Patrick lectures in Technology Education in the areas of automation and control, mechanical design and engineering related pedagogies to Technology and Engineering. He has a keen interest in computing and coding and logical/systematic thinking around problems in Technology Education. He has received two Google Computer Science Professional Development grants in relation to robotics and computational thinking.
Patrick has worked in outreach with practicing teachers around the development of teachers understanding and application of computational thinking in the classroom. He continues to further develop this with his colleagues in School of Education. He has developed a train the trainer Coding and Robotics course for the professional development of out of field teachers to learn and teach coding and robotics at 2nd level. He recently co-published at the ECER conference.
Patrick teaches across a number of Technology Education modules including automation, graphics and engineering both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has a range of teaching experience and this was acknowledge by being shortlisted for the Shannon Consortium Teaching Excellence award in 2017. Patrick implements a research informed approach to teaching which aids in a dynamic and fun learning environment for students;
- 'Overall the content and Patrick's attitude is fantastic towards teaching the module and the assessments '
- 'I love the material, I find it very interesting and you always found a way to make the material seem more "real" through stories, real-world examples, etc '
- 'interesting, enjoyable and Patrick was very clear and decisive '
(SET feedback from module PN4021 in Autumn 2020)