Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m Catherine Cronin – educator, researcher and PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway. My work focuses on openness and open education, digital identity practices, and exploring the boundary between formal and informal learning. I’m currently working towards a PhD in the area of open educational practices in higher education.
My academic background is varied: B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, M.Eng. Systems Engineering and M.A. Women’s Studies (Gender & Technology). I’ve been involved in teaching, research and advocacy in higher education and in the community for over 25 years. My most recent work, apart from my current research, includes teaching #CT231 (IT Professional Skills); workshops in the areas of digital identity and open education for educators and students (secondary through postgraduate level); and contributing at conferences including keynotes at Association for Learning Technology (#altc14), Irish Learning Technology Association (#edtech13), ICT in Education (#ictedu), and the upcoming Open Education (#oer16),
What motivates me most in my work is connected and democratic learning. I’m happy to see assumptions changing and boundaries blurring: roles of students and teachers, formal and informal learning, and sites of learning.