Director of SMARTlab

Professor Lizbeth Goodman – SMARTlab Founder and Director (Ireland, UK and International)

UCD Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, Professor of Education (Design for Inclusion), Executive of the Innovation Academy

Professor Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Professor of Education (Inclusive Design for Learning) at UCD, where she is an Executive of the Innovation Academy and Senior Advisor to the Leonardo Group of the Science Gallery (for TCD). She is Founder/Director of the SMARTlab and the MAGIC (Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre), which was established in its first iteration in 1992 at the Open University BBC, and which has developed and delivered an award winning practice-based PhD Programme and many major research projects since. She is also Founder/Director of the UCD Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland, with all-Ireland and global partnership from 48 senior faculty supporting a new suite of Phds and fully funded Post-Docs through the Doctrid ASSISTID CoFund Project (EC Marie Curie), of which she is Academic Chair. In 2012 she was nominated to Chair the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. She has written and edited 13 books and many peer reviewed articles, has supervised over 30 PhDs to successful completion, and has written and presented many broadcast and media programmes of repute (on television, radio, cd-rom, dvd and convergent media platforms).

Prior to joining UCD, Lizbeth served as Director of Research for Futurelab Education, working with David Puttnam’s team to establish innovative platforms for the future of education in a context of global change. Over the years she has co-developed several groundbreaking teaching and learning tools and kinaesthetic games with significant scaled take-up worldwide, which have in turn been used in the foundation of several international charities for women and children at risk and have built a ‘backbone’ of early cybercafés and recent technology literacy projects for women in Morocco, India and worldwide. With Microsoft CSR and Unlimited Potential, she has led the European research into roll out in the EMEA region of the Microsoft Clubtech Project (which has reached over seven million disadvantaged children and teens to date), and has engaged in cross-sectoral scaled innovations for learning over the past decade. Her early pioneering work with the OU BBC on the design of massive interactive teaching tools (reaching over six million viewers and students at a time) has also informed the development of the field of ‘technology enhanced learning using open innovation tools’- or what is currently culturally framed as the ‘MOOC’ revolution, though her own current work focuses on personalised mobile learning and ‘layered learning’ rather than on MOOCs per se.

She is one of the co-PIs of the industry-led Learnovate national Learning Technology Centre for Ireland (leading the workpackages on Virtual Worlds and Games for Learning) and is also PI of several ‘future of medicine/connected health’ projects using virtual worlds and games for health to inspire engagement and community well-being using new technologies. She has also run many major funded projects for the EC, BBC, Lego Europe, Futurelab, Microsoft, Intel, Enterprise Ireland/Irish Development Agency, Nokia INDT, The Carl Sagan Trust, The Children’s Health Fund (New York), the ITAAU+ Network (EPSRC), the Leverhulme Trust, the Esmee Fairbairn Trust, NESTA, JISC, NTU, NIE, Becta, DCSF, the National Disability Agency, et al.

She won the Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service to Women and Children in 2003, and has had her technology-performance work for inclusion featured as Best Practice showcase winners at several World Summits since 2003. She also evaluates research and creative industry project proposals for numerous funding bodies and councils including the Fulbright Foundation, the European Commission (Safer Internet Plus, Digicult, Future Emerging Technologies et al), the Canadian Innovation Fund, the Wellcome Trust (for which she was previously Chair of Judges for Sci-Art and Science on Stage and Screen), and most recently for the HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) fund, for which she was Chair of Judges in 2012-13.

Lizbeth is known both as an expert in live and mediated arts and digital humanities, and also in the emergent domains of digital inclusion, assistive technology and lifelong learning. Her current work focuses on inventing new interfaces and learning models using creative tools and creative engagement strategies to address the different learning styles of all learners, with all levels of intellectual and physical ability, across cultures and languages. She and her teams specialise in developing ground-up technology solutions for people of all levels of cognitive and physical ability, from mainstream learners of all ages to ‘special’ and ‘gifted’ learners and lifelong learners in the developed and developing worlds. In all her work, she applies a universal design method to practice-based innovation to transform lives through providing unlimited access to education and tools for creative expression and learning models for communities at risk. She also teaches for the Innovation Academy on Social Entrepreneurship and Technologies for Real Social Change. She is an award-winning advocate of community-based ethical learning and teaching models using interactive tools and games to inspire and engage learners of all ages; in this domain, she was recently the Educational Advisor to the highly acclaimed BB Agus Bella animated early learning TV show, aired on TG4 in 2013-14, with original scripts and music co-devised with SMARTlab, Igloo Productions, and members of the Irish band Kila.

She founded and is President of using new technology: a US charity supporting women and children surviving domestic violence and seeking new skills using digital literacy tools and mobile wearable technologies. In recognition of this work, she was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women in children in 2003.

In 2008, she was awarded the Blackberry Rim industry top prizes for Best Woman in the Academic and Public Sectors, and Outstanding Woman in Technology.

She is the founder of the emergent field of Creative Technology Innovation: a term she invented when awarded her first Chair in London in 2005, in order to reverse the order of the standard ‘ICT’ to emphasise the importance of Innovation and Creativity in designing technology tools that serve an inclusive society. In this context, she gave the Keynote on Creativity in the European Research Programme at the launch of the Framework & Programme in Lyons in 2006, and has chaired several European Parliament panels on Gender and Inclusivity in Research, and on Innovative Transdisciplinary Research, with Intelligence in Science, 2012 – the present. With the ISC she is currently working on a Roadmap for Responsible Innovation including a publication on Hippocratic Education and Innovation.

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