Ljubljana OER Action Plan 2017 adopted to support quality open-licensed educational resources to build knowledge societies and achieve SDG 4

The second World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress closed today as experts and national delegates from 111 countries adopted by acclamation the 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan.

The 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan presents 41 recommended actions to mainstream open-licensed resources to help all Member States to build Knowledge Societies and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 4 on “quality and lifelong education.”

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Final Document of the Ugra Declaration: On Preserving Languages And Promoting Linguistic Diversity In Cyberspace For Inclusive Sustainable Development

The Global Expert Meeting on Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development was the first-ever international forum to scientifically address the role and impact of multilingualism and linguistic diversity (in real life and in cyberspace) in achieving progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. 

Read the final document here


Upcoming web meeting in the ICDE Cluster for Learning Analytics

During the ICDE Leadership Summit in Nancy 22-23 May, a membership driven cluster for Learning Analytics was established. ICDE members who have entered into the field with a strategic approach and/or who already have activities related to Learning Analytics were invited to take part in the cluster.


ICDE Launches a new blog! 

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) the leading global membership organization for online, open and flexible education, has this week launched a new blog at available in different language options.


ICDE at the 2017 Dujiangyan International Forum 

The ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad was invited and participated at the 2017 Dujiangyan International Forum “Ensuring Quality Education and Lifelong Learning through ICT” 13-14 July 2017, Dujiangyan, Chengdu, China.


25% discount for ICDE member institutions for the  3rd MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum taking place from the  14-16 November, 2017

Strengthening the Dialogue between Higher Education, Government and Industry: Working Together towards a Common Vision” 


Multidisciplinary meeting discusses the use of technology in health, at Natal

1ª International Conference on Technological Innovation in Health from LAIS brings together European and Brazilian researches to discuss solutions for the area.


Join ICDE and partners for a side event at the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, 19 September from 14:00 to 15:30 in room M2 

ICDE and UNT/UNIT took the initiative to a feasibility study on Global Open Libraries, GOL – for more information see here.


Help us collecting cases for the ICDE study on Models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education

The study looks to capture flexibility, openness and the use of technology in three core processes of higher education: (i) delivery of content and student support, (ii) development of content and assessments and (iii) recognition of learning.


Upcoming election for the ICDE Executive Committee: Institutional members should prepare for voting from 4 -22 September

Institutional members of ICDE are invited to take part in the upcoming election of three members to the next ICDE Executive Committee.


Open invitation to contribute toward the Ljubljana OER Action Plan Of the 2nd World OER Congress

The 2nd World OER Congress (18-20 September) will conclude with the Ljubljana OER Action Plan. 


New ICDE Members

The international ICDE network is continuing to grow with the following new members in 2017:


ICDE Secretary General speaks at the International Forum on ICT and Education 2030,  on global facilitation for inclusive, flexible, quality learning and teaching in the digital age

Gard Titlestad participated together with more than 400 delegates from 80 countries at the International Forum on ICT and Education 2030 organised by UNESCO from 10 to 11 July 2017 in Qingdao, the People's Republic of China.


UNESCO IITE co-organised the Global Expert Meeting “Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development”

On June 5–9 2017 Khanty-Mansiysk successfully hosted the World Expert Meeting on Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development within the framework of the IX International IT Forum featuring BRICS and SCO countries and within the UNESCO Intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP).


New limited ICDE World Conference 2017 membership discount

Participants at the ICDE World Conference 2017 who apply for ICDE institutional membership on site and pay the 2018 fee before 15 December 2017 – get a 50% reduction of the fee for 2018. 


Check out and get involved with the events and activities from the Year of Open 2017

The Year of Open is a global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organizations. Find a listing of events here


Presentations now available from the UNESCO IITE co-organised the Global Expert Meeting “Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development”

The first-ever international forum to address the importance of multilingualism and linguistic diversity in the implementation of the sustainable development goals was successfully hosted in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation, from 5 to 9 June 2017, in the framework of the IX annual International IT Forum.


2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress: OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action

The 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress is scheduled to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 18–20 September 2017, co-organized by UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia. This event will mark five years since the World OER Congress was held in Paris in June 2012.


ICDE Keynote to be presented at the 1st International Conference of Technological Innovation in Health, 23 August, Lagoa Nova, Brazil

ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad has been invited by the Labortory of Technological Innovation in Health (LAIS) from ICDE member, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte to provide the keynote lecture on the 23rd August at the 1st International Conference of Technological Innovation in Health. 


Open Praxis vol. 9 issue 2 now available: Selected papers from the Open Education Consortium Global 2017 Conference

This issue of Open Praxis compiles selected papers presented at the Open Education Consortium Global Conference, held in Cape Town (South Africa) on March 8-10, 2017. Additionally, the Innovative Practice section includes three papers.


Ph.D. Track at ICDE World Conference

ICDE is happy to announce that the tentative program for the Doctoral Student’s Track at the upcoming World Conference in Toronto is now available.


Invitation to study trip for ICDE members in Northern Europe

In relation to the upcoming ICDE World Conference in Toronto, ICDE invites members from the Nordic countries and Northern Europe to attend a study trip in Toronto 19-20 October, after the conference has ended.


27TH ICDE World Conference: Ensure to make the most of the Early Bird Rate! 

Ensure to benefit from the Early Bird Discount, by registering before the 10 September, 2017. View conference rates and how to register here


Partnership by MOOQ and ICDE for shared vision on quality of Open Education

The European Alliance MOOQ and the global membership organization ICDE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a close cooperation. The two leading international initiatives for online learning confirm a shared quality vision and interest in the field of open education.


Overview of ICDE meetings and speaking engagements in China, July 2017

The ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad is currently on mission to meet with ICDE members and undertake a number of speaking engagements within China. 


The Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE) presented the ICDE_ON_BOLDIC at the EDEN2017

SADE presented the ICDE_ON_BOLDIC at the EDEN2017 at Jönköping University, Sweden 13-16 June 2017 with a poster.

Scalability and Quality through international collaboration

Notes from the presentation provided by Senior Adviser,  Torunn Gjelsvik from ICDE at the ICT EDU-Action conference, Stockholm University, 2. June 2017 at the evening session at the Nobel Museum.


Open Education Resources and Lesser Used Languages
Or Enhancement of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity through OER
Multilingualism and High Quality Education

This article is a brief presentation by Gard Titlestad, Secretary General ICDE where he provides a helicopter view on OER in the perspective of lesser used languages and multilingualism, when digitalisation is penetrating education – and suggest policies and actions for enhancement of cultural and linguistic diversity through OER.


2017 ICDE Leadership Summit Outcomes

The 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit that was hosted by UNIT, at LORIA in Nancy on the 22-23 May, 2017.

Main lessons learned from the very engaged presentations and discussions is that learning analytics (LA) holds a great potential for quality enhancement, where the learner and the learning and teaching process have to be put in the centre. Insufficient understanding or weak handling of data protection rules and ethical issue can become barriers for uptake, unless LA is handled strategically and careful. Institutions taking up analytics move at different speed and approach. Mutual learning is therefore important. Possible research collaboration might be of great interest.


Highlights from the 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit

The 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit was hosted by UNIT at its LORIA Labs in Nancy, France from 22-23 May.
Almost 100 leaders in education, particularly those who have an interest in learning and teaching in the digital age and learning analytics gathered together for the 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit hosted by LORIA at Université de Lorraine. It was organised back to back with a one day Forum “Visionary Leadership for Digital Transformation”, taking place the day after the Summit at the UNESCO Head Quarters in Paris, organised by ICDE, UNESCO and the project D-Transform. 

Election of 3 institutional members for the ICDE Executive Committee 2018 - 2021.

Institutional members of ICDE are invited to put forward names from their institution or names of other ICDE members for the election of three members to the next Executive Committee. Three institutional members of the ICDE Executive Committee shall be elected for a new period from 2018-2021.


ICDE Keynote at ICE2017: A short analysis 

The ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad, gave a keynote at the International Congress on Education for the 21st century, hosted by the Ministry of Education, Thailand and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).


Open Praxis at OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE: Inés Gil-Jaurena, Open Praxis Editor, participated in the OpenAIRE ‘closing’ workshop of the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot, held in The Hague on April 20th. She presented the Open Praxis case in a session about alternative funding models and mechanisms for Open Access publishing.

For more information visit the OpenAIRE blog


Doctoral Students’ Track at the  27th ICDE World Conference

The ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium (GDC) has now reached the number of 147 Ph.D students from 44 countries currently undertaking research related to online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning. All members of the GDC have received a special invitation to attend a Doctoral Students’ Track during the ICDE World Conference in Toronto.


27TH ICDE World Conference: Deadline extended for Call for Proposals

To accommodate the many presenters contributing to a high quality and engaging program for all World Conference delegates, the Call for Proposals deadline is extended to June 30, 2017. Already, more than 250 individuals from 24 countries around the world responded to the Call for Proposals to present at the World Conference on Online Learning. 

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Making Globalisation Work for All?

This was the theme of the speech by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, end of April, in a meeting hosted by the Danish OECD Presidency.  Making Globalisation Work for All is also the theme for the Presidency, and why? Because it does not work for all. He addressed the negative consequences of globalization and lifelong learning was one of the things suggested to fight the negative consequences.


Watch new TV series from The Mind of the Universe initiative 

ICDE is one of the five global knowledge and network partners of ‘The Mind of the Universe’. The MIND is a multi-channel global initiative in the ‘World of Open’ (unique with its TV component) around top researchers from different parts of the globe. 


International outlook on learning and digitalisation

The ICDE Secretary General emphasised in the welcome at the opening of the new offices for the ICDE Permanent Secretariat, that the small and effective team now has better working conditions, higher flexibility and a good location for networking in Norwegian society. 


ICDE Inspiration seminar webinar highlights the internationalisation of the online open, distance, technology enhanced learning community

ICDE would like to thank participants and the speakers who yesterday, took part in the Inspiration seminar webinar to mark the occasion of the move to new offices. 200 participants registered from over 66 countries to hear presentations on:


UniSIM is now Singapore University of Social Sciences

ICDE member, SIM University (UniSIM) has been renamed the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) as part of its restructuring plans to become the country's sixth Autonomous University.  


UDGVirtual receives an ICDE representative; Specialists work on proposals to face the challenges in distance education

Authorities from the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) met with the representatives of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), which promotes Latin American participation in the twenty-seventh World Conference Online Learning, to be held in Toronto, Canada, from October 17 to 19, and whose theme is "Teaching in the digital age - Rethinking Teaching and Learning".


Invitation to donate for the ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium, in particular for travel grants for PhD students

Together with its partner institutions – ICDE can inform that the ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium (GDC) has been an initiative growing beyond our projections. Having estimated around 50 Ph.D students taking part in the community by the end of 2017, the GDC is already a lively global community with over 140 Ph.D. students related to the research fields of online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning. 

More information...


Institutional members of ICDE that already have activities in Learning Analytics (LA), took part in the first meeting of the ICDE Cluster for Learning Analytics.

The first meeting took place at the ICDE Leadership Summit, 22-23 May in Nancy, France, in the afternoon 23 May. 

A number of ICDE members are taking up Learning Analytics, and it is suggested that Learning Analytics has a great potential for improving quality outcomes of higher education. Members who have entered in to the field with a strategic approach and/or already have activities related to Learning Analytics are therefore invited to take part in the ICDE Cluster. The idea is to foster expertise, collaboration and leadership, and to promote good practice for other interested and newcomers to the field.


OLC: Digital Learning Innovation Award

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) hosts an annual award showcasing the exemplary use of digital courseware to improve student success, especially among minority, first-generation and other underrepresented student groups. With a focused lens on increasing the number of undergraduate students who complete foundation or gateway courses, the award will recognize projects that inspire innovation, increase access, support implementation, improve outcomes, enable accessibility, and promote sustainability in the use of digital courseware.

Applications are being accepted from March 27, 2017 through June 30, 2017. More information...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:54 AM

Open Education Week, 27-31 March 2017

Open Education seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate.

View the schedule of both online and events local to you here. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:52 AM

Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced (OOFAT) Models for Education: Survey launched!

Consider taking part in a new research collaboration between the Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS), funded by the ICDE to develop models that demonstrate different practice in terms of how one or more elements of OOFAT are used to offer flexible learning in a sustainable model. Complete the survey here

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:47 AM

Keynote from ICDE Secretary General at Innovation Arabia, the Smart Learning Conference, Dubai, 7 March 2017 now available online

Innovation Arabia 10 saw senior government officials, decision and policy makers, thought leaders, academics, researchers, journalists, business leaders, and representatives from various international organizations analyze the crucial role of innovation and entrepreneurship in achieving sustainable development. Of particularl focus was the role of education, health and the environment in re-shaping the future of sustainability based primarily on innovation. ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad provided a keynote 'The learners are the future, and they are here - now'  which can be viewed online here

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:06 AM

ICDE moves to new office premises

From Friday 31 March, ICDE will relocate to a new office premises closer to Oslo city centre. The new modern office space will provide the ICDE Secretariet with the facilities to better meet the needs of its members with space for meetings and faster travel options for visitors.


Flexible and scalable education between Dubai and Italy: UNINETTUNO and HBMSU, Rome and Dubai for Innovative Manager in Fashion and Luxury

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) in Dubai, UAE, presented a master class in fashion, retail and luxury brand management last March 8th in Dubai during the final day of their Annual Congress Innovation Arabia 10. The masterclass is the one of the outcomes of the agreement signed between the two institutions during the HBMSU’s Congress Innovation Arabia last year.

Highlights from the program: Visionary Leadership Forum in Paris 24 May

The one-day leadership forum: Visionary Leadership for Digital Transformation: Higher Education for the sustainable future we want is hosted by UNESCO and co-organized with D-Transform and ICDE at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris 24 May.


Athabasca University: Search for new Provost and Vice President, Academic

Athabasca University (AU), Canada's only open and distance University, is dedicated to removing the educational, geographical, financial, social and cultural barriers that often limit access to post-secondary achievement. In doing so, AU provides access to university-level study to a broad range of students, transforming lives and enriching families and communities by increasing the equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.


Asia e University: Memorandum of Understanding between AeU & UcMM Konsortium Sdn Bhd

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Asia e University (AeU) and UcMM Konsortium Sdn Bhd (UcMM) on March 6, 2017 at New Delhi Room, AeU Main Campus. The memorandum calls for collaboration with 12 universities in Indonesia, aimed at developing academic and educational cooperation of mutual interest and agreed to initiate collaborative activities on academic programmes initiatives and exchanges.

Shanghai Open University: Now open to applications for International Staff Fellowship Exchange

Shanghai Open University is pleased to announce that applications for its International Visiting Scholar Program (Spring Session) 2017 are now being accepted.

University of Guadalajara SUV: Mexican children simulate aerospace rescue on Mars

The Virtual University System of the University of Guadalajara, Mexico realizes the first edition of R2T2 Caribbean and America

Twenty-four children, from different public and private schools, collaborated in the simulation of a rescue from an alleged aerospace accident on Mars as part of R2T2 Caribbean and America, a meeting coordinated by the Virtual University System of the University of Guadalajara, which seeks to promote collaboration in the solution of technological problems.

The children showed their skills in strategy, coordination and programming to solve a study case in which 16 robots, remotely managed by children aged 8 to 12 from different countries of the continent, sought to enter a supposed A generator damaged by a meteorite crash on Mars, which was represented by a simulation robot, located in a laboratory in Switzerland.

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