I've worked in IT since graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1993. Most of that time I've worked in web development, ranging from large web-based applications (such as the hugely successful www.pigsback.com) to smaller, custom-built web sites. I have experience in building sites in the Joomla! CMS and using the Moodle LMS, using out-of-the-box templates and customising templates. See my portfolio for links to sites I have built.
Between 2005 and 2009, I did some freelance web development. I worked in the higher education sector in Ethiopia in 2007-09, teaching and providing ICT consultancy services.
Since September 2009, I have been employed at HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in Dublin, working in digital content operations. I manage teams that build and maintain the content in numerous elearning products, mostly used in the US K12 market.
I am particularly interested in the use and application of IT in learning and education - I have practical experience in this from different perspectives, having taught web design for several years and through being an IT trainer. I pursued my interest in eLearning through my MSc in IT in Education at Trinity College Dublin in 2005-07, for which I did my dissertation on a mobile-learning technology-based artefact that focussed on collaborative learning and contextualistion.
In Ireland and Ethiopia, I have worked in the higher education sector for 6 years, teaching web design and databases. In Ireland, I was a part-time lecturer of web design for two years at IADT. In Ethiopia, I was a senior lecturer in Mekelle University and in HiLCoE School of Computer Science, one of the leading private colleges offering a degree and post-graduate diploma in Computer Science in Addis Ababa.
I have also been a consultant on the Netherlands-funded EQUIP (Educational Quality Improvement Program), supporting the use of ICT in Higher Education in Ethiopia. This included working with university academic and technical staff, to help them make use of the Moodle LMS and the eGranary Digital Library, provided by the Netherlands-funded EQUIP (Educational Quality Improvement Program). I edited and wrote courses on ICT in Education, covering ICT in Teaching & Learning and Moodle, among other topics. I also upgraded the website www.higher.edu.et, migrating it to the Joomla CMS.
I am an experienced Moodle user (using it in my teaching) and administrator. My technical skills mean that I can also get into the open source code and database to fix or customise the code. Contact me if you need Moodle training in your school or college.
If you need IT training in web design, basic, intermediate or advanced, I can work with you to create and deliver a tailor-made course. Contact me.
Get in touch if you need a reliable freelancer for your web development project. I work with XHTML and CSS to produce standards-compliant web pages. I have extensive experience working in server-side technologies such as ASP, JSP and PHP to build more dynamic web sites that interact with databases in MS Access, SQL Server or MySQL. Both for my teaching and for my own work, I endeavour to keep up with new technologies, such as Ajax and JQuery, and I try to keep up with Web 2.0 technologies, trying them out and using them in websites.