Lisa Donaldson


Lisa is a Learning Technologist working in Higher Education for the last 13 years. Recently, Lisa has worked on a cross institutional project with Dublin City University , the RCSI and University of Malawi developing a blended learning Masters in Community Systems Health Research delivered to students in Malawi and has led the What Works and Why project at DCU.

Currently she is focused on leading the team to leverage eportfolios to best support the student learning experience at DCU and responsible for leading the integration of Mahara learning portfolios in many contexts. There are now over 8,500 students and staff using Mahara across all five faculties. In addition, Lisa founded the Eportfolio Ireland community of practice to assist DCU faculty and faculty in other Irish institutions to adopt eportfolios in a pedagogically appropriate manner by supporting the development of eportfolio competencies. Most recently, Lisa was delighted to collect the Learning Technology Team of the Year 2018 award from the Association of Learning Technology, on behalf of the team. The eportfolio project was also shortlisted in the Education Awards 2019 for Best Use of Educational Technology/ICT Initiative of the year.


Lisa has previously taught Technology Enhanced Learning and Information Systems at the National College of Ireland(NCI), Griffith College and IBAT College. Lisa’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Business & IT , post graduate qualifications in Teaching & Learning and an M.Sc. in Applied Elearning. She was recognised as a Senior Fellow in the Higher Education Academy in 2020.


Additionally, she has been certified as a Google Certified Educator Level 1, a Book Creator Certified Author and Microsoft Office Expert, as well as holding a Diploma in Website Development. Lisa’s interests revolve around the capacity of Web 2.0 and eportfolio to transform teaching and learning activities leading to greater student engagement.