I am a University Lecturer at UCD Dublin, where I work on various education, ICT, public policy and research methods programmes. Between 2013 and 2015, I was Director of Graduate Studies at the then College of Human Sciences. But I'm OK now.
My interests are wide. They include social capital, professional knowledge, development policy in the global south, innovation transfer in an information age, e-learning, schools ICT and the impact of new and emergent technology on learning and society. As a solo research or part of a core team, I have lead evaluating locally, nationally and on EU funded projects. I have also acted as Assessor on a number of EU actions relating to the Information Society - including eLearning and MINERVA - and have been National Delegate (Ireland) to two OECD summits on the Information Society & Education.
Additionally, I teach into many of these areas. Since 2009, I have been Coordinator for the Global Classroom strands of the UCD /TCD Masters in Development Practice programme – a unique, co-awarded programme with Trinity College Dublin. This programme has been developed in conjunction with the MacArthur Foundation and Columbia University, New York. I have also contributed to peace support education programmes at the UN School Ireland (UNTSI) where I directed field exercises for both humanitarian and military personnel preparing for PSO deployment. Between 2008 and 2011 I was on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Global Development through Education, a Government of Ireland / Irish Aid funded initiative. Additionally, I guest lecture on the MScIT programme at Trinity College Dublin, on the BA(Ed) at National College of Art and Design, Dublin and on the MSc Learning Technology course at NCI.
I hold The President’s Award for Teaching at UCD. The leave associated with this award was used to take on research analyses of cutting-edge change projects in Ireland and to speak at various conferences throughout Europe on TEL/ ICT / IST and policy related issues. This included an invited presentation to an Irish EU Presidency conference on New Education Futures, where I was the only Irish university sector academic to speak.
Cambridge PhD under the supervision of Profs John Furlong and Terry McLaughlin.
Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, Michaelmas Term, 2000.
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