Meet the Team

Dr. Pauline RooneyPauline Rooney

Pauline works in elearning development with the Dublin Institute of Technology. She also coordinates, and lectures on, accredited Continuing Professional Development courses offered by DIT, and she supervises postgraduate research students, specialising in education/elearning. She obtained her MSc (Ed) in Computer Based Learning (with distinction) from Queens University Belfast and completed her Doctorate of Education (EdD) with the University of Sheffield where she researched strategies for harnessing serious games in higher education.

Pauline also works as an Expert Evaluator of European Commission-funded projects and has worked with the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme in this role. She is  a Fellow of SEDA (the UK Staff Educational Development Association) and she is a member of the academic review panel for a number of academic journals and conferences including Innovations in Education and Teaching International, the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Simulation & Gaming and the International Journal of Game-Based Learning. Research interests include game-based learning and gamification, strategies for continuing professional development in higher education, social networking in education, interdisciplinary practice in higher education and student attitudes towards pedagogical innovation.

Contact: pauline.rooney@dit.ie | @paulinecieo | http://www.linkedin.com/in/prooney

Dr. Frances Boylan                                      Dr. Frances Boylan

Frances is the Head of eLearning Support & Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) where she is responsible for taking a leadership role in building digital capacity, and the development of effective elearning practice across DIT as a way to enhance the student learning experience. She also supervises both masters and doctoral research and coordinates, and lectures on, accredited Continuing Professional Development courses offered by the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre at DIT. She is a member of DIT’s Research Ethics Committee, and she reviews articles for the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, the Electronic Journal of eLearning, the International Journal of Educational Management, and Innovations in Education and Teaching International.

She graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (NUI) with a BEd (Hons) and taught for a number of years at primary level before attending Trinity College Dublin to undertake a MEd, specialising in Educational Management, followed by an MSc in IT in Education. She subsequently pursued her Doctorate with the University of Sheffield UK where she explored methods of risk assessment in the context of the higher education sector. Frances is also a member of the National Panel of Teaching Practice Tutors with Waterford Institute of Technology.

Contact: frances.boylan@dit.ie | @boylanfm | http://www.linkedin.com/in/francesboylan

Dr. Kevin O’Rourke (Guest Lecturer)KOR

Kevin is Head of eLearning Support and Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He was educated at St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, University College Dublin and at University College London where he received a PhD in intellectual history. His professional career has spanned advertising and publishing in Dublin, New York and London, and he has worked extensively on electronic publishing projects with Routledge and with the university presses at Oxford and Cambridge. Before joining DIT in May 2002, he worked in London as a senior producer for Fathom.com, the online learning company sponsored by Columbia University.

Caitríona Ní ShéCaitriona Ni She2

Caitríona is part of the Learning Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC) team in DIT. Caitríona’s focus is on supporting academic staff with the integration of eLearning tools in their daily teaching practice. Caitríona obtained her Masters in Science Education from DCU in 2007 where she investigated the use of online learning journals as a means of facilitating active learning within an engineering module. Since then she has worked as a researcher, programme administrator, lecturer and tutor in a number of higher education institutions in Ireland. More recently, Caitríona has been involved in a multi-institutional project that has developed and evaluated technology enhanced formative assessment tools for use in first year undergraduate mathematics modules.

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