Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:31 AM

Blog post: Can Mobile Learning Bridge the Digital Divide and Learning Gap?

ICT for learning may be a trendy and popular topic as a blog on this site last week discussed, but the fact remains that children from poorer households are less likely to have access to ICT both in and out-of-school. As a result, they take longer to adapt to using the technology or hone their ICT skills. The Dakar Framework in 2000 warned of the risk of ICT exacerbating existing inequalities and said such technology should serve, rather than drive, education strategies. With no huge changes in access to ICT since those days, this advice still stands. But has the advent of mobile learning moved the conversation along? Read more...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:29 AM

Former Great Falls College CEO Weaver will receive an honorary doctorate

The Montana Board of Regents will award Former Great Falls College-MSU dean Will Weaver an honorary doctorate degree this May. Weaver served as Dean and CEO of the college, then formally known as the Vocational Technology Center, from 1985-2001. During his time as Dean, colleagues saw growth in both enrollment numbers and classes due to Weaver's efforts in providing flexible, non-traditional learning options for students including night classes and duel-credit enrolment. Read more...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:26 AM

Back to the future: Why VR is the future face of education

Distance learning has always been seen as a solution to give greater access to education, especially in communities where educational facilities are limited, or for more mature students who have to juggle school with other commitments such as work or family. Read more...


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:25 AM

To hire or not: The online degree dilemma

The solution for winning the Talent War is not only about hiring and retaining the right people with the right skills, it’s also about finding and uncovering more sources for these people.  As is the case for many problems these days, this problem is being solved partly due to technology. Read more...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:22 AM

ICDE Member, AIOU to launch online course in postal service

Islamabad: Delegates belonging to postal services from eleven countries of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) visited the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and showed keen interest in developing cooperative partnership with it in the area of professional development. The representative of Jordan, Kyrgzstan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam and Thailand lauded the services being rendered by the AIOU in education sector. The delegation was visiting the country on the invitation of government of Pakistan under technical assistance programme. Read more...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:19 AM

Varsity introduces seven Diploma Programmes through eLearning and plan to raise the number of students being admitted into the institution from 6,000 to 50,000

The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has joined the drive to make education available to more Nigerians. The school today launched its Distance Learning Center and unveiled seven Diploma programmes that will be offered on the eLearning platform. The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, speaking on development, says: “We have plans to raise the number of students being admitted into the institution from 6,000 to 50,000 over the next 10 years. Included in this plan is the introduction of our distance learning center and today we are glad that it is a reality. The only solution to the limited admission spaces in our tertiary institutions is through embarking on distance learning education”. Read more...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:17 AM

How to make the most of online learning

With increasing pressure on individuals to arrange their own professional development rather than rely on corporate training programmes, many are turning to distance learning to improve their career prospects. Read more....

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:11 AM

How online blended learning modules are making healthcare education more accessible in rural and remote areas.

Traditionally, the foundation of healthcare education in the United States has been a mixture of standard classroom instruction, reading and hands-on clinical labs. But this type of model excludes students living in remote and rural areas, and limits the type of education and lifestyle these people can enjoy since it restricts their ability to travel or move away from the physical locality of the learning institution. Read more...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:15 AM

Six EdTech Ventures Are Deploying Big Data To Improve Digital Business Education

A Harvard Business School MBA is launching an edtech venture that will utilize big data analytics to improve students’ online learning. Ashwin Damera has teamed up with MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia Business School, and Tuck School of Business to bring their world-leading content further into the digital realm. The Emeritus Institute of Management is the latest in a long line of start-ups biting into the rapidly growing online education market — expected to reach $107 billion last year, according to Docebo. Read more....

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:09 AM

Remote learning expands options for public universities

Higher education providers across Latin America are turning to online study instead of traditional lecture halls as a way of bringing university education within the reach of growing numbers of less affluent students, writes Richard House for Financial Times. Already, a 10th of Latin America’s 25 million university students study online using distance learning, with over half of that total in Brazil and a survey by FT Confidential Research, a Financial Times service, shows that adoption of remote learning continues to soar region-wide. Read more...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:06 AM

Distance Learning Systems, one of the nation’s leading test prep companies, launches a new and redesigned website that provides the most optimal viewing and interaction experience

Distance Learning Systems proudly announces the launch of a new, responsive, and redesigned version of its website, Key features of the site include a cleaner and more attractive design, enhanced content, easier navigation, and improved functionality. The company’s website also includes optimized viewing across a wide range of devices from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones or tablets. Read more...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:02 AM

A recent court decision has renewed hopes for other international graduates enrolled in online courses and denied work visas

The federal court has quashed an immigration officer’s decision denying a post-graduation work permit to a foreign student because he took some of his courses online. In a recent ruling, Justice Richard F. Southcott ordered Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to reconsider the work permit application of Rajendra Prasad Appidy, who studied information security management for a year at Fanshawe College before completing his education at Niagara College. Read more...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 04:00 AM

Vanderbilt to host distance-learning workshop for rarely taught languages

Administrators and faculty from Latin American Studies centers from around the country will gather at Vanderbilt University March 17-18 for the Workshop on Sustainable Partnerships for Latin American Less Commonly Taught Languages [LCTLs] through Distance Learning. The conference is sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt and the University of Utah, and the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Read more...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 03:58 AM

10 years on, RDU still not offering Distance Education

THE most important project Distance Education, that was introduced by Rani Durgavati University (RDU), in the year 2005, for imparting education through distance education, has still not started in RDU. While, majority of universities of the State are already offering many courses through Distance Education. It seems that RDU administration is not interested in starting Distance Education courses and due to this, no efforts were initiated during this long tenure. In the year 2015, again the work was started but could not reach its destination. If RDU starts Distance Education, then a large number of students could get its benefits. Read more...


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 03:53 AM

Wisconsin distance learning law will bridge education accessibility gap

Using the new technology as a platform, a newly signed law looks to make education more accessible for all with internet access in Wisconsin. The law will create a Distance Learning Authorization Board, Ballweg said. This board will form a national agreement comprised of Wisconsin and 36 other states that would enable distance learning between students and institutions within and across member states. Read more...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 03:51 AM

IGP appoints new distance education coordinator

The IGP Institute announced on March 1 the appointment of Trina Adams as the distance education coordinator at Kansas State University (KSU). In this role, Adams will support the growing distance education programs internally for KSU as well as with the IGP Institute program partners. She will work with content developers to produce quality distance materials targeted to the professional adult learner. Read more...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 03:48 AM

IGNOU virtual classroom: a distance education revolution

Students can explore the learning resources of Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU) remotely thanks to webcasting facility introduced by the pioneer in distance mode of learning to reach out to more learners. Read more...


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 03:24 AM

HBMSU’s Innovation Arabia 9 explore new prospects to boost innovation in the Arab World

  • International partnerships between the university, UNESCO and with Italian university UNINETTUNO to enhance quality of Arabic curriculums & provide innovative learning in line with requirements of 21st century
  • The Congress featured 283 research papers and 40 presentations from 52 countries
  • HBMSU launches ‘Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management’ book to introduce new approach to innovation for GCC entrepreneur
  • University praised for its role in supporting comprehensive development through strong intellectual convergence and enhanced innovative & research capabilities
Friday, March 11, 2016 03:27 AM

AAOU2016 to Convene in Manila, Philippines

The Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) will hold its 30th Annual Conference on 26- 29 October 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016 05:23 AM

Global Ethics Forum (GEF) 2016 : Register online!

The Global Ethics Forum (GEF) 2016 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from the 23-25 June and will provide reflection, and search for solutions on the following areas:

Wednesday, March 09, 2016 03:25 AM

Rector Changeover at the FernUniversität in Hagen

It was an event that the FernUniversität in Hagen had seen only once before. On the 4th October 1975 the university was officially opened with a ceremony at the Hagen Theatre. Slightly over 40 years later the man who spent almost the last 19 years as the university’s 4th rector, made his farewells.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016 03:22 AM

Past President of ICDE, Helmut Hoyer – a long-standing campaigner of distance studies retires

Helmut Hoyer is known as a designer, manager and communicator of distance education. For almost two decades he has influenced the development of the FernUniversität in Hagen. At the end of February, the 65 year old handed over his office to his successor Professor Dr. Ada Pellert. Here is an overview of his 19 years in office.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 08:41 AM

ICDE Member, Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario's Distance Education & Training Network release paper on 'How to keep online learning at the leading edge' for Innovation Arabia 9

Maxim Jean-Louis, President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network and ICDE Executive Committee member will present to delegates at Innovation Arabia 9 with a specific focus on 'How do we expand the boundaries and test the limits of online learning so more students are more successful and their learning has a greater impact on society, economies and culture? Maxim Jean-Louis will outline the key to keeping online learning at the leading edge and how we can prepare for the future. More information can be found at and you can download the paper 'How to keep online learning at the leading edge' here.


Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO and HBMSU - Hamdan Bin Mohammed  Smart University signed an agreement of cooperation in Dubai to enhance quality of Arabic curriculums & provide innovative learning in line with requirements of 21st century

During the Conference Innovation Arabia 9, Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU and Prof. Maria Amata Garito, Rector of UNINETTUNO and Consultant for the Italian Minister of Higher Education for innovation, technology and Mediterranean. 

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 05:48 AM

UNINETTUNO and the Institute of Finance and Economics (IFE) of Mongolia signed an important cooperation agreement

UNINETTUNO and the Institute of Finance and Economics (IFE) of Mongolia signed an important cooperation agreement to extend the UNINETTUNO educational offer in the area.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 02:35 AM

Events and resources for Open Education Week 2016

The annual Open Education Week is this week, March 7-11, with online and local events around the world. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide. Open Education Week highlights open education efforts from around the world and provides an opportunity for educators, administrators, policy makers and learners to gain a greater understanding of open education practices and impacts. Check out all the events and resources at and @openeducationwk on Twitter.

Monday, March 07, 2016 08:37 AM

ICDE Member News: AIOU, HEC to prepare policy for distance learning

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), an ICDE Member  and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) will be jointly preparing a national policy on open distance learning (ODL) system. According to press release issued on Saturday, a high-level conference would be convened next month to seek suggestions from the institutions regarding imparting education through ODL. Read more...

Monday, March 07, 2016 08:33 AM

Are you ready to abandon traditional classroom based learning?

Kulwant Singh Bardh, CEO Asia Pacific at KNOLSKAPE, evaluates the future of learning through the lens of a developing economy, that might soon see e-learning and mobile learning becoming extinct. KNOLSKAPE is an award winning immersive gamification and simulation software company focusing on talent transformation. Read more...

Monday, March 07, 2016 08:28 AM

Queen’s learning just a click away

Queen’s has received $1.5 million from the Government of Ontario’s online course funding program to develop and redesign online courses. The money will fund the creation and improvement of 28 online courses offered to Queen’s students across several faculties. Read more...

Monday, March 07, 2016 08:26 AM

ICDE Member News: Contact North | Contact Nord Supports Aboriginal Learner Success in Communities across Ontario

ICDE Member, Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario's Distance Education & Training Network, has released their document 21 Success Stories of Aboriginal Learners Using Online Learning To Get Their Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates or Upgrade Their Skills. The document highlights the success of Aboriginal learners in Ontario who fulfilled their education and training goals using online learning. Read more...

Monday, March 07, 2016 08:23 AM

3 Online Education Trends That Will Shape How You Hire In 2016

Rick Levin is the CEO of Coursera. In 2013, he completed a 20-year term as president of Yale University. Here he writes about future trends in online education and how this will shape the manner in which companies will hire future employees. Read more...

Monday, March 07, 2016 08:21 AM

Online learning can help businesses remain at the cutting edge

Most companies acknowledge the value of continuing education for their employees. It is a straightforward way to ensure staff are up to date on the latest and best ideas, as well as changes in regulations and requirements in a specific industry. Read more...

Monday, March 07, 2016 07:59 AM

Significance of Online Learning

Colleges and university students now find themselves with other obligations beyond getting a degree. Such as, jobs and family commitments make equal demands on their time while also having the option of taking classes online and studying on their own time is critically important. At the same time, in Africa, in specific Uganda, many institutions are unable to accommodate all those who want to take classes on campus while also being flexible with their own responsibilities, escalating the demand for online learning. Read more...


119 new records added to BOLDE, database of research on distance and online learning

119  new records have just been added to the Blended, Online Learning and Distance Education (BOLDE) research bank. BOLDE provides you with access to 11, 847 records of research into distance and online learning. You can even choose to submit your own material to the research bank, and bring it to the attention of an international audience.

Last Updated on Friday, May 06, 2016 02:44 AM
Monday, March 07, 2016 07:53 AM

Could Slack Be the Next Online Learning Platform?

Slack is an online communication platform launched two years ago and now has more than 2.3 million users. It facilitates an online, supercharged version of watercooler conversation, enabling people to trade information and chat informally with colleagues. And it might just be a game changer for online education. Read more...

Friday, March 04, 2016 06:27 AM

Call for supporters for eSkills Match initiative 

eSkills Match is a new project initiative coordinated by eGovlab (Stockholm University) and four more important partners (Fondazione Politecnico di Milano,University de Alcala, Adfor S.p.A and Gov2u), regarding the development of a European-wide learning technology system. eSkills Match is now seeking additional members for its stakeholder network. View the stakeholder invitation here. Read more about the initiative here...

Friday, March 04, 2016 05:41 AM

2015 Online Report Card - Tracking Online Education in the United States now available

Online Report Card – Tracking Online Education in the United States, is the 13th annual report of the state of online learning in U.S. Higher education.  The 2015 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, StudyPortals, WCET and Tyton Partners, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States. Also available is an interactive data map containing all the enrollment data used in the report. Read more...

Friday, March 04, 2016 05:14 AM

ICDE to participate in High Level Roundtable for Vice Chancellors and Heads of online, open, flexible higher education institutions

ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad, will participate in the High Level Roundtable for Vice Chancellors and Heads of online, open, flexible higher education institutions on March 17-18, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The High level Roundtable is facilitated by two members of ICDE, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and the Asia e-University (AeU).

Friday, March 04, 2016 05:02 AM

UNESCO-UNIR ICT & Education Latam Congress 2016:
Join the experts

Join the most well-known international experts in education in the first UNESCO-UNIR congress organized in Latin-America about “Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better teaching and a better learning”.


Over 90 resources now available on the LangOER LRE gallery

The project LangOER published a collection of open educational resources created by the teachers participating in the training sessions.

As many as 90 resources are available in the project’s main languages, namely Greek, Swedish, Latvian/Latgalian, Lithuanian and Polish. They range from memes, book trailers and practices to Ted-based lessons. They have open licenses and can be freely reused.

Last Updated on Thursday, April 14, 2016 09:12 AM
Friday, March 04, 2016 04:06 AM

ICDE ON Boldic to host a webinar as part of Open Education Week

Open Education Week #openeducationwk is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free and open to everyone. As part of the celebration for Open Education Week, ICDE ON Boldic will be hosting a webinar. 

Written by Caroline Caroline   
Friday, March 04, 2016 03:44 AM

Latest issue of Open Praxis online: Vol 8, No 1 (2016)

Open Praxis, ICDE’s peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education, has released its latest issue and first issue for 2016. This issue of Open Praxis compiles papers on virtual classrooms, e-Langage learning, mobile learning practice and measurement of Faculty Attitude towards OER. It also includes two book reviews. Read the journal here...

Thursday, March 03, 2016 07:04 AM

The European Union Supports The First Pan-European Online Course Initiative

The pan-European online courses initiative MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) is a project funded by the European Union within the framework of the Lifelong Learning programme. This project consists in providing university online courses, which contributes to modernize teaching methods and to improve access to higher education. It is thus part of the new Opening up Education initiative that the Commission will launch this summer. This initiative is led by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities - EADTU and gathers mainly open universities. Read more...

Thursday, March 03, 2016 06:45 AM

The Project "Education without Boundaries"

Given the growth of immigration involving the Arab world and Africa, the project "Education Without Boundaries" aims primarily to offer a valuable contribution to bridge the gap represented by the lack of information and lack of services in Italy and in Europe.  The extensive experience in distance education of  ICDE member and the ICDE ON MEDSE, UNINETTUNO and its strong cooperation with several universities in the Arab world are put together with the expertise of UNITI PER UNIRE on integration and immigration issues. This collaboration is aimed at providing to foreign citizens with skills and tools related to competences and knowledges, enabling them to constructively participate in the social, cultural and economic life of the hosting countries. Read more...

Thursday, March 03, 2016 12:00 AM

How to ensure progress for the Sustainable Development Goals in a time of crisis?

On September 25, 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These seventeen goals outline international development priorities through 2030 and set out to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change.In order to implement the progressive agenda for sustainable development, substantial political will and financing is needed. However, in a time of several immediate crises, the sustainable development agenda is under pressure. In this session Helen Clark will discuss how to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in a time of crisis and seek to engage students, academic staff and others in a dialogue on how we can contribute. Read more...

Thursday, March 03, 2016 12:00 AM

Swedish MOOC report is published

Last spring the government commissioned the Swedish Higher Education Authority the task of writing a report with recommendations on how MOOCs could be promoted within the framework of Swedish higher education, outlining opportunities as well as barriers. The report is currently only available in Swedish. Read more... 
Thursday, March 03, 2016 05:24 AM

NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition

The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Read more...
Monday, February 29, 2016 10:41 AM

India: Union Budget 2016: Mixed reaction from education sector

The proposed higher education financing agency would be an economic spring for the Indian education sector. With the banks finding it difficult to manage the NPAs from the education loans, setting up a dedicated agency would give the thrust that is needed today – it should benefit both the students as well as the financing system. To read the full article, click here


Announcement: Moody's: Global changes in economy, technology, and finance transforming environment for higher education

The global higher education sector is undergoing significant transition, with growing demand, increasing competition, and evolving funding models, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. The strength of enterprise risk management and strategic positioning will drive the financial health of individual universities as they adapt to this changing environment. To read the full announcement, click here

Monday, February 29, 2016 10:36 AM

Achieving the Dream Urges Colleges to Use More Open Resources

Achieving the Dream announced a new Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative Wednesday in an effort to lower the cost of college and increase completion rates. To read the full article, click here

Monday, February 29, 2016 10:34 AM

 Technology, Privacy, and the Future of Education symposium

Technology and data are transforming how students learn in classrooms today – but with these rapidly evolving technologies come questions and challenges of how to best use technology and ensure that student data remain secure. The Technology, Privacy, and the Future of Education symposium, hosted by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt, brings together educational specialists, journalists, and academics to open a dialogue around the pedagogical, legal, and ethical repercussions of the use of new technologies in educational environments. To find out more, click here


Open Educational Resources in your Own Language, in your Way

As Open Educational Resources (OER) move higher on the educational agenda for many countries across Europe and become a priority, the uptake of OER in languages which are less used than the world languages (particularly English) is lagging.

Monday, February 29, 2016 10:19 AM

"Mapping OER" presented in a practical framework for Open Educational Resources in Germany.

The project "Mapping OER" is now available in the form of a "practical framework for Open Educational Resources (OER) in Germany" (PDF). That the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funded and implemented by Wikimedia Germany. The article is in German. To read the full article, click here

Monday, February 29, 2016 10:08 AM

First Festival for Open Educational Resources (OER) in Berlin

Open access for all to digital literacy is an essential cornerstone for a digital country strategy and the first festival for OER is key event towards the promotion of a digital society. The article is in German, click here for more information. 

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