Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University

Learning Innovation Unit

Director of SIF Programmes : Jean Hughes


Jean Hughes is Director of SIF Programmes at Dublin City University.  Jean graduated from DCU in 1988, with a degree in Computer Applications and subsequently completed an MBA in DCUBS. She is currently doing a Doctorate in Education with Queen's University, Belfast.

Jean worked in Bank of Ireland and GE Superabrasives Ireland, before moving to teach Information Systems in the first Dublin based Regional Technical College in Tallaght (now ITT Dublin). She subsequently held roles as Senior Lecturer, Head of Department and Head of School in IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology), managing programmes in Multimedia Systems, Psychology Applied to Information Technology, Digital Media Technology and eBusiness Systems. Jean also gave leadership to developing the eLearning infrastructure in IADT, establishing and chairing both the eLearning Steering Group and the eLearning Interest Group. She was also a member of the IADT Partnership Committee, which she chaired for a year.

Jean is interested in all aspects of pedagogy, in particular the use of reflective practice by both teachers and students. Her main research interest is in the area of managerialism in Higher Education.

Recent Presentations/Publications include:

  • Hughes, J. (2007). The Role of Teaching Portfolios in the Development of a Reflective Learning Culture in Dublin City University, in Teaching Portfolio Practice in Ireland A Handbook, HEA/TCD/AISHE
  • Hughes, J. and Moore, I. (2007). Reflective Portfolios for Professional Development, in Teaching Portfolio Practice in Irelan, A Handbook, HEA/TCD/AISHE.
  • Hughes J. (2007) Attitudes to Managerialism. AISHE Conference, Maynooth, August 2007.
  • Hughes J., Leitch, R., McGee, M., White, J.,. (2005). Reflective Practice. CARN/PRAR Conference, Utrecht, November 2005.
  • Canon, S and Hughes, J. (2005). Learning Our Way Forward in eLearning: The Story of Something Fishy .Education and Information technologies, Vol. 10, No. 3, July 2005.
  • Hughes J. (2003). Designing e-Content. EdTech Conference, May 2003. Waterford Institute of Technology.
  • Hughes, J. (2004). Online, In-Service Training for Primary Teachers and Pupils. EdTech Conference, May 2004. Institute of Technology, Tralee.
  • Hughes, J. (2002). Effective On-line Content Design. Conference of the Cyprus Computing Society, Nicosia, December 2002.

Contact: 01 7006181 or jean.hughes@dcu.ie