ICDE World Conference Update

If you’re interested in online learning and transforming lives and societies through education, then Dublin is the place to be in November. The official opening of the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning is less than 100-days away when we expect to welcome to Dublin around 1000 delegates from over 50 countries. Our NIDL team has a great social and cultural programme planned for delegates along with an engaging mix of hot topics and topical themes for discussion during the conference. If you haven’t already done so, then make sure you register as soon as possible for this year’s ICDE World Conference.

However, if for some reason you can’t get to Dublin in person then we would like to let you know about the opportunity to submit a Virtual Paper which still gives people from around the world a chance to participate in this major international event. Virtual Papers will be included in the conference programme and formal proceedings with the same validity as other paper categories. The conference website contains further information about the requirements for Virtual Papers and authors need to submit a short abstract (250 words) through the conference submission system by no later than Friday 23rdAugust.

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Lastly, for a more detailed conference update make sure you check the information in last week’s dedicated ICDE World Conference Newsletter and keep an eye out for next week’s edition. The World Conference Newsletter will be published fortnightly as we countdown to the event, with newsworthy items, brief profiles of our major speakers, links to significant reports that will be discussed at the conference, as well as providing valuable tips and information of how delegates can make the most of the event and your time in Dublin.

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.