Educational Research Association)2011 – Current

Member of Editorial Board for British Journal of Educational Technology2018

External Expert for European Commission research programmes2015

Reviewer for Language Resources and Evaluation journal2014

Reviewer for Irish Educational Studies journal2016

Reviewer for AERA (Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association)2014-Current

Member of Program Committee for ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics)2008-Current

Member of Program Committee for EMNLP (Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing)2009-Current

NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Humanities Research Proposal Reviewer2012

External Examiner PhD Queen's University Belfast2014

Reviewer for ARJ (Action Research Journal)2017

External Expert for Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)2020

Learnovate Academic Director: non-executive position, guiding the establishment of research and technology priorities, supporting the development of the centre's research and technology talent and team, creating strong academic linkages within Trinity and across institutions2020

Management Committee Member of European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques (enetCollect) CA161052017

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