Morten Flate Paulsen


Acting Secretary General

Morten Flate Paulsen is the Acting Secretary General of ICDE, appointed by the Board of Trustees. 
Phone: Office +47 22 06 26 34

Morten Flate Paulsen's career in the field of online, open and technology enhanced education has spanned over 3 decades. A veteran e-learning expert and advocate, he is most well known for his pioneering advances in the 1980s in Norway which helped lay the foundation for what we today recognise as online education.

Morten Flate Paulsen has participated in a dozen EU projects about online education, held more than 100 lectures at national and international conferences and published more than 100 scientific articles, reports and books about online education. 

For Morten, his favorite online education words are flexibility, cooperation, transparency and celebration. Four words that guide his work and are central to his Theory of Cooperative Freedom and Transparency in Online Education.

Morten has advocated, practiced and studied online education since he started developing the EKKO learning management system in 1986. In 2012, I established NooA – the Nordic open online Academy which has given him hands on experience in the most imaginable functions of online education. Morten has also held the position of President of EDEN - the European Distance and E-Learning Network and as a member of EADL – the European Association for Distance Learning R&D committee. 

Educational Background 
Doctor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University, Department of Adult Education and Instructional Systems.
Master of Science in Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (The University of Trondheim), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
My part-time engagements in online education
2016 – . Professor II at the Department of Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
2016 – Board member at FUN - Flexible Education Norway
2013 – 2015. Professor II at Sør-Trøndelag University College, Norway
2012 – 2013. Professor II at Gjøvik University College, Norway
2010 - 2013. President of EDEN – European Distance and E-learning Network
2009 - 2010. Professor associado at Universidade Aberta, Portugal
2004 – 2010. Member of the R&D committee of the European Association for Distance Learning.
1999 - 2005. Appointed Adjunct Professor at the Athabasca University, Centre for Distance Education, Canada

Overview of history in online education
2012 – CEO of Campus NooA – the Nordic open online Academy
1992 - 2012. NKI Distance Education, Program Director, Director of Development and Professor of Online Education.
1990 - 1992. Doctoral Student at Pennsylvania State University, Editor of DEOS – the Distance Education Online Symposium, and Graduate Assistant at the American Center for the Study of Distance Education.
1989 - 1990. The NKI College of Computer Science, Project Manager for the development, implementation and operation of "The NKI Electronic College".
1986 - 1989. The NKI College of Computer Science, Assistant Professor. Engaged as Project Manager for the EKKO-project, i.e. development, implementation and operation of a computer mediated conferencing system for distance education.