Associate Professor Margaret Leahy

Dr Margaret Leahy’s research is driven by her interest in the ways in which teachers, learners and digital technologies can interact to create powerful learning environments in school. Margaret will lead the contribution of the Institute of Education, Dublin City University where in addition to her own expertise in the area of digital learning, Margaret will draw on the expertise of three research centres within the university: Centre for Advancement of STEM, Technology and Learning; International Centre for Early Childhood; and National Anti-Bullying Centre.

Margaret has been involved in a broad range of research projects and initiatives in the area of digital learning. These include the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020,  the Microsoft Innovative Schools programme (2007-2009), the DLPC teacher professional learning programme (2009-2013) and the development of the 21CLD MOOC (2016)  which is the first Irish designed MOOC for teacher professional learning. Margaret is widely published in the field, with most recent work focusing on being a digital learner, supporting pre-service teachers construct their understandings of digital learning (e.g. computational thinking, games-based learning) and developing a quality curriculum in a technological area. Margaret is Head of the School of STEM Education, Global Studies and Innovation, Institute of Education, Dublin City University

Earliest digital memory
Learning the programming language, Logo, as part of my BEd degree in the 1980s. We had access to a PC in pairs once a week.

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