National College of Ireland

National College Of Ireland

mMBv9EXM (1)National College of Ireland is a world-class higher education provider based in the heart of Dublin's International Financial Services Centre.
With a mission to change lives through education, the college offers postgraduate and undergraduate courses in business, computing, accountancy, human resources, marketing, psychology, early childhood education, learning and teaching and more. See for more.








The Team


Sam Cogan

Sam Cogan is a Computing and Technology Enhanced Learning Lecturer at the National College of Ireland. His interests include Technology Enhanced Learning and all forms of Blended/Online learning. He also has a keen interest in the area of MOOC's and Web Development. Sam is in charge of the technical development of the MOOC and Learning platform for this project, and is also involved with the pedagogical design of the MOOC.







Catriona Flood

IMG_8407Catriona Flood is the Project Coordinator of the Early Learning Initiative (ELI).  She has also worked with the Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholars Trust, Tallaght Community Arts Centre and the Open University in Cardiff.  Catriona holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Educational Studies from St Patricks College.  Her special interests include prevention and early intervention, working with parents, family literacy, community development and corporate social responsibility.

Catriona Flood ist die Projektkoordinatorin der Early Leraning Initiative (ELI). Sie arbeitete bereits mit der Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholars Trust, Tallaght Community Arts Centre und the Open University in Cardiff. Cardiona hat ein Diplom in Erziehungswissenschaften vom St. Patricks College. Ihre besonderen Interessen liegen in der Prävention und frühen Intervention, Elternarbeit, Family Literacy, Gemeindeentwicklung und der Unternehmerische Sozialverantwortung.







Dr Grainne Kent

Dr Gráinne Kent is a Researcher in the Early Learning Initiative and a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the National College of Ireland. Prior to joining NCI in 2015 Gráinne worked in the area of Early Intervention for children with Developmental Delays utilizing evidence based interventions to improve outcomes. Her special interests include but are not confined to early intervention and prevention, child development, language development, Autism Spectrum Disorder, teaching and learning, evidence based practice, and behavioural psychology.



Dr. Josephine Bleach

Director of the Early Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland since 2008, Dr Josephine Bleach began her career as a primary school teacher, before getting involved with various national initiatives by the Department of Education and Skills, including Home School Community Liaison, Early Start Pre-School Intervention Programme, and School Development Planning Support Service.




Dr. Meera Oke

MerraOkeDr. Meera Oke currently is the Programme Director in Early Childhood Education at NCI's Learning Teaching Department, Dublin, Ireland. She has a background in Human Development with a focus on Child Development from India. Her international experience involves a synthesis of academic research, teaching, programme development and practical experience with children in different circumstances.  Her key areas of interest are development and pedagogy in the Early Years, adolescence; play; and adoption outcomes.