Kieran McDonald

Kieran McDonald BSc, MSc, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer


Senior Lecturer in the Visual Communication subject group, based within the Sheffield Institute of Arts.


Design and technology specialist with a pedagogic research interest in technology enhanced learning. Wide ranging experience in learning, teaching and assessment in design education.


Subject area

Visual Communication


Graphic Design


Interested in the intersection between design and technology in creative education.


Journal articles

Mcdonald, K. (2022). Net-Zero Design Education. Transition to “Better States” in Understanding Carbon and the Design Process. diid disegno industriale industrial design, (78), 118-127.

Jones-Devitt, S., Austen, L., Irwin, B., Mcdonald, K., & Parkin, H. (2017). Are all students 'hard to reach' in a digital higher education (H.E.) context? The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 3 (1), 147-158.

Mcdonald, K., & Glover, I. (2016). Exploring the transformative potential of Bluetooth beacons in higher education. Research in Learning Technology, 24 (1), 32166.

Conference papers

Glover, I., & Mcdonald, K. (2018). Digital places: location-based digital practices in higher education using Bluetooth Beacons. Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, 950-959.


Austen, L., Parkin, H., Jones-Devitt, S., Mcdonald, K., & Irwin, B. (2016). Digital capability and teaching excellence: an integrative review exploring what infrastructure and strategies are necessary to support effective use of technology enabled learning (TEL). Gloucester: The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.


Forder, S., Mcdonald, K., Drabble, G., & Twyman, J. (2010). Encouraging transition to HE from the Advanced Engineering Diploma. Presented at: Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2010, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, 2010

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