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Dr Mark Glynn   (T) 353 1 700 6181  (E)

Mark has a PhD in Chemistry, a MSc in e-learning and certificates in Learning and Teaching in higher education and online assessment. Mark has a deep insight into the key issues for higher education in Ireland in particular the implementation of national strategy for higher education, the technological universities and flexible learning. He plays key leadership roles in promoting innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the sector and is considered to be a leading authority in the use of virtual learning environments. Mark has also had leadership roles in the Irish Learning Technology Association and the Learning Innovation Network, two of the leading organisations for learning innovation in Irish higher education.

Mark has organised a range of national and international teaching and learning conferences for higher education. The main aim of his current role is to encourage and enable staff in DCU to increase their capacity to offer flexible learning. This involves managing both organisational and pedagogical based projects.  More information is available through his profile page or his blog

Outside of work, Mark enjoys his family life with his wife and three daughters; and is a “keep-fit enthusiast” (sometimes more in theory than practice).


Dr Laura Costelloe      (T) 353 1 700 8401   (E)

Laura works as an Academic Developer in the Teaching Enhancement Unit, having previously held positions as a lecturer and tutor at National College of Ireland, University of Limerick and Université d’Avignon, France. She supports the continuing development and professional practice of colleagues from across the University and offers expertise and teaching across a range of professional development initiatives designed to enhance institutional learning and teaching practice.

She completed an Irish Research Council funded PhD at the University of Limerick in the area of Applied Linguistics and Media Studies and also holds a Masters in French Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, a Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (UL) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching (Adult and Workforce Education) from National College of Ireland. She has experience lecturing on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the areas of education, teaching, learning, assessment and research methods and has acted as programme director for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in learning and teaching and adult education.

Her research interests include learning, teaching and assessment practices at Higher Education, discourses on learning and teaching and the analysis of media discourses in both Irish and French contexts. Outside of work, she loves escaping to her native Kerry for some time out, as well as following Munster Rugby’s exploits both home and abroad.

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Lisa Donaldson   (T) 353 1 700 5606   (E)

Lisa is a Learning Technologist working in Higher Education for the last 13 years. 

Lisa is currently managing the roll out of the Loop Reflect Learning Portfolio for faculty and students across DCU. She is founder of EportfolioIreland, Irelands first eportfolio community of practice and was invited as keynote speaker to the Empowering Eportfolio Process conference in Dublin in 2017. Additionally, she has authored a chapter on integrating impactful eportfolio practice in the Catalyst in Action book due to be published in 2018. Prior to that, she led the What Works and Why project to promote digital literacies in conjunction Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Maynooth University. Lisa has also worked as the learning designer on a cross institutional project with DCU, the RCSI and University of Malawi developing a blended learning Masters in Community Systems Health Research delivered to students in Malawi.

Lisa previously taught Technology Enhanced Learning and Information Systems at the National College of Ireland(NCI), Griffith College and IBAT College. Lisa’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Business & IT , post graduate qualifications in Teaching & Learning and a Masters degree in Applied Elearning. Additionally, she is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Microsoft Office Expert.

Lisa’s interests revolve around the capacity of Web 2.0 and mobile learning technologies to transform teaching and learning activities leading to greater student engagement.

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Clare Gormley   (T) 353 1 700 6301   (E)

Clare Gormley is an academic developer with the Teaching Enhancement Unit who has worked in the arena of technology-enhanced learning (in both academic and corporate contexts) since 1996.  Clare has an MSc in Applied eLearning and has engaged with faculty from software engineering, science and humanities disciplines to collaboratively create online and blended learning experiences.  Her core interests include professional development, assessment practice, multimedia scripting/development, and online teaching & learning.  Clare leads an accredited Online Teaching professional development module at DCU and thoroughly enjoys working with university staff to explore effective ways of leveraging new technologies and proven approaches to learning.

On a personal level, Clare likes to read and is a keen member of a local book club.  A relative newcomer to blogging, you can read more about her work at 


Dr Shadi Karazi      (T) 353 1 700 5429   (E)

Shadi Karazi is a DCU academic who holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from DCU and has worked in the Higher Education sector for the past 12 years. Along with his role in the Teaching Enhancement Unit, Shadi is teaching in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and supports both staff and students through his role in the Information Systems and Services Department. This allows Shadi to employ his technical and pedagogical knowledge to promote innovative teaching and learning methods within DCU. Shadi has participated in a range of national and international teaching and learning conferences for higher education. Within the Teaching Enhancement Unit, Shadi is working with DCU educators to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and assessment activities within the virtual learning environment. He has worked with a range of eLearning technologies and is especially interested in technology-enhanced teaching and learning to create effective online teaching and learning experiences. Shadi also has a keen interest in the use of the web and mobile technologies to enhance student engagement and improve teaching and learning activities.

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Madeleine Patton      (T) 353 1 700 8463   (E)

Madeleine has been with the Teaching Enhancement Unit for nine years.  Prior to that she spent circa twenty-five years in national and multinational companies at Managing Director level.  She holds a diploma in Public Relations and Event Management and is currently studying at undergraduate level through DCU Connected.  She is responsible for the administration of the Unit and assumes a project leadership role in the organisation of the annual President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching .

Outside of work, Madeleine enjoys family life with her husband and two daughters and is a keen musician with particular emphasis on traditional Irish music.

Suzanne Stone   (T) 353 1 884 2114 5606   (E)

Suzanne holds a Master’s degree in Education and Training from DCU and a BSc in Communications and Media from Trinity College Dublin.  Suzanne has worked within the education sector for over 14 years, initially as Administrator of the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Programme Administrator in the National Induction Programme for Teachers and, since 2013, as Learning Technologist with St. Patrick's College. Suzanne joined the Teaching Enhancement Unit as part of the incorporation process of DCU and St Patrick’s College in 2016

In supporting staff to deliver live, online classrooms using the Adobe Connect platform, Suzanne has, developed a level of expertise and interest in this field, and is currently involved in research around student engagement in this mode of online delivery.  She is also involved in supporting the roll-out of the Loop Reflect ePortfolio platform for students on the Bachelor of Education and Professional Masters in Education programmes, in conjunction with colleagues in the Teaching Enhancement Unit and the Institute of Education. Having worked in the area of video production before moving to the education section, Suzanne also has a keen interest in the use of video in education.