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Dr Mark Glynn   (T) 353 1 700 6181  (E) mark.glynn@dcu.ie

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 http://enhancingteaching.com

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)

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Dr Pip Ferguson   (T) 353 1 700 5429   (E) pip.ferguson@dcu.ie

Pip has worked in staff development in a wide variety of tertiary contexts since the mid 1980s, after commencing work as a primary school teacher. An avid self-developer, Pip has completed various degrees and certificates, culminating in obtaining her PhD in 1999 using action research to develop the research culture of the institution where she worked.

Pip is a compulsive collaborator who delights in working alongside teachers, learning from their practice and sharing hers. She has written both alone and in collaboration with others, presenting at a variety of conferences and publishing in journals and books. Her LinkedIn profile can be seen at https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=46821794&trk=spm_pic She has studied in Kansas, U.S.A., and taught at Norwich City College, U.K. under a British Council Fellowship.

Outside of work, she enjoys family life with her three daughters and their families; is an amateur harpist; is active in working for social and ecological balance, and extending her knowledge of other cultures; and is currently thoroughly enjoying a ‘new life’ here in Ireland, with all it has to offer.

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Clare Gormley   (T) 353 1 700 6301   (E) clare.gormley@dcu.ie

Clare has a Masters in Applied eLearning from Dublin Institute of Technology and her particular areas of interest include instructional design, eLearning design & development processes, content scripting, and multimedia development. She has worked with a range of eLearning tools and technologies and is especially interested in exploring techniques that enable lecturers to leverage technology to create effective online learning experiences. 

Clare has over 15 years’ experience in developing online learning, both in the corporate sector and in Higher Education.  Prior to joining DCU, she worked closely with a team of academics at NUI Galway to design & develop learning materials for an online Masters in Software Engineering. She started her career with a multinational eLearning organisation and has worked for a range of high-tech companies specialising in innovative eLearning approaches. You can view her LinkedIn Profile at https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=8542252&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

On a personal level, Clare likes to read and is a keen member of the local book club.

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Lisa Donaldson   (T) 353 1 700 5606   (E) lisa.donaldson@dcu.ie

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. 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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Dr Muireann O'Keeffe   (T) 353 1 700 8401   (E) muireann.okeeffe@dcu.ie

Since 1999 Muireann has worked in several higher education institutions including Trinity College Dublin, University of Stirling, Scotland, Dublin Institute of Technology, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. Initially in her career she worked in IT support, eLearning development and eLearning project management roles. Before coming to DCU Muireann enjoyed teaching on Masters programs on academic development and leadership development. As an educational developer Muireann relishes working with professionals in higher education in order to enhance the quality of professional practice focused on teaching.

Muireann holds a BA Arts (Nua-Ghaeilge, Maths) from Maynooth University, MSc (Technology in Learning) from Trinity College Dublin and EdD from the Institute of Education, University College London.

Her research interests include professionalisation of teaching within higher education; informal professional learning and the use of social networking technologies for informal learning.


Suzanne Stone   (T) 353 1 884 2114   (E) suzanne.stone@dcu.ie

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.

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Madeleine Patton      (T) 353 1 700 8463   (E) madeleine.patton@dcu.ie

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 for a BSc in Management of IT/IS through DCU Open Education.  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 culminating in the University’s Annual Teaching and Learning Day.

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.