Jim Devine

Jim Devine plays and active role in educational policy development, implementation, innovation and evaluation at European level and has fulfilled an institutional leadership and governance role in higher education in Ireland, having recently completed a 10-year term of office as President of IADT [Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology], a leading public-funded specialist college in the technological sector, offering degree and postgraduate level studies across a range of specialist areas of particular relevance to the creative media sector and to the cultural industries generally. An engineer by background, he completed postgraduate studies in education. Prior to joining IADT in 1997, he led the development of postgraduate programmes at OSCAIL, the National Distance Education Centre in Dublin City University [DCU]. At DCU, he also participated in strategic initiatives to develop ICT for teaching and learning and e-learning and continues to champion such developments internationally, having developed and managed a number of significant projects in the e-learning domain. On behalf of the EUA, he led the publication of the first 'good practice' guidelines for the deployment of ICT for teaching and learning in higher education He is a member of European Commission expert panels within DG INFSO and DG Education and Culture and EACEA covering the domains of digital literacy, media literacy, e-inclusion, culture and digital competence. He has recently assisted the work of the Commission's IPTS Research Centre in a study of informal learning in ICT-enabled environments and was a member of the joint DG Education and Culture/DG Employment Working Group that developed the report: 'New Skills for New Jobs: Action Now'.