Matt is a University College Dublin (UCD) SMARTlab PhD candidate measuring the impact of augmented reality (AR) applications on learners’ engagement, motivation, and performance focusing on undergraduate students in third-level business education.
Matt is working full-time at UCD’s College of Business with electronic learning (eLearning), Technology Innovation and Social Media Strategy related themes being his main research interests. He is the College of Business’ academic coordinator for international students and subject area coordinator for overseas MIS modules offered in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.
Matt has been included in the UCD College of Business Dean’s List of Outstanding Teachers in both 2019 and 2020, received twice the Excellence in Teaching Awards in the Higher Diploma of Business Studies (IT) programme, and won the Educational Contribution Award at the Irish Internet Association's Net Visionary Awards 2006 recognizing his significant contribution to the Irish Internet Industry through education.
In July 2015, Matt has been appointed co-chair of the Bled e-Conference special interest group focusing on Education in the Digital Economy. In June 2017, he was awarded with the Bled eConference Fellow Award 2017 in appreciation of outstanding contributions to the Bled eConference.
The European Commission awarded Matt two research scholarships advising both the University of Nizwa (Oman) and Mahidol University (Thailand) on eLearning-related matters.