EI Conference 2013

EI Conference 2013, University College Dublin.

The conference was held from 31 October - 1 November with the theme of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age - Opportunities and Challenges for U21. It focused on contemporary challenges and opportunities posed by the rapid pace of change in digital technologies and online learning in higher education.

The conference provided the opportunity to showcase new digital initiatives taking place across the U21 institutions, and forge new cross-institutional links in order to foster best practice and share ideas and resources on online and blended learning. 

The two-day event was divided into four subthemes:

1. Exploring the Cost & Benefits of Online Innovation

A Keynote Address was given by Professor Diana Laurillard of London Knowledge Lab and is available to view at the link below:


2. Tackling Key Challenges in Online Learning for U21

Group discussions were followed with a presentation of findings.

3. Learning from Partners: U21 Online Innovations

Presentations were made by the following delegates on the key initiatives at their institutions:

Professor Gregor Kennedy, University of Melbourne

Dr Sian Bayne, University of Edinburgh

Professor Phil Long, University of Queensland

Professor Michael Doherty, University College Dublin

The presentations made by Dr Sian Bayne, Professor Phil Long and Professor Michael Doherty are available to view via the link below:

4. U21 Strength in Numbers: Moving forward and finding links across U21

This interactive session focused on how we can work together across the U21 network on common interests/projects and find solutions to barriers to success.

A full conference report can be downloaded below: