A Day of Talks with Handful of Spaces Still Available to Join a Conversation with Professor Paul Prinsloo

unnamedOn the 8th April 2019 the NIDL is hosting a number of events. The first is an all-day Learning Design Cross Institutional Network, a professional network which is led by Simon Walker, Head of Educational Development at Greenwich University. As part of this event Gabi Witthaus will give a talk on:

“Knowledge Exchange on Open and Distance Learning for Refugees in Higher Education”

This session is very appropriate given that Dublin City University (DCU) was Ireland’s first University of Sanctuary and continues to develop both online and campus-based initiatives for refugees and asylum seekers. Unfortunately at this stage the all-day workshop is full but we do have a handful of spaces still available for this follow up event.

NIDL Visiting Scholar Series

Paul Prinsloo.jpgWe are delighted that in the early evening on April 8th Professor Paul Prinsloo from University of South Africa (UNISA) has agreed to give a talk on the topical issue of using student data. Paul is a Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the College of Economic and Management Sciences at UNISA. His academic background includes fields as diverse as theology, art history, business management, online learning, and religious studies. His current research focuses on the collection, analysis and use of student data in learning analytics, graduate supervision and digital identity.

Title: Using Student Data to Inform Design and Pedagogy: Some Pointers

Abstract: 

Higher education has always collected, analysed and used student data for a variety of purposes e.g., reporting, strategic planning and operational resource allocation. Due to the increasing digitisation and institutionalisation of online learning, as well as advances in technology, analytics tools and software, higher education institutions now have access to more (volume) student data than ever before. We also have access to more nuanced data (granularity and variety) as well as the increasing possibility to collect real-time behavioural data and provide feedback and intervene in real-time. The year 2011 saw the emergence of learning analytics “the measurement, collection, analysis and use of student data for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs.” Since 2011, learning analytics as research focus but also as field of practice matured and continue to provoke discussions and research pertaining to its impact not only on student success and retention, but increasingly also in shaping resource allocation, learning design and pedagogy. While evidence of the impact of learning analytics on improving student success is varied and often context-specific, there is increasing interest how student data can be used to inform learning design and pedagogy. In this presentation I would like to provoke some discussion surrounding some of our assumptions pertaining to student data before mapping evidence of how student data can inform learning design and pedagogy. I hope to conclude by locating the collection, analysis and use of student data to inform learning design and pedagogy in the nexus of ethics, responsibility and care.

Where: Q303/Q304 Business School, Dublin City University, Glasnevin Campus

When: 5:30pm Monday, 8th April 2019, followed by networking and light refreshments

Registration

As the number of seats available for Paul’s talk is limited and to assist us with catering requirements, it is essential that you register for this event. There will be a wait list should additional seats become available. Click on the following link to meet Paul and join us for this talk…

https://nidl-visiting-scholar.eventbrite.ie

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Preparing Effective Paper Submissions: World Conference Workshops

The deadline for papers for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning (#WCOL2019) is fast approaching. To help people prepare submissions we are offering a number of workshops, a face-to-face one at DCU and two online webinars open to prospective authors around the globe. The workshops will consist of the following aspects:

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  • Overview of the WCOL, overarching questions, key themes and submission types
  • Tips and hints on what makes a good submission
  • Brainstorming in groups on ideas for submissions
  • Sharing of ideas and refinement of topics
  • Making the most of the conference and use of social media
  • Converting conference presentations into articles

During the conference one of the highlights will be our special interactive knowledge forum on the topic of “Getting Your Research Published: Meet the Editors” where delegates will have an opportunity to discuss publication opportunities with Editors from many of the leading journals in the area. Also as part of our “Best Paper” awards we have negotiated the opportunity where recognised authors will be invited to submit their outstanding work for publication in a special issue of a well known journal. But the foundations to a good paper begin with the title and abstract and we hope many people planning on submitting a paper for this year’s World Conference join one of our webinars. Slides for the workshop are already online, with dates and further instructions appearing below.

 

Webinar Dates: 

Wednesday 13th February, 9.30-10.30 am (GMT)

Wednesday 27th February, 9.30-10.30 am (GMT)

Webinar Login: 

http://dcu.adobeconnect.com/wcol2019/

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