Curriculum Vitae


  • 2017 Aurora Leadership Development Programme, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
  • 2015 Supporting and Leading Educational Change: Professional Qualification from SEDA.
  • 2011 Doctorate of Education (EdD), University of Sheffield, UK.
  • 1999 MSc (Ed) Computer Based Learning (Distinction), Queen’s University, Belfast, UK.
  • 1998 BA Hons English and Music, Queen’s University Belfast, UK. (I still have a keen interest in music and have attained Grade 8 (Distinction) in doublebass and piano, from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.)


  • November 2014 – present: Independent Expert Evaluator on European-funded game-based learning projects, led by Cork Institute of Technology.
  • April 2014 – July 2014: Independent Expert Evaluator for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme. (Advanced digital gaming and gamification technologies.)
  • 2002 – present: eLearning Developer, Researcher and Lecturer with DIT’s Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre.
  • 1999 Joined Intuition Publishing Ltd. where I worked as an Instructional/Interactive Designer and Training Lead.
  • 1997-1999: Freelance Music Tutor.

Professional Affiliations/Membership

  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Irish Learning Technology Association
  • Chair of the Third Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning 2013
  • Member of Conference Executive Committee for
  • AISHE (All Ireland Society for Higher Education)
  • ILTA (Irish Learning Technology Association)
  • ALT (Association of Learning Technologies)
  • DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association)
  • Academic reviewer/editor for
    • Innovations in Education and Teaching International
    • International Journal of Game-Based Learning
    • International Journal of Social Research Methodology
    • MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching
    • Simulation & Gaming
    • Qualitative Research Journal
    • Electronic Journal of eLearning
    • EdTech (annual conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association)
    • Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning (annual event)
    • European Conference on Game Based Learning (annual event)


  • 2015 IELA International eLearning Award (eLearning Division) for #DITTELTA (an online course on Technology-Enhanced Learning, Teaching & Assessment).
  • 2011 Association for Learning Technology (ALT): Learning Technologist of the Year Award (team category, second place.)
  • 2011 Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association: Best case study for Dublin eLearning Summer School