Celebrate Open Education Week! 9-13 March 2015

Published 20.02.15

Open Education Week is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.

Open Education Week will run from 9-13 March this year, and is coordinated by The Open Education Consortium.

The 26th ICDE World Conference – call for papers

Published 23.10.14

Experts, academics and practitioners from across the globe are invited to attend the 26th ICDE World Conference, hosted by the University of South Africa, in South Africa from 14-16 October 2015. The call for papers deadline is fast approaching.

The conference will address open and distance learning in 21st century global higher education within the context of increasing demands for access, decreasing state resources and growing concern about the quality of provision. The Presidents' Summit will be held during the World Conference, and the High Level Policy Forum will be held on 17 October.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #icdeunisa

Prize of Excellence 2015 nominations invited

Published 20.01.15

ICDE members are hereby invited to nominate candidates for the ICDE Prize of Excellence 2015, the global prize of excellence in open and distance education. There are three prizes including the 'Institutional Prize', 'Individual Prize' and 'Prize for Lifelong Contribution to the field'.

ICDE - UNESCO Policy Forum on open, online and flexible learning calls for actions by governments, higher education institutions and faculty

Published 05.12.14

Access to, and success in, open, online and flexible learning are key solutions to the pressing development challenges and needs of 21st century societies, emphasizes the November 2014 Bali message by ICDE’s higher education leaders.

Asian Association of Open Universities joins the ICDE network

Published 23.01.15

The Asian Association of Open Universities has joined the ICDE network following the approval of their application for associate membership by the ICDE Executive Committee.

Founded in 1987, the Asian Association of Open Universities is a non-profit organization of higher learning institutions that are primarily concerned with open and distance education (ODE).

MOOC - how Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) enrich teaching & learning

Published 20.02.15

African Virtual University (AVU) has organized a MOOC that will enable you to learn all about how Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) enrich teaching and learning.

The MOOC has been postponed to 9 March 2015, and participants are still able to register online.

ICDE welcomes five new members to the network

Published 20.02.15

ICDE welcomes five new members to the ICDE network. The new members are from three different regions across the world.

The five new members include:

5th Annual Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition 2015

Published 13.02.15

This innovative two-day conference will be held in Abu Dhabi from 17–19 March 2015, and is dedicated to supporting the cross-fertilization of global education programmes and to facilitate partnerships between international organisations with Ministries of Education and academic institutions of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Asian regions.

For the first time in its history, the event is taking place in the Gulf region. Register now and confirm your attendance for this momentous event!

2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University - call for papers

The 2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University (AVU) will bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners seeking to make sense of the challenges and explore emerging opportunities afforded by ICTs and open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) in addressing issues of access, equity and quality of higher education and training in Africa.

The conference theme will be ‘Linking Open Education and eLearning Research to Practice’ and will be held from 1-3 July 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The call for papers is now open.


AVU invite papers from a broad range of research areas in ODeL at the macro, meso and micro levels. Papers should be submitted under one of the sixteen research areas (tracks) provided in the submissions guidelines. Mobile learning, MOOCs and OER still remain of particular interest. AVU also invite papers from IT industry professionals that focus on ICT innovations and solutions for education (including mobile technologies).

Submissions should especially try to address the issue of linking open education and eLearning research to both policy and practice.

The call for papers deadline is 13 March.

More information

Find out more information on submission guidelines.

Information can also be accessed via: www.avu.org

Send your submissions and queries relating to the conference to submissions@avu.org

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Call for interest - 27th ICDE World Conference 2017

Published 20.01.15

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is pleased to announce a Call for interest for the 27th ICDE World Conference scheduled for 2017 and asks member institutions to submit declarations of interest for hosting this conference. Bids from members in America will have priority, North America first and South America second.

The biennial ICDE World Conference is widely recognized as the leading world event in open and distance education and offers a forum for the presentation of cutting edge developments, network building, and professional development.

Call for interest - The Presidents´ Summit, SCOP 2016

Published 20.01.15

ICDE invites for proposals to create an innovative, topical, highly focused and exciting experience for the participants. Bids from members in Australia – Oceania and South America will have priority.

Policy Brief - 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 across Europe and become a priority, the uptake of OER in languages which are less used than the world languages (particularly English) is lagging.

This policy brief, authored by a team of ICDE staff as part of the LangOER project, suggests policy recommendations for governments to take action for the development of OER in Less Used Languages.

Education in the Digital Era conference – an inspiration for policy makers and practitioners

Published 18.12.14

The ‘Education in the Digital Era’ conference took place in Brussels on 11 December. Ministers, leaders of educational institutions, and educational innovators convened to discuss the opportunities and challenges of adapting education to a faster changing, digital society and economy, shaping education's place and priority in the EU's sustainable growth agenda.

Prof. Mandla Makhanya, ICDE Executive Committee member and Principal and Vice Chancellor of Unisa, was invited to participate in the panel that addressed inequalities in education through better access and lower cost. Gard Titlestad, ICDE Secretary General, was also invited as a guest of the conference.

The Battle for Open - How openness won and why it doesn't feel like victory

Published 17.12.14

With the Christmas and New Year break just around the corner, take some time for yourself and read ‘The Battle for Open - How openness won and why it doesn't feel like victory’.

The digital version (Kindle, PDF and ePUB) of the book is free to download.

Martin Weller is an ICDE Chair in OER, as well as the book’s author. In the book, he examines four key areas that have been central to the developments within open education: open access, MOOCs, open education resources and open scholarship.

Norwegian Digital Learning Arena wins the Boldic Award 2014

Published 17.12.14

Norwegian Digital Learning Arena (NDLA) has won the Boldic Award 2014 for delivering open and free digital learning resources of high quality for all.

The award showcases best practises and successful experiences within the Nordic/Baltic area.

Call for papers, the 10th eLearning Forum Asia – innovations in education

Published 17.12.14

The 10th eLearning Forum Asia (eLFA2015), hosted by SIM University, will be held in Singapore from 17-19 June 2015. The theme is ‘Innovations in education: Responding intelligently to diverse learning needs’.

A call for papers has been announced, and academics and practitioners are invited to showcase their work by submitting a proposed paper presentation for consideration. Complimentary registration will be offered to a presenter whose paper is accepted by the Academic Committee.

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