Biography

Dr. Michael P. O'Brien is a lecturer in Information Management in the Department of Management & Marketing at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the area of Information and Knowledge Management. Michael is Course Director for the MA in Business Management programme. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Limerick and both an honours BSc degree in Information Systems and an MSc degree in Computer Science (by research & thesis). His research interests include inter alia, data analytics, cognitive and educational psychology, software comprehension strategies, empirical studies of programmers and software evolution. His award-winning research has been published at international conferences, workshops & seminars in this domain. Michael, a past winner of the prestigious 'AGB Dwyer Memorial Award for Excellence in Education' is a Member of the Irish Learning Technology Association, the Psychology of Programming Interest Group and the Computer Science Education Research Network.

Research Interests

* Data Analytics
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Cognitive and Educational Psychology
* Software Evolution
* Software Comprehension Strategies
* Empirical Studies of Programmers
* Technical Communication
* Instructional Design

Current Projects:
* Learning Analytics (Ongoing since 2016): Received seed funding in 2017 from the Kemmy Business School to examine Sakai engagement analytics with a view to detecting at-risk students (collaborators: Dr. John Walsh & Dr. Darina Slattery).
* Flipped Classrooms (2017-Present): Collaborating on a project to explore the benefits of the flipped classroom for improving the learning experiences of international students. This project also received seed funding from the Kemmy Business School (collaborators: Dr. John Walsh & Dr. Darina Slattery).

Professional Activities

Committee

  • MA in International Entrepreneurship Management Course Board,
  • MA in Business Management Course Board,
  • KBS Postgraduate Forum,
  • The Student Journey & Student Engagement working group,

Association

  • Member, Institution of Analysts & Programmers
  • Member, Irish Learning Technology Association
  • Member, Psychology of Programming Interest Group
  • Fellow, Irish Guild of Organists & Choristers
  • Member, Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Other

  • Dr. Michael P. O'Brien is President and Co-founder of Limerick Choral Festival. Limerick Choral Festival (in association with the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick) aims to promote the development of choral music with special emphasis on the realm of sacred music in the city, wider region and throughout the country. The event takes places annually over the first weekend of March attracting over 50 choirs to the city.

Research Collaborators

  • Prof. Vaclav Rajlich - Wayne State University -USA

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Using Service Learning and Virtual Team Projects to Broaden the Curriculum and Enhance the Student Experience

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
Dr. Darina Slattery
2014
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Entrepreneurial education: Maker or breaker in developing students' entrepreneurial confidence, aptitude and self-efficacy?

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2021
Sage Journals
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Expectation-based, inference-based, and bottom-up software comprehension

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2004
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Developing Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Entrepreneurial Competences through Business Simulation Games

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2019
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Video Viewing Patterns Using Different Teaching Treatments: A Case Study Using YouTube Analytics

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
Dr. Darina Slattery
2019
University of Valencia, Spain
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Investigating student engagement with intentional content: An exploratory study of instructional videos

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2021
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Using Simulation to Develop Entrepreneurial Skills and Mind-Set: An Exploratory Case Study

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
Dr. Darina Slattery
2018
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Information Seeking & Documentation as Communication: A Software Engineering Perspective

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2014
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Conference Publications

5th Science & Computing Research Conference

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2000
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10th International Software Quality Management (SQM) Conference (British Computer Society)

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2002
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19th European Conference on E-Learning

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2020
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1st Symposium on Research & Writing Practices

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2007
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42nd Annual Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2019
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3rd Annual Conference on Student Retention

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2008
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42nd Annual Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2019
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Proceedings - IEEE Workshop on Program Comprehension

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2005
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18th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL)

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
Dr. Darina Slattery
2019
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IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, ICSM

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2005
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17th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL)

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
Dr. Darina Slattery
2018
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9th International Workshop on Program Comprehension

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2001
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1st Irish National Software Ergonomics Research Institute (INSERC) Conference on Software Ergonomics

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2001
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Conference Contributions

9th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2001
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17th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL)

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2018
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18th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL)

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2019
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19th European Conference on E-Learning (ECEL)

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2020
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Other Publications

Building a Model of the Information Search & Retrieval Processes of Industrial Software Practitioners

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2016
12th Annual SIG Cognitive Research Workshop, Dublin, Ireland
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Empirically Evolving a Model of the Information-Seeking Behaviour of Industrial Programmers

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2007
University of Limerick
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The GIB Talk-Aloud Classification Schema. Technical Report 2000-IT-1.

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2000
Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland.
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Teaching for Diverse Learning Styles: Active Learning Strategies to Use in the Classroom

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2008
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Software Comprehension of Familiar Systems

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2000
The Irish Scientist Year Book (Millennium Edition)
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An Open-Source Analysis Schema for Identifying Software Comprehension Processes

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2001
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Identifying Software Comprehension Processes

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2001
The Irish Scientist Year Book
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Software Comprehension – A Review & Research Direction

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2003
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Empirically Refining a Model of Programmers' Information-Seeking Behaviour during Software Maintenance

Dr. Michael P O'Brien
2006
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