Supporting this Year’s Open Education Week

Unknown.pngThis week is “Open Education Week” and several members of the NIDL team have already contributed, or will be over the next few days, to a range of activities and related events. On Tuesday, for example, Professor Mark Brown moderated a webinar on “The Story of the Open University” as part of EDEN’s programme of activities for the week . You can read more about this webinar and what the four distinguished panel members had to share on a blog written by Professor Grainne Conole. A recording will also be available on EDEN’s website

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On Wednesday, Professor Grainne Conole gave a presentation on “Open Education into the Future” as part of another EDEN webinar on the broader theme of “Ongoing Initiatives for Open Education in Europe“. The slides from Grainne’s talk can be accessed below and a recording will also be available on EDEN’s website: 

And on Friday in another contribution to EDEN’s webinar series, Professor Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl is participating on a panel discussion on the topic of “Researching Openness – Evidenced-based Approaches“. More specifically this webinar will explore the following questions:

  • How openness is approach in research? Thematic overview (levels of openness, other dimensions that are addressed through research publications, e.g. open online learning, open distance learning, OER, OEP, etc.).
  • What impact does openness have upon education?
  • What kind of openness do we (society) need?
  • What are the characteristics of open learning, open curriculum, open education and open learner/ teacher?

Dublin City University (DCU) has a long history of Open Education and our commitment spans all three traditional pillars of university work: research, teaching and service. For example, last year DCU was the first Irish University to launch an open access press through a strategic partnership with University College London (UCL). The Open Education Unit in the NIDL continues to play a key role in the provision of online distance education through the DCU Connected platform as part of DCU’s wider mission of opening access to higher education and transforming lives and societies. Our NIDL team also makes a significant contribution to the Open Education agenda through service activities, with many of our staff serving on the executive committees of major professional bodies working in the area. There is also a strong Open Education dimension to this year’s ICDE World Conference on Online Learning that DCU is hosting in the Convention Centre Dublin in November.

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Preparing Effective Paper Submissions: World Conference Workshops

The deadline for papers for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning (#WCOL2019) is fast approaching. To help people prepare submissions we are offering a number of workshops, a face-to-face one at DCU and two online webinars open to prospective authors around the globe. The workshops will consist of the following aspects:

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  • Overview of the WCOL, overarching questions, key themes and submission types
  • Tips and hints on what makes a good submission
  • Brainstorming in groups on ideas for submissions
  • Sharing of ideas and refinement of topics
  • Making the most of the conference and use of social media
  • Converting conference presentations into articles

During the conference one of the highlights will be our special interactive knowledge forum on the topic of “Getting Your Research Published: Meet the Editors” where delegates will have an opportunity to discuss publication opportunities with Editors from many of the leading journals in the area. Also as part of our “Best Paper” awards we have negotiated the opportunity where recognised authors will be invited to submit their outstanding work for publication in a special issue of a well known journal. But the foundations to a good paper begin with the title and abstract and we hope many people planning on submitting a paper for this year’s World Conference join one of our webinars. Slides for the workshop are already online, with dates and further instructions appearing below.

 

Webinar Dates: 

Wednesday 13th February, 9.30-10.30 am (GMT)

Wednesday 27th February, 9.30-10.30 am (GMT)

Webinar Login: 

http://dcu.adobeconnect.com/wcol2019/

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