ICDE Presidents' Summit 2016: Conference Proceedings 


ICDE Presidents' Summit 2016: Conference Proceedings 

The 2016 ICDE Presidents' Summit was hosted by Charles Sturt University and took place in Sydney, Australia from 20-23 November 2016 under the theme ‘A New Era of Leadership & Quality, The Business of Open & Distance Learning 2020 .’ The conference, attended by  115 delegates from over 32 countries.


Visit the official website for the President's Summit 2016 here.

Explore the full Conference Program here.

Pictures are available here.

Presentations are linked, where available.

Presentations and additional conference proceedings

Monday 21st November 2016

Session: Open Plenary Panel: From Regional to Global: Critical Leadership,Quality and Partnership Issues Facing Online, Open and Flexible Learning Universities


Session: Challenges Facing Smart Learning in Higher Education: Lessons from the Middle East

Presentation: Mansoor Al Awar, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University: "Smart Learning facing the Challenges of Higher Education"

Session: Regional Forums on Key Issues


Session: Plenary Panel: The Australasian Online, Open and Flexible Learning Landscape


Session: Learning Analytics Marketplace


Learning Analytics: Insight Papers available here 


Learning Analytics Posters:  

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

SessionPresidents’ Challenge Dialogues, Leadership Imperatives: What’s Missing on the Leadership Front?


SessionODL Quality: Political, Economic and Service Implications


  • Anthony McClaran, Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA)

  • Remus Pricopie, National University of Political Studies and Public Admininistration (Romania): "SNSPA"

 SessionOpen Education – Driving Innovation for the Future


Session: Keynote Address: Form Follows Function: What institutions and leaders will need to look like in the future to ensure quality in higher education


  • Don Olcott, Jr., Charles Sturt University

  • Bill Pepicello, President Emeritus, University of Phoenix

  • Barney Dalgarno, Charles Sturt University

  • Godehard Ruppert, Bavarian Virtual University

Session: ICDE 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Working Session


Dinner presentation: ACODE-Pearson Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Awards Presentation 

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Session: Pushing the Boundaries: Future Leadership, Business and Quality, Directions for University Presidents


  • Alan Tait, Open University

  • Belinda Tynan, RMIT University: "RMIT"

  • Bill Pepicello, University of Phoenix

  • Yang Zhijian, The Open University of China: "Leading Reform in a Changing World"

  • Mark Brown, Dublin City University

  • Divya Singh, University of South Africa

Session:  Closing Summary Session


Mandla Makhanya, University of South Africa

Presentations, corrections and updates

Participants at the Presidents' Summit 2016 are welcome to request corrections and to send ICDE a copy of their presentation, poster or picture:

Contact: icde@icde.org