So, who is Donna Vaughan?
Donna has worked in the Northern Ireland education sector for over 20 years. She is currently employed by C2k as a consultant in the Curriculum services team. C2k is responsible for the delivery and management of the Education cloud services and infrastructure to just under 1100 schools across Northern Ireland.
Donna plays a key role in the shaping and delivery of the C2k e-learning services to NI schools, liaising and negotiating with educational service providers to provide solutions that meet the needs of our schools. This also involves hosting user forums and conferences to ensure that schools have an opportunity to feedback as well as learn.
She works closely with school senior leadership teams helping them to determine a realistic vision and strategic approach to e-learning before facilitating the delivery of training workshops. Always keen to seek solutions that give schools flexibility in their choice of device, services and delivery approach.
Passionate about building capacity in others, Donna engages with other key educational stakeholders and support staff to ensure that they can also optimise use of the C2k e-learning services in their engagement with Northern Ireland schools. She has forged links with key educators in Southern Ireland, UK and most recently in USA, continually seeking opportunities for collaborative links for the teachers she supports and building upon her own personal learning network.
Donna considers herself to be a life-long learner and over many years has acquired extensive experience both as a learner and a tutor on several learning platforms. At present, she holds a Masters in Elearning – interactive teaching technologies and will hopefully return to academic study to conduct further research. Her main area of interest is in the building of online communities of practice, particularly in how this may support teacher CPD.
Furthermore, Donna is one of a core team of volunteers that organises regular Teachmeets across Northern Ireland and last year organised the first NIEdcamp. She now supports and encourages others with this model and is excited to see how this continues