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Thoughts of Belinda Tynan, ICDE President

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If you haven’t had the chance to read it in last week’s Conference Newsletter, Professor Belinda Tynan, ICDE President shares her thoughts on why you should join us in November in Dublin. She writes…

With just over a month to go the 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning already has around 700 registrations and the numbers keep growing!

I am delighted that we will also be welcoming many Presidents/Rectors and Vice Chancellors to the event for what promises to be our best ever conference to date. If you are yet to sign-up don’t hesitate, as there is much that you will be able learn and discover in the program. Our big questions around what Transforms Lives and Societies are underpinned by a strong equity agenda, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I am sure the networking will be incredibly valuable to all who attend as you engage in cross-global conversations about the issues that matter in online education. The programme has a full range of ideas from leadership to practitioner examples in the area of online learning. There are great keynote speakers, diverse panels and many papers. In fact, we were over-subscribed.

Our world has become increasingly complicated and chaotic with geo-politics playing out before our very eyes. It takes a unique education leader to be able to negotiate the opportunities that straddle the old and new ways of thinking about what success looks like in our century. Modality in education is increasingly mattering more as we expand access, promote equity, embrace flexibility and discover new and competing business models. These are interesting times and education really matters. It matters for many reasons but probably not least that we want the planet to have a rosy future and the issue of sustainability has begun to really heat up. Excuse the pun! Our world requires new thinking and new ways of doing things so we that we can create healthy and sustainable communities.

So, what is the solution? Well, I’d say it is all about education and that is what this conference is all about. So, as President of ICDE I encourage you to register for the Conference and get your warm jackets out for a fabulous time with our host city, Dublin.

I look forward to seeing both old friends and new colleagues in Dublin

Belinda