Online, open and flexible systems deliver quality higher education, student success, improved capacity, and cost-effective pathways to learning. Funding is critical to reap the benefits.

Published 16.07.15

These are the central arguments of the Paris Message, entitled “Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education for the Future We Want”.

Introducing the World Conference keynotes: Wayne Mackintosh

Published 11.08.15

Wayne Mackintosh, founding director of the OER Foundation headquartered at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, is a "committed advocate and user of free software for education". The ICDE Chair in OER is a "strategy innovator with a passion for open sourcing education".

Over 500 papers have been accepted for presentation at the 26th ICDE World Conference to be hosted by the University of South Africa in Sun City near Pretoria, 14-16 October 2015. Registrations close in just two weeks, so make sure you register for the conference now.

Latest issue of Open Praxis is available for download

Published 11.08.15

Open Praxis has published its third issue for 2015 which consists of four research articles and two innovative practice articles.

Dr. Inés Gil-Jaurena, the editor of Open Praxis, explains in her editorial that "12 authors from Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Brazil, Pakistan, South Africa, Slovak Republic and the United States of America have contributed in six different papers, four of them with a research-oriented approach and two of them with an innovative practice character. The broad topic of openness is somehow addressed in most of the papers, which deal with open educational resources and other open practices."

Three new members join the ICDE network

Published 13.08.15

Three institutions from Israel, Ukraine and Switzerland have recently joined the ICDE network following the approval of their applications by the ICDE Executive Committee.

ICDE Annual Report 2014 now available for download

Published 13.08.15

In her foreword for the ICDE Annual Report 2014, Prof. Tian Belawati, ICDE President and Universitas Terbuka Rector, summarizes the many positive activities for ICDE during 2014. These include successful events – the International Conference in Moscow, and the Presidents’ Summit and ICDE-UNESCO Policy Forum in Bali; the participation of ICDE in several projects with good results; and the new partnerships with important organizations for ICDE to focus more on the external environment.

ICDE seeks two new advisers for its Permanent Secretariat

Published 28.08.15

Two staff members in the ICDE Permanent Secretariat in Oslo, Norway, have recently left ICDE to explore new opportunities.

Therefore, ICDE now seeks two new advisers who are passionate about education and international cooperation to join its Secretariat in Oslo.

Register for the 2nd MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum

Published 17.08.15

The 2nd MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum (MENA-HELF), organized by ICDE member Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS), will be held in Abu Dhabi from 9-11 November 2015.

Twenty-five international experts, including the University of South Africa (UNISA) Principal and Vice Chancellor and ICDE Executive Committee member Prof. Mandla Makhanya, will speak on topics related to the theme: Towards Transformative Higher Education in the MENA Region: The Role of Innovation in the 21st Century Digital and Knowledge based Society.

Towards a New Pedagogy of Engaged Learning

Published 17.08.15

The importance of student engagement as a success factor in learning has long been recognized. With all the tools and resources available in the 21st century to extend and support this engagement, we need to revise our understanding of teaching and learning – what we refer to as pedagogy.

The Commonwealth of Learning launches new MOOC platform

Published 17.08.15

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has launched its new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Development portal. This online service is built on the idea that offering a MOOC should be as easy as taking one.

Interested partner institutions can use the portal to create and offer their own MOOC with up to 10,000 registrations per course.

e-Learning Korea 2015 - Re-thinking of e-Learning for Another Decade

Published 17.08.15

ICDE member Korea National Open University is helping to organize e-Learning Korea 2015 which will be held in Seoul from 16-18 September 2015 with the theme: Re-thinking of e-Learning for Another Decade.

Teachers in the digital era - Athena Fund gains new support following the recent Global High Level Policy Forum

Published 13.08.15

Uri Ben-Ari, founder and president of the Athena Fund, attended the UNESCO-ICDE Global High Level Policy Forum in Paris in June 2015. He penned his positive experience at the forum in a piece that was published in Boston’s The Jewish Advocate.

Athena Fund recently became a member of ICDE. It is a non-profit organization established in 2006 to promote the empowerment of teachers in Israel by providing them with tools for self-fulfillment and professional advancement.

Report on the Global High Level Policy Forum

Published 12.06.15

Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education for the Future We Want.

Over 150 participants from more than 55 countries around the world participated in the Global High Level Policy Forum, organized by UNESCO in partnership with ICDE. The Forum was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 9-11 June 2015.

Fast track Call for Thematic Papers - ICDE MOOCs4D II

Published 27.07.15

The MOOCs4D II track in the 26th ICDE World Conference in South Africa will explore “the potential of MOOCs as a transformative lever for promoting education as a global common good”, in developing economies, and in particular Africa, and as a possible platform for South-South-North collaboration.

The 2015 MOOCs4D II track will bring together policy makers, experts, practitioners, scholars and representatives from MOOC initiatives from around the world to further the conversations begun during the initial 2014 MOOCs4D conference at the University of Pennsylvania in April 2014. The MOOCs4D II track is planned to start on 13 October 2015.

You are now invited to submit proposals related to the theme of the MOOCs4D II specialist track. We call for innovative papers that engage with the topicality of the theme and emerging policy signals towards the planned conference publication.

The final date to submit papers for the fast track call is 21 August 2015.

Presidents' Summit keynote speakers

Published 20.05.15

Senior management from higher education institutions across the globe will attend this year's Presidents' Summit - the ICDE Standing Conference of Presidents meeting at the ICDE World Conference in South Africa 14-16 October. An ICDE High Level Policy Forum in partnership with UNESCO, the Commonwealth of Learning and the Open Education Consortium will take place on 17 October.

Innovation Arabia 9 - call for papers

Published 30.07.15

The theme for Innovation Arabia 9 will be ‘Accelerating Innovation towards Sustainable Economy’ and a call for papers has now been announced.

The Smart Learning Conference, organized by ICDE member Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), will be held in Dubai from 7-9 March 2016.

Aziza Ellozy - a richness of thinking about teaching and learning

Published 15.05.15

The second African scholar to hold a keynote presentation at the 26th ICDE World Conference will be Aziza Ellozy, founding director of the Center for Learning and Teaching at The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

500 papers have now been accepted for presentation at the conference to be hosted by the University of South Africa in Sun City near Pretoria, 14-16 October 2015. Early bird registration is available until 31 July.

Three research positions open up at Open Universiteit Nederland

Published 30.07.15

Open Universiteit Nederland has announced three new vacancies, including one postdoctoral position and two PhD positions, in its Welten Research Institute.

The potential of distance education

Published 21.07.15

This new report looks at who is interested in taking distance education courses, their motivations and the main barriers to taking up studies.

ICDE is proud to be taking part in one of the first projects to identify and reach out to a large number of potential adult learners.

Global High Level Policy Forum - interviews with experts

Published 06.07.15

Six experts were interviewed by ICDE at the recent Global High Level Policy Forum, organized by UNESCO in partnership with ICDE. Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education for the Future We Want was the Forum theme, and the experts were asked to comment on their main conclusions and the actions they would like to see happen post-event. Watch the videos on YouTube here!

Introducing the World Conference keynotes: Harold Jarche

Published 15.05.15

Harold Jarche is focused on workplace transformation, helping people and businesses adapt to the network era. He has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. He knows that the ability to learn is the only lasting competitive advantage in an era of life in perpetual Beta.

500 papers have now been accepted for presentation at the conference to be hosted by the University of South Africa in Sun City near Pretoria, 14-16 October 2015. Early bird registration is available until 31 July.

Publication opportunity for innovative research and practice

Published 25.07.14

Open Praxis, a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal welcomes submissions which highlight challenges, lessons and achievements in the practice of distance and e-learning from all over the world.

Its current call for papers is open until 31 July for publication in October 2015.

Global overview of quality in online and open education

Published 19.05.15

This first global overview of quality models, an ICDE supported study, is a must-read for any person concerned with quality in online, open and flexible higher education. It presents quality models in use around the globe and offers 11 recommendations for future work in the field.

High Level Policy Forum in South Africa, 17 October 2015

Published 16.07.15

Higher Education for the Sustainable Future We Want. The Way Ahead for Online, Open and Flexible Learning: Opportunities and Actions

The Forum will be held in Pretoria, South Africa, and is organized by ICDE in partnership with UNESCO, the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) and the Open Education Consortium (OEC).

James Lind Institute joins ICDE

Published 21.07.15

James Lind Institute, based in India and Singapore is a provider of industry specific training to students and working professionals who intend to build or advance their career in the growing sectors of pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare and allied industries.

Nominations invited for UNESCO prize for ICTs in education

Published 06.07.15

The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education rewards innovations in teaching and learning that leverage technology to improve educational outcomes.

ICDE as a UNESCO partner may nominate entries, and members are therefore invited to propose candidates for consideration by the ICDE Executive Committee by 1 October 2015.

Watch again: webinar on adults and distance learning - the potential for higher education

Published 09.10.14

If you missed the webinar on adults and distance learning organized by ICDE and partners recently, you can watch again or browse the presentation online.

Student success - putting the learner at the heart of the system

Published 30.04.15

How can learners be supported, student success assured, and student drop-out and failure diminished? Student success in open, distance and e-learning is a report by Alan Tait of The Open University, UK for ICDE. Drawing on research findings from a survey of 53 ICDE member institutions, the Task Group led by Professor Tait has examined how student success can be best supported in open, distance and e-learning programmes.

Grants for students' and early career professionals' conference, OpenCon 2015

Published 03.07.15

OpenCon 2015 is the student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held 14-16 November 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Grants are available to cover travel costs

Call for papers on the teacher's role in educational innovation

Published 12.06.15

The online journal eLearning Papers welcomes submissions for issue 44 on the teacher's role in educational innovation. The deadline for submissions is 4 August.

New papers on design patterns for open online teaching and learning in the light of the rapid rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs) have just been published.

Joyce Seitzinger - World Conference keynote profile

Published 15.05.15

The fourth keynote speaker for the 26th ICDE World Conference is Joyce Seitzinger - a scholar who is equally comfortable in the corporate and academic domains. Joyce is known for her work on digital practices inside and outside of higher education and her interests range from social content curation, blogs, podcasts to wikis. She is currently a Lecturer in Blended Learning at Deakin University, Australia, where she runs a capacity building project on network literacies for staff in the Faculty of Health.

The ICDE World Conference will be hosted by the University of South Africa in Sun City near Pretoria from 14-16 October 2015.

Nordic OER network seminar held

Published 06.07.15

ICDE is a member of a network of universities and other organizations from the Nordic area of Europe working to promote open education and collaboration amongst stakeholders in all educational sectors. The initiative, which has been supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers' NordPlus programme, recently held a seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark, at which the ICDE Secretary General gave a presentation on the uptake of OER in languages other than English.

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