Founding members

Dolores McManus

Dolores is an elearning support officer with TU Dublin. Dolores graduated with a BA (Hons) in History & History of Art from UCD. She has previously worked in office management and IT project administration. She has recently completed an MA in Design History and Material Culture with NCAD.

Contact: dolores.mcmanus@dit.ie

Dr. Frances Boylan                 

Frances is the Head of eLearning Support and Development within the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre at TU Dublin where she is responsible for the development of effective elearning practice across TU Dublin as a way to enhance the learning experience for students. She also co-ordinates and lectures on the award-winning online TELTA module (Technology Enhanced Learning Teaching & Assessment); supervises both masters and doctoral research; is a member of DIT’s Research Ethics Committee; and reviews articles for the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, the Electronic Journal of eLearning, the International Journal of Educational Management, and Innovations in Education and Teaching International.

Having graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (NUI) with a BEd (Hons), Frances taught for a number of years at primary level before attending Trinity College Dublin to undertake an MEd specializing in Educational Management, followed by an MSc in IT in Education. She subsequently pursued her Doctorate with the University of Sheffield UK where she explored methods of risk assessment in the context of the higher education sector.

Contact: frances.boylan@dit.ie | @boylanfm | http://www.linkedin.com/in/francesboylan

Dr. Kevin O’RourkeKOR

Kevin is Digital Campus Architect for TU Dublin City Campus (and previously Head of eLearning Support and Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology). He was educated at St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, University College Dublin and at University College London where he received a PhD in intellectual history. His professional career has spanned advertising and publishing in Dublin, New York and London, and he has worked extensively on electronic publishing projects with Routledge and with the university presses at Oxford and Cambridge. Before joining TU Dublin, he worked in London as a senior producer for Fathom.com, the online learning company sponsored by Columbia University.

Dr. Pauline RooneyPauline Rooney

Pauline is an academic developer with TU Dublin where her main role is to coordinate and deliver accredited professional development for academic staff on all things related to learning, teaching and assessment. She lectures on TU Dublin’s MSc in Applied eLearning, MA in higher education and Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching. She is currently co-supervising two PhD students in the School of Media at TU Dublin. She is also Fellow of the UK Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).

Since 2017 her work has explored strategies for utilising learning analytics to support student success. She has worked with National Forum Learning Analytics Advisory Groups and since 2018 has led the TU Dublin City Campus Data-Enabled Student Success Initiative (DESSI). She is now co-leading a project funded by Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning – called DALTAI (Irish for “Student”) –  which aims to increase digital proficiencies amongst staff and students in higher education in relation to the effective use of learning data to promote student success.

Contact: pauline.rooney@dit.ie | @paulinecieo | http://www.linkedin.com/in/prooney