ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium


The Global Doctoral Consortium (GDC) is a global initiative supporting doctoral students in the research field related to online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning. GDC is a virtual network and knowledge hub that supports doctoral students in building relationships, collaborating and sharing research ideas. Furthermore, the GDC provides insight in the research themes selected by its doctoral students and connects to the global scientific journal Open Praxis related to publishing of research papers.

Interested? Join over 165 Ph.D. students from all over the world by applying for GDC-membership.

Key Benefits

The Doctoral Consortium responds to an identified need for Doctoral Students to facilitate a global exchange of knowledge and experience in the research field of online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning:

  • For doctoral students it is an unprecedented opportunity to broaden their network and exchange knowledge as well as experience in the field.

  • For partners and sponsors the initiative is an opportunity to be updated on the latest research trends in the field, collaborate internationally with other institutions, broaden their network, take part in discussions and gain visibility among key partners.

  • All GDC doctoral students is offered a free ICDE membership and an invitation to the 2017 ICDE World Conference. A scholarship fund is created to enable doctoral students from all regions to attend high profile events around the globe.

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Ph.D. candidates conducting research in the field of online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning may for membership in the Global Doctoral Consortium here. Applications are assessed on a monthly basis.

Founding Partners

The GDC is an ICDE led collaboration between Asia eUniversity (Malaysia), Charles Sturt University(Australia), Contact North | Contact Nord (Canada), HBMSU – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University(United Arab Emirates), Lillehammer University College (Norway), UNISA - University of South Africa (South Africa) and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain). In addition, ICDE has partnered up with the Global OER Graduate Network.The two networks have undertaken to work closely together for the mutual benefit of all participants. 

Sponsorship Documents

GDC Sponsorship Invitation     GDC Sponsorship Scheme     GDC Donation Form     GDC Project Mandate

Organizing Bodies

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Syed Anwar | HBMSU

  • Don Olcott | Charles Sturt University

  • Dato Dr. Ansary Ahmed | Asia eUniversity

  • Prof. Mpine Makoe | UNISA

  • Prof. Albert Sangra | Universitat Oberta de Catalunya 

  • Yvonne Fritze | Lillehammer University College

  • ICDE Secretary General

  • Inés Gil Jaurena | Open Praxis

Core Working Group

  • Inés Gil Jaurena | Open Praxis

  • Torunn Gjelsvik | ICDE Secretariat

  • Mpine Makoe | UNISA (Faculty representative)

  • Dato Dr. Ansary Ahmed | Asia eUniversity (Faculty representative)

  • Greig Krull | Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (PhD student representative)

  • Murat Sumer | Anadolu University (PhD student representative)

Reference Group

  • Mark Brown | Professor and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University

  • Martin Weller | Professor at  the Open University U.K., Director OER Hub, GO-GN Network and ICDE OER

  • Morten Flate Paulsen | Professor of Education, Campus NooA

GDC Interactive World Membership Map

If you want further information about the GDC, you may read the full project description here or send us an email at gdc [a] icde.org.

If you want further information about the GDC, you may read the full project description here or send us an email at gdc [a] icde.org.

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