Meet the team


Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin

Head of The Department of Technology Enhanced Learning with responsibility for developing and managing the institute’s online and blended learning programmes, supporting the mainstream use of technology enhanced learning across the institute and sustaining and extending exploratory research in the field.

Over the course of more than 20 years in the area I have participated in and led a wide and extensive range of EU-funded and commercial elearning and technology enhanced learning projects and have also published and presented widely on topics relating to, inter alia, the integration of e-learning systems in higher education, open educational resources (OER), authentic online assessment, online engagement, the pedagogy of online learning, learning transfer, and game-based learning.

Good at sourcing funding, managing e-learning projects, and finding solutions for all kinds of learning and learner needs. I currently chair the institute Ed Tech and E-learning research group and am course director for MTU Cork’s online MA in E-learning Design and Development (



Dr Tadhg Leane

My career is entering its fourth phase. Initially I worked as a software engineer in the telecoms sector before joining the lecturing staff of Cork Institute of Technology (no Munster Technological University). I subsequently made the move into institutional management when I took up a role to facilitate the development and implementation of the Institute’s first strategic plan: this role gradually developed to became an executive position. I have recently returned to an academic position as senior lecturer/researcher in the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning.

I have a deep commitment to higher education with over twenty years of experience in the sector and more than ten years as a senior executive with primary responsibility for strategic planning and strategic management at Munster Technological University (formerly Cork Institute of Technology).

My doctoral studies were completed via the University of Bath DBA in Higher Education Management. The focus of my research was on higher education leadership. My skills and research interests include: Leadership and followership; HE strategy; institutional performance; learning analytics; machine learning and AI applications in HE; project management



Shane Cronin

As Lead E-learning Designer/Developer in the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, I am responsible for managing and working a range of e-learning solutions and services for the mainstream at MTU as well as commercial and research projects. I have worked in field of e-learning for 15 years. Working on complex projects, I have gained substantial experience in the higher education and commercial e-learning sectors working closely with owners, consultants and subcontractor teams. Through these experiences I have developed strong design, development and problem solving skills which I believe are key assets in the day to day management of any e-learning project.

Key areas of expertise include: project management, e-learning systems management, learning experience design, online teaching, training and assessment, creative digital media design, e-learning authoring, instructional design

I hold a BA Honours in Multimedia and an MA in E-learning Design and Development. I also lecture on the Master of Arts in E-learning Design and Development and on the Masters in Teaching and Learning at MTU Cork.



Roisin Garvey

Roisin Garvey Since 2007 I’ve been working in the general areas of Multimedia and E-Learning design and development. Most of this has been in the fields of web design/development, game-based-learning, video production, animation and evaluation. Can often be found happily elbow deep in some scripting and video editing.

Interested in accessibility, instructional design and usability, and particularly interested in using multimedia technologies and tools for learning in schools - it’s all about the kids after all!

I hold a BA in Multimedia and an MA for research focusing on the affordances of digital media to help children with learning disabilities in mainstream schools.


Darragh Coakley

I’ve worked the past 7 years in MTU Cork as a project manager, lecturer, tutor, web & print designer/ developer, animator, videographer, researcher, copywriter, concept developer, editor,...butcher, baker, candlestick-maker, etc.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a wide range of projects - for commercial clients, for national bodies and for European partners. In doing so, I've been able to pursue my personal research interests in areas like e-learning and multimedia design and development, cyber-cultures and cyberpsychology, social media, game-based-learning and physical fitness & sports training. 

I hold a BA in Multimedia and an MA in E-learning Design and Development (for which I was awarded "Best Taught Masters Student" in 2015).



Christelle Manley

Christelle Manley

Unlike my multimedia colleagues, my expertise resides in a much less creative field: project administration and finances. Since 2003, I have been working part-time with this great team providing them support for the running of all their activities.

I hold an MA in Applied Languages and Business Studies.

Paul Kenneally

In multimedia you get to wear a lot of different hats and for me it has been no exception. Since graduating, I have been lucky to work on a number of exciting projects in video, animation, design, web, 3D and VR.

Wether it’s producing producing video, designing a graphic or writing code, each project offers a new chance to push my skills, learn new ones and grow overall as a multimedia designer. It’s always exciting to see which new project lies over the horizon.

I hold a BA in Multimedia (now Creative Digital Media)




Lauren Maher


One of the most recent members to the team, I have a similar background to most of my colleagues in Creative Digital Media and have spent the last few years focusing on the area of effective e-learning multimedia design and development. I have worked on a variety of projects, from small re-branding and design projects to EU-funded initiatives. Such work has given me the chance to create learning content and experiences by, e.g., developing educational games, producing video, and designing bespoke. Each project has been a pleasure to work on and has allowed me to further develop my skills and knowledge.

I am currently in the final write-up phase of a Research Masters in Serious Games for Construction Based-Learners.

I have a First Class Bachelors Degree in Creative Digital Media.


Niall Fahy

With a background in IT, I am lower on the creativity scale than the rest of the group. I began my career in tech support for a SaaS company, identifying the enjoyment in my role came from sharing knowledge with colleagues and customers. This piqued my interest in learning experience design and how it can impact on knowledge retention, learner engagement and much more. 

Since then, I have worn many hats over a variety of projects in learning and development most recently spending a couple of years in the pharmaceutical industry designing and developing E-Learning programmes with a focus on a scenario-based approach to learning. 

I hold a H-Dip in HRD, a BSc in BIS, an MSc in Information Systems and an MA in E-learning Design and Development.


Christina Pinkaow


Since graduating in the field of Visual Communications in 2015, I’ve been involved a wide range of innovative and challenging projects for commercial clients, EU partners and institute staff. These projects have given me the chance to develop strong design and problem-solving skills, and have also pushed me to learn more and develop my skill set in the broader fields of e-learning and web design. I have a keen interest in user interface design, game-based learning, design thinking and creative thinking and I dabble a bit in animation.

In addition to my primary honours degree in Visual Communications, I was awarded an MA by research in 2018 for work revolving around the use of design thinking to prepare third level students for workplace learning and performance challenges.

Sarah Pattison


I completed my undergrad and MA in CIT (now MTU) and since graduating I have done some contract work for the university and worked for an E-Learning company in Galway.

More recently I worked as a Technical Writer for a large multi-national company for over 3.5 years, while creating E-Learning content for the Technical Communications department there.

I'm passionate about using my technical writing skills, instructional design knowledge, and multimedia experience to create engaging educational material.

I hold a BA in Multimedia and an MA in E-Learning Design and Development. 






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