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.

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

From Dublin to Ho Chi Minh City…

Our NIDL team is delighted to be involved in the “Empowering Vietnamese VET Teachers for Transformation towards Education 4.0” (EMVITET) project. This is an Erasmus+ project, led by HAMK University in Finland, with the Teaching Enhancement Unit at Dublin City University (DCU) and Leuven University partnering to provide project technology and pedagogy solutions for six Vietnamese higher education and vocational institutions.

20190227_081214.jpgEMVITET aims to create new learning ecosystems for Education 4.0 in Vietnam, based on student-centered learning, competence-based education, collaboration/networking in digital environments, and sharing knowledge through a community of practice. Participants of this project will be able to:

  • Effectively use technology to enhance and transform teaching and learning practices
  • Design and implement competence-based and student-centred learning
  • Engage with communities within education and industry to create connections and support collaboration

20190226_181755.jpgThe project commenced in January 2019 and the visit to Vietnam in February was the first opportunity for the European and Vietnamese partners to meet. Dr Mark Glynn and Lisa Donaldson travelled to Vietnam for the three day kickoff meeting. It was truly a collaborative experience with all partners contributing to the vision of the new pedagogical processes the project would enable. DCU will be supporting the partners to achieve a new understanding of Education 4.0 through delivering the Learning Management System portal and the eportfolio platform that will be used by participants to reflect on their learning during the three years of the project.


Reflecting on the first face-to-face meeting, a word has to be said about the incredible hospitality of our Vietnamese partners. 20190301_131205 (1).jpgThe kickoff meeting was such a well planned event with valuable learning for all around culture as well as pedagogical practices. The learning was interspersed with a very festive kickoff dinner and sociable lunches. According to Lisa and Mark the Vietnamese food deserves a blog post to itself but suffice it to say they report it was delicious and plentiful!

Feedback from the first three days together was very positive and the DCU team looks forward to our next meeting in Finland in September, as we move from the preparation phase to a new vision of education for all.