ICDE World Conference on Online Learning


I am delighted to be on the local organising committee for the ICDE’s World Conference on Online Learning which DCU are hosting 3rd -7th November 2019. The conference will be located in the renowned Conference Centre Dublin in the heart of the city. We have been actively promoting the conference in a variety of ways: through Twitter (@WCOL2019), on facebook, LinkedIn and through various blogs.

The overarching conference theme is transforming lives and societies. The sub themes are:

  • Transformative Online Pedagogies
  • Reimaging Online Education for Better Futures
  • Expanding Access, Openness, and Flexibility
  • Promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Innovative Learning Designs for Student Success
  • Open Pathways and New Credentials for Lifelong Learning
  • New Business and Delivery Models for Changing Times
  • Education for Healthy Lives and Communities
  • New Skills for Living and Working in New Times
  • Global Challenges and Global Solutions

Associated with this are a number of key questions:

  • What is the future of online education?
  • How can online education contribute to better futures?
  • What is required to harness the potential of online education?
  • What are the implications of online learning for educational leaders?
  • How should governments and policy-makers respond to online education?

We have a range of innovative presentation types, including: digital posters, lightening talks, concise papers and full papers. In addition we will have 12 spotlight keynotes from international experts in the field. The call for papers is now out.

We will start each day with a ‘Taste of Ireland’ and participants will be exposed to rich Irish history and culture throughout. Finally we have a conference postcard which if you complete and return gives the opportunity to be entered into a prize fund.

Mark Brown and Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl did a video promoting the conference at the end of last year. Today we went to the conference centre to record a second video.

So go on put a paper in and come and enjoy one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe!

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