Dr. Sharon Flynn

BSc, MSc, PhD

Contact Details

Assistant Director, Celt
CELT
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 3481
E: sharon.flynn@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Sharon is the Assistant Director at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

She has a background in Computing Science, with a BSc (Maths and Computer Science) and a MSc (Computer Science) from University College Dublin. She was awarded a PhD in Computing Science in 1997 from Glasgow University.

Having spent 11 years as a lecturer in the Information Technology Department at NUIG, Sharon took up the position of Assistant Director in CELT in 2006.

She has a particular interest in technologies for teaching and learning, and leads the Learning Technologies team within CELT. Another interest is that of Academic Integrity; she is chair of the University's Plagiarism Committee.

Sharon can be found on twitter (@sharonlflynn) and she also blogs regularly at learntechgalway.

Research Interests

I am interested in the use of technologies for teaching and learning.

I also carry out research in the area of Academic Integrity and Student Plagiarism.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2009) 'Toward a summative system for the assessment of teaching quality in higher education'
Tim Murphy, Iain MacLaren and Sharon Flynn (2009) 'Toward a summative system for the assessment of teaching quality in higher education'. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20 (2):226-236 [Details]
(2006) 'On Formal Specification of Software Components and Systems'
Sharon Flynn and Dick Hamlet (2006) 'On Formal Specification of Software Components and Systems'. Theoretical Computer Science, 161 :91-107 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Learning Technologists: changing the culture or preaching to the converted?'
Sharon Flynn (2015) 'Learning Technologists: changing the culture or preaching to the converted?' In: The Really Useful #EdTechBook. England: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. [Details]
(2010) 'Becoming an educational developer: A reflection on the journey, challenges and rewards'
Sharon Flynn (2010) 'Becoming an educational developer: A reflection on the journey, challenges and rewards' In: Creating a Profession - Building Careers in Educational Development. England: SEDA. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2013) International Conference Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond
Sharon Flynn (2013) Teaching staff concerns about academic integrity and their implications for staff development International Conference Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond Brno, Czech Republic, [Details]
(2010) Fourth International Plagiarism Conference
Sharon Flynn (2010) Using Turnitin with large classes to support writing Fourth International Plagiarism Conference [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2017) Integrating ICT in Higher Education - Galileo Festival 2017,
Sharon Flynn (2017) The Teacher Training Programme at NUI Galway. [Keynote Address], Integrating ICT in Higher Education - Galileo Festival 2017, Universitá di Padova , 12-MAY-17 - 12-MAY-17. [Details]
(2016) Blackboard Teaching & Learning Conference,
Flynn, S; Horan, C (2016) Online Results Entry using the Grade Journey Tool. [International Refereed Conference], Blackboard Teaching & Learning Conference, Groningen, Netherlands , 06-APR-16 - 08-APR-16. [Details]
(2015) Kaltura Connect Education Virtual Summit,
Sharon Flynn (2015) User Engagement and Learning Outcomes: How NUI Galway is Changing the way Students Learn Inside and Outside the Classroom. [Invited Oral Presentation], Kaltura Connect Education Virtual Summit, New York , 28-MAY-15 - 28-MAY-15. [Details]
(2014) BBWorld,
Sharon Flynn, Fionn Delahunty and Darren Kelly (2014) Student as Producer: Developing a Campus Mobile App for Students by Students. [Invited Oral Presentation], BBWorld, Las Vegas, NV , 15-JUL-14 - 17-JUL-14. [Details]
(2012) Kaltura Education Video Summit,
Sharon Flynn (2012) Supporting the use of video for teaching and learning (in the Blackboard LMS). [Invited Oral Presentation], Kaltura Education Video Summit, New York, USA , 06-DEC-12 - 06-DEC-12. [Details]
(2011) Assessment Matters – original assessment for original student work,
Sharon Flynn (2011) Supporting Academic Integrity Through Teaching and Learning. [Invited Oral Presentation], Assessment Matters – original assessment for original student work, The Higher Education Academy, York , 31-MAR-11 - 31-MAR-11. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
British Computer Society Member and Certified IT Professional /
National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Associate /

Consultancy

  Client Description
National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Member of Professional Development Expert Advisory Group
Higher Education Academy - Academic Associate
To undertake a good practice review of The Open University’s (OU) plagiarism policy and processes.  

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Quality and Innovation Committee Member /
Plagiarism Committee Chair /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
National University of Ireland, Galway Assistant Director, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching 01-AUG-07 /
National University of Ireland, Galway Lecturer 01-JAN-02 / 31-JUL-07
National University of Ireland, Galway (formerly University College Galway) Junior Lecturer 01-DEC-95 / 01-JAN-02

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1997 Glasgow University PhD Computing Science
1992 University College Dublin Msc Computer Science
1990 University College Dublin BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Computer Science (Joint Honours)

Teaching Interests

I co-ordinate module CEL263: Learning Technologies as part of the PG Dip in Academic Practice, offered to academic staff at NUIG.

I also contribute to the PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education on topics related to technology and to academic integrity.

I regularly run workshops on aspects of teaching and learning including: Academic Integrity; Flipped Classroom; Video in Teaching and Learning.

I oversee the running of technology workshops around the use of technologies in teaching and learning, in particular related to the use of the Virtual Learning Environment on campus.

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Semester 2 Teaching Online CEL6102
Semester 1 Learning Technologies CEL263