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School of Policy & Practice
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Academic biography

Dr. Jane O'Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the DCU Institute of Education. Her research interests include further education and training, professional practice in teaching adults, learner voice, blended learning and peer and self-directed learning. She lectures in Creative Instructional Design, Research methodologies and approaches, Work-based reflective practice and professional practice in education. She is the Chair of the BSc in Education and Training and manages the placement year for students seeking accreditation as tutors in further education and training. Her background includes working in the National Centre for Guidance in Education and Leargas, supporting policy and practice in adult education, vocational education and training (VET) and guidance. She has strong ties to European Commission funded VET programmes through twenty years of administration, management, evaluation and report writing in the Leonardo da Vinci, Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ programmes. She has a deep interest in contributing to the development of the further education sector in Ireland through research and evaluation on pedagogy, peer support and learner-centred practice, both to support the continuing professional development of educators and trainers, and to improve outcomes for adult returners and older learners. 

Research interests

Communities of practice in education and training, further education and training (FET), teaching placement in further education and training, continuing professional development in FET, reflective practice, blended learning, special educational needs especially Asperger's Syndrome.