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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies


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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
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Academic biography

Denis Moynihan is an assistant professor in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies. Currently his main responsibilities include researching, developing and facilitating initial teacher education and continuous professional learning in Digital Learning. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education, DCU. Denis is a member of the Centre for the Advancement STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL), the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (ACCE), and the Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI).

Prior to joining the Institute of Education, DCU in September 2019, Denis was seconded to the Digital Technologies Team in the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), Ireland's largest single support service offering professional learning opportunities to teachers and school leaders in a range of pedagogical, curricular and educational areas. He spent three years working in teacher professional development with a particular focus on supporting teachers and school leaders in the effective use of digital technologies for teaching, learning and assessment. Denis has been involved in several national initiatives including the design and national rollout of the Digital Learning Framework, the Schools Excellence Fund; Digital & STEM, as well as contributing to training and materials for, and He has a keen interest in digital storytelling and co-designed the teacher training resources for the The Fís Film Competition, as well as serving as one of the judges for the competition. 
Denis began his teaching career in a primary school in north Dublin.

Research interests

Areas of research interest include; digital learning, digital competence, STEM/STEaM, initial teacher education (ITE), educational policy design and implementation, curriculum design and implementation, professional learning (PL), digital storytelling, game-based learning (GBL), computational thinking, robotics and physical computing in primary education, creativity and teacher identity.