Pre-conference Workshops

The following pre-conference workshops will take place on Sunday 3 November at Dublin City University’s St Patrick’s Campus. Before the pre-conference programme gets underway tea and coffee will be available and there will be a brief welcome to Dublin City University starting at 9:00am. Lunch is included in the price of the pre-workshops and the day will end with drinks and light refreshments.

1. New Mindsets for New Times: Preparing Teachers for the Digital-era

This workshop will explore the challenge of preparing educators for the 21st Century in the context of new models of digital education and online learning. It will address different approaches to the challenge of professional development in higher education settings, with a strong emphasis on breaking traditional mindsets through impactful and transformative models of pedagogy. The workshop will introduce participants to some of the initiatives underway at Dublin City University, including a new teaching fellowship programme, and provide a forum to share experiences and effective practices.

This workshop uses DCU Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU) professional development provision and approach as a case example. In the context of new models participants will be invited to explore ways to tackle the challenge of professional development to break traditional mindsets. A broad outline of the workshop is:

• Fun ice-breaker designed to help participants get to know each other
• Context setting through using DCU as a case example
• Breakout exercise around evidencing practice
• Exploring a desideratum of evidencing value and trying model ourselves
• Recognition frameworks and alignment
• Break out session where participants get hands on experience of some Moodle PD activities
• Close with a summary discussion and tweet pledge

2. Taking Stock of MOOCs: Envisioning the Future

This workshop will explore whether or not MOOCs have failed to disrupt traditional models of education. With over 100 million people worldwide registering for a MOOC in 2018 the workshop will reflect on their wider impact over the past decade and debate the latest claim that 2019 is the year of the decline of the MOOC. The future of the MOOC will be explored in the context of new and emerging business models and set against the emergence of new degree and credit earning pathways. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to hear how Dublin City University (DCU) is investing in MOOCs as part of a wider strategic plan for global online education and as a disruptive pedagogical innovation for campus-based students.
To facilitate a critical reflection of the current standing and future of MOOCs in a global context, considering the perspectives of both a higher education provider and a platform provider.

• Introductions
• An institutional case study – Professor Mark Brown
• A platform persepctive on the impact of MOOCs so far and their future – Isabel Drury, FutureLearn
• A FLAN research perspective on MOOCs – Dr Sally Parsley, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Conchúr Mac Lochlainn, Dublin City University, Professor Eileen Scanlon, The Open University
• Breakout – group reflection

3. Learning Design for an Online World: Integrating Models and Frameworks

This workshop provides an overview of different models and frameworks for the design of learning in an open, online and digital world. As part of the workshop participants will compare and contrast a number of design tools and techniques for purposeful course design based on a set of guiding principles. More specifically drawing on the literature and participants’ experience the workshop will seek to develop an integrated framework and prototype learning design toolkit to help scaffold a creative and iterative learning design process. There are main objectives: to help participants better understand the complexity of learning design; to help participants more seamlessly integrate activities and resources for open and online education; and to help participants plan, design and develop their own courses using an integrated model of learning design.
The objective of this workshop is to introduce participants to a range of learning design models and frameworks and explore potential tools for the design of learning in an open, online and digital world.
The workshop will include:

• Introductory icebreaker activities
• Overview of various learning design models and frameworks from the literature
• Crowdsourcing of frameworks being used by those attending the workshop
• A hands-on guided experience of the popular ABC Learning Design Method for participants to sample, explore, and critique for possible use within their own contexts
This will be an interactive workshop and attendees are asked to bring along mobile devices (phones, tablets or laptops) in order to participate as fully as possible.

4. 2018-1-RO01-KA204-049368  DigiCulture – Improving the Digital Competences and Social Inclusion of Adults in Creative Industries 

This workshop explores the overlap between the digital, cultural and creative domains. More specifically, it addresses how digital tools can enhance the personal and professional development of both individuals and institutions involved in cultural and creative industries. The workshop will provide an opportunity to: • Learn more about the project and the MOOC that it is creating • Hear about the development of digital humanities in Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University, and their projects concerning Irish placenames (, biographies (, terminology ( and folklore (Dú • Participate in a MOOC design session with FutureLearn, one of the largest MOOC providers in the world, and explore how MOOCs can help introduce cultural and creative projects to the online and digital space • Hear from a representative from Galway 2020 about the city’s success in securing the status of the European City of Culture and how they have developed their digital programme This workshop is being run in association with the Erasmus+ project and all are welcome to attend.
To bring together the online learning community and cultural and creative stakeholders to explore the potential of digital tools for enabling personal and professional development in the cultural and creative industries.
• Representative from DigiCulture
• Overview of project – Voicing your digital competency need
• Digital Humanities Projects – Dr. Gearóid Ó Cleircín, Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU
• The opportunities and challenges of digitisation
• Galway 2020 – Denise MacDonagh, Digital Programme Manager
• Developing a digital strategy
• MOOC Design Session – Felicity Parsisson, FutureLearn