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Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney is a professional educator, e-learning expert, content and e-content developer with a demonstrated track record of achieving results within varied roles of a senior management and international project management nature. Experienced in strategy development, product management, course development and delivery, training design and delivery and management soft skills. Excellent organisational, presentation and people handling skills.

Outstanding communicator with experience in presenting technical and non-technical ideas and information to all staff levels, students and customer, across the range from conference keynote to change management workshop.


  • Product development and entrepreneurial re-alignment for education providers & publishers.
  • e-Learning consultancies with international scope.
  • Change management, intra-organisational consensus and strategy building.
  • Panel expert and keynote speaker on e-learning diffusion and uptake.

Membership of professional associations

  • ALT – Association for Learning Technologies in UK higher education
  • APM – Association of Project Management
  • IATEFL – International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
  • ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education.
  • NAACE (National professional association for those who are concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the UK)
  • TESOL – Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language

A selection of conference presentations


  • 2013 – Step up mudslingers!  Authoring interactive fiction. Joint presentation with Alex Warren at the British Council Turkey’s Story Sharing Web Conference on Sunday February 10, 2013. Write up here.
  • 2012 – ‘Keep the Kryptonite handy’ and a few other Maxims For The Instruction Of The ICT Educator. Social, Mobile Web 2.0, Dublin, Ireland, 2012. Write up here.
  • 2012 – Mobile – real revolution or phony war?  HEA Workshop/Seminar – Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching, held in UCLAN, Preston, UK. Write up here.
  • 2012 – App Snaps – 20 apps in 30 minutes. IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG (LTSIG) Pre-conference Event, Glasgow. Write up here.
  • 2011 – Epublishing for Language Learning – where is it going? Online Educa, Berlin.
  • 2011 – Appt for Learning? English UK Teachers conference, London. Write up here.
  • 2011 – Apps for Business English – IATEFL BESIG Summer Symposium, Preston, UK. Write up here.
  • 2011 – Appt for Language Learning? University of Southampton, e-Learning Symposium. Recording here.
  • 2010 – Common principles of cross platform Immersive learning design – Online Educa, Berlin
  • 2010 – Task design in virtual worlds – towards a frame of reference. IATEFL, Harrogate, UK
  • 2010 – Using sport to engage with learners and learning – MATSDA
  • 2009 – Stages of material creation in a virtual world – (talk / workshop for AVALON project)
  • 2009 – The classroom is dead – long live the classroom (Plenary) – full recording (Slanguages – Language learning conference inside Second Life)
  • 2009 – Virtual Tools & Spaces  – Symposium convenor. IATEFL annual conference, UK
  • 2008 – The right kind of innovation (Plenary) Slanguages – Language learning conference inside Second Life
  • 2007 – Virtually there: lessons learned on how Second Life is shaping up to transform language teaching – link to slides, Online Educa, Berlin
  • 2006 – Making a little Sense of Technology & Language Learning (Plenary) Society for the Promotion of the Teaching of English as a Second Language in Quebec (SPEAQ)
  • 2006 –  Researched! How English learners want technology to support their learning – IATEFL annual conference,
  • 2004 – Seeing through technology: lessons learnt since e-school started (Opening plenary) Cercles – (European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education) – Annual Conference, Bratislava

Refereed publications

  • Sweeney, P., Moore, C., (2012) Mobile Apps for Learning Vocabulary: Categories, Evaluation and Design Criteria for Teachers and Developers. in International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, Oct-December 2012, Vol. 2, No. 4
  • Gonzalez, D., Palomeque, C., Sweeney, P., (2011) Teaching Spanish in Second Life, .  , in Digital Education Opportunities for social collaboration, Thomas, M (Ed.) – Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sweeney, P., Palomeque, C., González, D., Speck, C., Canfield, D., Guerrero, S., Mackichan, P. (2010). Task design for language learning in an embodied environment. In Vincenti, G. & Braman, J. (Eds.), Teaching through multi-user virtual environments: applying dynamic elements to the modern classroom I.G.I, global

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