ICDE - UNESCO Policy Forum on open, online and flexible learning calls for actions by governments, higher education institutions and facultyPublished 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.
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).
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'.
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.
ICDE held a session at Online Educa Berlin in December with the theme Supporting Open Education 2.0. Gard Titlestad, ICDE
Secretary General, was the session Chair and he was joined by four experienced leaders in open and distance education.
In his opening speech, Gard described the massive growth of higher education (particularly within Africa), and how the challenge of educating hundreds of millions of people can only be met through open and distance education.
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.
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.
In September 2013, the European Commission launched Open Education Europa as part of the Opening up Education initiative to
provide a single gateway to European Open Education Resources (OER).
The main goal of the Open Education Europa portal is to offer access to all existing European OER in different languages in order to be able to present them to learners, teachers and researchers.
The ICDE Presidents’ Summit 2014, hosted by Universitas Terbuka, took place from 19-21 November in Bali and was attended by
Presidents, Rectors and Vice-Chancellors from higher education institutions across the globe.
Major highlights included the ICDE - UNESCO Policy Forum, which produced the Bali message, and the closed Presidents' meeting.
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 ICDE Chairs in Open Educational Resources (OER) attended the Presidents’ Summit in Bali in November and met with the ICDE
Executive Committee to discuss mutual expectations for the future.
Five general aims were endorsed for the ICDE Chairs in OER initiative:
Open Praxis has published its latest edition for 2014, which consists of three research articles and three innovative practice
articles. This latest edition celebrates two years of operation since Open Paxis was launched at the beginning of 2013.
Sixteen authors from seven countries (and four continents) across the globe have contributed to volume 6, issue 4 of Open Praxis.
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.
Technology holds the key to lowering the cost of quality higher education in both developed and developing countries, says
international open and distance learning expert, Sir John Daniel.
Visiting New Zealand at the invitation of Open Polytechnic and speaking at a hosted event in Wellington, the former President of ICDE and Vice-Chancellor of the Open University UK described the “Iron Triangle” of cost, quality and access which he said had created in people’s minds an “insidious” link between quality and exclusivity in education.
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.
The Dutch university guide ‘Keuzegids Universiteiten’ has proclaimed the Open Universiteit as 'best university 2015' in The
Netherlands. The guide also awards the Open Universiteit, an ICDE member, with four of the six assessed bachelor programs
with the designation ‘top education’.
Professor Anja Oskamp, Rector of the Open Universiteit, was thrilled: “A fantastic score: ‘best university’ and four times ‘top education’, we are proud of this! It proves to us that continuous focus on improving the quality of education is important.”
The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, an ICDE member, has been awarded runner up for the 2014 International E-learning
Award for the best e-learning portal worldwide.
The Scientific Committee members that assessed the applicants for the award were impressed by the number and variety of 2014 applications and by the quality of UNINETTUNO’s e-learning provision.
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.
The 4th annual international conference ‘Learning Innovations and Quality’ (LINQ 2015) has published its three calls related
to this year’s theme, ‘The Need for Change in Education: Openness as Default?
Interested parties are invited to submit research papers, project overviews, and workshop proposals on the following themes by 4 February 2015:
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 is now open!
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.
Innovation Arabia 8 is a highly scientific refereed event with thought leaders, academics, and the professional community
searching to exchange ideas, discuss trends, solutions and challenges in the development of sustainable economies and societies
in the Arab World through innovation.
Register your attendance now! ICDE members receive a significant discount of 50 per cent on the registration fee.