Presidents’ Summit on the challenges for leadership in open education

Published 25.07.14

Educational leaders from around the world will attend this year's Presidents' Summit, which will focus on developing sustainable business models and finding strategic pedagogical approaches.

The theme will be Leadership Challenges: Approaches Towards Successful Open Education Models. Keynote speakers will discuss the opportunities that new technologies bring, strategies for striving for quality, expanding business models, and much more.

Special offer for new members - receive up to three months of free membership

Published 06.10.14

Institutions that apply to join ICDE now can receive up to three months of free membership – that’s a saving of up to EUR 1,146!

If you join during October, November or December 2014 and pay the 2015 fee in advance, then your membership for the remaining months of this year is free.

Open Praxis, call for papers

Published 25.07.14

Open Praxis welcomes contributions which demonstrate creative and innovative research, and which highlight challenges, lessons and achievements in the practice of distance and e-learning from all over the world.

Open Praxis has issued a call for papers for its next two editions. The first is due for publication in the first quarter of 2015, while the second is due for publication in the April-June 2015 edition and will include a selection of papers from the Open Education Global 2015 conference.

Online Educa Berlin: ICDE member discount, and programme now available!

Published 25.06.14

Online Educa Berlin is the largest global conference on technology supported learning and training for the corporate, education and public service sectors. The conference programme is now available online!

As an association partner, ICDE is able to offer a discounted registration rate of EUR 600 instead of the standard EUR 790 to all members including staff of member institutions.

Former ICDE President Sir John Daniel appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

Published 17.10.14

Sir John Daniel, ICDE President 1982-85 and Hon. Life Member, was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada, the Hon. David Johnston, at Government House in Ottawa on 12 September 2014.

He was appointed to this prestigious position for his ‘advancement of open learning and distance education in Canada and around the world’.

Would you like to contribute in the OER in Less Used Languages workshop?

Published 07.08.14

A LangOER workshop will take place on 14 October 2014 to discuss the draft policy brief which examines Open Educational Resources (OER) in Less Used Languages and provides recommendations for policy makers.

The session will be broadcast live on the web, and you are invited to participate and contribute.

Multiple MOOCs means many opportunities for learning

Published 17.10.14

Sign up and take part in free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are being offered in a range of different subjects, from blended learning to business organization. The courses are offered in multiple languages and provide online, easy-to-access learning opportunities that are open to all learners.

These MOOCs, lasting between 6 and 8 weeks, are all offered by the new European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA) which brings together leading university partners.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 recognizes childrens’ rights to education

Published 13.10.14

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi for their struggle for the right of all children to education, as well as against the suppression of children and young people.

During his keynote speech at the recent ABED conference in Brazil, ICDE’s Secretary General Gard Titlestad highlighted the African proverb that ‘if you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’.

8th EDEN Research Workshop, ICDE Chairs in OER to participate in Oxford style debate

Published 07.08.14

The 8th European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Research Workshop will be held in Oxford (United Kingdom) on 27 and 28 October 2014. The workshop will include an Oxford style debate on the uptake and impact of Open Educational Resources (OER), with participation by two ICDE Chairs in OER.

The registration deadline is fast approaching, so make sure to register your attendance now.

ICDE International Conference in Moscow, a complete success!

Published 14.03.14

Nearly 200 people from countries across the globe met in Moscow for the ICDE International Conference on 25-26 September 2014, with the theme of 'connecting the world through open, distance and e-learning'.

The day prior to the conference, members of the programme committee and conference speakers were invited to a round table discussion about open education, hosted by the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Reminder - MOOC for teachers to improve their skills, offered in 7 languages

Published 16.09.14

Teachers have an opportunity to participate in a short course to improve their skills for designing ICT-based learning activities. The massive open online course (MOOC) is free and available in seven languages including English, Spanish, French, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Greek and Catalan.

More than 1,000 people have now registered for the MOOC which starts on 27 October. Register your interest now!

New fully online postgraduate programme for e-Learning Design and Teaching

Published 17.10.14

An opportunity exists for teaching staff and education professionals to develop their careers with a new online programme offered by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), a member of ICDE.

Participants will develop competencies for the design, management and implementation of educational solutions in which the intensive use of ICT, and the effective practice of online teaching, are key to the provision of quality education.

‘Distance education in European higher education – the offer’ report is now available

Published 09.10.14

The IDEAL project has launched the first of three study reports on the impact of distance education on adult learning.

The aim of this first report is to examine the distance education offer of European higher education institutions and identify the intended target groups, in particular adult learners.

UNESCO IITE conference on new challenges for pedagogy and quality education

Published 22.08.14

The 2014 UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) Conference will be held in Moscow on 14 and 15 October 2014. The theme of the conference is ‘New challenges for Pedagogy and Quality Education: Massive Online Courses, Clouds and Mobiles’.

Dr Mansoor Al Awar, newly appointed governing board member of UNESCO IITE and Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, will be speaking at the conference.

ABED International Conference: 'ODL and the Internationalization of Learning in Brazil'

Published 25.04.14

Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael Litto opened the ABED International Conference by sharing that in Brazil, the Higher Education enrolment rate has tripled since 1999 and distance education students now account for 25 per cent of the total number of students.

The conference, which took place in Brazil from 6-9 October 2014, opened space for researchers, educators and organizational leaders to present their scientific investigative research; present reports of innovative experiences; take part in round tables with specialists from Brazil and from other countries; present lectures; be included in working teams in diverse acting fields and make professional contacts.

New UNESCO Chair established in Slovenia

Published 08.10.14

A UNESCO Chair in Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning has been established at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljublijana, Slovenia.

The Chair will serve to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on online learning for Open Educational Resources (OER) and open learning.

1st International Scientific E-Conference, call for papers

Published 08.10.14

There is an opportunity to submit research papers for the 1st International Scientific E-Conference, organized by Texila American University. All participants have the chance to win either gold, silver or bronze awards for the best research papers, and also an award for the outstanding research paper.

There is a call for research papers on public health, clinical research, nursing, psychology, management, information technology, education, alternative medicine, theology, food and nutrition and political sciences.

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