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 teachers for the 21st Century in the context of new models of digital education and online learning. It will address different approaches to teacher education and continuing professional development, with a strong emphasis on breaking traditional mindsets through impactful and transformative models of pedagogy. The workshop will include a tour of the Lego Education Innovation Studio and Microsoft Mindcraft Lab based in the Institute of Education at Dublin City University.

  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Maximum: 40 participants
  • Cost: €25:00

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.

  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Maximum: 40 participants
  • Cost: €25:00

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.

  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Maximum: 50 participants
  • Cost: €25:00