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Dr. Darina Slattery


Darina M. Slattery is a Senior Lecturer 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 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 (courses) 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, IEEE Transactions on Education, 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 (ProComm) and serving her second term as an elected member of the ProComm Board of Governors.

Her current research projects are concerned with learning analytics, online learning/ e-learning, content analysis, 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 Head of Technical Communication and Instructional Design and Programme Director for the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning programmes.

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

* Michael Clarke: Innovation in Technology Adoption in Higher Education.
* Pamela Wall: The Efficacy of Domain-Specific Heuristics in Evaluating Usability and User Experience of e-Government Information and Transactional Services Applications.

I have also supervised the completion of 89 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).

* 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:

* 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.

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


  • 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


  • Executive Committee, School of English, Irish, and Communication (2016 to 2020),
  • Chair, AHSS E-Learning Committee/ Digital Learning Forum (2018 to present),
  • Member, Learning Technologists Forum (2018 to present),
  • IEEE ProComm 2018 Conference Commiteee,
  • Faculty Representative, Academic Programme Review Committee (APRC) (2015-2018),
  • IEEE ProComm 2017 Conference Commiteee,
  • 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),
  • Member, Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing Course Board (2003 to present),


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


  • 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.


  • French
  • German
  • Irish

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.


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


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.;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.