2019 World Conference on Online Learning: The Countdown has Started…

The 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in Dublin, Ireland is now less than a year away and the team in National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU) has been busy over recent weeks preparing for the conference. The last conference in 2017 in Toronto attracted around 1,400 delegates and this year’s Organising Committee promise a truly unique Irish experience along with an exciting and engaging conference programme.

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The call for papers went out on Monday 19th November and in the context of the conference theme of “Transforming Lives and Societies” a range of opportunities will be available for participants to discuss many of the contemporary issues facing today’s educators. There will be a variety of invited symposia and pre-conference workshops along with a special event for doctoral students but also plenty of time for delegates to mix socially and enjoy the sights and delights of Dublin. Note the conference key dates and watch out over the next few months for further news and updates, including how to enter our special monthly draw to win tickets to visit the iconic Guinness Storehouse during your stay in Dublin. You may also wish to follow the World Conference twitter handle:

@WCOL2019

In the meantime you view a brief video below where members of the local organising team from DCU mark the one-year milestone before researchers, policy-makers institutional leaders and educational professionals from around the world gather in Dublin in November 2019.

New Lecturer Teaching Excellence Award

We are delighted to report that Orna Farrell in the Open Education Unit was a worthy recipient of a 2017 President’s Teaching Excellence Award under the New Lecturer/Tutor Category.  Orna_Farrell_001.jpgOrna has been actively involved in a number of teaching-related initiatives since her appointment to the NIDL, including the Y1 Feedback project and development and piloting of Head Start Online. She is currently completing her PhD on the use of ePortfolios in education and continues to play an important role in the on-going redesign of DCU Connected programmes.  Congratulations Orna!

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