2019 World Conference on Online Learning: The Countdown has Started…

The 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in Dublin, Ireland is now less than a year away and the team in National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU) has been busy over recent weeks preparing for the conference. The last conference in 2017 in Toronto attracted around 1,400 delegates and this year’s Organising Committee promise a truly unique Irish experience along with an exciting and engaging conference programme.

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The call for papers went out on Monday 19th November and in the context of the conference theme of “Transforming Lives and Societies” a range of opportunities will be available for participants to discuss many of the contemporary issues facing today’s educators. There will be a variety of invited symposia and pre-conference workshops along with a special event for doctoral students but also plenty of time for delegates to mix socially and enjoy the sights and delights of Dublin. Note the conference key dates and watch out over the next few months for further news and updates, including how to enter our special monthly draw to win tickets to visit the iconic Guinness Storehouse during your stay in Dublin. You may also wish to follow the World Conference twitter handle:

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In the meantime you view a brief video below where members of the local organising team from DCU mark the one-year milestone before researchers, policy-makers institutional leaders and educational professionals from around the world gather in Dublin in November 2019.

Exciting Plans for Hosting a Distinctively Irish 2019 World Conference on Online Learning

We are pleased to have successfully hosted over the past three days a high-level visiting delegation from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) to help with our advance planning for the 2019 World Conference on Online Learning. The ICDE delegation led by Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, arrived in Dublin on Sunday 11th February 2018. Formal discussions got underway on Monday when the group met with members of the DCU/NIDL Organising Committee, along with representatives from Happening Conferences and Events (HCE).

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CCD Exterior Daytime View from Southside West with Jeanie Johnston Boat.jpgThe day started with a walk through of the Convention Centre Dublin’s (CCD) world-class facilities as we confirmed our requirements for hosting such a major international conference. Everyone agreed that the CCD is ideally suited to hosting this prestigious event and for showcasing the very best of Ireland to a large international audience. Held every second year, the 2017 ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto attracted over 1,400 delegates.

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Over the reminder of the day we discussed a number of exciting ideas and plans for the Dublin conference 3-7 November 2019. We would like to particularly thank CCD staff for their expert advice, great hospitality, supply of food and refreshments over the day, and use of a meeting room for our discussions.

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On Tuesday the ICDE delegation visited Dublin City University’s (DCU) All Hallows, Glasnevin and St Patrick’s campuses before continuing our discussions. The intention is that DCU will host a number of timely and topical pre-conference events and workshops, including a meeting of University Presidents, Leadership Summit, the ICDE Doctoral Consortium and Digital Learning Schools Symposium, on our St Patrick’s campus before the formal start of the 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning.

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Once again, we would like to acknowledge the support of Fáilte Ireland in our successful bid to host this major World Conference. Members of the Organising Committee consisting of key representatives from DCU, ICDE and HCE are determined to make the World Conference a truly memorable and outstanding event, with a distinctively Irish flavour. To this end we have some exciting ideas, novel twists and valuable additions to the programme in mind which we hope will make “Dublin” the place to be in early November 2019.
5.jpgYou can keep up-to-date with news and announcements by registering your interest through our website, subscribing to our NIDL blog, or following our dedicated World Conference Twitter account:

@WCOL2019