Week 2 Pre-recorded Sessions
Each week of the conference is focused on a different theme, looking at various aspects of a whole-college approach to inclusion. Below are a selection of pre-recorded presentations and posters linked to week two theme: 'I did it my way!' - Assistive Technology and Customised Learning.
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ExS: Helping Students in Higher Education Develop their Executive Functioning Skills
- Kristin Horan, Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management
Kristin Horan Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management
Kristin lectures in Intercultural Communication, Public Speaking and EFL at the Shannon College of Hotel Management. Kristin holds a BA in Communications (Radio/TV/Film), an MA in English Language Teaching, and is currently writing up her PhD in Applied Linguistics, investigating the use of metadiscourse in student academic presentations. She has previously worked in publishing in the production, sales and support of academic books. Kristin recently took over as the Project Leader for the ExS project, a web-based application to assist students in the development of their executive functioning skills.
Orla Cullinane Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management
Orla is a Lecturer and Student Welfare Officer in the Shannon College of Hotel Management. Orla lectures in Skills for Work Life, Food Safety, Food Science and Intercultural Communication. Orla also looks after student welfare. She practices and is an advocate of mindfulness on campus having completed an MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) course. Orla chairs the college Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and believes passionately in the importance of addressing the underlying disparities present in the student body, particularly among more vulnerable groups, by responding to and understanding the different range of learning supports required, making for a truly holistic and inclusive learning environment.
Loraine Kavanagh Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management
Loraine Kavanagh is a Lecturer in English and Business Skills Development at the Shannon College of Hotel Management. One of her interests is promoting languages outside the classroom and in 2015 was selected as a European Language Label (ELL) Language Ambassador. Through teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and supervising final year projects, she has developed an interest in academic writing and was part of a small team which set-up academic writing workshops in the college. Academic writing is an area where she would like to do further research and is currently undertaking an M.Litt in this area with the hopes of bringing the research to PhD level.
Harnessing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) for the Sales Apprenticeship
- Siobhan Magner, National Programme Manager for the Sales Apprenticeship, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB)
Siobhan Magner National Programme Manager for the Sales Apprenticeship, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB)
Siobhan Magner has an extensive background in Higher Education (HE) - lecturing, training and programme design & development in undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD and corporate disciplines.
After 20 years in the HE sector, Siobhan moved to the Further Education (FE) sector in 2017 to lead the programme design and development of a number of new generation apprenticeships. Her current role with Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) as National Programme Manager for the Sales Apprenticeship involves the implementation and management of this new innovative programme. Research interests include entrepreneurial education, innovative assessment and design, with a particular focus on work-based assessment.
She was awarded a Masters in Hospitality Management from DIT (TUD) and is currently undertaking a Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Programme Design and Validation for Further Education and Training (FET).
Edel Gavan Technology Enhanced Learning Coordinator, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board
Edel Gavan is the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) coordinator at MSLETB. Her role includes promoting and supporting innovative, collaborative, cooperative and integrated approaches to the adoption of new technologies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of communication, collaboration, teaching and learning across MSLETB. Previously Edel worked as a learning designer at Hibernia College where she developed interactive online content for a wide range of educational courses, including Masters programmes in post-primary and primary teaching. She has vast experience in planning, researching, designing and delivering blended and online learning, encompassing learning pedagogy, instructional design and course development and delivery, with a focus on providing an excellent learning experience for students. She has also held roles within Hibernia College on the continual professional development and student support teams. She was awarded an MSc in Applied eLearning from Dublin Institute of Technology and a BA (Hons) Business and Marketing from the University of Wales.
Lorraine Devaney Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board
Lorraine Devaney works as an e-Mentor with MSL ETB providing day-to-day support, setup and training in the use of instructional and educational technologies and services.
Mainstream Technology Solutions - Levelling the Playing Field for Vision Impaired Users
- Daniel Dunne, Assistive Technology Trainer, National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).
Daniel Dunne Assistive Technology Trainer, National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).
Daniel Dunne is one of NCBI's Assistive Technology Trainers, working exclusively with children and young people with sight loss. Daniel completes assessments and delivers training intervention supports to individuals and groups of young people, families, and educational support staff. Daniel played a central role in the success of NCBI's shift towards virtual intervention delivery within the wider team in recent months. Daniel facilitates regular assistive technology workshops for young students that promote the use of technology solutions in daily life for work, rest and play. His ability to solve problems on the go, combined with his positive can-do attitude, results in Daniel being an asset to NCBI and the community of children and young people with whom he works.
Cian O'Toole Leaving Certificate Student, St Joseph's Secondary School
Cian O Toole is a Leaving Certificate student at St. Joseph's Secondary School in Charlestown, Co. Mayo who has quite a keen interested in computers and technology in general. He says he loves watching films and he also claims to be a pretty good musician too! Cian has a vision impairment and employs strategies and solutions to access the curriculum including mainstream devices like his humble Samsung phone. He has discovered that most of his access needs are solved from using his phone, from distance viewing via its camera, to typing and uploading notes for class in conjunction with his laptop too.
Meaningful and Peer Supported Virtual Work Placements for Young Students in Transition Year
- Edel Doherty, Children and Young Person's Team, National Council for the Blind Ireland
Edel Doherty Children and Young Person's Team, National Council for the Blind Ireland
Edel Doherty is a certified low vision therapist and orientation and mobility instructor with NCBI's Children and Young Person's Team. Edel has a track record for delivering high quality project management initiatives in youth work. She is committed to the delivery of person-centred solutions and an authentic rights-based approach when working with children and young people.
Clare Kennelly CEO, Inclusive World Training
Clare Kennelly is the CEO of Inclusive Cork and Inclusive World Training. She has over 30 years experience in the education sector. The goal of her company is to develop disability confidence in business and society and thus empower younger disabled people navigate successfully and overcome the obstacles. She is personally and professionally passionate about disability and employment, authentic inclusion, assistive technology, accessible environments, sustainable building, universal design and international cooperation in education, employment, and disability.
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