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O'Keeffe, Muireann – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
Social networking sites provide opportunities for informal and social learning of academic practices in higher education, yet not all academics engage in these spaces. This qualitative study suggests that while Twitter offers informal opportunities for academic development, inhibiting factors prevent staff from establishing their social presence…
Descriptors: Social Media, Informal Education, Higher Education, Faculty Development
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Share, Michelle – International Journal for Academic Development, 2016
This study examined the viva experiences of 87 social science PhD graduates from three Irish higher education institutions through a questionnaire that assessed outcome, preparation, conduct and post-viva. The majority were awarded their PhD with minor corrections, considered their viva as a summative assessment, and emphasised its purpose as…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes
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O'Neill, Geraldine; Donnelly, Roisin; Fitzmaurice, Marian – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
Curriculum sequencing is central to promoting a coherent student experience. Yet in the higher education context, the concept and practice of curriculum sequencing have not been fully explored. This research examined how seven programme teams approached the issue of sequencing across two Irish higher education institutions. A phenomenological…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Design, Sequential Approach, Higher Education
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Donnelly, Roisin – International Journal for Academic Development, 2013
This article describes the practice of postgraduate supervision on a blended professional development programme for academics, and discusses how connectivism has been a useful lens to explore a complex form of instruction. By examining the processes by which supervisors and their students on a two-year part-time masters in Applied eLearning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Supervision, Electronic Learning
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O'Neill, Geraldine – International Journal for Academic Development, 2010
Curriculum revision is an important part of academic work. Despite theoretical literature on curriculum development and design, there is a scarcity of literature available for either academic staff or novice educational developers on the initiation of this curriculum revision process. This study, therefore, set out to explore the practices of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Practices, Curriculum Design, Interviews