World Conference Update – January 8, 2019

World Conference Update – January 8, 2019

This is the first World Conference update for 2019 and the Organising Committee is pleased to report that they have already begun to receive a number of paper submissions. The 2017 World Conference in Toronto attracted around 1,400 delegates and we are expecting strong interest and a large number of submissions for this year’s conference at the iconic and award winning Convention Centre Dublin (CCD)

There are several submission categories including full papers, concise papers, lightening talks and digital posters. Unique digital poster boards will be used for the first time to provide conference delegates with a more interactive experience. The conference will also feature a number of symposia and interactive knowledge fora to help discuss a range of contemporary issues, including:

  • Open Education Practices
  • Minority Heritage Language and Culture
  • Alternative Micro and Digital Credentials
  • Refugees, Asylum Seekers and New Immigrants 
  • Online Education for Healthy Living and Well-being

Another highlight of the World Conference will be the “Great Debate” which is intended to explore tensions between new models of online learning and the time-honoured egalitarian roots of open and distance education. There will also be a rich pre-conference workshop programme on Sunday 3rd November at the St Patrick’s campus of Dublin City University (DCU), including a Doctoral Symposium and special invitation only Leadership Summit.

To enhance the success of paper submissions the local organising team in the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at DCU will be offering several webinars for prospective authors. More information about these webinars will available in the next newsletter. In the meantime when preparing your paper submissions, please bear in mind the overarching conference theme of “Transforming Lives and Societies”, and the five big questions we seek to explore along with the related sub themes.

Lastly, remember to follow the conference on Twitter (@WCOL2019) for regular updates and to enter the monthly draw for a free tour of the famous Guinness Storehouse during your visit to Dublin. More information about other tour opportunities, the social and cultural programme and post-conference events will follow in future newsletters.