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Dr. Julie Byrne

Assistant Professor (Social Studies)


Julie is Assistant Professor in Online Education and Development (Part-Time) in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, the School Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning and the Co-Director of the Social Policy Joint Honours degree. From 2019-2021 she was the University's Academic Lead on the 'Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities' project, a project funded through the Higher Education Authority Innovation and Transformation Programme. She is former Course Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice, Trinity's first fully online programme. Julie studied leadership and human resource management, specialising in training and development, at Dublin City University and University College Dublin. Her doctoral thesis at the University of Limerick focused on the meanings of success in professional careers. The career as a concept spans many occupations and professions and this has facilitated Julie's work with a variety of professions including lecturers, engineers, managers and health and social care professionals. Julie came to Trinity in 2009 to work in the National Institute for Intellectual Disability where she coordinated the successful €1.5 million euro grant from Atlantic Philanthropies and was also Acting Director. Julie was previously Director of Academic Programmes at National College of Ireland where she also lectured in Human Resource Management, Leadership, Human Resource Development and Business Management. Alongside her part-time academic role Julie provides consulting services to professional bodies and professional regulators on education, training and continuing professional development matters. Her research interests are online learning and education, digital technologies in human services, maintaining competence in the professional career and leadership and management of human service organisations.
  Career Education & Planning   CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT   Continuous Professional Development for Practising Teachers   digital education competences   digital pedagogy   Education and training   Nonprofit Management   POSTGRADUATE TRAINING   PROFESSION   professional training policy (education and regulation)   Training and Development
 Enhancing the digital teaching capabilities of experienced online instructors and the digital learning capabilities of their students.
 The transition of newly qualified social work graduates into professional employment
 Development of a continuing professional development (CPD) Strategy
 Development of occupational standards for managers in the community and voluntary sector
 Identification of the skill, education and learning needs of HRD/Training professionals in Ireland

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Coordinator All Ireland Social Work Student Survey 2021
Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning Project Team - TCD Representative & Academic Lead 2019
All Ireland Social Work Study Survey - School Representative 2018
QQI Accreditation Panel - Business Management in the Community & Voluntary Sector 2017
Reviewer - International Review of Open & Distance Learning 2017
Reviewer - Journal of Technology in Human Services 2017
Reviewer - British Journal of Social Work 2020
Reviewer - European Research on Management and Business Economics 2020
Reviewer - European Journal of Social Work 2020
Reviewer - Journal of Social Work Practice 2018
Reviewer - International Journal of Qualitative Methods 2021
Reviewer - Groupwork 2019
Founding Board member, Institute for Managers of Community & Voluntary Organisations in Ireland (IMCV) 2008
Steering Committee - development by Irish Institute of Training & Development of Masters programme in Training & Development 2008
Steering Committee - development by Dublin Docklands Development Authority of B.A. in Active Citizenship 2007
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English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Basic Basic
German Medium Basic Medium
Spanish Medium Basic Medium
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Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development 1992 2013
McCartan, C., Byrne, J., Campbell, J., Coogan, D., Davidson, G.,Hayes, D., Kirwan, G., MacDonald, M., McCaughren, S., McFadden, P.,McGregor, C.,Montgomery, L., Pentaraki, M., Roddy, S.,Roulston, A., Shore, C. Wilson. E., Social work students on the island of Ireland: a cross-sectional survey , Social Work Education, 41, (2), 2022, p228 - 247, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Digital Learning and Teaching Post COVID-19: Learning from the Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) Approach in, editor(s)Keane, M., McAvinia, C. and O'Sullivan, Í. , Emerging Issues in Educational Development IV: Changing Times, Changing Context , Ireland, EDIN, 2021, pp86 - 96, [Flynn, S., Munro, M., Byrne, J. et al], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
The History of Technology in Social Work in, editor(s)David Alonso, Andrés Arias Astray, & Andoni Alonso , Social Work in Digital Societies: Challenges for Innovative Research and Practice, London, McGraw-Hill, 2021, pp49 - 62, [Gloria Kirwan, Julie Byrne], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Byrne, J. and Muldowney, L., 'Enhancing Interaction in Live Online Classes', The EDTL Approach (Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning), Dublin, Irish Universities Association, 2021, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Byrne, J., Co-producing Interaction in Live Online Classes: Student and Educator Perspectives, Irish Learning Technology Association EDTECH Conference, Online, 27-28 May, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Social Work Education in Ireland in, Sajid S.M., Rajendra Baikady, Cheng Sheng-Li, Haruhiko Sakaguchi , The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Work Education, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, pp275 - 291, [Byrne, J.,Holt, S. and Kirwan, G.], Notes: [Publication date: October 2020. Chapter 17 ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Byrne, J., Reaching across the void - boosting interaction in synchronous online classes', 14th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2-4 March, 2020, edited by L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres IATED Academy , IATED Academy, 2020, pp8068 - 8073, Notes: [ISBN: 978-84-09-17939-8 ISSN: 2340-1079], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Byrne, J., Hamill, D. and O'Connor, K, Enhancing digital teaching skills in higher education: using pedagogy over technology in professional development', 14th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2-4 March, 2020, edited by L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres IATED Academy , IATED Academy, 2020, pp8074 - 8079, Notes: [ISBN: 978-84-09-17939-8 ISSN: 2340-1079 ], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Flynn, S., Purser, L. Bowles,N., Byrne,J., Hamill,D., O'Connor, K., Lowney, R., Stone, S., Molloy, K., Moloney, D.,Munro, M., O'Connor, M., O'Reilly, M., O'Mara, T. and O'Callaghan, C., Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Ireland: a national approach, European University Association European Learning & Teaching Forum, Utrecht, Netherlands, 13-14 February, 2020, EUA, 2020, Notes: [ISSN: 2593-9602], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
McFadden, P., Byrne, J and Kirwan, G., All Ireland Social Work Student Survey: Phase One Results, December 2018. Preliminary Data, IFSW Global Social Work Online Conference, Online , 12-15 July 2020, edited by IFSW , 2020, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED

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Byrne, J., Enhancing Interaction in Live Online Classes: What Works for Students?, Irish Universitites Association Webinar Series - Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning, 25 January 2021, 2021, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Byrne, J., Co-Producing Interaction in Live Online Classes: Insights from Students and Educators, Professional Development Series, Online, 10 March, 2021, Dundalk Institute for Technology, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Byrne, J., Working together to enhance interaction in live online classes , Learning online: a roundtable discussion with students and educators, University College Cork, 25 March , 2021, UCC, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Byrne, J., Learning from experience: what works in online classes?, School Learning Forum, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, 9 April, 2021, SLSCS, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Byrne, J., Enhancing Interaction in Live Online Classes: Digital Pedagogy Guidance for Educators, Social Work Research and Educators Forum, 7 - 8 January 2021, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Byrne, J., Creating Career Narratives through the Career History Method, 5th Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2-3 May, 2019, 2019, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Julie Byrne, Gloria Kirwan, Situated Learning: The Transition of Social Workers from Professional Learning into Practice, The Learner Conference, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, 24-26 July, edited by Common Ground , 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Edwina Flavin, Gloria Kirwan, Julie Byrne, Working in a Culturally Competent Way? Exploring the Perceptions of Social Workers Engaging with Children and Their Families from Minority Ethnic Groups, 7th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference , University College Cork, 24 October 2019, edited by SWCONF , 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Gloria Kirwan Julie Byrne,, EDUCATING PROFESSIONALS: THE ROLE OF REGULATORY STANDARDS IN PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT, ICERI2019: 12th International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation , Seville, Spain, 11-12 November 2019, edited by IATED , 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Gloria Kirwan Julie Byrne,, The Power Switch: Equipping Students to Practice in a World of Technological Surveillance Possibilities., European Association of Schools of Social Work Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain, 4-7 June 2019, edited by EASSW , 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED


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Online learning in higher education and professional development; impact of technology and digitisation on human services; professional careers and continuing professional development, leadership and management of human service organisations, regulation of professionals