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 50 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.

Pending publication of the Paris message, presentations may be viewed here.

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.

Flexible adult learning - the opportunities for higher education

Published 09.10.14

A recent study has shown that there is considerable potential for the greater integration of flexible adult learning in higher education. As these figures show, institutions recognize the need and predict a significant increase in enrolments in this sector.

A webinar on adults and distance learning organized by ICDE and partners will explore the potential for higher education, on 18 June at 15.00 CET.

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.

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.

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.

Call for nomination of candidates to the ICDE Executive Committee

Published 17.06.13

Institutional members of ICDE are invited to put forward names from their institution or names of other ICDE members for the election of two members to the next Executive Committee. Two institutional members of the ICDE Executive Committee shall be elected for a new period from 2016-2019.

Individual members of ICDE are invited to put forward names of individual ICDE members for the election of one member to the next Executive Committee. One individual member of the ICDE Executive Committee shall be elected for a new period from 2016-2019.

ICDE welcomes new members to the network

Published 20.02.15

ICDE welcomes five new members to the ICDE network from Switzerland, Iran, the Philippines, Somalia and India.

US Council for Higher Education Accreditation quality principles

Published 12.06.15

The International Quality Group of the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has developed a simple set of quality principles that can be put on one page.

ICDE is grateful to Sir John Daniel, O.C., former President of the Commonwealth of Learning and Chair of the Advisory Council of the International Quality Group, for providing this resource.

2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University

Published 12.06.15

Registration for the 2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University (AVU) to be held 2-3 July in Nairobi, Kenya is now open.

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya - 20th anniversary

Published 12.06.15

When it was founded in 1995, ICDE member institution Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain became the first online university in the world.

Now in its 20th year, here are some things you perhaps didn't know about the UOC, as well as a 2-minute celebratory video.

Tyumen State Oil and Gas University

Published 12.06.15

Tyumen State Oil and Gas University (TSOGU) is one of ICDE's newest members. The university is among the largest research and educational complexes in Russia, which includes all the level of higher education: general secondary education, primary education, secondary education and higher professional education. There are also training and retraining and elite business education programmes.

How to choose a MOOC for learning about ICT in education

Published 12.06.15

The HANDSON project, including representatives from ICDE member institutions Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain and Open Universiteit, the Netherlands, has released a benchmarking analysis of MOOCs for the continuous professional development of educators.

Optimizing Higher Education for the Professional Student - conference

Published 12.06.15

The X International GUIDE Conference, Optimizing Higher Education for the Professional Student: A balance of flexibility, quality and cultural sensitivity, will be held on 16-18 September at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Austria’s largest technical university, which offers both traditional and distance degree programmes.

Abstracts are invited, with a submission deadline of 20 June.

Call for papers on applied games and gamification

Published 12.06.15

The online journal eLearning Papers welcomes submissions for issue 43 on Applied Games and Gamification as Drivers for Change.

The deadline for submissions is 26 June.

Prizes for innovation and best practice - publication opportunity

Published 30.04.15

ICDE announces the 2nd edition of a programme of prizes for innovation and best practice papers in open, distance, flexible, online and e-learning. Awards will be presented at the 26th ICDE World Conference in South Africa in October 2015 and award winners will have the opportunity to be published in a future issue of Open Praxis.

Open Educational Resources in your own language, in your way

Published 23.12.14

As Open Educational Resources (OER) move higher on the educational agenda for many countries, the uptake of OER in languages which are less used than world languages (particularly English) is lagging.

This policy brief from ICDE suggests policy recommendations for for the development of OER in less used languages and has been distributed to 53 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond.

UNESCO World Education Forum 2015 Declaration

Published 16.04.15

ICDE is participating in two UNESCO events in Asia this month. The World Education Forum is currently underway in the Republic of Korea on “equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030 - transforming lives through education”. The declaration is analysed in this article.

The WEF will be followed by an International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Post-2015 Education in Qingdao, China.

The current situation for online adult learning in higher education

Published 09.10.14

It is estimated that at least 2 million students are enrolled in distance teaching universities in Europe.

A recent study surveys 167 institutions offering distance education in European higher education and examines what is available, in particular for adult learners.

The online, open and flexible higher education conference

Published 19.05.15

Transforming higher education in the 21st Century: ‘’Innovating pathways to learning and continuous professional education” is the theme for EADTU’s annual conference to be held at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany, 29-30 October 2015.

The call for abstracts remains open until 1 June.

Laura Czerniewicz - World Conference keynote profile

Published 15.05.15

Laura Czerniewicz is an African scholar, renowned for her work on how educational technologies can disrupt or perpetuate cycles of inequality and injustice. She is director of the newly formed Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town.

The call for papers for the 26th ICDE World Conference in South Africa in October remains open until 29 May.

Global High Level Policy Forum: Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education for the Future We Want

Published 04.06.15

This week sees the start of this High Level Policy Forum, organized by UNESCO in partnership with ICDE.

The Forum aims to develop a best practice framework for the higher education sector focusing on access, flexibility, affordability, engagement, success and quality.

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