ICDE Newsletter - 24 August 2016



Invitation to join the Learning Analytics MarketPlace at the ICDE Presidents' Summit

The ICDE Executive would like to invite members attending the ICDE Presidents' Summit 2016 in Sydney in November to participate in the Analytics Marketplace. During 2015 the Research and Innovation Task force identified learning analytics as a topic of interest to members.

The Analytics Marketplace will showcase examples of how analytics are being drawn upon across our membership. and we would like as much representation from the membership who are attending as possible.

It is not too late indicate your interest. All you will need to do is produce a poster and be prepared to speak to it within the designated time slot. Please contact Professor Belinda Tynan on این آدرس ایمیل توسط spambots حفاظت می شود. برای دیدن شما نیاز به جاوا اسکریپت دارید if you would like more information.

Not yet registered for the ICDE Presidents' Summit 2016? Register today here.

Now available: Open Praxis Iissue, Volume 8 Issue 3

Inés Gil-Jaurena, Editor Open Praxis invites you to browse the latest issue of the ICDE journal. Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education. 

 Featured in the latest issue:

  • Measuring the e-Learning Autonomy of Distance Education Students 
  • Research Trends in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Theses and Dissertations: Surfing the Tsunami 
  • Exploratory study of MOOC learners’ demographics and motivation: The case of students involved in groups 
  • Incentives and barriers to OER adoption: A qualitative analysis of faculty perceptions 
  • Sharing of Knowledge among Faculty in a Mega Open University 
  • Examining Student Perception of an Open Statistics Book 
  • Book Review of Learning Online: What Research Tells Us About Whether, When and How 

Visit the website here to read and download the articles that most interest you.

Combatting Corruption in Higher Education

The conversation around the importance of ethics in education is continuing to grow. In light of this, the issuing of  an advisory statement on combatting corruption in higher education internationally by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation/International Quality Group (CIQG) and the International Institute for Educational Planning of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IIEP-UNESCO) is timely.

Sir John Daniel, former president of ICDE (1982-1985) and also co-chair of the expert meeting and rapporteur, commented: “Higher education must take the lead in combatting corruption for two reasons. First, if students encounter corrupt practices at college they are more likely to think of them as normal behavior in life. Second, the wellbeing of society depends on degrees and diplomas being truthful attestations to the knowledge and skills that graduates have acquired.” View the advisory statement here...


Have you registered for the ICDE Operational Network Boldic: SADE Autumn Conference? 

The Swedish National Association for Distance Education Autumn Conference: "Innovative, communication and reformatting learning." will take place on Friday 14 October 2016. The conference will be conducted in Swedish and is open to members and non members. Register today to take part in an exciting programme and for networking opportunities here...

Find out more about the ICDE Operational Network here...


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ICDE Member Calls

UNESCO Calls: As an official partner to UNESCO, ICDE is eligible to submit nominations for UNESCO calls from among its membership. A self-nomination cannot be considered.

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ICDE Secretariat and or ICDE members will be participating in the following events and conferences and are available for meetings and discussions so make sure to get in touch.


  • 2016 Presidents’ Summit: 20-23 November 2016, Sydney, Australia 
  • ICDE- Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) International Conference, 10-11 March, 2017, Pune, India
  • 2017 Presidents' Summit 15-16 October, 2017, Toronto, Canada
  • 27TH ICDE World Conference, 17-19 October, 2017, Toronto, Canada

ICDE- Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) International Conference, 10-11 March, 2017, Pune, India: To register and for more information...

27th ICDE World Conference, 17-19 October, 2017, Toronto, Canada

Come to Toronto in October 2017 to break new grounds in teaching, learning and skills development with delegates from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Nations, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Arab States. More information….

ICDE Member and Partner News and Events

Join the PCF8 Online Forum on Technology and Innovation

Leading up to the 8th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, the Commonwealth of Learning and Open University Malaysia are hosting online forums on the main conference themes. More information...

Congratulations to National Open University Of Nigeria (NOUN) for receiving  the Organisational Leadership Award For Excellence In Open Education

"The Open Education Organizational Leadership Award is presented to an organisation that has shown exceptional leadership and/or groundbreaking activities in the field of open education. This is not an award that is presented annually, rather, it is awarded by the Open Education Consortium's Board of Directors by special commendation to recognize truly exceptional work,". More information...

NOUN in the news: Open, Distance Learning key to address shortage, quality of teachers

AAOU Web-conference: Machine Learning for Human Learning: LMS Data Matters!

The University of Texas at Arlington is moving forward in the field of learning analytics, through “big data” models based on machine learning. UTA approaches the issue of learning analytics campus-wide in a way which integrates our newly-formed operational unit, University Analytics, with an internationally-recognized research lab, the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) facility. More information...

ICORE and MOOQ invite researchers and practitioners: How to re-establish Open Education with Openness for All? Towards a global joint initiative

ICORE and MOOQ are joining forces and inviting all experts and practitioners to a joint workshop on Open Education for all: It will take place at the European Conference EC-TEL on Tuesday, 13th of September 2016 in Lyon from 9am to 1pm. More information...

EADTU: The online, open and flexible higher education Conference 2016

Central theme this year is Enhancing European Higher Education - Opportunities and impact of new modes of teaching. Call for abstracts is op until 1 May 2016. More information...

9th EDEN Research Workshop

Building on its success of the research workshop in Oxford, EDEN is pleased to announce its Ninth Research Workshop organised in collaboration with the Institute of Education and the Center for Lifelong Learning at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg in Oldenburg, Germany. More information...

LangOER Conference ''Open Education: Promoting Diversity For European Languages'

This LangOER-EdReNe conference aims to bring together experts in open education and digital content repositories with educational researchers and a variety of policy makers concerned with language learning and teaching, pedagogical use of ICT, and social integration and inclusion.(26-27 September 2016, Brussels, Belgium). More information...

The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) to facilitate overseas Pakistani students 

AIOU has prepared a special plan providing educational facilities to overseas Pakistanis, particularly those living in the Middle East. The plan includes providing online study material and arranging examination facilities in their respective countries. The university has announced its admission schedule for overseas Pakistanis living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Sultanate of Oman and Bahrain. According to the Directorate of Overseas Education, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui has laid special emphasis on providing educational facilities to the overseas Pakistanis. The online education at higher education level is the future strategy that the university will aggressively follow to get implemented within the next couple of years. More information...

Reports, Resources and Projects

UNESCO-UNIR ICT & Education Latam Congress 2016: Learning resources

You can find every learning resource of the congress on the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja website , from the scientific paper, to the Powerpoint presentation, through the session recording. The distribution follows the same flow that in the live session: Opening, Session 1 (Technology & Learning), Session 2 (Educational Methodology), Session 3 (Policiy Making & Digital Society) and Closing, along with both Keynotes by Prof. Dr. Khoroshilov and Ramírez. More information...

Literacy in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts: Effective Approaches to Adult Learning and Education

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has launched a new publication on successful youth and adult literacy programmes entitled Literacy in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts: Effective Approaches to Adult Learning and Education. This compilation of case studies will be shared with literacy stakeholders on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day on 8 September 2016.

The publication showcases examples of effective and promising educational programmes which offer literacy opportunities by providing instruction in mother-tongue as well as in minority-languages. More information...

More UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) publications can be found here...

 Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs and Transformation

This UNESCO-COL joint publication brings together examples of OER policy development and
implementation in various countries where the two organisations are active. This is particularly significant in the context of the need for collaborative engagements to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the targets outlined in Education 2030: Framework for Action. View the publication here...

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