Dr Robert O'Toole NTF

Inspires Learning

Education design, technology, research, consultancy, mentoring, training by an award winning educator.

About

I am a HEA National Teaching Fellow, based in the UK but working internationally. I specialise in developing and implementing transformational strategies that work for real people in schools, colleges, universities and businesses. Research-led and practically focussed, I use empathetic and participatory methods to create designs that fit, stick, spread and grow. I teach and research Design Thinking.

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Current projects

In 2020 I am designing, leading and teaching Introduction to Design Thinking with Dr Bo Kelestyn at the University of Warwick. We are using a responsive-teaching approach in a studio setting to create an experience "authentic" to real-world design challenges and working practices. I am researching strategies for epistemic fluency in interdisciplinarity and design thinking.

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Achievements

The National Teaching Fellowship is the highest award for teaching excellence in the UK. I am also a recipient of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence. I have a first class degree in Philosophy from Warwick, an MSc in Computing and Cognitive Science from Sussex, and a PhD in Design Thinking in Education from Warwick. I am a PGCE qualified teacher, software designer and programmer.

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About me and my approach

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Current projects

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My achievements

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Business details

I cover a broad range of related fields, including design thinking, organisational development, innovation and creativity, education design, and technology integration. I do research, consultancy, development, writing, mentoring, and training. But perhaps the best way to use me is to help you to see your challenges from fresh perspectives and to sharpen, prototype, and refine your emerging design ideas.

I currently have limited availability for services, but am always keen to get involved with interesting projects. Please contact me to discuss your requirements: robert@inspireslearning.co.uk

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