DCU Hosts CESI Conference 2017: Making Connections

In early March 2017, this year DCU once again hosted the annual Computers in Education Society Conference (CESI). For the first time the conference shifted from the Glasnevin campus where it was held in 2016 to the St Patrick’s campus and the DCU’s new Institute of Education. Notably, Dr Anne Looney, the newly appointed Executive Dean for the Institute of Education and acting CEO of the Higher Education Authority, was one of the keynote speakers.


The conference attracted a large gathering of Irish practitioners from around the country and this year’s theme of “Making Connections: Transformation through Technology and Teamwork” was evidence throughout the programme. Amongst the DCU and NIDL contributions over the day, Professors Deirdre Butler and Mark Brown gave the following talk (see video below) exploring different conceptions of digital literacy and asking the questions “Are we making the right connections?”

You can view the slide-deck used for this presentation below. We look forward to another engaging and stimulating CESI in 2018.

CESI Conference Comes to DCU

The 2016 Computers in Education Society of Ireland conference known as CESI was hosted at the end of February on DCU’s Glasnevin campus. The theme was “Our Digital Strategy: Making IT Matter” and the conference was opened on the first morning by DCU”s President, Professor Brian Brian MacCraith. Unknown

The opening was then followed by a keynote address by Professor Mark Brown where he challenged conference delegates to “Seize the Moment: Make the Future Extraordinary“. Mark discussed the broken promises of education technology over many waves of innovation and the importance of not underestimating the politics of educational change.

Several other DCU staff also contributed presentations and assisted with the conference organisation. Next year we hope CESI will stay at DCU but more appropriately on our St Patrick’s campus where the new Institute of Education will be located.