University of Sanctuary Scholarships for Online Study: Applications Open

Last week, Dublin City University (DCU) announced a total of 20 new scholarships to mark World Refugee Day. This announcement builds further on DCU’s designation as Ireland’s first University of Sanctuary.

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Five scholarships support campus-based undergraduate study and five will be provided for online study for Irish-based refugees and asylum seekers through DCU Connected. world-refugee-day-photos-download-1-1080x675A further ten scholarships are offered through a strategic partnership with FutureLearn.  The DCU-FutureLearn scholarships will enable Irish-based refugees and asylum seekers to access short online courses on FutureLearn’s upgrade model and will enable recipients to pursue Certificates of Achievement.

To date, there have been more than 60 scholarships offered by DCU to people from a refugee or asylum-seeking background through either undergraduate on-campus study or online distance learning. A number of these scholarships have been supported through philanthropic contributions from supporters of DCU Educational Trust. The President of Dublin City University, Professor Brian MacCraith said:

“The awarding of these scholarships indicates the strength of DCU’s commitment to our status as a University of Sanctuary, and to the values of social justice and inclusion. I am particularly delighted that our partnership with FutureLearn has allowed us to harness the power of online learning to provide educational access to students from our refugee and asylum seeker communities.” 

Professor Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning said:

 “These scholarships build on DCU’s strong commitment to promoting access to higher education and our considerable expertise in designing new models of online learning. In November, DCU will be hosting the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in the Convention Centre Dublin.” 

Mark Lester, Managing Director, Universities and Educational Partnerships at FutureLearn commented:Unknown

“Our mission at FutureLearn is to transform access to education so we’re delighted to be part of this initiative from DCU and to be extending our relationship with a partner who’s aligned with our mission.” 

Applications are also sought for the innovative MA Refugee Integration, a one year full time course; offering two partial scholarship, worth €4,000 each, to cover 50% of fees. The closing date for the DCU Connectedand DCU-FutureLearn Scholarshipsis Monday 12th August. You can read more information about the Scholarships and find the application formon the following DCU Connected webpage:

https://www.dcu.ie/connected/university-sanctuary.shtml

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World Conference Webinars: Preparing your Submission

Over the month of February the local conference team in the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU) will be offering a number of webinars to help explain the World Conference themes, describe the different paper categories and provide advice and support on how to prepare a successful paper submission. If this is your first ICDE World Conference on Online Learning or you are a relatively new and emerging researcher in the area, then participating in one of the following webinars should be of particular benefit. They will provide an opportunity to ask questions about the conference and help you to prepare a successful paper submission.

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Title: World Conference Webinar: Preparing Your Paper Submission

Dates: 

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

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

FacilitatorProfessor Grainne Conole

How: Login to the webinar using Adobe Connect…

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

Each webinar will explore some of the conference sub-themes and will provide guidance on the kinds of submissions that might relate to each of these. In addition practical advice will be provided on how to submit good abstracts, such as the importance of having a good title, a clear abstract providing a summary of the presentation and an indication of how it relates to the conference sub-themes. The sessions will be engaging and interactive and participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the conference questions:

  • What is the future of online education?
  • How can online education contribute to better futures?
  • What is required to harness the potential of online education?
  • What are the implications of online learning for educational leaders?
  • How should governments and policy-makers respond to online education?

On other World Conference news we are pleased to report that a dedicated Inter-faith room will be available at the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) for the duration of the World Conference. You also have a few days left to go into the draw for January by following the World Conference on Twitter (@WCOL2019) to win a free tour of the famous Guinness Storehouse during your time in Dublin. Look out for further information about registration options and the pre-conference workshop programme in the next conference update.