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

Topical Talk: Mapping the Territory of Digital Wellbeing Interventions

New NIDL SmallOn the 15th April at 2pm in DG10 in Bea Orpen on Dublin City University’s Glasnevin campus, Julie-Ann Sime and Chryssa Themeli from Lancaster University will give a very interesting talk as part of the NIDL’s visiting scholar series. Please do consider coming along as the talk is open to everyone!

Title: Mapping the Territory of Digital Wellbeing Interventions

Outline: We live in a highly digitally connected Europe where people of all ages use the internet to connect, communicate, explore and learn through digital media, however a recent JISC study reported that educators in Higher Education institutions are concerned about the wellbeing of their students in digital settings.   In addition, the Opening Up education report shows that 70% educators in the EU understand the importance of digital literacy but only 20-25% students are taught by digitally confident educators.  Improving the digital literacy of educators is required particularly in the area of digital wellbeing.  Higher Education institutions are becoming increasingly aware of the consequences of digital overload on mental health of individual students, the societal impacts on relationships such as cyberbullying, technical issues such as cybersecurity and the addictive design of technology, fake news and the controversies surrounding radicalisation and challenges to democracy.  The Digital Wellbeing Educators Project (funded by ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union) aims to increase the capacity of educators in Higher Education institutions to integrate digital education to promote the wellbeing of their students.  This presentation aims to raise awareness and map the territory of existing digital wellbeing interventions by showcasing some examples primarily from Europe.  The next phase of the project will see the development of an app and teacher’s digital pedagogy toolkit to support educators in developing their own digital competences and making their teaching more digital.

3665.jpgDr. Julie-Ann Sime, Lancaster University

Julie-Ann is an educational researcher and a pioneer of online distance learning who has been teaching online for 25 years. She researches into the use of new technologies in teaching and learning in professional contexts, including: use of video for reflection, game-based learning and team training of professionals in 3D virtual worlds. She is co-editor of a new book on Networked Learning: Reflections and Challenges (2018).

8829.jpgDr. Chryssa Themeli, Lancaster University

Chryssa is an educational researcher focusing on research that changes practice and thinking, teaching that transforms people’s lives and engages actively with students, businesses and communities. As research assessor, she evaluates UKERI proposals for the British council and European Union proposals for H2020 FET Innovation Launchpad Calls.