Curating ICDE history: The International Museum of Distance Education & Technology


In its 75th anniversary year, ICDE has teamed up with The International Museum of Distance Education & Technology to provide access to a library documenting the organization's history. ICDE's roots go back to the first World Conference, which was held in Victoria, Canada in 1938. This was also the year in which the then International Council for Correspondence Education was inaugurated.

 The museum is the most extensive and fastest-growing historical timeline of distance education in the world, and according to the creator is based around a a vision of creating "a community of educators and students who will benefit from the resources that the museum provides as well as the collaborations that result from participation in the community.”The Museum of Distance Education & Technology, a project that has its roots in research carried out at ICDE member institution, The Pennsylvania State University, was created by Will Diehl and supported by College of Education faculty members Michael G. Moore, Melody Thompson and Fred Schied. Will Diehl is currently the Coordinator of Online Graduate Programs in the Department of Education at the University of New England in the US.

Today, it contains a digitalized record of ICDE Conference Proceedings from 1938 to 1995.

ICDE and the Museum of Distance Education are looking for institutions or individuals willing to invest resources in digitalizing other historical ICDE documents, including conference proceedings and copies of printed ICDE Bulletins, Newsletters and the original printed Open Praxis journals. Other historical documents can also be considered for inclusion in the Museum. In return for investment in the development of the Museum, the contributor will be featured in the ICDE newsletter and their institutional logo will be added to the Museum website along with an acknowledgement.An opportunity to get involved

To express an interest, please contact the ICDE Secretariat.

The Museum of Distance Education

Caroline Seville