Speakers & Facilitators

Brian O'Neill profile imageBrian O’Neill is Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services for the three member institutions in the TU4Dublin alliance. In this role, Brian also acts as Dean of the joint Graduate Research School with leadership responsibility for research support, technology transfer, incubation and enterprise development services. Brian was formerly Head of the School of Media in DIT and Head of Research in the College of Arts and Tourism. Brian has published extensively on his own research areas, including media literacy, policy-making and public interest issues in media and communications, in particular those related to children and youth. He is leading a new research project studying young people’s use of mobile connected devices. He is a member of Ireland’s Internet Safety Advisory Council and is national coordinator for EU Kids Online, a 33 country network supported under the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme; and was appointed as an Independent Assessor to the ICT Coalition for a Safer Internet for Children and Young People in 2013. He was also appointed to Chair the government’s Internet Content Governance Advisory Group, which was mandated to consider the emerging issues in the area of online content and its general impact on the lives of children and young people. The Advisory Group concluded its report in May 2014.

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Jane Secker profile imageJane Secker is the Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at LSE where she provides advice and support for staff and students. She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including Copyright and E-learning a guide for Practitioners, the second edition which is due for publication in June 2016, co-authored with Chris Morrison.

Her research interests include digital and information literacy, copyright education and the role of technologies in supporting learning. She is a Honorary Fellow of CILIP, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and co-founder of the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC). She devised A New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL) with Emma Coonan which is framework for supporting learning in higher education and has written and spoken widely on her research. Jane has been a member of the Universities UK Copyright Working Group since 2006, which negotiates licenses for the higher education sector with bodies such as the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).

Jane and Chris Morrison maintain the website UK Copyright Literacy and tweet as @UKCopyrightLit

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Chris Morrison is the Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer at Chris Morrison portraitthe University of Kent, responsible for copyright policy, education and advice, and is also a member of the UUK / Guild HE Copyright Working Group. He was previously Copyright Assurance Manager at the British Library and prior to that worked for copyright collecting society PRS for Music. Chris is the creator of Copyright the Card Game, a game-based approach to understanding copyright.

Jane Secker and Chris maintain the website UK Copyright Literacy and tweet as @UKCopyrightLit

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EoiEoin O'Dell profile imagen O’Dell is an Associate Professor of Law in Trinity College Dublin. He researches and publishes primarily in the fields of freedom of expression, and private and commercial law – and especially where they overlap in IP, IT and cyberlaw. He has been Chair of the Fellows in Trinity College Dublin, President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, a Member of the Council and Executive of the Society of Legal Scholars in the UK and Ireland, and Editor of the Dublin University Law Journal. He was a member of the group which advised the Department of Justice on the Defamation Act, 2009; he was a member of the Advisory Group on a European Civil Code which advised the EU Commission on common principles of European private law; and he was a member of the Statute Law Revision Committee advising the Department of Public Service and Reform on the process of revising the Irish Statute Book. He was Chair of the Copyright Review Group which presented its final report to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in October 2013. He is legal advisor to the Digital Repository of Ireland. He is a member of the Government Data Forum, established by the Minister of State with responsibility for Data Protection to advise Government on the challenges that arise from the growth in the digital economy. He blogs at http://www.cearta.ie and tweets @cearta.

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Niall Sclater profile imageNiall Sclater 
is Consultant and Director at Sclater Digital, an educational technology consultancy, and works with a range of clients in higher education. Previously he was Director of Learning and Teaching at the Open University, responsible for institutional strategy in areas such as tuition, educational technology and learning analytics. More recently he has been leading various activities for Jisc (the charity responsible for many aspects of IT infrastructure across the UK’s universities and colleges) in its learning analytics project, carrying out background research, specifying a student app, and developing a code of practice to deal with the legal and ethical issues of learning analytics. He has been involved in the research, development and management of learning and teaching in higher education since 1992, and is currently writing a book entitled “Learning analytics: an introduction for institutions”. Niall’s blog and details of his publications are at sclater.com.

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Bernie Goldbach profile imageBernie Goldbach grew up in Lancaster County (Pennsylvania), graduated with a BS in International Affairs from the USAF Academy, instructed in both the Northrup T-38 Talon and Lockheed C-141 Starlifter before spending several years as a Air Staff planner. He’s now in Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland and he delivers third level computing and multimedia courses to students enrolled in creative multimedia, information technology and digital animation programmes at the Limerick Institute of Technology. He wrote “Inside View” for the Irish Examiner every Friday during the Celtic Tiger and edits YMT.fm in addition to InsideView.ie and can be reached (without attachments) via e-mail http://bgoldbach@yahoo.com

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Fergal Crehan profile imageFergal Crehan, BL, is lawyer and a leading expertin privacy and data protection breaches. He leads The Hit Team lineup of researchers, law professionals and digital media specialists. Fergal works directly with clients, utilizing his legal and technical expertise to help you fight back and keep your private life private.

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Naomi Jackson profile imageNaomi Jackson is Director of Academic Affairs at Dublin Business School where she holds executive responsibility for academic quality and standards. Prior to joining DBS in 2015 Naomi was Registrar of Hibernia College, Dublin where she led the development and implementation of the quality assurance and enhancement infrastructure. Naomi started her education career as a lecturer in social science working in both further and higher education institutions in England. Prior to moving to Ireland Naomi held the position of Principal Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University where she was responsible for providing leadership and guidance relating to curriculum and quality to partner institutions in Leeds Met’s Regional University Network. Naomi has 20 years’ experience in the education sector in the U.K. and Ireland.

In her early career, Naomi was at the forefront of a number of education initiatives aimed at widening participation in further and higher education and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment. Naomi has subsequently expanded her expertise into quality assurance and enhancement in education. Her experience covers a range of contexts including further and higher education, public and private funded higher education, collaborative provision, and online and blended learning.

Naomi has acted as expert panel member and chair for a number of quality assurance processes including institutional review, validations and programmatic reviews, in Ireland and abroad. She currently chairs the Quality and Capacity Panel for Applicant Providers to QQI and is a member of the Board of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Naomi holds a degree in Community Studies and a Masters in Management in Education from Bradford University in addition to a PGCE Post Compulsory Education from the University of Huddersfield. Naomi is a fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy.

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Claire McAvinia profile imageClaire McAvinia is a Learning Development Officer at the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC) in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), and has published on e-learning and academic development since 2000. Her current role involves teaching on the LTTC’s accredited programmes and  CPD modules, contributing to academic development workshops, curriculum development, research, and supervision of Master’s and doctoral students. Claire has worked as an educational technologist and academic developer in Ireland and the UK since 1998, gaining extensive experience in the integration of new technologies in teaching and learning in a wide range of settings.

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Damian Gordon profile imageDamian Gordon has been a lecturer in the School of Computing in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) for the past 15 years, and is the author of over 50 research papers, and co-editor of a book. He has worked on several research projects in the fields of Education, Accessibility and Universal Design, working with groups including the Central Remedial Clinic, the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Arthritis Ireland, and the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. In 2007 he led the development of (and was course chair of) the School of Computing’s MSc in Computing (Universal Design and Assistive Technology).

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Kevin C O'Rourke Profile imageKevin O’Rourke is currently on secondment to Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning where he is leading a review of infrastructure for digital learning across Ireland’s higher-education sector. (Usually he works as Head of eLearning Support & Development with  Dublin Institute of Technology’s Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre.) He holds a PhD in the history of ideas from University College London, and an MA and BA in philosophy from UCD. His current academic interests include digital education and culture, and the evolving idea of scholarship in the digital age.

 

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