My Story… A Little About Me

Aclare, county sligo

A native of Aclare in Co. Sligo.  I started college at GMIT, Mayo studying electronic and computer engineering for three years after I finished school.  I then progressed on to GMIT, Galway where I studied my Bachelor of Eng., in Digital and Software Systems for a further two more years.

I then moved to Dublin to work for Ericsson Education as a Senior Technical Consultant in Dun Laoghaire.  I travelled extensively to many countries globally where I have interfaced with Customers and Ericsson staff on a technical and non-technical basis (IP Networking, Service Delivery of Content and Media and IPTV).  Some countries included Holland (Vodafone), Australia (Telstra), Malaysia (Celcom), Greece (WIND Hellas), Portugal (Optimus), Mexico City, Norway, Sweden, Canada, India, France, and South Africa.

 

 

Sad to leave Ericsson, I changed my job for less travel, moving to the north side of Dublin working as Systems Administrator and IT Trainer for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).  Here at NCBI, I am very proud to say that I contributed to accessing, training and helping vision impaired users to use technology (of their choice) to allow them become more independent at home, school, work or in college allowing them to feel included in society and connect with friends and family.  Very rewarding job and making a difference was always special to me.

 

While working with NCBI, I decided to return to college to do a masters part time at DCU.  For my MSc in Education and Training Management at DCU, I carried out an E-Learning action research project where I introduced an online Virtual Learning environment called Moodle to NCBI. I was the sole responsible for the E-Learning environment for the whole life-cycle, for example purchasing server space, uploading the Moodle environment online, creating and designing the application to suit our users’ needs (making it accessible to visually impaired users), uploading content, monitoring traffic and being the administrator throughout.  In 2008, I received a distinction for my Thesis.

I finally returned to the West in 2013, where I worked with Compupac IT Solutions in Sligo as an Online lecturer. I lectured MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) Certification in Networking Fundamentals for SOLAS online.  Created, designed and developed course content for modules, lessons, assignments and quizzes.  Delivered online live lectures as well as creating/editing pre-recorded videos for course content using Camtasia.

 

Presently, I am now a Lecturer at GMIT, Mayo.  I primarily lecturer in the area of Digital Media & Marketing and Technology.  This is a very new and exciting area of study and being part of this as a lecturer is a challenge but fun all the same.  As technology is changing very fast, trying to understand how these changes are impacting on society is a constant learning cycle.

 

Profile Summary:

Over 13 years of IT industry experience and 5 years in Higher Education within GMIT. Industry experience, technology tools and subject matters include – Digital Media, SEO, Web Analytics, Data Visualisation, After Effects, Animation, Content Creation, Interactive Design, JavaScript, Project Management, Telecoms, IP, IPTV, Service Delivery of Content over IP Network, Multimedia, E-Learning and Moodle environments and Assistive Technologies, Universal Design for Learning (UDL). An excellent leader with extensive experience in Education and Training, Leadership and Professional Skills. A hardworking, energetic and outgoing person with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

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