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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The ICDE World Conference will be hosted by the University of South Africa in Sun City near Pretoria from 14-16 October 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Registration for the 2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University (AVU) to be held 2-3 July in Nairobi, Kenya is now open.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.