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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Having worked in formal and informal education settings to engage young people who find mainstream school a challenge, I am particularly interested in how digital media and web-based learning can address equity issues in education. After graduating with an honours degree in Psychology my main focus was on working with challenging teenagers especially in the area of educational interventions. Using media as diverse as film-making to electronics I've seen young people excluded from schools be creative, engaged and enjoy learning in settings that support their needs and pique their interest.
For the last number of years I've been involved in the set up and development of iScoil - an online learning community for young early school leavers in Ireland. Prioritising flexible, studen-centred learning paths together with student-centred assessment and hosted on a safe, supportive VLE has proven a successful method for providing an alternative pathway to further education, training and employment. The growing number of our blended learning centres has developed my interest in Creative Classrooms and using web technologies to encourage collaboration at all levels in online learning environments.
I am currently involved in post graduate research on how digital media and e-learning can work to provide safe inclusive learning spaces with engaged successful learners. I believe that digital media and web based learning provides transformative opportunities for growth and effective change in educational practice.
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