Dr. Christine O'Connor

Expertise in teaching design of context and project based learning

About Christine O'Connor

Affiliation: Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

I am a Chemistry third level lecturer teaching first year to final year for over 14 years. I  have a PG Cert and PG Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching. I am currently persuing an MSc in Applied e-Learning part time.

Teaching interests
My teaching interests are implementing innovative teaching methods and ICT to support chemistry learning and teaching at third level. In particular I am interested in scaffolding the transition from second level into thrid level. I have exeperience in design/ implementation and evaluation of context/ project based laboratories. More recently I am looking at the use of on-line assessment processes for formative feedback with large first year class groups using PeerWise and the VLE. I have experience with wiki's, discussion boards and other interactive mechanisms. I am happy to share and learn from others.

Relevant publications about university teaching and learning

  • C. M. O'Connor and H. Hayden (2008) Contextualising Nanotechnology in Chemistry Education, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 9, 35.
  • Christine O’Connor, Claire McDonnell, Michael Seery, (2007) ‘Continuous Improvement in e-Learning:  Investigating the Effect and Impact of Our WebCT Chemistry Support Initiative (CSI) and Implications for Further Enhancement of the Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) Developed’, EdTech 2007, conference proceedings, May 2007.
  • C Mc Donnell, C O'Connor and MK Seery, (2007) Developing practical chemistry skills by means of student-driven problem based learning mini-projects, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 8(2), 130 - 139.
  •  C. M. O'Connor, (2006) Implications of mass education on chemistry higher education", Level 3, (4), August 2006. 
  • C. M. O'Connor (2006) Designing curriculum and assessment to promote effective learning in Chemistry in Higher Education", Level 3, (4), August 2006.

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