Latest ICDE World Conference Newsletter

Our latest newsletter for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in November profiles the keynote address by Professor Beverley Oliver on the emergence of micro-credentials in higher education set against the wider backdrop of graduate employability, life-long learning and new and emerging online learning models.

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prof-beverley-oliver_2.jpgIn 2018, ICDE published a report on The Present and Future of Alternative Digital Credentials and this presentation will build on and help extend the discussion. Professor Oliver, formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education (2013-2018) at Deakin University in Australia, recently published a new report on Making Micro-credentials Work for Learners, Employers and ProvidersIn this new report, which we strongly encourage delegates to read before the World Conference, Beverley argues that Micro-credentials and other forms of non-formal learning are emerging as potential solutions to the rapidly changing nature of work and up-skilling needs that will be required in the future. However, the report argues that a more strategic and coherent approach is needed which aligns with both national and international qualification frameworks.

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In other news we report that thanks to the OER Foundation we are able to offer a special cohort instance of the micro-course “Open Education, Copyright and Open Licensing in a Digital World” for free to all ICDE World Conference registered participants. We have partnered with the OERu to provide free and unrestricted access to this online course, which begins on October 7th, with Dr Wayne Mackintosh, UNESCO/ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER) facilitating the discussion over two-weeks. Registered ICDE WCOL2019 participants will also receive a free access code to take an online competency test to earn the Certificate of Competency in Copyright and Creative Commons Licensing. More information and registration details is available on the course website.

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We are also delighted to share news of a special post-conference event that has been organised in partnership with the US-based Training Magazine. Innovations in Training (IIT) Dublin features visits to cutting-edge simulation labs, innovation centres and training sites, along with in-depth conversations and immersive experiences that demonstrate innovative approaches to workplace learning. This event is essentially a three-day Dublin field trip for learning and development professionals who want to experience innovative ways to push beyond traditional approaches to workplace learning. Site visits include IBM Research Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Ernst & Young Dublin. More information is available on the ITT Dublin website.

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

ICDE World Conference Update

If you’re interested in online learning and transforming lives and societies through education, then Dublin is the place to be in November. The official opening of the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning is less than 100-days away when we expect to welcome to Dublin around 1000 delegates from over 50 countries. Our NIDL team has a great social and cultural programme planned for delegates along with an engaging mix of hot topics and topical themes for discussion during the conference. If you haven’t already done so, then make sure you register as soon as possible for this year’s ICDE World Conference.

However, if for some reason you can’t get to Dublin in person then we would like to let you know about the opportunity to submit a Virtual Paper which still gives people from around the world a chance to participate in this major international event. Virtual Papers will be included in the conference programme and formal proceedings with the same validity as other paper categories. The conference website contains further information about the requirements for Virtual Papers and authors need to submit a short abstract (250 words) through the conference submission system by no later than Friday 23rdAugust.

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Lastly, for a more detailed conference update make sure you check the information in last week’s dedicated ICDE World Conference Newsletter and keep an eye out for next week’s edition. The World Conference Newsletter will be published fortnightly as we countdown to the event, with newsworthy items, brief profiles of our major speakers, links to significant reports that will be discussed at the conference, as well as providing valuable tips and information of how delegates can make the most of the event and your time in Dublin.