Elaine Cohalan is Innovation Manager and has been part of the senior management team at Ireland’s National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) since early 2019.
Elaine leads national services for NALA (Learn with NALA) that support adult literacy learners in addressing their unmet needs in literacy, numeracy and digital literacy. This includes a one-to-one personalised tuition service, online learning, resources and supports.
Elaine also leads NALA’s professional development services for adult literacy practitioners. These are delivered through events, training, online learning and resources.
A core part of this work involves initiating and driving innovative approaches to NALA’s services through educational technology and research.
Prior to her role in NALA, Elaine spent over 12 years working in various private and public further education, training and Educational Technology organisations in Ireland in project management and leadership roles. Her educational background spans many areas including software development, cognitive science, business, management and leadership.