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O'Byrne, William (full)
Ian
O'Byrne
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences
Education
203-479-4272
SAWM122
Saw Mill
About

    Dr. O'Byrne is UNH Education Department’s Coordinator for the new Sixth Year Diploma in Instructional Technologies and Digital Media Literacy, and has been instrumental in bringing meaningful instructional technology practices to the department’s students and faculty.  Ian has been involved in initiatives in school districts ranging from online and hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, ePortfolio systems, and supporting marginalized students in literacy practices. He is currently a member of AERA, NCTE, and currently serves on the Policy and Legislative Committee for LRA, and the Technology, Communication, and Literacy committee for IRA. His research examines the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online spaces.

    Research Interests

    Ian has been involved in initiatives in school districts ranging from online and hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, ePortfolio systems, and supporting marginalized students in literacy practices. His research interests examine the literacy practices employed by adolescents in online spaces. Additionally he is interested in assessment and psychometric properties of these measurements as we move online.

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    Education

    Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs
    M. Ed., Education University of Massachusetts Amherst 

    B.A., English, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Selected Publications

    O’Byrne, W. I. (2013). Online Content Construction: Students as informed readers and writers of online multimodal information. Connecticut Reading Association Journal.

    O’Byrne, W. I. (2013). Online Content Construction: Empowering Students as Readers and Writers of Online Information. In K. Pytash, & R. Ferdig (Eds.) Exploring Technology or Writing and Writing Instruction (pp. 276-297). Hershey, PA: Information Science. Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4341-3.ch016

    McVerry, J. G., O’Byrne, W. I., Ringler-Pet, S. (2013). Multimodal Response and Writing as Poetry Experience. In K. Pytash & R. Ferdig (Eds). Exploring Multimodal Composition and Digital Writing (pp. 201-225). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.   doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4345-1.ch013

    Henry, L. A., Castek, J., O’Byrne, W. I., & Zawilinski, L. (2012). Using Peer Collaboration to Support Online Reading, Writing, and Communication: An Empowerment Model for Struggling Readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 28: 279-306.

    Leu, D. J., Everett-Cacopardo, H., Zawilinski, L., McVerry, J. G., O’Byrne, W. I. (2012). The New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension. In C. Chapelle (Ed). The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.

    Leu, D. J., McVerry, J. G., O'Byrne, W. I., Kiili, C., Zawilinski, L., Everett-Cacopardo, H., Kennedy, C., Forzani, E. (2011). The New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension: Expanding the Literacy and Learning Curriculum. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 55: 5-14.

    Castek, J., Zawilinski, L., O'Byrne, W. I., McVerry, J. G., & Leu, D. J. (2011). The New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension: New opportunities and challenges for students with learning difficulties. In C. Wyatt-Smith & J. Elkins, & S. Gunn (Eds). Multiple perspectives on difficulties in learning literacy and numeracy (91-110). New York, NY: Springer.

    O'Byrne, W. I., & McVerry, J. G. (2009). Measuring the Dispositions of Online Reading Comprehension: A Preliminary Validation Study. In K. Leander, D. Rowe, D. Dickson, M. Hundley, R. Jiménez, & V. Risko (Eds.), The 57th National Reading Conference Yearbook. Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference.

    Leu, D. J., O'Byrne, W. I., Zawilinski, L. McVerry, J. G., & Everett-Cacopardo, H. (2009). Expanding the New Literacies Conversation. Educational Researcher, 38(4), 264-269.

    Leu, D. J., McVerry, J. G., O'Byrne, W. I., Zawilinski, L., Castek, J., & Hartman, D. K. (2009). The new literacies of online reading comprehension and the irony of no child left behind: Students who require our assistance the most, actually receive it the least. In L. Mandel Morrow, R. Rueda, & D. Lapp (Eds). Handbook of research on literacy instruction: Issues of diversity, policy, and equity (pp. 173-194). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

    McVerry, J. G., Zawilinski, L., & O'Byrne, W. I. (2009). Internet Reciprocal Teaching: Sextant for navigating the C's of change. Educational Leadership, 67(1). Retrieved August 15, 2009.

    Professional Service

    2012-2013 Literacy Research Association: eEditor

    2013 Literacy Research Association: Area 10 Co-Chair (Literacy Technology & Media)

    2013 Literacy Research Association: Policy and Legislative Committee

    2009-2013 American Educational Research Association, Division C Campus Liaison

    2008-2013 International Reading Association: Technology, Communication & Literacy Committee

    2008-2013 International Reading Association: Committee to revise IRA Position Statement on New Literacies and 21st Century Technologies

    2008-2013 International Reading Association: Conference Proposal Reviewer

    2008-2013 National Research Conference: Yearbook Reviewer

    2008-2013 National Research Conference: Conference Proposal Reviewer

    2007-2013 Neag Graduate Student Association: Technology Chair

    2007-2013 American Educational Research Association Conference Proposal Reviewer