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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
Otto Kruse, Christian Rapp, Chris M. Anson, Kalliopi Benetos, Elena Cotos, Ann Devitt and Antonette Shibani , Digital Writing Technologies in Higher Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, Switzerland, Springer, 2023, Book, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Writing and Learning: What Changed with Digitalization? in, editor(s)Otto Kruse, Christian Rapp, Chris M. Anson Kalliopi Benetos, Elena Cotos, Ann Devitt and Antonette Shibani , Digital Writing Technologies in Higher Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, Switzerland, Springer, 2023, [Ann Devitt, Kalliopi Benetos, Otto Kruse], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Aibhin Bray, Ann Devitt, Joanne Banks, Sergio Sanchez Fuentes, Marta Sandoval, Katerina Riviou, Darren Byrne, Mags Flood, Jean Reale, Silvia Terrenzio, What next for Universal Design for Learning? A Systematic Literature Review of Technology in UDL Implementations at Second Level, British Journal of Educational Technology, 2023, p1 - 26, p22 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Quantitative Research Methods in, editor(s)Declan Fahie, Shane Bergin , The Student Guidebook to Doing your Research Project , Dublin, Ireland, UCD Press , 2022, [Aibhín Bray, Joanne Banks, Ann Devitt], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Mengdi Wang, Ann Devitt, Juan Gao, Ciarán Baurer, Computer mediated communication and task-based learning for adolescent learners of Chinese as a foreign Language in Ireland: An eBook task design under the adaption of Bridge 21 technology-mediated learning model, Proceedings of the XXIst International CALL Research Conference, the XXIst International CALL Research Conference, edited by Jozef Colpaert, Yijen Wang, Glenn Stockwell , 2022, pp117 - 125, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Catherine O'Reilly, Ann Devitt and Nóirín Hayes, Critical thinking in the preschool classroom - A systematic literature review, Thinking Skills and Creativity, 46, 2022, p101 - 110, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ann Devitt and Colm Ross, Transitioning family literacy programmes online: reflections on case studies from Ireland during Covid-19 lockdowns, Research and Practice in Adult Literacies (RaPAL), 105, 2022, p21 - 27, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Wang, Mengdi and Devitt, Ann, A Systematic Review of Computer-Mediated Communications in Chinese as a Foreign Language from 2008 to 2022: Research Contexts, Theoretical Foundations and Methodology, Affordances and Limitations, Language Teaching Research, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
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

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La diversité est un espace qui nous inclut tous : concevoir l"identité, l"appartenance et la langue durant la petite enfance in, editor(s)Brahim Azaoui Frédéric Torterat , La petite enfance au prisme du divers " Plurilinguisme et multimodalité de la crèche à l"école maternelle, Grenoble, France, PUG Presses Univeristaires de Grenoble, 2024, [Ann Devitt, Máire Mhic Mhathúna and Nóirín Hayes], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Aoife King (ed), Rita Duffy, Caitríona Lally, Jacob J. Erickson, Donna Lyons et al., What the Pandemic Means: Perspectives from the Trinity Long Room Hub Covid-19 Blog Collection, 2021, - 1-56, Notes: [Artwork: Rita Duffy], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Brendan Tangney, Aibhín Bray, Ann Devitt, Carina Girvan, Eilís Ní Chorcora, Jen Maguire Donohoe, Joanne Banks, Kevin Sullivan, Lisa Keane, Philip Byrne, Rónán Smith and Cliona Hannon, Trinity Access - Project Overview, TARA, Trinity Access, Trinity College Dublin, December, 2021, Report, PUBLISHED
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


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