24th ICDE World Conference (2-5 October 2011, Bali, Indonesia)



In October 2011, ICDE held its 24th World Conference on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Hosted by ICDE member institution Universitas Terbuka, the conference addressed new approaches to open and distance learning with the theme of “Expanding Horizons - New Approaches to ODL.”

ICDE extends warm thanks to the staff of Universitas Terbuka who did a commendable job, ensuring the success of the conference.

Over 600 delegates, representing 49 countries, were in attendance at the 24th ICDE World Conference on Open and Distance Education.

Opened by the Indonesian Minister of National Education Muhammad Nuh, the 24th ICDE World Conference featured a range of internationally respected keynote speakers whose presentations were streamed live during the event.

Among those who presented were Duk Hoon Kwak, President and CEO of Educational Broadcasting System (EBS), Korea; Rory McGreal, Associate Vice-President Research, Athabasca University, Canada; Gráinne Conole, Head of e-Learning at the University of Leicester, UK; Lawrence Lessig, lawyer, activist and founder of Creative Commons, US; and Hal Plotkin, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, United States Department of Education.


The theme of the 24th ICDE World Conference is “Expanding Horizons – New Approaches to Open and Distance Learning”. This conference provides a forum for sharing of ideas on redefining the roles and strategies of ODL in promoting cross-nation human capacity building. The conference discusses issues and challenges for ODL under the following sub-themes:

  • ODL and human capacity building

  • ODL in a changing world

  • Quality and ODL – the way forward

  • Management and strategic development of ODL

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) in a global world

  • International development and distance learning

The 24th ICDE World Conference features 6 keynote speeches, 216 paper presentations in 6 parallel sessions, and about 67 posters.


This conference will be a forum for participants from all over the world and distinguished experts to share and learn from each other on how to plan, develop and better manage ODL programs. Since there is a wide range of content in ODL programs in participating institutions/countries which cover all of those three components, directly or indirectly it will help promote the new way of thinking about a future in which environmental, societal, and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of development and improved quality of life.

The main conference will be held over two days at Westin Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali and will consist of keynotes speeches as well as plenary and parallel sessions. The keynote speeches will be delivered by invited speakers who will be identified by an International Program Committee based on his/her expertise in the field of ODL. The plenary sessions are devoted to seven invited experts who will address different sub-themes in panel formats.  The parallel sessions are allocated for about 297 presenters who will be distributed in accordance with the sub-themes of the conference. The tentative agenda of paper presentations is as follow:

Day 1  (Afternoon)

Session 1 (13.45 – 15.15)           : 54 Papers

Session 2 (15.30 – 17.15)           : 63 Papers

Day 2

Morning Session (09.00 – 12.45)     : 63 Papers

Afternoon Session 1 (13.45 – 15.45) : 54 Papers

Afternoon Session 2 (16.00 – 17.45) : 63 Papers

Conference Proceedings

A list of proceedings are available on the website