Converging on Dublin from all Corners of the World…

In the first week of November, we expect over 800 delegates from 77 countries (on last count) will be converging on Dublin for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning. Another group of valued participants will be formally contributing virtual papers as part of the conference programme, and we expect many others will be following the event via our live stream and through various social media channels. Watch for our guidelines coming shortly on how you can maximise your virtual participation.

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And before the Open Ceremony on Monday 4th November, more than 200 participants will join together on Sunday at DCU’s St Patrick’s campus for an interesting mix of pre-conference activities.

DCU_St_Pats.jpgBut that’s only the beginning of the action as our unique “Gasta” style lightning talks starting in the Convention Centre Dublin on Monday afternoon, coupled with Tuesday’s guided walking tours ending with a bit of “pedagogy in the pub”, should make for lively conversations. Whilst there is a serious side to the conference too, with some challenging invited speakers, lots of busy and bustling breakout presentations across 4-days and 10 parallel tracks, along with a mix of 15 interactive symposia, action labs and SWOT fora, we also hope that you have your ticket to the Gala Dinner. The conference dinner promises to be a grand event, where we will present a number of prestigious ICDE Awards as well as later in the evening encourage you to join our céilí dancers. We respectfully ask all guests to wear something “green” and there will be special green awards for those entering into the spirit of the occasion.

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And the good craic in Dublin doesn’t stop at the dinner, as the final day of the ICDE World Conference starts with a future-focussed keynote by Professor George Siemens. This is one talk not to miss! George will explore some of the big questions facing us in the future and set the scene for the “Great Dublin Debate”. Our debate should prove to be a real highlight of the conference as you can expect two teams to draw on their considerable experience, intellect and no doubt spontaneous wit for a lively discussion presenting different futures for online education.

Our local NIDL team can’t wait to welcome you to Dublin as we have a number of other creative twists and little surprises to share when you arrive. If you haven’t yet registered for the ICDE World Conference, then please don’t delay any longer, as we really want you to join us in Dublin to help shape the future.

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Go to the latest conference newsletter published earlier today to read lots more about the ICDE World Conference, including what’s new, the latest programme, our guiding aspirations, the conference app, an update for presenters, another speaker spotlight, information about our sponsors, the taste of Ireland, and more.

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.

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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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