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Dr Darina Slattery



Darina M. Slattery is a Lecturer and 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) and she was awarded High Distinction in Design and Delivery for Online Learning by Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

In 2019, she won the UL Teaching Excellence Award for Excellence in the Provision of Pedagogic Support to blended and fully online teachers.

In 2019, Darina also won the Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Award for an article she co-authored with Aileen Cudmore in the STC's 'Technical Communication' journal (volume 66, issue 4). The article was titled 'An Analysis of Physical and Rhetorical Characteristics of Videos Used to Promote Technology Projects, on the Kickstarter Crowdfunding Platform'.

Darina is an Alumna of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) professional development programme, which was jointly developed by the University of Central Florida and Online Learning Consortium.

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.

Darina was a member of the conference planning teams for the IEEE Professional Communication Conference (Madison, USA, 2017 and Toronto, Canada, 2018). She is currently Vice President of the IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS) and serving her second term as an elected member of the Board of Governors.

Her current research projects are concerned with learning analytics, online learning/ e-learning, content analysis, flipped classrooms, and virtual teams. From 2016-2018, she led a workpackage in the EUCERMAT Erasmus+ project (2015-2018), where she delivered e-learning training to academic staff in five EU institutions, undertook research on best practice in online delivery, coordinated blended mobility activities, and facilitated the online delivery of modules.

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.

Teaching Interests

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

Professional Activities


  • 2019 - Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Award
  • 2019 - UL Teaching Excellence Award (Excellence in the Provision of Pedagogic Support to Blended and Fully Online Teachers)


  • 2019 Professional Member, Professional Member, Online Learning Consortium
  • 2019 Vice President, Vice President, IEEE Professional Communication Society
  • 2018 Member, Member, Research Data Alliance
  • 2018 Member, Member, European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)
  • 2017 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)
  • 2016 Board of Governors, Elected Member, Board of Governors, IEEE Professional Communication Society
  • 2014 Member, Member, Association for Learning Technology
  • 2009 Member, IEEE Member
  • 2006 Member, Member, IEEE Professional Communication Society
  • 1998 Affiliate Member, Localisation Research Centre


  • 2018 Chair, AHSS E-Learning Committee (2018 to present),
  • 2017 IEEE ProComm 2018 Conference Commiteee,
  • 2016 IEEE ProComm 2017 Conference Commiteee,
  • 2015 Faculty Representative, Academic Programme Review Committee (APRC) (2015-2018),
  • Member, MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning Course Board (2010 to present),
  • Chair, Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Culture and Communication (2015 to 2016),
  • Executive Committee, School of English, Irish, and Communication (2016 to present),
  • Member, Learning Technologists Forum (2018 to present),
  • Member, Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing Course Board (2003 to present),


  • 2012 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 1999 University of Limerick - M.Sc. in Software Localisation
  • 1997 University of Limerick - B.Business Studies with French
  • 1995 Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris - Certificat Pratique de Francais Commercial et Economique


  • 2003 University of Limerick - Lecturer in Technical Communication
  • 2000 University of Limerick - Junior Lecturer


  • 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 ( to communicate the plan to the people of Ennis and the surrounding areas.


  • Irish
  • German
  • French


  • SOLAS - Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) consultant to SOLAS, the further education and training authority.

Research Collaborators

  • Gilles Trolliard - Funding Award - Université de Limoges -France
  • Madelyn Flammia - Joint Publication - University of Central Florida -USA
  • Patricia Minacori - Joint Publication - Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 -France
  • Kirk St. Amant - Joint Publication - Louisiana Tech University -USA


Book Chapter


E-learning and Technical Communication for International Audiences
Slattery D. M.;Cleary Y.
Teaching and Training for Global Engineering: Perspectives on Culture and Professional Communication Practices DOI: 10.1002/9781119084297.ch7

Conference Contribution


International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy
Dr. Darina M. Slattery; Dr. Anne Looney; Dr. Fionnuala Tynan, Dr. Mark Glynn


IEEE ProComm 2015
Slattery, Darina M.

Conference Publication


18th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL)
O'Brien, M., Slattery, D., & Walsh, J.
DOI: 10.34190/EEL.19.081


18th European Conference on e-Learning
O’Brien, M.P., Walsh, J.N., Slattery, D.M.


17th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL)
O'Brien M.;Slattery D.;Hyland P.


54th Annual Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit
Flammia, M., Cleary, Y., Slattery, D.


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.
Lecture Notes In Computer Science (Including Subseries Lecture Notes In Artificial Intelligence And Lecture Notes In Bioinformatics)


CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Sutcliffe R.;White K.;Slattery D.;Gabbay I.;Mulcahy M.


CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Sutcliffe R.;Mulcahy M.;Gabbay I.;O'Gorman A.;White K.;Slattery D.

Other Publication


The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide
Slattery, Darina M.
Technical Communication


EUCERMAT WP3 E-Learning and Blended Mobility Report
Slattery, Darina; De Barra, Eamonn; Ledwith, Ann

Peer Reviewed Journal


Video Viewing Patterns Using Different Teaching Treatments: A Case Study Using YouTube Analytics
Walsh, J. N., O'Brien, M. P., and Slattery, D. M.
REALIA Research in Education and Learning Innovation Archives DOI: 10.7203/realia.22.15389


Using Simulation to Develop Entrepreneurial Skills and Mind-Set: An Exploratory Case Study
Costin, Yvonne; O'Brien, Michael P.; Slattery, Darina M.
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


Blended Learning and the Professional Development of On-Campus Teachers: A Case Study
Slattery, D M; Ledwith, A.; Hyland, P.
eLearning Papers


The Language of Financial Reports and News
Slattery D. M.
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication DOI: 10.2190/TW.45.1.e


The Power of Language in Corporate Financial Reports
Slattery, D. M.
Communication and Language at Work


Published Report


The EUCERMAT Online Teaching Programme
Slattery, D. M., De Barra, E., & Chasseau, C.