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2. Lecturers

John O’Connor / Acuppa Tae
Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism at DIT.

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Acuppa Tae

A design graduate specialising in visual communication John has experience in advertising, design and television in Ireland and the UK. He was one of the founders of the graphic design company Information Design in 1985 and also served as Art Director of the journal Film Ireland during the late nineteen eighties and early nineties.

John has been actively involved in the development of the design industry in Ireland and has sat on the council of the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) and the committee of the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design (ICAD) was a founding member and honorary secretary of the Graphic Design Business Association (now Design Business Ireland) and served on the board of Design Ireland. He sits on the boards of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and Irish Design 2015.

In 1994 he joined DIT as a lecturer in the Department of Print and Digital Media, going on to become Head of the School of Art, Design and Printing (now the Dublin School of Creative Arts) in 1998. He took on his current role in 2012.

John’s interests include typography, access to education and digital media. Visit John’s website.

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Dr Glenn Loughran

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Programme Chair, BA in Visual Art, Dublin School of Creative Art, DIT

Glenn Loughran is an artist and educator from Belfast, N. Ireland. After studying Art and Design at The Ulster University in 1991 Loughran emigrated to the US for six years before returning to Ireland. On return he enrolled at Dun Laoghaire College of Art Design Technology, and received a Diploma in Fine Art (2002). He went on to complete a BA in Fine Art Painting 2003 and an MA in Sculpture at NCAD 2005, completing his doctorate at the Graduate School Of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) in 2013.

Alongside this educational trajectory Loughran worked across two fields of practice, one focused on informal education, the other as an artist working within the framework of participatory art. The experiences of informal education were developed in disadvantaged communities throughout Dublin, and were influenced by discourses on critical pedagogy. The experiences of artistic practice were developed in ‘void’ urban spaces, and were influenced by post-structuralist theory and recent discourses on socially engaged art.

He has exhibited nationally (2006–16) and internationally at the Lithuanian Biennale  (2010), Mattress Factory (2012), A‐Venue Gothenburg, Sweden (2016). He has also presented on artistic research and pedagogy at the Venice Biennale (2009),   International Standing Conference on Popular Education, Utrecht  (2010), The Creative  Time Summit, Venice Biennale (2014), European Educational Research Association, UCD, Dublin (ECER/2016), Sibelius University, Helsinki (2016). He has written for Encore Review, published a book chapter on Art and Education (Granville, 2012), on artistic research at ‘Documenta 13’ (2012) and developed a collaborative Socially Engaged Art  newspaper with the Stockyard Institute, Chicago, Titled: Transactions 1#.  (2015). Currently, he is working on a series of research events and installations through the Oliver Bond Public Archive, with the Robert Emmet Community Development Project (2016–17). This work will be extended throughout 2017. Visit Glenn’s website.

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Claudia Igbrude / Locks Aichi
Academic and scholar

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Locks Aichi

eLearning development officer with the DIT Learning and Teaching Centre (LTTC) and also lecturer on the MSc Diploma and Certificate programmes. Claudia also facilitates and runs workshops around the areas  of Instructional design and learning theories as well as the applications of  the various technologies and their applications.

Claudia graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Mathematics, subsequently followed by a Higher Diploma in Computing in eLearning and an MSc in Learning Technologies.

She has worked in technical roles ranging from desktop and user support and training to network support, systems migration, as well as elearning development and support.

Claudia’s  interests include access to education, technology, evolution of learning and teaching, soapmaking, and much more!

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Dr Dudley Turner / Dudley Dreamscape
Professor at University of Akron
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Dr Dudley Turner

Dr Dudley B Turner is Former Interim Dean, College of Creative & Professional Arts, University of Akron (UA) in Akron, Ohio, USA. He teaches communication, persuasion, and professional speaking.

Dudley is a champion of the use of virtual world communication technologies such as Second Life. He is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Ohio’s Innovative Teacher Award from the Ohio Communication Association.

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2 comments

  1. […] Environments: Is One Life Enough?” delivered by John O’Conor (SL Acuppa Tae) and Claudia Igbrude (SL Locks Aichi) of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).  And what a great experience it was! I […]


  2. I am lucky enough to have John O’ Connor and Claudia Igbrude as speakers at “my session” with “Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions Branch” at the conference with IAML (International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres) in Dublin this summer. It will be very exciting – I am really looking forward!



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