#OpenTeach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators

 

On the 21st of November an intra-institutional team from the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) and the Institute of Education from Dublin City University presented at the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education open forum presentations for teaching and learning funding. The DCU team presented our proposed project called #OpenTeach: professional development for Open Online Educators.
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The #OpenTeach project aims to address the challenge of effectively supporting the professional development of part-time educators involved in teaching online, higher education programmes. Specifically, this project aims to develop the digital and pedagogical competencies of the 90+ DCU Connected online teachers, enabling them to create a positive and supportive learning environment for our students.

 

The project has a number of phases, as illustrated above. Firstly we will conduct an analysis of our online teachers’ professional development needs and a critical synthesis of the relevant literature on supporting part-time casual teaching staff. Then we will design and create a suite of open access evidence-based digital guides on best practice for online teaching. Using the digital guides we will develop a short online course which will be piloted, evaluated and adapted. The resources will follow an open first philosophical approach.

The full blog post describing this project is available on Orna’s LinkedIn page. For more information on the #OpenTeach project contact Dr. Orna Farrell 

2019 World Conference on Online Learning: The Countdown has Started…

The 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in Dublin, Ireland is now less than a year away and the team in National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU) has been busy over recent weeks preparing for the conference. The last conference in 2017 in Toronto attracted around 1,400 delegates and this year’s Organising Committee promise a truly unique Irish experience along with an exciting and engaging conference programme.

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The call for papers went out on Monday 19th November and in the context of the conference theme of “Transforming Lives and Societies” a range of opportunities will be available for participants to discuss many of the contemporary issues facing today’s educators. There will be a variety of invited symposia and pre-conference workshops along with a special event for doctoral students but also plenty of time for delegates to mix socially and enjoy the sights and delights of Dublin. Note the conference key dates and watch out over the next few months for further news and updates, including how to enter our special monthly draw to win tickets to visit the iconic Guinness Storehouse during your stay in Dublin. You may also wish to follow the World Conference twitter handle:

@WCOL2019

In the meantime you view a brief video below where members of the local organising team from DCU mark the one-year milestone before researchers, policy-makers institutional leaders and educational professionals from around the world gather in Dublin in November 2019.