EMBED Seminar: Free 3-day Professional Development Workshop

The NIDL team at Dublin City University is pleased to be hosting a free EMBED Professional Development Seminar, 4-7 June 2019.

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-46484625-196748398131-1-original.jpgThis 3-day intensive professional development workshop is free to participants and organised by the project team of EMBED. The “European Maturity Model for Blended Education in Europe(EMBED) is developed by a consortium of European partner universities with considerable experience in designing blended and online education: KU Leuven, TU-Delft, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Aarhus,  Tampere University of Applied Sciences, and Dublin City University. It is coordinated by EADTU and funded by the European Commission. For full details on the project we kindly refer to the EMBED website.

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The professional development seminar will be an opportunity to learn about “state of the art” of blended education and to apply new concepts within the context of your own organisation or higher education institution. Participants will further generate feedback on the multi-dimension maturity model for course design as developed by the consortium and on the institutional strategies needed in order to implement it. You will also learn about the tool (monitor) we have developed to assess the maturity of blended and online educational practices at universities.

5686_0.jpgThe monitor is conceived as a multi-layered instrument with dimensions and indicators that were newly developed or adapted from previously validated instruments. Its goal is to grasp in detail practices and conditions for blended learning. All instruments shared in this workshop are piloted across different institutions, programmes and courses.

This workshop is ideal for participants who are:

• Teaching staff

People involved in designing or redesigning a course, using new modes of teaching and learning. Teaching staff looking for a stable framework for innovating or assessing courses, in search of a balance between increasing student numbers, enhancing the quality of the teaching and learning experience and cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, teaching staff, developing online learning activities for short postgraduate degrees and continuous education.

• Teaching and learning units

People working in units or departments supporting blended and online teaching and learning models; helping staff in course design teams; identifying patterns of good practice in their institution or in a network; collaborating with learning technology services and organising continuous professional development for teaching staff and programme directors, or organising institutional evaluation and research on blended and online education. Learning technology units providing learning-oriented technology infrastructure, tools and resources and supporting teaching staff. Internationalisation departments, responding to the needs for international blended or online courses and programs, online program collaboration and mobility schemes.

• Institutional leaders

People involved at a leadership level in developing and implementing policies, strategies, frameworks and guidelines designed to support their institution or organisation to continuously innovative; developing drivers and enablers for innovation; organising support services and continuous professional development for staff and program directors; stimulating and activating communities of practice and sharing educational resources; providing learning technology environments and tools; funding grass-root initiatives, program-based projects, institutional evaluation and research

Although the workshop, including coffee breaks, is free of charge, there are participant costs for lunches and dinners. The full programme of this professional development event will follow soonest. To register for this free event, please click on the following link:

Register for this 3-day EMBED Workshop

The Inside Track on Outdoor Learning

By Clare Gormley

albertpark.jpgI remember three things very vividly from my primary school education: on my first day of school, I remember feeling immensely proud of the little plasticine/márla ‘biscuits’ I made with the approval of my first ever teacher Mrs Kenny. A few years later, I remember the delight of learning the wonderfully atmospheric poem The Listeners by Walter de La Mare. And lastly, I cannot overstate the excitement of childhood memories from getting on the train in Galway and going to Dublin Zoo with my pals for a school tour. It is that last memory that leads me to this blog post where I’d like to share some thoughts on what I believe are the under explored opportunities of outdoor learning – not just for little ones but for much older students too.

albertparkline-orlaleading.jpgAt ‘The Sipping Point’ recently we ran a session on the great outdoors with a promise we would “experience some outdoor learning activities, and begin to appreciate the potential for learning in, through and about the outdoors”. So it was that on two days in January (one cold but crisp, the other cold and damp) we found ourselves gathered to set off on an ‘Outdoor Learning’ walk under the expert tutelage of Dr Orla Kelly, DCU School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies.

So what exactly did we do, you may wonder? To find out the answer to this question, then read more on Clare’s person blog Learning Rush.