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Academic Members

 Dr. Yvonne Crotty, (DCU) 

I am an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. I am passionate about teaching and learning and was delighted to be the winner of the Academic Category of DCU's  President's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. I have developed an educational entrepreneurial approach to research, which is designed to guide practitioner-researchers as they embrace digital technology to resolve an identified need in a workplace context. I have worked at an international level in spearheading collaboration between DCU and the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) which led to the development of the Graduate Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT and the Knowledge Society programme. I am the National Coordinate the EU Inspiring Science Education project and the EU Erasmus+ Play4Guidance project. I have also played a key role in national projects such as a Cancer Awareness project with the Marie Keating Foundation and an e-moderating project in collaboration with the Professional Development Service for Teachers in Ireland.  Yvonne's website

Dr. Margaret Farren, (DCU)

I am an Associate Professor in the Institute of Education, Dublin City Univeristy. My research areas include: reflexive and collaborative approaches to research  (action research, reflexive ethnography), pedagogy, learning theories, implications of neuroscience in education, leadership, organisational culture and digital technologies in the workplace. I am programme chair of the Masters in Education and Training Management (eLearning) and (Leadership) programmes.  I have supervised over 40 Masters students from a broad range of work contexts.  The dissertation topics can be accessed at Masters dissertations. I currently supervise Masters and Phd research. My own PhD research was entitled 'How can I create a Pedagogy of the Unique through a Web of Betweenness' and can be accessed here. I have acted as an external examiner for PhD theses for Universities in Ireland, UK, Australia and South Africa. Successful in recent EU project applications: EU Seventh Framework project 'Inquiry Based Learning' (2010-2013) and a European Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Project. Invited keynote speaker on action research at national and international conferences. Recipient of a Fellowship from Boston University in 2009. Email:  Margaret's website

Dr. Sabrina Fitzsimons (DCU)

I am an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. I taught English and Religious Education at post-primary level for a number of years in both the Girls Junior Comprehensive School, Ballymun, Dublin and in Franciscan College, Gormanston, County Meath. During this time I also completed a Masters in Religion and Education (MDI). My MA research explored the potential of the commercial computer game 'The Sims' for teaching and learning of topics on the Religious Education Junior Certificate syllabus. My work has focused on innovative teaching and research in the areas of practice-based research and design (online ethnographic methods, action research and reflective practice) and virtual environments. I was involved in the web-based interactive Religious Education programme for transition year and senior cycle students 'FaithConnect'. I completed my doctoral studies in 2012 on immersion in a virtual world using ethnography. 

Dr. Cathal Gurrin (DCU)

Associate Professor in the School of Computer Applications, Dublin City University. I am a senior lecturer at the School of Computing, DCU. I am also an Adjunct faculty member at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Tromso, Norway.  The aims and goals of the centre are very much aligned with the ambition of my research activities. My research interests include Human Digital Memories, the indexing and content-based retrieval of information in all media, text, image, audio and especially digital video. I am interested in personal analytics and lifelogging (a search engine for the self) and I am particularly interested in how people access information from mobile devices.

Dr. Markus Helfert (DCU) 

I am an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the School of Computing, Dublin City University. My research and teaching interests are centrered on Business Informatics and Information Systems as response to the observation that many organisations today are struggling to manage complex IT systems. My interests are aligned to the mission of the Centre with the focus on linking research and practice. My research expertise includes design based research. I am chair of the International conference on Computer Supported Education. I carry out public funded research projects and collaborative research projects with industrial partners from various sectors. 

Dr. Hyowen Lee (SUT & DCU)

I am Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. My expertise is interaction design. I apply the methods and tools from the discipline of Human-Computer interaction to emerging technologies that are not yet mature enough to become mainstream applications. I was a post-doctoral researcher at DCU's School of Computing, specialising in interaction design and usability issues for novel applications that leverage various technologies such as Multimedia and Information Retrieval.


Dr. Eamonn Newman (DCU)

I have a PhD in Computer Science from UCD (2008) and I am currently completing the dissertation element of the MSc. in Education and Training Management (eLearning).. I am a data scientist with a history in analytics of natural language data and discrete sensor data. My current research interests include self-driven learning, student engagement, gamification for education and educational analytics.