ICDE Newsletter - 21 September 2016



An open invitation from the ICDE Secretary General to unleash your knowledge and contribute to reaching the 1.1 billion unreached!

With a population of 1.2 billion* and a little over 11%** enrolled in higher education there is a need today to greatly expand capacity of the educational sector in India to meet the 89% unreached.

E-learning is part of the solution to offer education and a path to employability for the 1.1 billion. The opportunities and possibilities offered are great – for students, educators and the economy.

Take the opportunity now to join ICDE and Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) who will host the ICDE International Conference on the relevant and timely theme ‘Unleashing the potential of ODL - “Reaching the unreached”.'

Join the experts, invest your time and your expertise to gain in depth insight into E-Learning and advocate for an evolution for the benefit of your students and for the many, not only in India but globally. More information...

ICDE to establish Quality Network – we now invite institutions and associations to submit proposals for Focal Points on Quality

ICDE member institutions and associations are invited to propose candidates for Focal Points on Quality. The candidate should be well anchored within its own institutions’ quality work. A representative for the institutional senior management (Vice Chancellor, Quality Director etc.) is preferred. Recognized experts outside the senior management can also be nominated, then with a priority for participating in the regional task forces.

The proposal must be submitted to the ICDE Secretariat by email to این آدرس ایمیل توسط spambots حفاظت می شود. برای دیدن شما نیاز به جاوا اسکریپت دارید, by 1 November 2016.

More information...

LangOER Conference: ‘Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages’

From 26 to 27 September 2016, the LangOER project, in cooperation with EdReNe, the Educational Repositories Network, will hold its final conference titled ‘Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages’ in Brussels, Belgium. More information...

We want to hear from you! Have your say and complete the ICDE membership satisfaction survey

ICDE members should have received an invitation to the 2nd ICDE membership satisfaction survey. The survey is an opportunity for members to show us how they value their membership and what they think about ICDE strategic objectives for the next years. ICDE member’s input is very important for how ICDE will meet the future.

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ICDE Member and Partner News and Events

Regional Consultations on Open Educational Resources Announced

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is conducting six Regional Consultations around the world in the lead up to the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, scheduled to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 18 to 20 September 2017. The consultations are being held in partnership with UNESCO, Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia), and with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. More information...

Introducing AU’s president designate: Dr. Neil Fassina

ICDE member, Athabasca University welcomes its eighth president, Dr. Neil Fassina on October 11, 2016.  The announcement was made at the university’s main campus in Athabasca by Margaret Mrazek, the interim chair of the university’s Board of Governors. More information...

Quality Matters Conference

On October 30- November 2, in Portland, OR, USA, Quality Matters will host its 8th Annual conference on quality assurance in online learning. This year’s conference theme "Blazing New Trails" will explore the future of online education and the role of quality management within it. Register and find more information here.

Quality Matters, a non-profit organization with over 1000 member institutions, is a leader in quality assurance and seeks to promote and improve the quality of online education and student learning. Quality Matters' membership spreads across 48 states in the US and 6 other countries, and it is also a member of ICDE and INQAAHE.

TNS Gallup: People want further education online
A recent survey from TNS Gallup in Norway reveals that 77 percent of those who want further education, want to do it online. 

The survey is representative for the entire population in the age span 26 to 60. More than half say yes to more education, and the women are raising the bar with 57 percent vs the men’s 50. The motivation for further education is more or less equal in the different parts of the country. More information...

Registration is open for the 9th EDEN Research Workshop, entitled "Forging new pathways of research and innovation in open and distance learning: Reaching from the roots" 4-6 October 2016

The conference is organised by EDEN in collaboration with the Institute of Education and the Center for Lifelong Learning at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg in Germany.

For more information on the event, visit the conference website

Have great research to share in Quality, Business, Education, Environment or Healthcare?

Share your experiences, research and case studies at Innovation Arabia 10, the annual strategic Congress hosting three conferences in parallel – Quality & Business Management Conference, Smart Learning Conference and Health & Environment Conference.

Innovation Arabia 10, under the theme ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Engines of Sustainability’ seeks to advance the work of innovators in the region; an ambitious attempt to address some of the most pressing issues facing the business, healthcare, smart learning and traditional education around the world. Abstract submission deadline: 30 September 2016

Visit the Innovation Arabia 10 website for tips on how to submit your proposal. 
IAU 15th General Conference in Bangkok, Thailand from 13-16 November 2016.

Addressing the theme "Higher Education: a catalyst for sustainable and innovative societies" and with more than 60 speakers from around the world, this General Conference will convene a large number of Higher Education Institution heads and other senior delegates. Commemorating the 100 years of the Thai University System on the campus of the oldest university in the country, participants will discuss the various strategies and practices that demonstrate how HEIs contribute to innovation and sustainability and what more can be done, especially through IAU, to become true catalysts for change. More information...

Leading Globally Engaged Universities

In 2015, the IAU launched its unique leadership development programme entitled. Hosted twice a year by an IAU Members on a different continent each time, it brings together a cohort of 15-20 HE representatives in senior leadership positions from all over the world. The week-long session combines debate about strategic leadership issues and challenges in HE in multicultural and globalized contexts with visits to local institutions.  More information...

Going Global 2017 - submit a speaker proposal

Do you think you could help shape Going Global 2017? Original and challenging ideas and perspectives from stakeholders are at the core of our conference programme every year.

The British Council is seeking innovative, agenda-setting proposals that will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and insights across borders. They are especially interested to hear from thought leaders anticipating and driving future agendas. Proposals can be for a speaking slot on the programme as a presenter, panelist or chair, or for a poster to be displayed and presented at the conference.

Applications for speaker proposals open on Tuesday 30 August and close on Monday 3 October 2016. For further information and guidance on how to apply, see here.

All ICDE members are eligible for a reduced rate conference ticket to attend Going Global 2017 which takes place from the 22-24 May in London, UK. 

 Details on how to register and the discount code will be circulated in early 2017. More information...

Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy (EOLLA)

Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy (EOLLA)that will take place in Rome, 17-19 October, in combination with the online, open and flexible higher education Conference 2016. Within Empower, the expert pool Policy and Strategy Development organises this second EOLLA event.

EOLLA is an exciting and challenging professional development programme for university leaders. EOLLA aims to support the needs of both experienced and new institutional leaders responsible for managing and leading a variety of open, online and flexible learning initiatives in higher education. Are you challenged in leading, developing or implementing new technology-enhanced models of teaching and learning in your institution? If so, EOLLA in Rome is something for you! More information...

ICDE Member and Partner News and Events


The LangOER team has just  released its  collection of papers on the topic of “Social dynamics in Open Educational Practice” All papers are fully accessible in the Alsic peer-reviewed journal, and are listed below:

UVED provides a resource hub of OER resources in French produced by its member institutions. 

Visit the website and make use of thousands of quality assured OER available in French 

More information...

UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education: the Executive Summary is also available in English and French 

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