2023 Keynote Speaker

Professor Deirdre Butler, Institute of Education, Dublin City University

Headshot of Deirde Butler, with arms folded, smiling at camera. She is a woman in a red jumper with blonde hair and glasses.
Deirdre Butler is a Full Professor at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU). Her passion in life is exploring what being digital in learning can mean and what skills or competencies are needed to live and thrive in today’s complex globally connected world.  Deirdre is internationally recognised in the field of digital learning, particularly for the design and development of sustainable, scalable models of teacher professional learning, demonstrated through her work with the Innovative Schools Evaluation, TeachNet, Innovative Teaching and Learning Research, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, and ATS-STEM.  She consistently works across a broad range of stakeholders in education, technology, government, corporate and non-profit sectors. Deirdre played a key role in developing the Digital Strategy for Schools (2015 – 2020) as well as the Digital Strategy for Schools to 2027.  She was a member of the EU Expert Group on AI in Education that recently launched the “Ethical guidelines on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and data in teaching and learning for Educators”, and she is currently an advisor to the Irish Department of Education and Skills as they implement the Digital Strategy for Schools to 2027.