World Conference Update

World Conference Update [date 13th February 2019]

As over 300 delegates from around the world attended this week’s Life-long Learning Summit in Lillehammer, Norway the team at Dublin City University (DCU) has been busy with preparations for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning later in the year.

Earlier today, for example, they hosted the first of several webinars planned to assist authors and presenters in preparing conference submissions that address the conference themes. The webinar also provided an opportunity for prospective delegates to ask more general questions about the conference. If you missed today’s webinar a link to the recording will be available via Twitter (@WCOL2019) and on the conference website. Also you can still participate in the next webinar scheduled for later in the month. See details below:

Date: Wednesday 27th February (9.30 to 10.30am GMT)


On other conference news the local Dublin team is delighted to announce that a number of partner associations and organisations has agreed to officially support this year’s ICDE World Conference. We expect to make further announcements over the next few weeks but currently the official partners for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning include:

  • Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)
  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
  • Commonwealth of Learning (CoL)
  • European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU)
  • European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN)
  • Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ)
  • Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA)
  • Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)
  • Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

We greatly value their support as the high level of interest and spread of partner organisations from around the globe is further evidence of the truly world status of this year’s conference. If your local or regional association would like to become an official conference partner, or your institution or organisation one of our family of sponsors, then please contact the Conference Chair, Professor Mark Brown (

Lastly, this is just a reminder that the submission date for papers is quickly approaching. So make sure you submit something before the 1st March deadline, especially if you want the opportunity to share your ideas and innovations with many of the world’s leading educators working in the area.

World Conference Update [date 21st January, 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 for 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.