In this brief update we are delighted to let you know that Dublin is certainly going to be rocking in November with so many people submitting papers for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning. When submissions closed last Friday we had around 650 papers from all parts of the globe and since then there have been numerous requests from people to submit additional late papers. Although the general paper submission date will not be extended as we are reaching the full capacity of our venue at the Convention Centre, special requests to submit late papers can be made to the Conference Chair and they will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you have already submitted a late paper, then we anticipate that all feedback from our International Review Panel, and notification emails in terms of paper acceptance, will be sent by no later than Monday 20th May. This date means that you should have plenty of time to make your paper revisions, apply for funding and plan your exciting visit to Dublin in November.
We would like to remind you that if you wish to join us in Dublin then you may need to apply for a Visa. We have updated the relevant information on our website and please note that our conference events company will issue letters to registered delegates to assist with visa applications. However, you must first formally register and pay for your conference fee before these letters can be issued. While the relevant Government department in Ireland is aware of the ICDE World Conference and promise to process applications as fast as possible, please do not leave your Visa application to the last minute.
Please note that we also plan by the end of May to be able to contact the 35 applicants for our five “Learning Transformation Scholarships” with news of your application. There are some very strong applications but unfortunately it will not be possible to support every deserving case to attend this year’s ICDE World Conference.
On a more positive note, we are delighted with the response to the ICDE World Conference from our official partner organisations. At this stage we have 25 official partner groups, associations and organisations from around the world supporting this year’s conference and the willingness to collaborate has been overwhelmingly positive. We plan to recognise this spirit of collaboration by inviting key members or representatives from partner organisations to contribute to the programme and serve on some of our panel discussions. Watch this space for news of additional partners and please contact us if you would like your organisation to become an official conference partner.
On other conference news the Dublin team has been busy over the past fortnight developing the draft programme, planning the social programme, selecting acts for our special “taste of Ireland” performances, confirming travel arrangements for our great line up of invited speakers, and talking with our family of major sponsors. While a few clues concerning the identity of our invited speakers and majors sponsors may have leaked via social media (remember to follow the conference Twitter account @WCOL2019) we have been holding this information back for a big reveal leading up to the conference early bird registration date. However, we are receiving an increasing number of requests for information on our major speakers and so we promise to include this news in our next conference update.
In the meantime we would like to finish by introducing you to Cara our official ICDE World Conference emoji. For those of you not familiar with the term “emoji” this refers to an ideogram or smiley that can be used in electronic messages. The term “Cara” translates in the Irish language to “friend” and you can expect to see a lot more of this friendly image leading up to conference. There is even a rumour that Cara will be present during the conference in a life-size form.