BUKA Project – Advancing Equity and Access to Higher Education through Open and Distance Learning

This is the second post in a series describing some of the recent externally funded projects secured by the NIDL team at Dublin City University (DCU). In partnership with Tampere University of Applied Sciences, the NIDL was successful in securing almost €1m of external funding for a project intended to promote equity and access to higher education through Open and Distance Learning (ODL). Known as the BUKA Project, the aim is to help enable increased access to higher education for people in rural and remote regions as well as those with diverse backgrounds (e.g. mature age students, working students, first-in-family students, students with learning difficulties) in Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Local partner universities include: 

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New NIDL SmallAll Partner Countries belong to Region 6, Asia. When designing the project, special care has been taken to involve the key decision makers in all the partnering universities as key staff in the BUKA project. This is to ensure that the project deliverables align with local institutional priorities and the project team helps to develop local solutions for local problems.

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The specific objectives of the project include:

  • Building the capacity of teaching, technical and instructional design staff in the partner HEIs in inclusive instructional design and learning analytics;
  • Improving learner engagement and retention through inclusive instructional design and learning analytics;
  • Improving pedagogical and technical accessibility of online and blended learning materials; and,
  • Providing more effective and personalised support for online distance learners in partner HEIs.

The first project meeting takes place in Malaysia in early February 2020 but members of the project team will also meet up at November’s ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in Dublin. 

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ICDE World Conference Update – First September Newsletter

George-Siemens.jpgThe first September issue of our ICDE World Conference Newsletter introduces you to our co-Moderators for November’s major international event and profiles another invited plenary speaker. In this issue we share news that Professor George Siemens will give the final  keynote address on Thursday 7th November as we reflect on the conference theme, and related big questions, in looking towards the future. George is well known internationally for this work in the area of online education and is generally regarded as one of the world’s leading “big picture” thought leaders in terms of new learning futures.

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The latest newsletter also makes the case why you need to be in Dublin in November in order to help shape the future of online education. Set against the wider backdrop of the conference theme of “Transforming Lives and Societies” and the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDS), the newsletter explains why your contribution is important as we seek to harness both individual expertise and collective experience of participants to help envision better futures–for all.

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This week’s conference newsletter reminds people about the special cohort instance of the micro-course “Open Education, Copyright and Open Licensing in a Digital World” that thanks to the the OER Foundation is freely available to all ICDE World Conference registered participants. It also provides further details on Innovations in Training (IIT) Dublin which, in partnership with the US-based Training Magazine, begins immediately after the conference.Catalyst 2.pngFinally, we spotlight another of our major sponsors (Catalyst IT), offer more of a taste of Ireland, and provide a useful update for authors ahead of sharing our more detailed presenter guidelines. We also share information about our forthcoming webinar at 10:00am (IST) on Friday 20th September which is designed to offer suggestions and answer questions about the requirements of your presentation.  The webinar, which can be accessed through the following Zoom meeting room, will also be recorded and repeated depending on the level of demand.

https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/j/126311342

The full newsletter is available from our news archive on the ICDE World Conference website and you can subscribe to receive future issues by signing up to the ICDE bi-monthly news service.

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