ICDE Chairs in OER



The ICDE Chairs in Open Educational Resources (OER) is a network that, where possible, works in collaboration with UNESCO and existing UNESCO Chairs in OER.

The network of ICDE Chairs in Open Educational Resources (OER) currently consists of 8 distinguished and internationally recognized academics in the field of OER.

  1. Prof. Martin Weller, The Open University, UK

  2. Dr. María Soledad Ramírez Montoya, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México

  3. Dr. Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada, who is a UNESCO-COL Chair in OER

  4. Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, Open Education Resource Foundation and Otago Polytechnic, who is a UNESCO-COL Chair in OER

  5. Dr. Daniel Burgos, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR), Spain

  6. Dr. Tolly S.A. Mbwette, Pan-African University Council, Tanzania

  7. Dr. Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of Netherlands

  8. Dr. Jane-Frances Obiageli Agbu from the National Open University of Nigeria


News & Activities from ICDE Chairs

During the Presidents' Summit in Bali in 2014, five general aims were endorsed for the ICDE Chairs in OER initiative:

  • Lead high impact events that give profile to ICDE.

  • Help shape proposals for new related projects aimed at attracting funding.

  • Demonstrate thought leadership through publications, videos and teaching by highlighting the link to ICDE and their position as ICDE Chairs in OER.

  • Provide ICDE with advice on policy and other areas.

  • Challenge the thinking about the future.

Background and history

 ICDE considered the development of a network of Honorary Chairs in Open Educational Resources (OER) in 2013 and established the first network the same year. At the Presidents' Summit meeting in November 2013, ICDE President, Tian Belawati announced the appointment of the three UNESCO Chairs in Open Educational Resources (OER), Wayne Mackintosh, Rory McGreal and Fred Mulder as the first members of the ICDE Chairs network.

In April 2014, two new ICDE Chairs in OER were appointed by the President and joined in: Professor Martin Weller, Open University, UK and Dr. Maria Soledad Ramírez Montoya, Monterrey tecnológico, México.

So far, the Network has proven to be useful and has given full satisfaction to ICDE members: the Chair holders have produced research, published reports and have contributed to the utilization/valorization of the outcomes of their work for the further innovation of online distance learning and Lifelong Learning in general. They have also played an important role at the ICDE World conferences, Presidents' Summit meetings, regional conferences and Expert seminars and they have reinforced the network in which they and their team collaborate.

Guidelines for ICDE Chairs

  1. ICDE Chairs are restricted to a closely defined set of subject areas within the scope of ICDE’smission.

  2. ICDE Chairs in OER is chosen as the first theme. The number of Chairs within this theme should as a guideline not exceed ten in total.

  3. For each subject area, in this case OER, Chairs should be well-distributed around the globe.

  4. Applications for an ICDE Chair can be made only for an expert at an ICDE member institution who has a Chair at that institution and who has an outstanding record for his/her work and achievements in the subject area. The research project portfolio of the institution and its Chair holder in the subject area in the past, as well as envisaged for the future, should be significant.

  5. UNESCO Chairs for the given subject area, in this case OER, that are ICDE members are invited to also become ICDE Chairs.

  6. The ICDE Chair label is not a funded position, but awarding it provides extra profile to the Chair holder, expressing ICDE interest in his/her research, underlining his/her reputation, and probably contributing to better conditions to acquire funding for research projects in the given subject area, in this case OER.

  7. In each subject area, in this case OER, ICDE Chair holders are bound to establish a network in which they and their teams collaborate and to which experts in the subject area from other universities may be admitted.

  8. ICDE Chair holders are not only expected to do research and to report and publish on the work done, but also to contribute through reports and presentations to the utilization/valorization of the outcomes of their work for the further innovation of ODL and Lifelong Learning in general.

  9. ICDE Chair holders are expected to be prepared to play a role – generally on invitation or request – at e.g. ICDE World Conferences, Presidents' Summit Meetings, Regional Conferences, or Expert Seminars.

  10. There is no formal hierarchical relation between the ICDE Chair holders and ICDE. The ICDE Chair holders have an independent position and will inform ICDE of their activities through a light-version annual report.

  11. The ICDE Chair label will be awarded for a limited term of 4 years. It can be extended, after evaluation, with a second term but not beyond that.