DCU – Dublin City University



The National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) in Dublin City University is a world leader at the forefront of designing, implementing and researching new blended, online and digital (BOLD) models of education. We have a mission of transforming lives and societies by exploring BOLD models of education for a better and more sustainable future for all. NIDL is committed to providing strategic leadership, building strong communities of innovation, and enabling and contributing to world-class research and exploitation. We support a comprehensive suite of professional development opportunities in BOLD education from workshops to advanced postgraduate and doctoral study. Additionally, NIDL is committed to promoting access to university-level online degrees and qualifications through DCU Connected; a suite of University of Sanctuary Scholarships; and free online short courses through FutureLearn. Our staff are highly regarded for their research expertise, postgraduate supervision and considerable practical experience in the schooling and higher education sectors, and play major leadership roles in leading publications and national and international professional bodies.


  • Orna Farrell, Assistant professor DCU
  • James Brunton, Assistant professor DCU
  • Mark Brown, Professor DCU
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