The elss Team

Dr. Frances Boylan                                     Dr. Frances Boylan

Frances works in eLearning development at the Dublin Institute of Technology, supporting and leading staff as they integrate technology into their teaching, learning and assessment practices. She also coordinates accredited CPD modules and lectures on the level 9 postgraduate programmes run by the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre. She supervises both Masters and PhD students, and is a member of DIT’s Research Ethics Committee. She graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (NUI) with a BEd (Hons) and taught for a number of years at primary level before attending Trinity College Dublin to undertake a MEd, specialising in Educational Management, followed by an MSc in IT in Education. Subsequently, she pursued her Doctorate with the University of Sheffield UK where she explored methods of risk assessment in the context of the higher education sector.
Frances is also member of the National Panel of Teaching Practice Tutors with Waterford Institute of Technology and she reviews articles for the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, the Electronic Journal of eLearning, the International Journal of Educational Management, and Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Her own current research is around the integration of mobile technologies into the teaching, learning and assessment process.

Contact: | @boylanfm |

Dolores McManus

Dolores is an elearning support officer with the Dublin Institute of Technology. Dolores graduated with a BA (Hons) in History & History of Art from UCD. She has previously worked in office management and IT project administration. She has recently completed an MA in Design History and Material Culture with NCAD.


Dr. Kevin O’Rourke KOR

Kevin is the new Digital Architect at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He was educated at St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, University College Dublin and at University College London where he received a PhD in intellectual history. His professional career has spanned advertising and publishing in Dublin, New York and London, and he has worked extensively on electronic publishing projects with Routledge and with the university presses at Oxford and Cambridge. Before joining DIT in May 2002, he worked in London as a senior producer for, the online learning company sponsored by Columbia University.


Dr. Pauline RooneyPauline Rooney

Pauline works in elearning development with the Dublin Institute of Technology. She coordinates accredited Continuing Professional Development courses, lectures on DIT’s postgraduate programmes including the MSc in Applied eLearning and the MA in Higher Education and she supervises PhD and Masters students. She obtained her MSc (Ed) in Computer Based Learning (with distinction) from Queens University Belfast and completed her Doctorate of Education (EdD) with the University of Sheffield where she researched strategies for harnessing serious games in higher education.
Pauline also works as an Expert Evaluator of European Commission-funded projects and has worked with the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme in this role. She is a Fellow of SEDA (the UK Staff Educational Development Association) and she is a member of the academic review panel for a number of academic journals and conferences including Innovations in Education and Teaching International, the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Simulation & Gaming and the International Journal of Game-Based Learning. Pauline is an active researcher and her research interests include game-based learning and gamification, strategies for continuing professional development in higher education, interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education and student attitudes towards pedagogical innovation.

Contact: | @paulinecieo |