Visionary Leadership For Digital Transformation

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The event was organized in partnership with ICDE, UNESCO and the project D-Transform, who together took the initiative to mobilise globally for visionary leadership of digital transformation of higher education.

This was a one day leadership forum on the 24 May 2017, hosted by UNESCO, place Fontenoy 7, Paris France attended by over 100 international delegates.

Participants were mainly key persons in government, rectors/presidents and deans from higher education, private sector actors and partner organisations.

The event addressed a call for action on the key opportunities and issues for fostering and implementing good governance and visionary leadership for digital transformation in higher education.


Please see the programme here


Available presentations are as follows: 

Opening plenary 1

Keynote – setting the scene: Access, equity, quality and student success: Leading the digital transformation for inclusion and better outcomes.
Belinda Tynan, Deputy Vice Chancellor Education & Vice President, RMIT University, Australia

Panel 1: Presentations and discussion
Focus for the panel: Experience based and future oriented on leading digital transformation.

Leading Digital Transformation in Online Learning
Supporting notes for presentation

Susan Aldridge, Senior vice president for Drexel University and President of Drexel University Online, and Marci Powell, Senior researcher to Drexel University Online and Chair Emerita and Past President for US Distance Learning Association, USA

International Association of Universities and ICT’s in Higher Education
Remus Pricopie, Rector National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, former Minister of Education and Research, member of the board for International Association for Universities, Romania

How a MOOC can be used in building Leadership for Digital Transformation
Angela Procoli, Coordinator D-Transform

Panel 2: Presentations and discussion
Focus for the panel: Advice and forward oriented, summarizing input from the day.

MOOCs4D and the New SDGs: Towards the new approach of “Learning as Development”
Dan Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy, Professor of Education, and Director, International Literacy Institute & International Educational Development Program, University of Pennsylvania

Assuring Internet Access for the People
Tian Belawati,Rector Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia 

Breakout sessions
Coordinated by: Torunn Gjelsvik, ICDE, supported by Trine Jensen, Programme Officer, IAU. 

Strategic session highlights various aspects of leadership and strategies for digital transformation of education.

Digital Technology and Openness in Higher Education
Barbara Getto, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Disrupting Open and Distance Education through the Digital Technology and Online Learning: A way forward for progress in Young India
Chandra Dubey, University of Dehli, India

Sociotechnical network for human development in health: Brazilian Universities in synergy with the formative needs of professionals and students in health
Carlos de Oliveira and Eloiza da Gomes de Oliveira, State Univ of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Institutional evaluation of the E-xcellence methodology for QA of online higher education
Keith Williams, Karen Kear and Jon Rosewell OUUK (Open University, UK) and Angeles Sanchez-Elvira (UNED, Spain)

 Developing New Generation Leaders: The EMPOWER Leadership Development Programme
Mark Brown (Dublin City University), George Ubachs (EADTU) and Fred de Vries (Twente University, Ireland/Netherlands)

Leadership Role in Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Access to Quality Higher Education Through Digital Delivery of Educational Programs
Olajide Agunloye, Augusta University, USA

Adaption of Organizational Leadership to Digital Transformation in Education and Training
Christian Schuman, West Saxon University of Zwickau, Germany

A Vision for an ICDE Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
Paul Bardack, Chair Emeritus, United States Distance Learning Association, USA

Challenges in the training of qualified human resources for online education: experiences of the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Cristine Gusmão, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil

European Digitalisation experiences and future orientation for the Arab States
Anasse Bouhlal, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States

Showcase session gives examples of concrete university models for digital and flexible educational provisions.

Processes, cost and quality assurance considerations regarding recognition of non-formal OERu courses
Christine Wihak, Thompson Rivers University, Canada

Methods and Models of OERs and MOOCs Integration in Traditional Higher Education
Diana Andone, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

Why and how a large, regional open university expanded its online offerings
Maureen Andrade, Utah Valley Univ. USA

Collaborative Online International Learning – A multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural exchange model for all
Jon Rubin, COIL Consulting

Mobile e-Book for BITEC MOOC
Taerim Lee, Korea National Open University, South Korea

Digital learning at a new University Campus
Pieternel de Bie, University of Groningen, Netherlands

How to blend and lead onsite and online education
Casalprim Montserrat and Virginia Larraz, University of Andorra

Education without boundaries – the Model of a Global University
Nicola Paravati, International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, Italy

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