Hello and welcome. I’m Catherine Cronin — open educator and researcher, PhD candidate, and Curriculum and Educational Developer in CELT (Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. My work focuses on open education, critical approaches to openness, digital identity practices, and exploring the interplay between formal and informal learning. I’ve submitted my PhD thesis exploring the use of open educational practices in higher education and await my viva examination in early 2018.
I am a member of the advisory board of the Open Education Working Group and a regular contributor to conversations and collaborative projects in the area of open education, within Ireland and globally. My academic background includes a BSc Mechanical Engineering, MEng Systems Engineering, and MA 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 collaborating to create the GoOPEN wiki, engagement in the global #icollab network, and facilitating workshops on digital identity, digital literacies, and open education for educators and learners in many different settings.