Yvonne is a Lecturer in the School of Education Studies in DCU. She coordinates and teaches on the e-Learning strand of the M.Sc. in Education and Training Management programme.
She spearheaded a collaboration between DCU and the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) in the development and evaluation of the Graduate Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT and the Knowledge Society programme. She is chairperson of this programme. This is a joint initiative of African Union Commission (AUC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) and is geared towards building capacity and raising the awareness of African leaders and policy makers about the role and contribution of ICT, Education, Science and Technology and Innovation to the development of Knowledge Societies in Africa.
Yvonne Lecturers on the specialist e-Learning modules on the M.Sc. in Guidance and Counselling and the Graduate Diploma in Education. She is part of the team in the Guiding the Way Forward project, which is sponsored by CITI bank and is an extension of the work she does on this module with Career Guidance masters in DCU
Yvonne coordinates the Teaching Methodologies module and is involved in Teaching practice supervision. She taught at second level education for 15 years. Her subjects include Music and Performing Arts, RE, Art, English, SPHE and Spanish. She has also worked in industry and training. Yvonne has a degree from Mater Dei Institute of Education and an M.Sc in Education and Training Management (eLearning) from DCU.
Her PHd is in Educational Entrepreneurship.How am I bringing an Educational Entrepreneurial Spirit into Higher education?
She was a recipient of a DCU Learning Innovation Award in 2007 and 2010 and was nominated for the President’s Award for Teaching and Learning Excellence in 2009, 2010 2012 and 2013. She was overall academic winner of this award in 2011. www.dcu.ie/news/2011/may/s0511k.shtml
Yvonne was a finalist in the Jennifer Burke Award 2009 http://jenniferburkeaward.ie/finalists2009.html.
Yvonne is public relations officer and part of a team who is driving Communities Creating Jobs (CCJ) initiative in Ireland. This national voluntary organisation is committed to co-ordination of resources and the sharing of ideas, solutions, funding sources, enabling tools, site visits and other vital information and expertise to achieve a target of ten jobs per community and 20,000 nationally by 2015 under the Programme for Economic Self-Reliance (PESR).
Yvonne supervises students who are carrying out Masters dissertations/practicums on the e-Learning strand of the M.Sc. programme. She also has four Phd students. She is particularly interested in promoting creativity and visual literacy in higher education and her work as director of the research group Video linkEd highlights this. She produces her own podcasts and videos and is involved in the ‘Ubiquitous Learning’ in Higher Education project with the Applied Learning Technology Institute (ALT^I) in Arizona State University.
Yvonne has acted as an evaluator for the EU Leonardo projects. She has carried out research and developed learning resources for use in the post primary school curriculum e.g. Cancer Awareness Programme for use in SPHE Senior Cycle curriculum. She is founding member of the ICT and Educational Innovation Team in DCU. She was director of the DIverse Conference which took place in the Helix in June 2011 www.diverseireland.com She is Co- director of the Centre for e-Innovation, Pedagogy and Workplace Learning. http://www4.dcu.ie/cwlel/index.shtml. With vast experience in the music industry Yvonne also has a special research interest in marrying the head and the heart in the Academy to effect a much needed creative approach to education.
She is National Co- ordinator of the Inspiring Science Education EU project.