Hello and welcome. I’m Catherine Cronin — open educator, open researcher, and Strategic Education Developer at the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Ireland. My work focuses on digital and open education, critical approaches to openness, and critical digital and data literacies. In my PhD research (2018), I  explored the use of open educational practices (OEP) in higher education.

My work at the National Forum focuses on digital and open education, primarily through engagement with staff and students and the development of national resources and policies. Other recent work includes continued writing in the area of open education Open education: Walking a critical path, co-editing the book Open at the margins: Critical perspectives on open education, and collaborating to create the Equity Unbound curriculum.

I am 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 30 years. Many thanks to Mel Sharpe for writing this profile recently – I am very grateful.  Dr. Catherine Cronin – An open voice.

Finally, a highlight of 2018 was a being featured alongside 15 amazing women of the open movement in the UnCommon Women 2018 Coloring Book – thanks to Kelsey Merkley and @UnCommon_Women.

Please click on the link to my Blog or Contact above – or join in conversation with me on Twitter at @catherinecronin.