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 is focused on online and open education, digital identity, and social media in education. I’m currently working towards a PhD in the area of open education and digital identity. You can find out more about my work and online presence here: about.me/catherinecronin.
I teach in postgraduate IT Online programmes as well as in the BSc Computer Science & IT programme at NUI Galway. My background is engineering, and I’ve been involved in teaching and research in higher education and in the community for over 25 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.