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.

Brief Reflections on our Reflect Learning Portfolio Awards and International Symposium

Launched in 2016, Reflect is DCU’s learning portfolio platform. Available to all DCU students and faculty, the portfolio makes learning visible through the creation of a personalised and reflective living showcase of academic, professional, and personal achievements.

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While it has taken a lot of work to embed Reflect in DCU’s digital learning ecology there are now over 10,000 regular users of our Learning Portfolio.

slide.pngBack in April students from all programmes using Reflect were invited to enter the Learning Portfolio Showcase and Awards. Eportfolio showcase competitions have been used across the globe from New Zealand and Hong Kong, to the U.S. and Ireland to promote eportfolio practice, recognise and reward student attainments, and celebrate the hard work that teachers and students have put into making eportfolios a success.

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In April, the second annual DCU Student Showcase Awards took place. A large number of student entries were received and evaluated by a panel of judges using the eportfolio rubric, collaboratively developed by the Eportfolio Ireland community of practice.

F51488D5-9292-4A26-B210-96EADEBA3FEE.JPGLisa Donaldson, our Reflect champion, reported that “the standard of entries was exceptionally high, with first year students in particular, proving to be very creative with their learning portfolios”.
Eight students were shortlisted for the top prizes of Beats headphones and gift vouchers.

Billy Kelly, Dean of Teaching & Learning, was present to recognise students in front of faculty and their peers and to present the awards.

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Building on this highly successful experience, which validated some of the excellent work taking place using Reflect, we were then delighted at the end of May 2018 for DCU to host an international symposium on the use of eportfolios in education. Jointly hosted by the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), and the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA), “ePortfolios & More: The Developing Role of ePortfolios within the Digital Landscape” provided a valuable forum for educators from around the world to reflect on the implementation of eportfolios for promoting critical self-reflection, 21st Century skills, life-long learning, and more.

You can access many of the post event documents and slides from the symposium website and still get valuable insights and a strong sense of the rich and productive discussions over several days from reviewing the relevant hashtag:

#ePortfoliosandMoreDublin