ICDE World Conference Update

If you’re interested in online learning and transforming lives and societies through education, then Dublin is the place to be in November. The official opening of the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning is less than 100-days away when we expect to welcome to Dublin around 1000 delegates from over 50 countries. Our NIDL team has a great social and cultural programme planned for delegates along with an engaging mix of hot topics and topical themes for discussion during the conference. If you haven’t already done so, then make sure you register as soon as possible for this year’s ICDE World Conference.

However, if for some reason you can’t get to Dublin in person then we would like to let you know about the opportunity to submit a Virtual Paper which still gives people from around the world a chance to participate in this major international event. Virtual Papers will be included in the conference programme and formal proceedings with the same validity as other paper categories. The conference website contains further information about the requirements for Virtual Papers and authors need to submit a short abstract (250 words) through the conference submission system by no later than Friday 23rdAugust.

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Lastly, for a more detailed conference update make sure you check the information in last week’s dedicated ICDE World Conference Newsletter and keep an eye out for next week’s edition. The World Conference Newsletter will be published fortnightly as we countdown to the event, with newsworthy items, brief profiles of our major speakers, links to significant reports that will be discussed at the conference, as well as providing valuable tips and information of how delegates can make the most of the event and your time in Dublin.

Invitation to EMBED Maturity Model Launch and Workshop in Edinburgh

The formal launch of the Maturity Model for Blended Education, developed as part of the EMBED project, will take place 2nd September at the University of Edinburgh immediately prior to the ALT Conference. This free event involves a number of speakers who will share different perspectives on blended education in the wider context of the maturity model. Members of the EMBED project team from partner institutions (Delft University of Technology, KU Leuven, University of Edinburgh, Dublin City University, Aarhus University and TAMK) will also be present to discuss both the development and implementation of the Maturity Model for Blended Education. This model includes all levels of an institution: the design of blended courses, organisational aspects such as staff support, training and institutional leadership, as well as policy development and strategies.

If you would like to attend this launch event, please register here.



Part 1: 14:00 – 15:45

  • Welcome by George Ubachs (Managing Director EADTU, coordinator EMBED)
  • Framing Blended Learning, Teaching, and Rducation, Stephan Poelmans, KU Leuven
  • Blended or Post-digital? The Near Future of Digital Education, Professor Sian Bayne, University of Edinburgh
  • Developing the Maturity Model for Blended Education, Willem van Valkenburg; TU Delft

15.45- 16.00 – Refreshment Break

Part 2: 16:00 – 17:30

  • Exchanging Experiences with the EMBED Maturity Model, Willem van Valkenburg, TU Delft
  • MOOC Maturity Model for Blended Education, Dr Yi-Shan Tsai, University of Edinburgh
  • Q&A plenary session