Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m Catherine Cronin, academic coordinator of online IT programmes and lecturer in Information Technology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. My work and research interests are online and open education, digital literacies and social media in education. In September 2013 I begin work on my PhD in the area of open education — specific research question still to be determined.
You can find out more about my work and online presence here: about.me/catherinecronin.
I teach online and face-to-face in both the MScSED (MSc Software Engineering & Database Technologies) and BSc Computer Science & IT programmes at NUI Galway. Although my background is engineering, I’ve been involved in teaching, in higher education and in the community, for over 20 years. My first experience in distance education was as an Open University tutor for DT200, one of the first courses to use an online discussion forum. It has been an interesting and enjoyable journey since then!
What motivates me most in my work is learning and collaborating with fellow educators and students — creating opportunities for change through authentic, worthwhile, even passionate, learning. I’m happy to see assumptions changing and boundaries blurring: roles of students and teachers, formal and informal learning, and sites of learning.