The months are flying by as we countdown for this year’s ICDE World Conference on Online Learning. It is hard to believe there is just five months left before we look forward to welcoming everyone in Dublin for one of the major and most significant international conferences on this year’s events calendar. Arguably online distance education has never been more topical in today’s increasingly digitally connected world and the ICDE World Conference will provide an important platform for shaping the future, with a strong focus on promoting new models of lifelong learning and education for all.
We are delighted to announce in this update that 12 delegates will be supported to present at the ICDE World Conference thanks to the “Learning Transformation Scholarships” made possible by the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU). Our selection panel found it very difficult to choose just 5 successful recipients, as originally advertised, from almost 40 very strong applications. Therefore, after careful deliberation, reviewing various options and stretching our budget the NIDL team decided to fund a total of 12 scholarships. Successful recipients come from countries as diverse as Brazil, Botswana, Fiji, Ghana, Philippines, Canada, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the USA. They include 4 men and 8 women and 10 of the recipients are currently undertaking doctoral study in the area, which should contribute to a rich and valuable Doctoral Research Symposium. Congratulations to everyone receiving a Scholarship (we will list your names in a future update), which we hope adds to the wider diversity and inclusiveness of this year’s conference.
On other conference news the local Dublin team has been busy over the past fortnight updating the website, developing a list of FAQs and planning a special “Corporate Learning” theme on the final day of the conference. More information about this theme will appear shortly on the website and in future updates but this track will feature a unique post-conference event where you can register for a guided tour on Friday 8th November of a number of Dublin’s most innovative companies and organisations working in the area. There is an additional cost for this guided tour and numbers will be strictly limited.
We have also been busy in recent weeks preparing draft descriptions for the range of symposia, ideas labs and interactive knowledge fora. Many of these interactive sessions ranging from one to two hours aim to engage participants in discussions directly related to ICDE reports, working groups and standing committees; and you should see more detailed descriptions of each session, including the lead facilitators, on the conference website shortly.
While the deadline for revising your originally submitted abstract was at the start of June due to the number of requests we have extended this date until later in the week. If you wish to revise your title or abstract after this date, then please email Judy Livingston by no later than 1st July. This date is also the deadline for submission of full papers using the MS Word template or alternatively for requests to change the category of your paper.
Lastly, next week we will be launching a dedicated ICDE World Conference Newsletter which will be published fortnightly leading up to the conference (excluding July which is a summer break here in Europe) and we have decided to hold back news of our great line up of invited and keynote speakers until the first issue. So watch out for this news in the first issue next week and also let us know if there is anything in particular you would like us to include or feature in future editions of the newsletter.