James Brunton has a BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and a PhD in Social/Organisational Psychology from Dublin City University. He is the Chair /Director of the DCU Connected BA in Humanities (Psychology Major) Programme in the Open Education Unit, National Institute for Digital Learning. James is a member of the Digital Learning Research Network which includes over 50 staff with a research interest, and a range of scholarly outputs, in this area. His research interests include the psychology of identity formation, socialisation/induction processes for ‘off-campus’ higher education students, and digital learning resources/assessment design. His research has been published in journals such as Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning and Education Media International.