Open Education

Dr
Eamon
Costello

Primary Department
Open Education
Role
Associate Professor
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Associate Professor
Phone number: 01 700
8793
Campus
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number
D113

Academic biography

Dr Costello holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature (I) and History (II.I) from Trinity College Dublin, a higher Diploma (Distinction) in Computer Science from University College Dublin, an MSc (I) in Software and Information Systems from National University of Ireland Galway and a Doctorate from Trinity College Dublin. His Doctoral study analysed the implications of massively distributed collaborative development processes for education and educational technology and focused on the community of the Open Source VLE Moodle. 



Research interests

Dr Costello has a wide range of interests in digital and online learning. He is interested in the experiences of teachers and learners in spaces that are online, offline and somewhere in between.

He has supervised undergraduate, Masters and PhD research students and published on a range of topics with students and colleagues. Some of these areas include Open and Distance Learning, Educational Technologies and platforms, Virtual Learning Environments, Computing Education and Computational Thinking, Open Source Software in Education, MOOCs, eAssessment, HCI, Online learning for refugees, migrants and international protection applicants, trust in online learning, visual data literacy in learning dashboards, systematic literature reviews in digital learning, speculative fiction and combining socio-material and speculative design approaches to learning, ethics of care in learning design, multimodal methods in education research, open access publishing and open scholarship, metaphors of EdTech, developing competencies for integrated STEM research, STEM policy directions, frameworks for integrated STEM learning, design thinking in education, intersections between open science and open education.

Eamon has helped to coordinate the Digital Learning Research Network which includes over 50 staff with diverse research interests, and a range of  scholarly outputs, in this area. He is a member of the management committee of CASTeL which is Ireland's largest STEM education research group. He has served as external examiner for taught masters and PhD students in the areas of eLearning, crowdsourcing and intersections of technology and learning. He has served as external expert for Erasmus and JISC and contributes as a consultant to external reviews and reports in his fields of expertise. 

He has served in editorial roles in journals such as the Irish Journal of Learning Technology and the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. 

His Doctoral study analysed the implications of massively distributed collaborative development processes for education and educational technology and focused on the community of the Open Source VLE M