Prof. Brendan Tangney is a Professor in Computer Science & Statistics and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He holds an M.Sc. from the University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin) and a Ph.D. from the University of Bolton. His passion focuses on the overlapping areas of technology & learning, educational reform, teacher professional development and equality of access. He is co–director of Trinity Access 21 and was principal investigator on the Bridge21 project – which is now part of TA21. He chairs the Ministerial Advisory Board on the Implementation of the Digital Strategy in Schools and is co–chair of the 2020 Constructonism Conference. At college level he is a former Warden of Trinity Hall and former Junior Dean.
Brendan adheres to the view expressed by the poet Gibran who said that the wise teacher “does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” To this end the Socratic observation “that asking questions is teaching” is a guiding principle as is Aristotle’s maxim that “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”. Or to put it another way teaching & learning is not so much about direct instruction, or the delivery of content, but rather is concerned with creating active and collaborative learning environments in which learners are scaffolded, prompted and supported in taking ownership of their own learning. Brendan cares passionately about how people learn – and how we can all learn, to learn better, around the globe.