Darina Slattery

Lecturer PhD, MSc, BBS

Contact Details

Lecturer in E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Technical Communication
Technical Communication and Instructional Design
School of English, Irish, and Communication
University of Limerick
Limerick
T: +353 (0)61 213551
E: darina.slattery@ul.ie
https://staff.ul.ie/slatteryd/
 
researcher

Biography

Darina M. Slattery is Head of Technical Communication and Instructional Design at the University of Limerick (UL).  She holds a PhD in Computer Science, an MSc in Software Localisation, and a Bachelor of Business Studies with French Degree (UL). She was awarded High Distinction in Design and Delivery for Online Learning by Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

She teaches modules in e-learning, instructional design, and technical communication and has published her research in international refereed journals and conference proceedings. She is a reviewer for several international journals, including the British Journal of Educational Technology, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Computers & Education, Computers and Composition, and Communication Design Quarterly.  She was a member of the conference planning teams for the IEEE Professional Communication Conference (Madison, USA, 2017 and Toronto, Canada, 2018). She is an elected member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Professional Communication Society (AdCom) from 2016-2018.

Her current research projects are concerned with learning analytics, content analysis, flipped classrooms, online learning/ e-learning, and virtual teams.
 
She is leading a workpackage in the EUCERMAT Erasmus+ project (2015-2018), where she delivers e-learning training to academic staff in five EU institutions, undertakes research on best practice in online delivery, coordinates blended mobility activities, and facilitates the online delivery of teaching units.

Previously, she was Programme Director for the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning programmes at the University of Limerick.

Research Interests

* Technology-Enhanced Learning/ E-Learning
Online Collaboration
* Virtual Teams
* Continuing Professional Development for Online Teachers
* Learning Analytics 
* Content Analysis 
* Instructional Design
* Information Design/Architecture
* Technical Communication
* Digital Literacies for Higher Education
 

PhD and MA Supervision
 

Pamela Wall: The Efficacy of Domain-Specific Heuristics in Evaluating Usability and User Experience of e-Government Information and Transactional Services Applications.
* Rachael Hewetson: The Relationship Between User Assistance and the Success of Enterprise Software in the Cloud.

I have also supervised the completion of over 70 MA dissertations and projects to-date.
 

Current and Past Projects

* Learning Analytics and Content Analysis (Ongoing since 2016): I am using Sakai analytics and qualitative content analysis to evaluate student engagement and achievement of learning outcomes, for both on-campus and distance learning students. I am also collaborating on a project to examine Google analytics for YouTube instructional videos. We received seed funding from the Kemmy Business School to examine Sakai engagement analytics with a view to detecting at-risk students (collaborators: Dr. Michael O'Brien and Dr. John Walsh).

* Flipped Classrooms (2017): I am collaborating on a project to explore the benefits of the flipped classroom for improving the learning experiences of international students. This project received seed funding from the Kemmy Business School (collaborators: Dr. Michael O'Brien and Dr. John Walsh).

* E-Learning and Blended Mobility (Ongoing since 2015): I am a collaborator in the e-learning and blended mobility work package of the EUCERMAT (EUropean CERamics MATerials) Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership.  My activities include delivering e-learning training to academic staff in five EU institutions (the Université de Limoges, France; the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany; the AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland; the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal; and the University of Limerick), researching best practice in online delivery, coordinating blended mobility activities, and facilitating the online delivery of teaching units, with a view to developing a blended mobility/ online Joint Masters programme in Advanced Ceramics. Click here for further details: http://www.eucermat.eu/

* International Virtual Teams (Ongoing since 2006)
I am one of four researchers investigating communication strategies, leadership roles, and technology use in student virtual teams.  I collaborate annually with Dr. Madelyn Flammia (University of Central Florida), 
Dr. Patricia Minacori (Université Paris-Diderot 7), and Dr. Yvonne Cleary (University of Limerick).

*MIDAS-NET (Multimedia Information Demonstration And Support Network) (1998 to 1999)
My role:  MIDAS-NET Ireland representative (for BTiS).
Background: BTiS was the coordinator of the INFO2000 MIDAS-NET in Ireland.  INFO2000 was a programme of the European Commission (5th Framework), which promoted multimedia content in the information society.  The MIDAS-NET network was established to collect and disseminate information and raise awareness about multimedia.
 
 *MLIS (MultiLingual Information Society) (1998 to 1999)
My role: MLIS Ireland Project Officer (for BTiS).  In this role, I developed resources, undertook research, attended conferences, and presented findings at national and international workshops.
Background: MLIS was a programme of the European Commission (DG XIII/E), which promoted linguistic diversity in the emerging information society.  It comprised actions relating to language infrastructure development and the use of language technologies and resources in business and the wider community.
 

Books

  Year Publication
2016 Virtual Teams in Higher Education: A Handbook for Students and Teachers.
Flammia, M., Cleary, Y. and Slattery, D. M. (2016) Virtual Teams in Higher Education: A Handbook for Students and Teachers. North Carolina: Information Age Publishing. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Technical Communication and Technical Documentation'
Cleary, Y. and Slattery, D. M. (2018) 'Technical Communication and Technical Documentation' In: Humbley, J., Budin, G., & Laurén, C (eds). Language for Special Purposes: An International Handbook. Berlin/ Boson: de Gruyter. [Details]
2016 'E-learning and Technical Communication for International Audiences'
Slattery D. M.;Cleary Y. (2016) 'E-learning and Technical Communication for International Audiences' In: Teaching and Training for Global Engineering: Perspectives on Culture and Professional Communication Practices. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Using Simulation to Develop Entrepreneurial Skills and Mind-Set: An Exploratory Case Study'
Costin, Yvonne; O'Brien, Michael P.; Slattery, Darina M. (2018) 'Using Simulation to Develop Entrepreneurial Skills and Mind-Set: An Exploratory Case Study'. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30 (1):136-145 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 'Developing Strategies for Success in a Cross-Disciplinary Global Virtual Team Project: Collaboration Among Student Writers and Translators'
Cleary Y.;Slattery D.;Flammia M.;Minacori P. (2018) 'Developing Strategies for Success in a Cross-Disciplinary Global Virtual Team Project: Collaboration Among Student Writers and Translators'. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Parallel online, on-campus, and blended programme delivery: Challenges and strategies'
Cleary Y.;Slattery D.M.;Marcus-Quinn A. (2018) 'Parallel online, on-campus, and blended programme delivery: Challenges and strategies'. International Journal On E-Learning: Corporate, Government, Healthcare, And Higher Education, 17 (4):551-568 [Details]
2015 'The Language of Financial Reports and News'
Slattery D. M. (2015) 'The Language of Financial Reports and News'. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 45 (1):77-94 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Blended Learning and the Professional Development of On-Campus Teachers: A Case Study'
Slattery, D M; Ledwith, A.; Hyland, P. (2017) 'Blended Learning and the Professional Development of On-Campus Teachers: A Case Study'. eLearning Papers, :1-17 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2014 'Using Service Learning and Virtual Team Projects to Broaden the Curriculum and Enhance the Student Experience'
Slattery, D. M. and O’Brien, M. P. (2014) 'Using Service Learning and Virtual Team Projects to Broaden the Curriculum and Enhance the Student Experience'. Currents in Teaching and Learning, 6 (2):42-54 [Details]
2014 'University of Limerick’s MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning'
Slattery, D. M. and Cleary, Y. (2014) 'University of Limerick’s MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning'. Programmatic Perspectives, 6 (2):62-80 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2014 'The Power of Language in Corporate Financial Reports'
Slattery, D. M. (2014) 'The Power of Language in Corporate Financial Reports'. Communication and Language at Work, 1 (3):53-63 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2013 'Teaching Workplace Skills to Technical Communicators'
Slattery, D.M. and Cleary, Y. (2013) 'Teaching Workplace Skills to Technical Communicators'. Communication and Language at Work, 1 (2):20-25 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2010 'Leadership Roles, Socioemotional Communication Strategies, and Technology Use of Irish and US Students in Virtual Teams'
Flammia, M., Cleary, Y. and Slattery, D.M. (2010) 'Leadership Roles, Socioemotional Communication Strategies, and Technology Use of Irish and US Students in Virtual Teams'. Ieee Transactions On Professional Communication, 53 (2):89-101 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm 2018)
Slattery, D. M. (2018) Learning Analytics as a Tool for Evaluating Engagement in Technical Communication Discussion Forums . In: Moseley, S. & Barr, N eds. IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm 2018) Toronto, Canada, , 22-JUL-18 - 25-JUL-18 , pp.215-218 [DOI] [Details]
2018 Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL
O'Brien M.;Slattery D.;Hyland P. (2018) Sakai device and platform usage: A four-year campus-wide analysis Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL [Details]
2012 Proceedings of the 10th Terminology and Knowledge Engineering Conference: New Frontiers in the Constructive Symbiosis of Terminology and Knowledge Engineering, TKE 2012
Slattery D. M.;Sutcliffe R. (2012) Automatic analysis of financial event phrases and keywords in form 8-K disclosures Proceedings of the 10th Terminology and Knowledge Engineering Conference: New Frontiers in the Constructive Symbiosis of Terminology and Knowledge Engineering, TKE 2012 , pp.291-305 [Details]
2008 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Slattery D.;Cleary Y.;Flammia M. (2008) Preparing technical communication students for their role in the information economy: Client-based virtual team collaboration between Irish and us students IEEE International Professional Communication Conference [Details]
2006 CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Sutcliffe R.;White K.;Slattery D.;Gabbay I.;Mulcahy M. (2006) Cross-language French-English question answering using the DLT system at CLEF 2006 CEUR Workshop Proceedings [Details]
2006 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Sutcliffe R.;Mulcahy M.;Gabbay I.;O'Gorman A.;Slattery D. (2006) Cross-language French-English question answering using the DLT system at CLEF 2005 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) , pp.502-509 [Details]
2005 CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Sutcliffe R.;Mulcahy M.;Gabbay I.;O'Gorman A.;White K.;Slattery D. (2005) Cross-language french-english question answering using the DLT System at CLEF 2005 CEUR Workshop Proceedings [Details]
2017 IEEE Professional Communication Conference (ProComm 2017)
Slattery, D. M. and Cleary, Y. (2017) Use of Collaboration Assignments to Support Online Learning Communities IEEE Professional Communication Conference (ProComm 2017) Madison, Wisconsin, USA, , 23-JUL-17 - 26-JUL-17 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2015 IEEE Professional Communication Conference (ProComm 2015)
Cleary, Y., Flammia, M., Minacori, P., and Slattery, D. M. (2015) Global Virtual Teams Create and Translate Technical Documentation: Communication Strategies, Challenges, and Recommendations . In: IEEE eds. IEEE Professional Communication Conference (ProComm 2015) University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, , 12-JUL-15 - 15-JUL-15 , pp.186-195 [DOI] [Details]
2014 International Conference on Engineering Education and Research (iCEER 2014)
Cosgrove, T., Ryan, T., and Slattery, D. (2014) Using Reflective Writing in Civil Engineering Education International Conference on Engineering Education and Research (iCEER 2014) McMaster University, Canada, , 24-AUG-14 - 26-AUG-14 , pp.239-242 [Details]
2009 AISHE International Conference Series (AISHE-C 2009) 'Valuing Complexity: Celebrating Diverse Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education'
Cleary, Y. and Slattery, D.M. (2009) Virtual Teams in Higher Education: Challenges and Rewards for Teachers and Students AISHE International Conference Series (AISHE-C 2009) 'Valuing Complexity: Celebrating Diverse Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education' Maynooth, Ireland, , 27-AUG-09 - 28-AUG-09 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2007 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Flammia M., Cleary Y., Slattery D.M. (2007) Technology use and communication strategies of Irish and US students in virtual teams IEEE International Professional Communication Conference Seattle, Washington, , pp.1-8 [DOI] [Details]
2007 54th Annual Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit
Flammia, M., Cleary, Y., Slattery, D. (2007) Student Experiences in Irish and US Virtual Teams 54th Annual Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit , 13-MAY-07 - 15-MAY-07 [Details]
2006 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Slattery, D.M. (2006) Using information and communication technologies to support deep learning in a third-level on-campus programme: a case study of the taught Master of Arts in E-Learning Design and Development at the Un . In: Williams, Julia eds. IEEE International Professional Communication Conference Saratoga Springs, New York, , 23-OCT-06 - 25-OCT-06 , pp.170-182 [DOI] [Details]
2002 Terminology and Knowledge Engineering: Making Money in the Financial Services Industry Workshop forming part of the Terminology and Knowledge Engineering Conference
Slattery, D. M., Sutcliffe, R. F. E., & Walsh, E. J. (2002) Automatic Analysis of Corporate Financial Disclosures . In: Gillam, L eds. Terminology and Knowledge Engineering: Making Money in the Financial Services Industry Workshop forming part of the Terminology and Knowledge Engineering Conference Nancy, France, , 30-AUG-02 - 30-AUG-02 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2015 IEEE ProComm 2015,
Slattery, Darina M. (2015) Featured speaker invited presentation at the IEEE ProComm 2015 conference. [Invited Lecture], IEEE ProComm 2015, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland , 12-JUL-15 - 15-JUL-15 [Details]
2015 International Round Table Discussion on Technical and Professional Communication,
Slattery, Darina M. (2015) Invited participant at the international round table discussion. [Other], International Round Table Discussion on Technical and Professional Communication, University of Limerick , 15-JUL-15 - 15-JUL-15 [Details]
2015 EdTech 2015: The 16th Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association,
Slattery, D., Ledwith, A., and Dalton, R. (2015) Teaching Online: Challenges for Teachers and Opportunities for Professional Development. [Refereed Abstracts], EdTech 2015: The 16th Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, Limerick [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2018 The EUCERMAT Online Teaching Programme.
Slattery, D. M., De Barra, E., & Chasseau, C. (2018) The EUCERMAT Online Teaching Programme. Limoges, France. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 A Manual for Blended Mobility.
Slattery, D. M. (2018) A Manual for Blended Mobility. Limoges, France. [ULIR Link] [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2017 The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide.
Slattery, Darina M. (2017) The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide. Arlington Virginia, USA: Book Review [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
2016 Training Technical Communication Students to Work with Translators.
Cleary, Yvonne and Slattery, Darina M. (2016) Training Technical Communication Students to Work with Translators. Fairfax, VA: Electronic Article [ULIR Link] [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2012 Using Financial Event Phrases and Keywords to Classify Form 8-K Disclosures by Likely Share Price Response.
Slattery, Darina M. (2012) Using Financial Event Phrases and Keywords to Classify Form 8-K Disclosures by Likely Share Price Response. Thesis [ULIR Link] [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
2016 EUCERMAT WP3 E-Learning and Blended Mobility Report.
Slattery, Darina; De Barra, Eamonn; Ledwith, Ann (2016) EUCERMAT WP3 E-Learning and Blended Mobility Report. Working Paper [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Member 01-NOV-18 / 31-DEC-19
IEEE Member Member 01-JAN-09 / 31-DEC-18
AdCom, IEEE Professional Communication Society Administrative Committee (AdCom) Elected Member 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-18
IEEE Professional Communication Society Member 01-JAN-06 / 31-DEC-18
Region 8 Representative for the IEEE Professional Communication Society (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Region 8 Representative for the IEEE Professional Communication Society (Europe, Middle East and Africa) 01-SEP-17 / 31-DEC-18
Member, Association for Learning Technology Member 01-APR-14 / 31-DEC-18
Localisation Research Centre Affiliate Member 01-SEP-98 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Faculty Representative, Academic Programme Review Committee (APRC) (2015-2018) Faculty Representative 2015 / 2018
Chair, AHSS E-Learning Committee Chair 2018 / 2021
IEEE ProComm 2018 Conference Commiteee Member, Reviewer, and Webmaster 2017 / 2018
IEEE ProComm 2017 Conference Commiteee Member, Reviewer, and Proceedings Co-Chair 2016 / 2017
Chair, Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Culture and Communication (2015-2016) Chair /
Executive Committee, School of Culture and Communication (2016 to present) Member /
Member, MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning Course Board (2010 to present) Member /
Member, Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing Course Board (2003-present) Member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Limerick Junior Lecturer 01-SEP-99 / 28-FEB-00
University of Limerick Lecturer in Technical Communication 01-SEP-03 / 30-DEC-99

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1999 University of Limerick M.Sc. in Software Localisation
1997 University of Limerick B.Business Studies with French
2012 University of Limerick PhD Using Financial Event Phrases and Keywords to Classify Form 8-K Disclosures by Likely Share Price Response
1995 Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris Certificat Pratique de Francais Commercial et Economique

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Irish Functional Functional Functional
German Functional Functional Functional
French Functional Functional Functional

Outreach Activities

  Description

In 2011, I supervised MA students as they collated and developed resources for the Ennis 2020 Hub Plan (UL Practicum). They also developed the website (http://www.ennis2020.ie/index.html) to communicate the plan to the people of Ennis and the surrounding areas.

Reviews

  Journal Role
Ieee Professional Communication Societyieee Professional Communication Society Reviewer
Ieee Transactions On Professional Communication Reviewer
Computers & Education Reviewer
Computers And Composition Reviewer
British Journal Of Educational Technology Reviewer

Teaching Interests

* E-Learning
* Instructional Design
* Information Design
* Technical Communication
* Virtual Teams

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2018/9 Instructional Design EL6041
2018/9 Digital Humanities HU8012
2018/9 Research Methods in Technical Communication and E-Learning RM6031
2017/8 E-Learning Theories and Practices EL6052
2017/8 Learning and Collaboration Technologies EL6082
2017/8 Content Development and Information Management TW5222
2016/7 Content Development and Information Management TW4118
2014/5 Teaching Innovation and Enhancement TL5042
2012/3 Technical Communication 2: Theory TW5221

International Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Gilles Trolliard Université de Limoges France
Kirk St.Amant Louisiana Tech University USA
Madelyn Flammia University of Central Florida USA
Patricia Minacori Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 France