Jane O'Kelly


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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+. 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. 

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2018 Tiernan P.;O’Kelly J. (2018) 'Learning with digital video in second level schools in Ireland'. Education and Information Technologies, .
2014 Tiernan P.;O’Kelly J. (2014) 'Blending work and learning: The impact of a workplace learning programme on the low-skilled and long term unemployed'. Industrial and Commercial Training, 46 (7):406-414.


Year Publication
2016 Jane O'Kelly (2016) How can a community of practice process and concept support undergraduates learning experiences?. THES Link

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2017 Rami, J & O'Kelly, J (2017) 'Initial Teacher Education in FET settings: Affirmation and Aspiration' In: Galway, Ireland : Education Matters. Link

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2018 Jane O'Kelly, Peter Tiernan (2018) Values and Purpose in Education Teacher, Trainer, Tutor?: Exploring the perspective of students in initial teacher education for Further Education and Training UCD, Dublin, 06/04/2018-07/04/2018.
2020 O'Kelly, J.; Brown, M.; Tiernan, P.; O’Hara, J.; Tiernan,P.; O’Hara,J.; McNamara, G.; Skerrott,C. (2020) Educational Studies Association of Ireland - Opening up Education Education (Options, Obstacles and opportunities) The rise of Intrapreneurship in Education Online, 03/09/2020-05/09/2020.
2017 Jane O'Kelly (2017) The European Social Fund Celebrating 60 Years of Investing in People ESF conference celebrating 60 years of the ESF in Ireland The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, 28/11/2017-28/11/2017.
2017 Rami, J., Lalor, J., Tiernan, P., Lorenzi, F., O'kelly, J. (2017) ESAI 42nd Annual Conference Changing Research: working the spaces between education policy and practice Cascading support from practitioners to learners in FET: learning difficulties and other issues Cork, Ireland, .
2017 Rami, J, O'Kelly, J, Teirnan, P (2017) 12th Annual JVET Journal Conference Squeezing the middle - A study of of teachers, trainers and staff working in the Further Education & Training sector in Ireland under the backdrop of the Irish financial crisis Oxford, UK, .
2016 Rami, J, O'Kelly, J, Lalor, J (2016) ECER 2016 Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers Initial Teacher Education for Further Education: An Evaluation of Trainee Teachers’ Experiences of their Teaching Placement UCD, Dublin , Ireland, 22/08/2016-26/08/2016.
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Educational Studies Association of Ireland Member 06/01/2020 - 31/12/2020
HEI FET Forum Association of HEI Providers of ITE in FET 05/06/2017 -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2011 DCU Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning DCU
01/01/2018 DCU Presidents Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning DCU


Committee Function From / To
Aontas PAG ‘Increasing Pathways Increasing Participation 01/03/2018 - 30/06/2020
Placements & Related Partnerships Committee 02/01/2017 - 31/12/2019
Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee 02/01/2017 - 30/12/2017


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Dublin City University BSc in Education and Training (Hons)
Dublin City University PhD


Journal Role

Enterprise Engagement

Year Engagement Type Client Description
2020 Other EPALE (Leargas / EU Commission) EPALE Ambassador (Ireland)

Outreach Activities

Year Engagement Type Organisation Description
Community-based research Age and Opportunity Member of Policy, Research and Evaluation Group in Age and Opportunity. I attend group meetings in an advisory capacity to contribute advice, suggestions and practice to group activities.
Advisory Work AONTAS Member of Editorial Board for AONTAS The Adult Learner Journal. Book Review Editor. My role is to contribute advice and suggestions for the management of the journal and the production of a yearly publication. Board members also review articles and reviews submitted to the Journal.

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. 

Internal Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
Internal Dr. Peter Tiernan DCU Institute of Education Academic
Internal FETRC Further Education and Training Research Centre DCU Institute of Education Academic

Teaching Interests

I am interested in communities of practice and the value of educators and trainers learning from each other's experience. I believe that the sharing of tacit knowledge and responses to learner needs and behaviour from the practitioner perspective is key to improving practice and the learner experience. These beliefs align with the importance of reflective practice and the commitment of all practitioners to improving the educational and vocational experience of learners and educators alike. 

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Reflective Work-based Practice ES2120
2020 Practical Teaching Placement 2 ES333
2022 Reflective Work-based Practice ES205
2022 Project 1 ES3140
2022 Human Development - Power and Politics ES126
2022 Policy & Structures in Education & Training ES202
2022 Mediation Skills for the Learning Context ES203
2022 Advanced Teaching Strategies ES208
2022 Psychology of Individual Difference&Diversity ES209
2022 Professional Skills and Practice ES210
2021 Sociology of Education and Training ES226
2022 Equality, Access and Inclusion ES311
2021 HR and Training in a Globalised World ES315
2022 Creating Learning Environments using ICT ES318
2021 Equality, Access and Inclusion ES321
2021 Developing a Research Perspective ES323
2021 Project 1 ES3240
2021 Leadership and the Learning Organisation ES325
2021 Description of 2022_ES326 ES326
2021 Research Project 2 ES327
2022 HR and Training in a Globalised World ES340
2022 Designing Instruction for Trainng Environment ES220
2020 Practical Teaching Placement 1 ES332
2022 Designing Instruction for Trainng Environment ES224
2022 Research Project 2 ES319