The Centre for Distance Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that following a tumultuous year since our last Research in Distance Education, (RIDE), conference gathering in 2020, we are preparing to deliver an online conference to a global audience, uniquely delivered over three focused half days of  interactive sessions on the 16th, 17th and 18th June 2021.

The conference theme for 2021 is Learning through disruption. This broad topic will be examined through the perspectives of key stakeholders – the practitioner/educator, the student and the Institution. We will provide an in-depth exploration of research and evidence from practice across three sub-themed sessions:

DayThemeProgramme at a glance
Day 1 Wednesday 16 June 9.15 – 12.50 BST Student Support and Student Engagement 9.15 – 10.15 Opening and Keynote 10.30 – 11.30 Parallel Sessions 11.40 – 12.10 Invited Talk   
Day 2 Thursday 17 June 14.00 – 17.15 BSTRedesigning Assessment      
14.00 – 14.45 Welcome and Keynote 15.00 – 16.00 Parallel Sessions 16.15 – 17.15 Invited Talks 
Day 3 Friday 18 June  9.30 – 13.15 BSTRethinking Teaching and learning 9.30 – 10.30 Welcome and Keynote 10.45 – 11.45 Parallel Sessions 1 12.00 – 13.00 Parallel Sessions 2 

Each sub-theme session will include a keynote presentation discussed with a supporting respondent expert, and audience participation. Participants will then be engaged with further presentations of evidence from academic practice, discussing concerns, findings from research and evaluations and reflecting on achievements. 

Invited talks from:

  • Dr Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera
  • Sam Brenton, Director of Online Education, University of London
  • Jonathan Baldwin, JISC

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