ICDE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017: Conference Proceedings 

The 2017 ICDE International Conference was hosted by Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning and took place in Pune, India from 10-11 March 2017 under the theme Unleashing the Potential of ODL ‘Reaching the unreached'. The conference was attended by more than 120 delegates from 15 countries.


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Explore the full Conference Program and Proceedings here 

The ICDE International Conference 2017, Pune, India generated a considerable amount of press coverage in the Indian media, see links below to read the press coverage:

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 Conference Program

The theme of the conference was “Unleashing the Potential of ODL - Reaching the Unreached.”
The following three subthemes highlights the key areas which the Conference explored -

  1. TECHNOLOGY- Harnessing power of ICT in ODL
  2. QUALITY in Open and Distance Learning
  3. INCLUSION through Open and Distance Learning

Apart from the panel discussions on the above sub themes, the Conference also had panel discussions on ‘Policy Framework in ODL and Best Practices in Asia.’ There was a complimentary MOOC workshop for the registered delegates.


Presentations and additional conference proceedings

The Conference Journal is Open Praxis, published by ICDE.

Presentations are linked, where available.

Friday 10 March 2017

Session: Panel Discussion on Policy Framework in ODL and Best Practices in Asia.

The following were the Panel members:

  1. Prof. Gajaraj Dhanarajan , Chairman , Board of Governors , Wawasan Open University
  2. Dr. M.M. Salunkhe , Vice Chancellor , SUAS , Indore
  3. Prof. Mandla S. Makhanya , Principal and Vice Chancellor, The University of South Africa (UNISA) , President ICDE
  4. Dr. Raj Aggarwal , Director , AIMA- CME
  5. Dr. Swati Mujumdar , Director , SCDL

Dr. Mariamma Varghese was the moderator of the discussion.

Panelist discussed on the following themes related to the policy framework in ODL and best practices in Asia

  1. Online Education
  2. Territorial Jurisdiction
  3. New Programme Recognition
  4. Assessments in ODL
  5. Governance

Session: Keynote addresses on TECHNOLOGY- Harnessing power of ICT in ODL

There were two Keynote speakers:

  1. Mr. Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
  2. Mr Sajid Elaskar (Customer Solutions Architect- CISCO)


Session: Plenary session- TECHNOLOGY

Selected Paper Presentations


Saturday 11 March 2017

Session: Keynote addresses on QUALITY in ODL

There were three Keynote speakers:

  1. Dr. Gajaraj Dhanarajan, Chairman, Board of Governors, Wawasan Open University
  2. Dr Shakuntala Katre, Former Senior Academic Consultant- (NAAC)
  3. Mr. Wesley Teter, Senior Consultant, Section for Educational, Innovation and Skills Development (EISD) UNESCO , Bangkok

Session: Plenary Session on QUALITY in ODL

Selected Paper Presentations

Session: Keynote addresses on INCLUSION

There were three Keynote speakers:

  1. Prof. Belinda Tynan, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) and Vice President, RMIT University, Australia
  2. Mr. Wesley Teter, Senior consultant, UNESCO, Bangkok
  3. Professor Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE

Session: Plenary Session on INCLUSION

Selected Paper Presentation



Cultural Program

Delegates at the International Conference 2017 at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning were treated to a beautiful cultural program showcasing traditional folk dances of India.


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:

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