Marian McDonnell

Marian lectures and supervises research projects on the M.Sc. in User Experience Design. She also delivers modules on the B.Sc. (Hons) in Creative Computing and the B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Psychology. Her modules include Web Design and Programming, Multimedia Systems, Content Management and HCI in Practice research. Marian's academic work includes work on the DisAbuse Erasmus+ research project, research supervision, programme development and programme co-ordination.

Conferences

Year
McDonnell, M., Connolly I. (2018), Designing for Users with Cognitive Impairments. Paper presented at the International Stop DisAbuse Seminar at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon2018
Connolly I., McDonnell, M. (2017), Let’s be Safe. Paper presented at launch of Stop Disabuse EU research project, Dublin City University 2017
Enable participation in further education by training people with intellectual disability in independent life skills., Paper presented at the European Access Network conference, University College Dublin, Ireland2016
Let’s Go: An eLearning web application to enable independent travel for people with intellectual disability, Paper presented at the Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland2015
Gannon A., McDonnell M. A Comparative Evaluation of the Perceived Appeal and Usability of Responsive and Mobile m-commerce websites on Smartphones, Poster presented at the 9th Irish Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Dublin, Ireland.2015
McDonnell, M., Gannon M., An eLearning web application incorporating games, Paper presented at the iGBL conference, Dublin, Ireland. 2015
Farrell, G. and McDonnell, M. Designing a touchscreen memory aid to support independent living for the elderly and their caregivers, Paper presented at the 8th Irish Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Dublin, Ireland. 2014

Research projects

Marian's current research interests are focused on the role of design, technology and psychology in User Experience and Interaction Design. She is particularly interested in the area of designing ,developing and evaluating instructional technologies for individuals with cognitive impairments. Recent innovative projects that Marian has researched with her students included designing a mobile ambient awareness display application to support caregivers of the elderly with cognitive memory impairments. Present research projects include developing games to help learners with mathematical difficulties. Another project focuses on developing and evaluating an innovative eLearning application for people with intellectual disabilities in collaboration with a local services provider in the South Dublin area.Recent national conferences at which Marian has presented papers have focused on interface design recommendations for individuals with cognitive impairments.

Awards + Achievements

Marian has vast experience as a lecturer and researcher in computing with an emphasis human computer interaction (HCI) and multimedia systems. Marian is passionate about engaging her students in innovative technology projects. Two cross disciplinary teams from psychology and computing, mentored by Marian, won national Microsoft Imagine Cup awards.

Year
DisAbuse Erasmus + research project partner with DCU developing instructional multimedia applications for users with special educational needs.2017-2019
Co-ordinator and principal investigator for 3 different research User Experience projects at IADT with collaboration from Money Budgeting and Advice agency(MABS) and St John of God Community Services 2014-2018
Selected to present papers at the European Access Network Conference, UCD, 2016 and at the Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland2015
Winning project Explorawalk at the Imagine Cup National Technology competition2013
Most Innovative project HealthText at the Imagine Cup National Technology competition2011
National Judge at Imagine Cup Technology competition2010
Nomad PRTLI (Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions) researcher2003-2005

Publications (Bibliography)

Year
Baxter D., McDonnell M., McLoughin R.(2018) Impact of Chatbot Gender on Users' Stereotypical Perception and Satisfaction, Paper published in the Proceedings of the 32nd British Human Computer Conference, Belfast July 2018 2018
O’Sheehan H., McDonnell, M., Connolly I.(2018) Exploring Aesthetics, Emotions and Usability in eLearning Applications for Users with Intellectual Disability, Paper published in the Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction in Madrid, July2018 2018
McDonnell, M., Connolly I., Abbes A. (2018) Investigating eLearning preferences for Adults with Intellectual Disability, Paper published in the Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction in Madrid, July 20182018
McDonnell, M., O’Reilly T. (2017) The Effect of Interaction on Visual Appeal and Trust in Online Health information, Published in the Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction.2017
McDonnell, M., & Verdes C. (2016) Designing applications for users with Intellectual disability to teach life skills, Published in the Proceedings of the IADIS International Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction Journal. pp 264-2682016
McDonnell, M., & Lee A. (2016) An investigation of Visual Appeal and Trust in websites, Published in the Proceedings of the IADIS International Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction Journal. pp 53-602016