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Sheridan, Frances

Lecturer in Computing (Room 3.19)



General Information

Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Frances Sheridan is a Lecturer in Computing at National College of Ireland (NCI). Until 2013, Frances was also responsible for running the Computing Support Service at NCI but has now moved to lecturing full time.



  • MSc. in Technology and Learning, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland [2008]
  • BSc. (Hons) in Software Systems, National College of Ireland [2006]
  • Higher Certificate in Computing Applications and Support, National College of Ireland [2003]


Research Interests

  • Frances has particular interests in student engagement and retention and her pedagogical interests include Flipped Classrooms and Problem Based Learning. More specifically, her work examines the integration of the Flipped Classroom approach with Problem Based Learning to strengthen research skills among first year students.


Funding and Awards

  • Awarded the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at National College of Ireland in 2013:
    • The Distinguished Teaching Award is awarded for teaching that goes beyond the minimum requirement and which best be described as a sustained performance of excellence. It recognises the type of teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, inspires colleagues, and makes students aware of significant relationships between academic theory and the world outside.
  • Awarded NAIRTL Grant funding of €5000 in 2009/2010 for a collaborative project with the NCI Maths Support Tutor entitled "Development of an Adaptive Tutoring System for a Computing and Business Mathematics Module as a way to Facilitate Self-directed Learning through the use of the On-line Virtual Learning Environment Moodle".


Research Publications

Published International Journal Articles


Book Chapters

Conference Papers

  • Sheridan, Frances (2014) "The chicken, the egg and the flipped classroom". In: FlipCon14 -- 7th Annual Flipped Conference, 23rd-25th June 2014 Mars, PA, USA.
  • Sheridan, Frances (2014) "Reflections on a Year of Flipped Learning". In: EdTech 2014: The 15th Educational Technology Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA), 29th-30th May 2014 University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. 
  • Sheridan, Frances and Cogan, Sam (2014) "Flipping the Classroom". In: Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) Conference 2014: "Spark the Imagination", 1st March 2014 Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Galway. 
  • Sheridan, Frances, (2013) "Problem Based Learning: The Flipped Approach". In: ECTC 2013 : The Inaugural European Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2013, 11th-14th July 2013 Thistle Hotel, Brighton, England.



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