ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium

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.



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. 

Organizing Bodies

Steering Committe

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
Secretary General Gard Titlestad | ICDE 
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 News

Doctoral Students' Track at the 27th ICDE World Conference in Toronto, Canada
Members of the Global Doctoral Consortium was invited to attend the special “Doctoral Students’ track” during the 2017 ICDE World Conference. This track was held in a designated meeting room at the conference venue, and facilitated by ICDE and partners. Most of the GDC students attending the Doctoral Student’s Track in Toronto was travel grants recipients. Read more about the past invitation here.

ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium and Global OER Graduate Network enters Partnership
The ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium, GDC, and the Global OER Graduate network, GO-GN, are both networks supporting PhD research communities. The GDC has a focus on research fields related to online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning and GO-GN on open education. Read more.

GDC Webinars to be Published at Vimeo
Past and future GDC webinars are now to be uploaded at www.vimeo.com/icde

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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 05:28 AM