ICDE World Conference Update – First September Newsletter

George-Siemens.jpgThe first September issue of our ICDE World Conference Newsletter introduces you to our co-Moderators for November’s major international event and profiles another invited plenary speaker. In this issue we share news that Professor George Siemens will give the final  keynote address on Thursday 7th November as we reflect on the conference theme, and related big questions, in looking towards the future. George is well known internationally for this work in the area of online education and is generally regarded as one of the world’s leading “big picture” thought leaders in terms of new learning futures.

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The latest newsletter also makes the case why you need to be in Dublin in November in order to help shape the future of online education. Set against the wider backdrop of the conference theme of “Transforming Lives and Societies” and the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDS), the newsletter explains why your contribution is important as we seek to harness both individual expertise and collective experience of participants to help envision better futures–for all.

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This week’s conference newsletter reminds people about the special cohort instance of the micro-course “Open Education, Copyright and Open Licensing in a Digital World” that thanks to the the OER Foundation is freely available to all ICDE World Conference registered participants. It also provides further details on Innovations in Training (IIT) Dublin which, in partnership with the US-based Training Magazine, begins immediately after the conference.Catalyst 2.pngFinally, we spotlight another of our major sponsors (Catalyst IT), offer more of a taste of Ireland, and provide a useful update for authors ahead of sharing our more detailed presenter guidelines. We also share information about our forthcoming webinar at 10:00am (IST) on Friday 20th September which is designed to offer suggestions and answer questions about the requirements of your presentation.  The webinar, which can be accessed through the following Zoom meeting room, will also be recorded and repeated depending on the level of demand.

https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/j/126311342

The full newsletter is available from our news archive on the ICDE World Conference website and you can subscribe to receive future issues by signing up to the ICDE bi-monthly news service.

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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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