Jacqui O’Riordan

Jacqui O’Riordan


"I approach teaching from the perspective that that teacher is a facilitator of learning and that teaching/learning is a dynamic and interactive process. I believe that learning continues throughout our lives and that the divide between the teacher/student is one that we can narrow through engagement, while at the same time ensuring the more experienced (teachers) are enabled to guide those who are less experienced (students) in a respectful way."

Teaching interests


I teach across a range of courses, including the BA Early Years and Childhood Studies, BSocSc, Masters in Social Policy, Women's Studies as well as Adult Education courses in Women's Studies and Disability Studies.

Describe your teaching philosophy


I approach teaching from the perspective that that teacher is a facilitator of learning and that teaching/learning is a dynamic and interactive process. I believe that learning continues throughout our lives and that the divide between the teacher/student is one that we can narrow through engagement, while at the same time ensuring the more experienced (teachers) are enabled to guide those who are less experienced (students) in a respectful way. Teachers and students who are open to looking creatively at subjects of learning can co-create dynamic learning environments where knowledge is shared and developed. Technology can play its part in enabling this environment through speaking to the contexts in which people are available to engage in learning and bringing innovative solutions that address changing environments.

What technology do you use?


I currently use Blackboard and am have started to use Canvas which our institution is not migrating to for communication with students on modules. I frequently use email, powerpoint/PDF, YouTube, discussion boards, padlet and blogs.

How do you use this technology?


These platforms are particularly useful for engaging with students and alerting them to readings, websites, blogs, YouTube etc. Their discussion boards are very useful for engaging in peer-to-peer staff-student communication on issues arising. I also use email in communicating with students and powerpoint/PDF for lecture notes. Padlet facilitates peer-to-peer discussion on assignments and is a very accessible and friendly communication exchange platform

What are the advantages to using this technology?


The advantages of using communication technology are that it can be accessed according to individuals' own time and location preferences and limitations. It allows the free flowing of information in an accessible way as well as alerting me to issues arising for students in a timely manner - ie as they are arising. Thus, I am enabled to respond quickly and address these issues.

What are the disadvantages to using this technology?


Becoming familiar with emerging platforms can take time and then learning how they integrate with existing platforms can sometimes be challenging.

Which training resources helped you in this work?


I find that online tutorials are very helpful. They are particularly helpful when divided into small bite-sized modules. This enables me to dip in and out of training as time permits. I have been self learning digital communications for over 30 years and find that online tutorials help in becoming familiar with content and detail in an unhurried manner. I particularly like the interface developed by Allboard.ie which provides an accessible and dynamic route from those who are unfamiliar with digital platforms to the more competent participant.

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Speeds HEA
Speeds HEA