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Dr. Ann Devitt

Associate Professor (Education)

I am an Associate Professor of Language Education at the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. My research interests lie in the area of language teaching and learning and technology enhanced learning. I am particularly interested in the use of computational, corpus and network science methods to examine language data. I am currently academic director for Learnovate, the research and innovation centre focused on educational technology funded by Enterprise Ireland and hosted in TCD. My background is in language and computation. I hold a degree in French and Italian, a Masters in Theoretical Linguistics and a PhD in Computer Science. In industry, I have worked on machine translation and speech synthesis products in the language domain as well as prototypes for network management systems in the telecoms domain. I teach and supervise masters and doctoral research in the area of language teaching and learning and technology enhanced learning.
  Computational linguistics   Computers & Education   Foreign Languages Education   LANGUAGE ACQUISITION   Language Acquisition (first & second)   Literacy   Natural Language Programming   Teacher Education
 Digital Family Literacy: using digital technologies to support literacy of parents and children
 Blended Learning in Schools: A Universal Design Approach
 Enabling Technology Enhanced Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning in Higher Education: The Evidence
 Semantic connectivity: a new computational framework to investigate distributional properties of language which optimise second language acquisition
 Threshold Concepts in Language Teacher Education (TC4LTE)

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Member of Editorial Board for British Journal of Educational Technology 2018
External Expert for European Commission research programmes 2015
Reviewer for Language Resources and Evaluation journal 2014
Reviewer for Irish Educational Studies journal 2016
Reviewer for AERA (Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association) 2014-Current
Member of Program Committee for ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics) 2008-Current
Member of Program Committee for EMNLP (Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing) 2009-Current
NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Humanities Research Proposal Reviewer 2012
External Examiner PhD Queen's University Belfast 2014
Reviewer for ARJ (Action Research Journal) 2017
External Expert for Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) 2020
Learnovate Academic Director: non-executive position, guiding the establishment of research and technology priorities, supporting the development of the centre's research and technology talent and team, creating strong academic linkages within Trinity and across institutions 2020
Management Committee Member of European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques (enetCollect) CA16105 2017
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
Irish Medium Medium Medium
Italian Fluent Fluent Fluent
Spanish Medium Basic Medium
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Member of Educational Studies Association of Ireland 2010 Current
Member of IRAAL (Irish Association for Applied Linguistics) 2008 Current
Member of Association of Computational Linguists 2006 Current
Member of AERA (American Educational Research Association) 2011 Current
Opportunities and challenges in the reform of Junior Cycle language curricula in, editor(s)Murchan, D & Johnston, K. , Curriculum Reform within Policy and Practice: School and system change at second-level in Ireland., London, Palgrave, 2021, pp105 - 124, [Devitt, A. & Ó Murchadha, N.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Media/ting Educational Reform: Junior Cycle Reform in the Media in, editor(s)Damian Murchan & Keith Johnston , Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice - Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp61 - 81, [Ann Devitt], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Aibhín Bray, Joanne Banks, Ann Devitt and Eilís Ní Chorcora, Connection before content: using multiple perspectives to examine student engagement during Covid-19 school closures in Ireland, Irish Educational Studies, 40, (2), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Colm Ross, Maria Kennedy, Ann Devitt, Home School Community Liaison Coordinators (HSCL) Perspectives on Supporting Family Wellbeing and Learning During the Covid-19 School Closures: Critical Needs and Lessons Learned, Irish Educational Studies, 40, (2), 2021, Notes: [Special Issue: COVID-19 and Education: Positioning the pandemic; facing the future], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Adopting Assessment for Learning (AfL) in Higher Education: Implications for Technology Deployment in, editor(s)Stuart Allen, Kim Gower and Danielle Allen , Handbook of Teaching With Technology in Management, Leadership, and Business., USA, Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., 2020, pp1-400 , [Brady, Mairead, Fellenz, Martin and Devitt Ann], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Ann Devitt, Colm Ross, Aibhín Bray and Joanne Banks, Parent Perspectives on Teaching and Learning During Covid-19 School Closures: Lessons Learned from Irish Primary Schools, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, July, 2020, Notes: [Parent Survey on home learning during the COVID-19 school closures], Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Ann Devitt, Aibhin Bray, Joanne Banks, Eilís Ní Chorcora, Teaching and Learning During School Closures: Lessons Learned. Irish Second-Level Teacher Perspectives, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, July, 2020, p1 - 93, Notes: [COVID school closures Education policy relevance], Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Aibhín Bray, Eilís Ní Chorcora, Jen Maguire Donohue, Joanne Banks and Ann Devitt, Post-primary Student Perspectives on Teaching and Learning During Covid-19 School Closures: Lessons learned from Irish Students from schools in a Widening Participation Programme, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, August, 2020, Notes: [Analysis of COVID-19 March-June school closures: post-primary student survey], Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Nic Réamoinn, S and Devitt, A., Children's perspectives on the use of robotics for second language learning in the early years of primary education: a pilot study, CALL and complexity - short papers from EUROCALL 2019, Eurocall, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 28-31 August 2019, edited by Fanny Meunier, Julie Van de Vyver, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny ,, 2019, pp321 - 326, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Wang, M., Bauer, C. and Devitt, A., Computer mediated communication for adolescent learners of Chinese as a Second Language in Ireland: systematic review and needs analysis, CALL and complexity - short papers from EUROCALL 2019, Eurocall, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 28-31 August 2019, edited by Fanny Meunier, Julie Van de Vyver, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny ,, 2019, pp391 - 396, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Ann Devitt, Literacy On The Loose Webinar, 23 April 2020, In:Literacy On The Loose Webinar, 2020, Online, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Jennifer Liston & Ann Devitt, Literacy in nature, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Nóirín Hayes & Ann Devitt, Literacy On The Couch, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Colm Ross & Ann Devitt, Literacy with Two Languages, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Jennifer O'Sullivan, Maria Clara Fiorentini & Ann Devitt, Literacy in the kitchen, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Mary Flanagan & Ann Devitt, Literacy On Television, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Ann Devitt, Literacy on the Mobile, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Ann Devitt, Literacy on Devices, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Marita Kerin, Coteaching Music in the Primary School: Teacher Perspectives, TCD, 2019, Thesis, PUBLISHED
Marie-Therese Batardiere (UL), Anne Brindley (GMIT), Kristin Brogan (IT Tralee), Frances Carr (The Old Schoolhouse Montessori School), Ann Devitt (TCD), Tanya Flanagan (St Farnan's, Co. Kildare), Aine Furlong (WIT), Barbara Geraghty (UL), Mary Ann Kenny (IT Blanchardstown), Deirdre Kirwan (Scoil Bhride, Dublin), Agnieszka Matys (Polska Szkola SEN, Dublin), Niamh Nestor (UCD), Susanna Nocchi (DIT), Conny Opitz (TCD), Frederique Rantz (PPLI), Mary Ruane (IRAAL), Christiane Schönfeld (UL), Sarah Smyth (TCD), Margot Spencer (UCC), Riana Walsh (IT Tallaght), OVFL Response to DES Consultation on Foreign Languages in Irish Education, 2014, Notes: [As part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs 2014, the Department of Education and Skills has committed to developing and publishing a languages strategy, which will consider the role of foreign languages in the post-primary, further and higher education sectors. This report is the response by One Voice for Languages, an umbrella group promoting the importance and benefits of language learning for Ireland through targeted actions:], Report, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Commendation in Provost's Teaching Excellence Awards 2019
Fulbright TechImpact Award 2015-16
Commendation in Provost's Teaching Awards 2014