ICDE Newsletter -7 September 2016



Global Leaders in Open and Distance Learning Converging on Sydney: The Top Leadership Meeting for 2016 – Join Us!

Andy Vann, Vice Chancellor of Charles Sturt University invites you to join global leaders.

The Sydney ICDE Presidents’ Summit will be an invaluable opportunity to share leadership insights among university leaders from across the world. Higher Education is in a period of rapid change as the predictions for technological disruption start to come true. Australia has been a site of particular innovation in the distance and online space.

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

Global Education Monitoring Report launched with urgent call to prioritize education to reach SDGs

In May 2015, the World Education Forum in Incheon (Republic of Korea), brought together 1,600 participants from 160 countries with a single goal in mind: how to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030?

The Incheon Declaration for Education 2030 has been instrumental to shape the Sustainable Development Goal on Education to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. It entrusts UNESCO with the leadership, coordination and monitoring of the Education 2030 agenda.

ICDE, in consultative partnership with UNESCO, strongly supports this agenda though advocacy for innovation of all education in the direction of sustainable flexible and open learning provisions.

Yesterday UNESCO released the Global Education Monitoring Report that is now available to here..

Follow the latest on the news via #SDG4 on twitter

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is seeking expressions of interest for hosting the 2018 ICDE Presidents’ Summit.

A sharp leadership focus is wanted for the 2018 Summit.

Hosting the ICDE Presidents’ Summit is an ideal opportunity for an ICDE member institution to showcase their achievements, promote their initiatives and strengths and bring together the finest minds in online, open and flexible education. It is an excellent opportunity for strengthened internationalisation and leadership networks. Host the summit and your institution will follow in the footsteps of other prestigious ICDE member institutions who have previously hosted the forum. More information...

CLOSING THIS MONTH! Send in your proposal to host the 28th ICDE World Conference 2019

Looking to be recognised as an innovator and thought leader in the field of online, open and distance education? Want to host an international conference and bring together the higher education community to strengthen and promote sustainable, flexible and open learning provisions for all? Apply to host the ICDE World Conference 2019 send your proposals before the deadline of 26 September.  More information...

CLOSING SOON! Call for proposals: Study on Models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education

The study on delivery models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education should create new insight, open up for knowledge exchange, comparisons and benchmarking across regions. It should be an inspiration for further improvement to current actors and players in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education. ICDE members interested in being part of this exciting study should submit their proposals before the deadline: 30 SeptemberMore information...

Unleash your knowledge and contribute to reaching the unreached!

Join ICDE-SCDL International Conference, 10-11 March, 2017, Pune, India

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) has always taken a leadership position nationally and on an international level in the space of open and distance learning and has been providing quality education to over 100,000 students from all states of India and over 42 countries. 

Join ICDE and SCDL who together will provide an opportunity for instructors and faculty members, instructional designers, student advisors and researchers to share best practices, strategic considerations, models of practice, and challenges through their experiences in practice and research.

The conference will also focus on the interaction between different practices in Open and Distance Learning which ultimately decides the relevance of unleashing the potential of ODL: “Reaching the unreached”.

The ICDE Secretariat and Executive Committee members will be holding their board meeting in Pune prior to the conference and will be in attendance, ready to meet and share their own international experiences with delegates. Register today and meet with the experts. 

To register and for more information

Contact North Launches Online Portal for ICDE World Conference

2,000 Delegates from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Nations, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Arab states will be gathering in Toronto, Canada from October 17-19, 2017, to expand boundaries and explore new frontiers of teaching, learning and skills development.

Check the Portal for:

  • Details on the theme and tracks 
  • Important Dates 
  • Information on our host city, Toronto, Canada 

Register for our e-newsletter to automatically receive updates on the World Conference on Online Learning.

Block October 17- 19, 2017 in your calendar today!
More information.

Universitas Terbuka is Awarded the Certificate of Quality from ICDE

The open and distance education system implemented by Universitas Terbuka (UT), has been acknowledge to meet the international standard of good practice for open and distance education by receiving the ICDE Quality Certificate. The Certificate was awarded by Dr. Belinda Tynan, one of the Executive Committees, on behalf of ICDE, on September 5, 2016, during the celebration of Universitas Terbuka's 32 years anniversary that took place at the Universitas Terbuka Convention Center (UTCC). More information...

ICDE present at the UNESCO IITE-2016 International Conference 

The ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad, gave an opening speech and presentation at the UNESCO IITE-2016 International Conference “ICT in Education: Innovation for Quality, Openness and Inclusion” at the St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia on Monday September 5th. To view the presentation and for more information...

News from Open Praxis: 2017 Open Education Consortium Global Conference. Publication Opportunity in Open Praxis

The Open Education Consortium is pleased to announce that Open Praxis will publish a selection of papers from the Open Education Global 2017 conference, that will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) from 8-10 March 2017 organized by the Open Education Consortium and University of Cape Town. The theme of the Open Education Global 2017 Conference is Open for Participation. More information...

ICDE Q&A with the Expert: Sir John Daniel

ICDE asked Sir John Daniel, past president of ICDE and co-chair of the expert meeting that put together the 'Advisory Statement for Effective International Practice: Combatting Corruption and Enhancing Integrity' a few questions. More information...


ICDE Calls: 

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.

Connect with ICDE@

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.

ICDE Member and Partner News and Events

News from the ICDE Operational Networks

ICDE ON Boldic: 

  • The latest news and upcoming events from the Swedish Association of Distance Education and ICDE ON BOLDIC. More information...
  • Boldic Open learning resources online: Nomination for Boldic Award 2016 is open. The nomination period is open until 15th of September. More information...
  • SADE is competence partner in the upcoming EdTech Sweden conference in Stockholm, Sweden 20th October 2016. More information...

ICDE ON Africa: 

  • The African Virtual University, who is part of the ICDE Operational Network, is proud to announce the launch of its newly designed website. More information... 

Have you registered for ODLSDA-2016?

ICDE Senior Advisor, Torunn Gjelsvik will be available to meet with delegates and will give a keynote on “Global trends in online, open and flexible education” during the two day International Conference on Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Development in Agriculture ODLSDA-2016. More information...

PCF8 Online Forum on Technology and Innovation

ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad will be available for meetings with delegates and will be participating in the programme. To arrange a meeting contact the ICDE Secretariat. More information...

Invitation to attend Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages conference

This 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...

Call for participation: Share student feedback approaches with the Open University

The Open University, UK currently runs a module based survey to gather feedback from new and continuing students on their study experience, the survey used satisfaction type statements and is offered to all students at module completion. As part of a current review process they are looking to identify good practice within the higher education open and distance sector, regarding student feedback approaches at both a modular and qualification level. More information...

Stay tuned with the official hashtag for #LiteracyDay and follow #50ILD for 50 facts on literacy towards the ILD

A special hashtag has been created to promote the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day #50ILD with 50 facts on literacy. You can follow and share the countdown campaign on Twitter from 15 August towards the ILD celebrations on 8 September. More information...

New President in EDEN, from Kaunas Lithuania

At the Annual EDEN conference in Budapest Ass Prof, Dr. Airina Volungevičienė was elected as President of EDEN. Affiliation Director of Innovative Studies Institute at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. More information. 

Reports, Resources and Projects


#OER World Map

The OER World Map is intended to provide the information needed to support the self-organization processes of the OER movement. In addition to mapping relevant organisations, projects, people and services, the platform provides social networking, allows the identification of OER collections, and supports decision making. Taken together, the OER World Map can be seen as a kind of ‘operations room’ for the open education community. 

#Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs and Transformation

Open Educational Resources (OER) — teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free for others to use, revise and share — offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and effectiveness of worldwide education.

#Survey Finds Teachers Stall in Sharing OERs Online

The survey, the first "State of Open Educational Resources” from TES, asked 1,000 educators to weigh-in on topics like how often they share OERs, how they prefer to access OERs and what challenges they face when accessing and sharing digital resources in general. Overall, the survey found that despite rapidly increasing interest in OERs, there are many missed opportunities because a majority of teachers do not share their own work.

#University of Calgary Students’ Union launches Open Educational Resources campaign

Raising awareness about post-secondary textbook prices could help University of Calgary students save thousands.

#Contact North I Contact Nord; International Pockets of Innovation: Open Education Resources

The International Pockets of Innovation series showcases a broad range of examples of best practices in online learning from faculty and instructors in higher education around the world. To date, this growing series features stories from academic innovators from Ireland, Norway, France, Iceland, and Germany, with more added each month.

This week, get acquainted with cases of how OER can be developed and tested to ensure learning effectiveness.

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