Higher Education Teaching Award 2012 Winner

Professor Michael Seery
Dr Michael Seery
Dublin Institute of Technology

Development and implemention of innovative e-learning resources to facilitate students to engage with aspects of physical chemistry and the dissemination of such approaches.

About the Winner

Michael Seery completed his BA (Natural Sciences) at Trinity College, Dublin and continued there for his PhD under the supervision of Prof John Kelly, studying the photochemistry of enone-alkene cycloaddition reactions. After post-doctoral work on the photophysics of polyoxometallates, he joined the teaching staff at Dublin Institute of Technology where he is Lecturer in Physical Chemistry.

Colleagues at DIT fostered an enthusiasm in the practice of chemical education, resulting in the establishment of the Chemistry Education Research Team with Claire Mc Donnell and Christine O'Connor in 2005. Michael's interests centred on laboratory teaching methods, and resulted in the incorporation of project-based learning into the curriculum. 

His current interests focus on prior knowledge and cognitive load in chemistry, and the reducing of this load through various teaching strategies, including e-learning. He has studied the performance of chemistry students on the basis of their prior knowledge, and introduced online pre-lecture activities aimed to reduce the cognitive load for novice learners in lectures.

He has published in Chemistry Education Research and Practice and British Journal of Educational Technology and presented at national, European, and US education conferences. He is involved in the European Chemistry Thematic Network (now EC2E2N), co-authoring two chapters in the RSC book "Innovative Methods of Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Higher Education" on laboratory education and problem- and context-based learning.

His RSC activities include membership of the Regional Steering Group (Ireland) and of the editorial board of Education in Chemistry.

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