EMBED Seminar: Free 3-day Professional Development Workshop

The NIDL team at Dublin City University is pleased to be hosting a free EMBED Professional Development Seminar, 4-7 June 2019.

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-46484625-196748398131-1-original.jpgThis 3-day intensive professional development workshop is free to participants and organised by the project team of EMBED. The “European Maturity Model for Blended Education in Europe(EMBED) is developed by a consortium of European partner universities with considerable experience in designing blended and online education: KU Leuven, TU-Delft, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Aarhus,  Tampere University of Applied Sciences, and Dublin City University. It is coordinated by EADTU and funded by the European Commission. For full details on the project we kindly refer to the EMBED website.

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The professional development seminar will be an opportunity to learn about “state of the art” of blended education and to apply new concepts within the context of your own organisation or higher education institution. Participants will further generate feedback on the multi-dimension maturity model for course design as developed by the consortium and on the institutional strategies needed in order to implement it. You will also learn about the tool (monitor) we have developed to assess the maturity of blended and online educational practices at universities.

5686_0.jpgThe monitor is conceived as a multi-layered instrument with dimensions and indicators that were newly developed or adapted from previously validated instruments. Its goal is to grasp in detail practices and conditions for blended learning. All instruments shared in this workshop are piloted across different institutions, programmes and courses.

This workshop is ideal for participants who are:

• Teaching staff

People involved in designing or redesigning a course, using new modes of teaching and learning. Teaching staff looking for a stable framework for innovating or assessing courses, in search of a balance between increasing student numbers, enhancing the quality of the teaching and learning experience and cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, teaching staff, developing online learning activities for short postgraduate degrees and continuous education.

• Teaching and learning units

People working in units or departments supporting blended and online teaching and learning models; helping staff in course design teams; identifying patterns of good practice in their institution or in a network; collaborating with learning technology services and organising continuous professional development for teaching staff and programme directors, or organising institutional evaluation and research on blended and online education. Learning technology units providing learning-oriented technology infrastructure, tools and resources and supporting teaching staff. Internationalisation departments, responding to the needs for international blended or online courses and programs, online program collaboration and mobility schemes.

• Institutional leaders

People involved at a leadership level in developing and implementing policies, strategies, frameworks and guidelines designed to support their institution or organisation to continuously innovative; developing drivers and enablers for innovation; organising support services and continuous professional development for staff and program directors; stimulating and activating communities of practice and sharing educational resources; providing learning technology environments and tools; funding grass-root initiatives, program-based projects, institutional evaluation and research

Although the workshop, including coffee breaks, is free of charge, there are participant costs for lunches and dinners. The full programme of this professional development event will follow soonest. To register for this free event, please click on the following link:

Register for this 3-day EMBED Workshop

DCU to host International ePortfolio Conference

We are delighted to announce that Dublin City University (DCU) will be hosting ‘ePortfolios & More – The Developing Role of ePortfolios within the Digital Landscape, a collaborative international seminar in the New Year. logoThis intentionally global event, the second jointly organised by the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) in the UK and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) in the USA, will take place over three days from May 23rd to 25th, 2018.

aaeeblThis prestigious international event will focus on the contributions ePortfolio related technologies can bring to the wider learning and development landscape. Specifically, it will emphasise the relationship of ePortfolios and related technologies to: Learning, Engagement, Formal and Informal Contexts for Learning, Mobility and the Presentation of Learning Outcomes.

The first conference hosted in Edinburgh in 2016 was attended by upwards of 100 participants from the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and many other locations. We look forward to welcoming an even larger event in Dublin with a mix of both new and previous delegates for three days of valuable ePortfolio discussions, explorations and critical reflections.

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The call for Proposals will be circulated very shortly; please make a note of the conference dates in your diary! In the meantime, you can download the conference flyer for further information or contact Lisa Donaldson <lisa.donaldson@dcu.ie> our local DCU coordinator for more details.