Obituary: Ingeborg Bøe


Obituary: Ingeborg Bøe

It is with great sadness that we receive the news that Ingeborg Bøe died on Monday August 6th after a long battle with ALS.

Ingeborg was born on the Bryn Farm in Oslo, Norway on November 13, 1939. She studied languages at the University of Oslo and spent one year as an exchange student in Oregon.

Ingeborg Bøe had been active in the field of online, open, flexible and technology-enhanced learning in Norway and internationally for over 30 years. Throughout these years, she brought enthusiasm and energy to the field in various positions at several institutions.

We are amongst many who will remember her radiant, inclusive and caring personality. She was my most trusted mentor when I needed professional advice on ICDE and EDEN.

She served as a member of the ICDE Board of Trustees and Chair of the ICDE Election Committee for over a decade and was key in the reorganisation of ICDE in the new millennium.

She was also a member of different boards of directors in other institutions for adult and distance education as well as several national and international committees. Ingeborg was a member of the Board of Directors of the European Foundation for Quality in E-learning (EFQUEL) and a member of the Awarding Body UNIQUe, the Quality Label for the Use of ICT in Higher Education. 

From 2003 to 2007, she served as President of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN). After that, many of us feel that we belong to the EDEN family. In 2007 she was granted the title EDEN Senior Fellow.

Ingeborg spent 15 years as the Executive Director of the Norwegian Association for Distance Flexible Education (NADE), now FUN. She was also a member of the international editorial board of the journal LLine, Lifelong learning in Europe and was a speaker and member of programme committees at several national and international conferences.

Her professional life was dedicated to the field of open and distance education in different positions. She started her career at NKS, one of the biggest distance education institutions in Norway.

In recognition of her many years of exceptional service to distance education, her broad expertise in the field, her enthusiasm in fulfilling her positions and her dedication to the field, Ingeborg Bøe was in 2009 awarded the Norwegian King's Medal of Merit in silver for service in the fields of art, science and industry and for outstanding public service.

After retiring she became the President of Seniornett Norway and ran her own consulting practice. After being diagnosed with ALS, she helped share information and knowledge about the disease.

Her progressive, optimistic and sensible approach helped shape ICDE as we see it today. She has remained a respected and treasured member of our professional community and a true symbol of ICDE. Her positive spirit, sparkly personality, and contagious energy will be missed and remembered with the fondest of memories.

Morten Flate Paulsen
Acting Secretary General of ICDE


• Ingeborg Bøe, educator, innovator and public servant, born November 13, 1939; died August 6, 2018.