DCU Institute of Education

MSc in Education and Training Management (eLearning)

The MSc. in Education and Training Management (eLearning) is a two-year part-time programme. Current participants on the programme are drawn from the widely varying fields of education (primary, post-primary, third level, adult education), corporate training, industry, health, professional organisations, NGO's, government departments and state agencies.

Previous participants, who took part in a recent programme survey, highlighted the safe and collaborative learning environment; a supportive structure enabled participants to flourish creatively and become leaders of change in their organisations. The practical and student-centered approach to learning was also revealed insofar as the course is tailored to meet practitioners' needs in the workplace.

Applications for DC902 online via PAC system closing on 31st March 2016.

Return on Investment

Past graduates have highlighted the following benefits:

  • Career development i.e. promotions or opening up of new career opportunities
  • Application of multi-media and digital skills
  • Specialist knowledge: theories of learning, philosophy, implications of brain research to learning, instructional design, change management, reflective practice and computational thinking
  • Personal development i.e. increased confidence and sense of well-being

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Participants are invited to participate in the research activities organised by the International Centre for Innovation and Workplace Learning.

Student Testimonials

The learning on the course opened up my mind and challenged my thinking about things. Also made me much more reflective about my own practice. It gave me the tools/skills/attitude to take on challenges and work through them.
Teresa Hennessy, Principal, Tallaght Community School

I can now develop my own e-learning without needing to defer to others. I feel I've increased my own competence and value as a Training Specialist both practically and in terms of formal qualifications.
Carol Rafter, Training Specialist, Biopharmaceutical Multinational Organization

Whilst I was confident that the programme would equip me to improve professionally, I probably didn't expect the level of personal development that was fostered throughout the programme. The level of support provided by both Yvonne and Margaret was simply incredible and nothing short of inspirational
Derek Hoey, Training Coordinator, Rehab Care

The Master program was one of the most inclusive, informative, and supportive learning opportunities I have ever undertaken. I had been an Electronic Engineer for 15 years and really wanted a new challenge. I wanted a new career where I could see the positive effect of my efforts on the world around me. I guess the true test of any learning program is whether or not it can deliver the career opportunities that the program of learning promise. For me, the Masters has delivered, as I successfully changed career to Learning & Development programs manager.
Garrett Ryan, Training Program Manager, IBM Dublin Technology Campus

The MSc e-Learning gave me a great insight into the use of technology in my workplace and allowed me to develop multimedia and web based artefacts that not only benefited my personal learning but also were of great benefit to my pupils and the entire school. The programme allowed me to do this in a practical action research based approach with both online and face to face support received throughout which was fantastic!
Miriam Fitzpatrick, Primary School Teacher

I commenced the two year Graduate Diploma / M.Sc. in Education and Training Management course (Leadership Strand) in October 2006 and I can honestly say it provided me with a systematic grounding in the leadership skills I now use in my job as Principal of Rice College Westport, a job I commenced in September 2008. I commenced the course with high expectations and I wasn't disappointed. It energised me because the course content was rooted in the real world of leadership. The whole course was engaging and we had plenty of opportunities in class-time and key assignments to apply the theories to our own work situations.
Patricia Atkins, Principal, Rice College, Westport

I found the e-Learning programme a really effective learner-centred approach which allowed me to explore my own areas of interest, while teaching valuable technical skills, and providing a thorough grounding in learning theories and research. The programme has a sound theoretical and research foundation which when combined with the technical and educational skills and pedagogies means a great learning experience, and one which has greatly helped my career progression.
Daragh Power, Training Consultant

The following are examples of dissertations from the Masters in Education and Training Management (eLearning) programme. Students can choose to do a dissertation or design and develop an educational multimedia artefact with an accompanying 10 thousand word document.


O’Coileain, C. (2013). Encouraging student collaboration and improving their learning by implementing a flipped classroom model in a fifth year maths class

Lyons, N. (2012). Motivating my students to communicate in the target language through the medium of technology in a second language classroom

Rooney, C. (2012). Using an inquiry based learning approach to encourage higher order thinking in mathematics at post-primary level

O’Reilly, P. (2010). The use of an online learning environment to aid students of classical studies

Dolan, A. (2009). Enhancing my teaching practice and my students French writing skills

Hennessy, T. (2007). Encouraging and supporting collaboration in my workplace through the use of moodle

O’Mahony, D. (2007). Using a collaborative online learning environment to improve practice and encourage students to think critically

Williams, F. (2004). Voicing Diversity: Integrating webquests and moodle into Religious Education


Creedon, A. (2013). The potential use of an entrepreneurship programme with students with specific learning difficulty

Clerkin, M. (2008). The use of Irish language e-portfolios in the assessment for learning approach in my primary school

Keane, J. (2007). Using multimedia to enhance the creative writing process in a primary school

Fitzpatrick, M. (2004). Enabling enhanced learning through multimedia authoring in an early childhood setting

Lydon, E. (2004). Developing computer games within a democratic framework in a primary school

Third Level Education

Jordan, A. (2014). The potential of an eLearning resource to support a university staff induction programme

Mullally, O. (2012). A Case Study examining best practice in introducing online learning to higher specialist training for trainee physicians in Ireland

Stone, S. (2011). How can I improve digital information literacy for adult learners by building an online community of practice around Web 2.0 applications?

Allen, J. (2006).Improving library practice through an e-learning information literacy programme

Government, National Agencies

Lonergan, T. (2012). Barriers to developing inquiry based learning in science, assessment and teachers’ perceptions of VLE’s

O'Neill, J. (2008). Improving group learning for curriculum designers through the use of a collaborative online learning environment

Emmett, Y. (2007). Applying my learning from a master’s programme in e-learning to improve my practice as a training officer in a Government department

Finlay, C. (2006). Support for e-tutors in Teagasc e-college

Professional Organisations and Industry

Hennessy, E. (2011). Scaffolding a synchronous CPD course for a professional organization

Gately, L. (2010). The design and development of a CPD e-Tutoring course for teachers

Hobson, R. (2006). Improving the eLearning Development Protocol in a Commercial Environment

Kerwin, G. (2006). Making learning more democratic through technology. A perspective from industry

Daly, O. (2005). The design of a multimedia instructional tool for adult literacy learners

Power, D. (2004). Constructing a web based portfolio system for industry

Health and NGO's

Susla, Yulianna (2015). Online international quality and safety continuing professional development and how do healthcare professionals perceive its effectiveness?

Mulhern, R. (2009). Designing a recovery oriented e-learning website for people with mental health difficulties

Hooker, M. (2009). Encouraging multi-stakeholder narrative and reflection on the use of ICT in teacher professional development

Mulligan, Y. (2007). Improving my practice as an informatics nurse tutor training staff to use a computerized rostering system

Programme Chair: Dr Margaret Farren
eLearning Coordinator: Dr Yvonne Crotty