INTERNATIONAL ONLINE CONFERENCE 
October 2020, London, United Kingdom

Online Learning the New Normal Post Covid-19

Online learning concepts, methodologies and strategies

Online and e-learning applications, platforms and technologies

Global experiences, lessons learned and countries-specific cases

As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, for the first time since its inception all conferences organised by the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) will be organised remotely via video conference technologies. In doing so, WASD will use the latest technology in video conferencing from London with participants from all-over the world connecting from homes. The conference will follow on the recent Global Minds Debate organised by WASD focusing on the importance of remote learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The conference objective is to critically assess the impact of Covid-19 pandemic lockdown on all academic institutions across the world and how can academic institutions can provide proper high-quality education and learning online? Before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, there was a big debate about whether on-campus learning was good quality or whether online learning could ever replicate on-campus learning; suddenly all of those questions became irrelevant as all academic institutions have no other option than to deliver their teaching and learning online. All universities now have to teach remotely. This happened right in the middle of the academic year, with no warning, everybody had to quickly adjust, close the physical campus and try to teach the curriculum online. Now the focus is going to be on the quality of the e-learning experience. In that sense, something quite positive could come out of this because all the educational institutions have been forced to use this medium, and a lot more attention is being paid to how we do this. How do we provide proper, really high-quality education online? One consequence is going to be that if we are to do this properly, we are actually going to create educational institutions that are much more resilient in the future. More specifically, the conference aims to discuss and explore various approaches and different ways planned by governments which can contribute to enhance and support the implementation of online learning and education across the world. 

The conference has been designed to introduce a variety of fundamental concepts and methodologies on online and e-learning applications and/or platforms to help implementing an effective and appropriate online education policies and strategies. The conference aims to discuss and explore the various approaches and different ways that can contribute to help academic institutions particularly those in Developing Countries (DCs) in post Covid-19 pandemic global lockdown.

 Background

The conference will critically address the question of how countries can effectively implement various policies and strategies for online learning and teaching. The conference also aims to provoke forward thinking on developing new methods and approaches to suit the challenges and opportunities of Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in the new era of digital revolution. These new approaches will call for actions to implement different appropriate ways of teaching and learning and of doing new things that will be essential to remote learning and help in the implementation of a comprehensive online learning platforms particularly in DCs. All countries particularly those DCs must therefore consider teaching and learning differently from the old face-to-face classic approach on campus. The conference also aims to recognise and encourage the role of the private sector together with the public sector in implementing online learning.

 Developing Countries Perspectives

Although the impact of Covid-19 pandemic is affecting countries across the world, but developing countries (DCs) are facing more additional challenges and difficulties. First, teaching and learning content is not readily available in most DCs and therefore several government have started various initiatives to ensure that e-content is available. Secondly, given their limited experience with online learning, most DCs are not very familiar with the appropriate and most effective teaching and learning methods methods or platforms to be used online. Third, the online infrastructure availability in most DCs is a big issue facing their countries to ensure an uninterrupted Wi-fi supply as well as the availability of electricity particularly in Africa. Fourth, most of the e-learning platforms and application in DCs are not very advance and mostly are Beta platforms and/or applications. Finally, the capacity building and training for staff in most DCs is a very critical issue facing teachers and students when using an online learning technologies and applications.

Previous conferences

For more information about WASD conferences, you can browse samples from our previous conferences:

Coronavirus 2020
UN London 2019 
UN Genève 2018 
London 2016

Program structure

WASD conferences brings together researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice. The following experts have already been confirmed as participants on the conference. Please kindly contact us if you have any question at admin@wasd.org.uk or janet.snow@wasd.org.uk. The program will be facilitated by the best experts from all over the world on e-learning platforms and online learning and it will provide participants worldwide with the best scientific and practical proposals to implement a successful online learning strategy in their academic institutions.

Publications 

ALL papers submitted and accepted by the deadline will be reviewed for possible inclusion in the conference refereed proceedings and selected papers from the proceedings will also be published in various special issues in our Six International Journals and specialised Book Series. WASD Conference Proceedings (Outlook) is a high quality publication that has been published by WASD since 2003 in partnership with various publishers. The  conference proceedings are listed in the Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI), and respected all over the world by leading academic and professional bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank, UNESCO, European Commission and major universities in the UK (Oxford, Cambridge, London), USA (Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, NY, California) and Australia (Queensland, Sydney, Griffith).

Organising Committee

Pre-Conference Workshop on “Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

This workshop has been designed to introduce a variety of fundamental perspectives on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science (DS) to build future leaders in public and private sectors who are able to understand and deal with future challenges particularly post Covid-19. The workshop will explain how AI is about designing and building computer-based artifacts to make various human tasks easier.

The workshop aims to enable leaders and decision makers to introduce fit-for-purpose AI and DS applications and approaches to their organisations in the post Covid 19 era.

Participants will realise how much AI has the potential to make our lives better in almost all fields. It gives us the tools necessary to learn from and capitalise on human experience, and perform complex tasks such as recommending solutions based on processing large amounts of data.