University presidents welcome UNESCO, OECD and European Commission commitment to open, distance and online education and support for innovation and reinvention.
Focusing on Leadership for Change in a Time of Openness, this year's Standing Conference of Presidents (SCOP) meeting was held in Lisbon, Portugal, 27-30 November 2013. The meeting included the ICDE Policy Forum co-organized with UNESCO with contributions from governmental bodies and NGOs, and an Innovative Leadership Workshop. The three keynote speakers; Tony Bates, Bakary Diallo and Pierre Mairesse each offered their unique perspective on the currents of change in education.
Nelson Mandela's commitment to the importance of education for all, and to its power to create change was undoubted. What is less well known is that he was an alumnus of ICDE member institution, the University of South Africa (Unisa). Nelson Mandela was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 by the Nobel Committee, appointed by the Norwegian parliament. Norway has been the host country for ICDE since the government began to support the organization in 1988.
ICDE has established a programme of prizes for innovation and best practice in open, distance, flexible, online and e-learning. The first prizes were awarded at the 25th ICDE World Conference in Tianjin, China in October 2013. Nine papers were selected by the Editorial Board of Open Praxis on the themes of Open Educational Resources and intercultural aspects, Learning analytics, Mobile learning, Impact, Teaching quality, and Leadership. These are now published in volume 5, issue 4 of Open Praxis.
To help build a global overview of MOOCs, ICDE in cooperation with the Open University of China organized a think tank, “Mind to MOOCs”, immediately after the ICDE World Conference. Invited experts from all regions of the world and senior management of a number of ICDE member institutions debated this current opportunity and challenge for higher education. As part of the preparations, ICDE undertook a survey of its institutional members, with 80% of respondents reporting that they have launched or are planning to launch at least one Massive Open and Online Course (MOOC).
ICDE is considering the development of a network of Honorary Chairs in Open Educational Resources (OER). Dependent on the interest of its members, a network will be established, where possible in collaboration with UNESCO, which already operates a Chairs Programme across a range of disciplines. ICDE member institutions are hereby invited to propose an expert who has a Chair at that institution, and who has an outstanding record for his/ her work and achievements in OER.
ICDE wishes a warm welcome to institutions from China, Iran, Italy and Romania which have recently been accepted as new institutional members of the organization.
These ICDE prizes which aim to stimulate innovation and best practice in open, distance, flexible, online and e-learning, were awarded in Tianjin. Nine papers were selected by the Editorial Board of Open Praxis on the themes of Open Educational Resources and intercultural aspects, Learning analytics, Mobile learning, Impact, Teaching quality, and Leadership.
Open Praxis, ICDE's peer-reviewed open access journal focusing on research and innovation in open, flexible and distance learning, will publish a selection of papers from the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) Global 2014 conference. The theme is “Open Education for a Multicultural World”, and the call for papers is open now. The conference will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 23-25 April 2014.
Massive open online courses may offer countries around the world an affordable way to democratize higher education, but at best such a possibility is a long way off. This was the conclusion of a recent event in Washington D.C. sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research - which financially supports ICDE. The meeting sought to find solutions to problems shared by Norway, Canada, and the United States. Tony Bates, Research Associate at ICDE member Contact North - Contact Nord, Canada and Berit Kjeldstad, Pro-Rector for Education at ICDE member, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology spoke at the event.
Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) announces the 4th African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) Conference and General Assembly, which will take place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 6-9 June 2014 on the theme of “Continental Integration through ODL in Africa”.
This inaugural Higher Education Leadership Forum organized by the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) in partnership with ICDE, the Association of Arab Universities and the UT Global Initiative was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier this month. ICDE Secretary General Gard Titlestad spoke on The Future of Higher Education and the Future of Learning at the Forum which also saw the launch of the MENA Association of University Presidents.
The ICDE World Conference is held every two years, hosted by a member institution. During the closing ceremony of the most recent World Conference in Tianjin, China, it was announced that The University of South Africa - Unisa - will host the 26th ICDE World Conference in its home city of Tshwane - Pretoria. This is the first time the event will be hosted in Africa, and follows Unisa's hosting of a highly successful ICDE Standing Conference of Presidents meeting in 2010.
The 25th ICDE World Conference on Open and Distance Learning held 16-18 October in Tianjin, China drew to a close having attracted approximately 700 participants from 40 countries. Ten parallel sessions and three debates were held, and there were six keynote speakers including Vijay Kumar of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (pictured). ICDE expresses gratitude to the host institution, Tianjin Open University, and to all sponsors, contributors and participants.
Following nominations made by members of ICDE, the winners of the biennial Prize of Excellence awards were announced at the 25th ICDE World Conference in Tianjin, China. The winners were selected by an independent international jury appointed by the ICDE Executive Committee.
This overview of nine key documents published over the past year is provided to support the ongoing debate on MOOCs, Open Educational Resources and online education, and to support the change processes in this time of openness. Dates of publication and extent are noted.
The OER University was officially launched at an event held at ICDE member institution, Thompson Rivers University, Canada on 1 November. The OERu aims to provide free learning to all students worldwide using OER learning materials with pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognized education institutions. It hopes to develop a parallel learning universe to augment and add value to traditional delivery systems in post-secondary education. Through the community service mission of participating institutions the OERu offers learners formal academic credit and reduced fees for assessment and credit.
Massey University, New Zealand will begin to offer courses through the free online learning platform Open2Study, led by Open Universities Australia (OUA). Massey joins ICDE member the University of Newcastle, Australia, which offers a course in Midwifery, by offering expertise in three of its core disciplines of Agriculture, Emergency Management and Maori Studies.
A MOOCs revolution or online evolution? Open education, Open Educational Resources, Open Access? Learning analytics and adapted learning, the role of faculty, the learner at the centre? Innovation and openness are challenges confronting institutional leaders all over the world. But how to respond? Senior management from ICDE member institutions will discuss Leadership for Change in a Time of Openness in a dedicated session at Online Educa Berlin on 5 December 2013. Staff of member institutions are eligible for a discounted registration rate.
Focusing on Leadership for Change in a Time of Openness, this year's Standing Conference of Presidents (SCOP) meeting is now underway in Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting includes the ICDE Policy Forum co-organized with UNESCO and with contributions from governmental bodies and NGOs , and an Innovative Leadership Workshop. The three keynote speakers; Tony Bates, Bakary Diallo and Pierre Mairesse will each offer their unique perspective on the currents of change in education.