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2. Guest Speakers

During the semester we will be joined by a range of guest speakers. Each one has significant experience of this module – some have been students on it and then returned to share their knowledge – all have contributed significantly to the development of the content. They will add depth to the theme of the class they join and lead the discussion in interesting ways. Some of them will also join us for your Team Project presentation at the end of the semester. It is not possible for all of them to join us every semester due to other commitments but they will all do their best to make themselves available.


Guest speaker Dr Claudia Igbrude

Dr Claudia Igbrude aka Locks Aichi

Now with Paypal, Claudia was formerly eLearning development officer with the TU Dublin Learning and Teaching Centre (LTTC) and also lecturer on the MSc, Diploma and Certificate programmes. Claudia also facilitated and delivered workshops around the areas of Instructional design and learning theories as well as the applications of the various technologies and their applications. She developed this module with John and they delivered it together for almost ten years.

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 was awarded a PhD in 2018.

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!


Guest speaker James Neville

Sitearm Madonna aka James Neville

Sitearm has extensive experience in Second Life. He has planned, developed and managed projects over many years, most notably the legendary Dublin Virtually Live sim which was one of the most visited in SL over its lifetime. He is also a graduate of the module, and still holds the record for the highest final mark following a blistering 12 week engagement. Since then he has maintained close contact and as guest speaker, student facilitator and external examiner.

Sitearm is le nom en ligne for Jame Neville, a former engineer with US oil giant Exxon. He has particular expertise in teamwork and group development with a research focus on the nature of virtual realities in human expression. For more information see Sitearm’s website.


Guest speaker Glenn Loughran

Dr Glenn Loughran aka Feilimy

Glenn is an artist and educator from Belfast and after studying Art and Design at Ulster University in 1991 emigrated to the US for six years before returning to Ireland to study for the Diploma in Fine Art (2002) at Dun Laoghaire College of Art, Design Technology. 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 Glenn 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.

Glenn 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). He worked on a series of research events and installations through the Oliver Bond Public Archive, with the Robert Emmet Community Development Project (2016–17). Visit Glenn’s website. He is currently involved in the multi-regional research project What is an Island?

Glenn is Director of the BA in Visual Art (Sherkin Island) and has taught extensively on this module.


Guest speaker Prof Noel Fitzpatrick

Prof Noel Fitzpatrick aka Oisin Bedrosian

Noel (doc es lettres) is Head of Learning and Research Development for the College of Arts and Tourism and Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (www.gradcam.ie). He teaches Critical Theory, Philosophy and Aesthetics supervises doctoral and post doctoral researchers. Noel has an interest in the interpretation of text and text as performance. His research spans different disciplines and domains from contemporary French philosophy to performance theories and contemporary cultural production.

Noel was a participant in the pilot programme for the module in 2009.


Guest Speaker Dr Dudley Turner

Dr Dudley Turner aka Dudley Dreamscape

Dudley is former Interim Dean, College of Creative & Professional Arts, University of Akron (UA). 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.

For a number of years John and Dudley taught the module jointly with students from both universities working on Project Teams together across the Atlantic.


 

Guest speaker Gentle Heron

Gentle Heron aka Alice Krueger

Alice is Chairman of the Board, and the founder of Virtual Ability. She worked part time from home as a technical writer and editor for an education research firm for five years using adaptive office equipment. As a woman with Multiple Sclerosis, she found it increasingly difficult to participate in her real life community. No longer able to leave home to work, volunteer, or socialize with friends, she turned to virtual worlds to fulfill these basic human needs. Alice is the mother of three young adults with disabilities and has been a special education teacher. Her avatar in Second Life® is Gentle Heron. Gentle can stand and walk without crutches.

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