Mr Laurie O'Donnell

Development Director

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Central School (DI)

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+44 (0)1382 30 8653


Laurie’s current role in the School is to lead the development of our Futurelearn online courses. These courses will showcase what we do in the UK Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education. Find out more about our Futurelearn Courses: 

Laurie has been visiting professor of learning innovation and technology at Abertay since 2008. His main interests are in learning, teaching, assessment and how technologies can be pulled (rather than pushed) into the classroom to support students and staff. He has had a mentoring role within the School, supporting academic staff in the school around the adoption and development of advanced pedagogies

His professional background is in secondary school teaching and management as well as local government education advisory services. Laurie was national leader of educational technology innovation in his role as Director of Learning and Technology for Learning and Teaching Scotland between 2001 and 2009

• Master of Education (with distinction) & MA (Hons) Politics, Edinburgh
• Secondary school teaching qualifications in mathematics and computing
• Advanced Practitioner, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)

• ‘Global 6 for 2008’ – Edutopia (George Lucas Education Foundation)

• An evaluation of a professional learning network for computer science teachers (PLAN C)

• Director of Future Skills College:
• Self-employed education consultant:
• Tweets about education and more @laurieod

Laurie not does not have a teaching role within the School.

Laurie does not currenlty have a research role within the School.

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Laurie is Chief Executive of Future Skills College (FSC), a collaboration between D&A College, Dundee City Council, Angus Council and employers. FSC offers a one-year pre-apprenticeship course to young people aged 16-18.

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