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 background is engineering, IT, and women’s studies. 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 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.