Times of Transition - the Role of University in Lifelong Learning

This is the theme of the 50th EUCEN conference that takes place Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 June 2018 at the University of Bergen, Norway. The conference celebrates the growth and evolvement of university lifelong learning through the past decades, and looks info future opportunities in times of transition. Increasing internationalization, cultural diversity, mobility and digitalization are global trends with huge impact on individuals, work life and educational institutions. For more information, visit the conference website.


Models Launch Webinar 25 April 2018 – SIGN UP FOR REGISTRATION!

Release of the study: Models for Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced Higher Education.

The main findings from the ICDE-initiated study on delivery models for online, open, flexible and technology-enhanced higher education will be presented in an open webinar in conjunction with the Open Education Global Conference in Delft.

The webinar will be held on 25 April 2018 at 15.00 CET time.


Brazil – a Country That is Gearing up its Innovation Capacity and Actions

Brazil is according to OECD is a world leader in individuals attending online courses, where 21 % attended in 2016. A possible reason contributing to that is that most federal universities in Brazil cooperate in mass educating almost 3 million health professionals (doctors, nurses etc.) in all parts of Brazil from the Amazonas to Sao Paulo.


Ministerial Forum on “Global Dialogue on ICT and Education Innovation”, Moscow, Russia

ICDE Secretary General Gard Titlestad will participate and speak in the Ministerial Forum “Global Dialogue on ICT and Education Innovation – Towards Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG 4)”, 18–19 April 2018 Moscow, Russia.


The ICDE Agenda: Lifelong Learning at the Center

For ICDE a big issue derives from the current development of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Technologies - and that is the importance of the next generation policies, concept and methodologies for Lifelong Learning.


New Reports and Findings: Job Destruction is Hyped

Three new reports provide important findings and suggestions on the impact from Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive technologies.  Thanks to BBC and Financial Times – new findings have got attention, represented with the fresh report “Automation, skills use and training” (OECD, March 2018). The report suggests that 14 % of the jobs in OECD countries are “highly automatable” which is far fewer than suggested by Frey and Osborne. 


Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution, AI and Cognitive Technologies

Innovation is as old as humans themselves and is seen as a major driver for human progress and well being.  However, when innovation peaks in society, major changes take place and sometimes influence dramatically the societal development - like the industrial revolution.


ICDE Working Group on the Present and Future of Alternative Digital Credentials

ICDE invited members to submit an Expression of Interest for participating in the Working Group on the Present and Future of Alternative Digital Credentials. The working group has been appointed.


EPICA Project Launch 

For two days and a half the EPICA consortium gathered at Hunderfossen in Norway for the Project Kick-off meeting, the very first meeting gathering all consortium partners from Europe and Africa. EPICA is also known as the "Strategic Partnership for the Co-Design of an Innovative and Scalable ePortfolio".


The 2nd UNESCO-UNITWIN Work Conference held at Korea National Open University

Korea National Open University(KNOU), held the 2nd UNESCO-UNITWIN Work Conference with a theme of “Sharing Knowledge and Experiences of Delivery Methods for Distance Education,” in Seoul, Korea, on January 17-18, 2018. KNOU is the host institution of UNESCO-UNITWIN Network on “Sharing Knowledge and Experiences of Distance Education in Higher Education,” which was launched one year ago, at the 1st UNESCO-UNITWIN Work Conference.


UNINETTUNO Arrives in Vietnam

UNINETTUNO’s presence in South-East Asia gets stronger: an important agreement was undersigned between the online University and the Huè College of Economics in Vietnam.


2018 Report: Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States

The Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) is a survey design, implementation, and analysis organization. BSRG was founded in 2005 within the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College.


ICDE Lillehammer LifeLong Learning Summit

New technologies, globalisation and changes in demographics require a revitalisation of the concept Lifelong Learning, ICDE together with the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) aim for contributing kick-starting this new movement for LifeLongLearning through the ICDE Lillehammer Lifelong Learning Summit 11 – 13 February 2019, Lillehammer, Norway: Together we can shape the future of lifelong learning.


The next ICDE Leadership Summit

The next Leadership Summit will be organised jointly with Open Education Consortium, hosted by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research: The Open Education Leadership Summit 2018. Tentative dates, 2 – 3 December in Paris, France.


New North-South-South project to be launched: EPICA

EPICA, funded by the European Union research programme Horizon 2020, is a project 2018 – 2020 coordinated by ICDE with 4 partners from Africa and 4 partners from Europe.  The project will develop and implement ePortfolio in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Open Educational Resources – Global Open Libraries?

Open Education Resources are moving towards the tipping point and there is a great need for increasing impact from OER, removing barriers and pave way for massive use of OER.


The ICDE Learning Analytics Cluster

The first ICDE Cluster – on Learning Analytics was initiated in Nancy, France in May 2017 with Professor Anne Boyer, University Lorraine, as chair.  Interested members that have activities in Learning Analytics, please contact Head of Development Torunn Gjelsvik,


Introducing the ICDE COIL Network - Collaborative Online International Learning

ICDE invited to the ICDE COIL Network in December 2017.  COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) is a new teaching and learning paradigm that develops cross-cultural awareness and communicative competence, and is a way for your institution to internationalize its curriculum. Your institution can now register to the ICDE COIL Network here.


The UNESCO quality initiative well underway

UNESCO plans for organising the Global conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, in Paris, France, 21 – 23 November 2018, indicated target 700 participants by invitation.


A new ICDE Executive Committee, EC, takes office – new priorities for ICDE to be agreed

To lead ICDE, a new ICDE Executive Committee took office in January and will constitute itself in its first meeting next week, 22-23 January, Oslo, Norway, where the new ICDE President will be elected.


ICDE Sets New Direction and Action - New President Appointed 
Inclusive, quality learning and teaching in the digital age

The new ICDE Executive Committee met in Oslo, Norway from 22-23 January, during which Professor Belinda Tynan was elected as the new ICDE President.


OUC Launches Next Generation Open Learning Platform - Online Credit Bank to Boost Lifelong Learning

To implement the spirit of operating an efficient continuing education system, accelerating the construction of a learning society, and strongly enhancing the nation’s quality, goals put forth at the 19th National Congress of the CPC central committee, a "Lifelong Learning, U-Learning, and Future Learning" themed Launch Seminar for the Online Credit Bank & Credit Bank Construction was held in Beijing. 

More information...


ICDE COIL Network Launch

ICDE would like to thank participants to the launch of the ICDE COIL Network last Wednesday 13th of December at 15h (CET). Your institution can now register to the ICDE COIL Network here


UNINETTUNO: the new multilingual and transnational Professional Master Degree in “IT Security”

Spam, computer fraud, ransomware, violation of sensitive data: in a few years, threats to IT security are increased. That’s the reason why defending itself from “Cybercrime” has become a priority, both for individuals and for companies.


Høgskolen i Innlandet blir vertskap for internasjonal konferanse for livslang læring i 2019

Et konstant behov for omstilling og ny kompetanse i arbeidslivet gjør livslang læring til et svært aktuelt tema. Nå er Høgskolen i Innlandet valgt som vertskap for en stor, internasjonal konferanse om livslang læring. Digitalisering er et sentralt tema.


27th ICDE World Conference: Abstracts and Presentations Available Now!

The World Conference on Online Learning, organized and hosted by Contact North | Contact Nord, from October 16 – 19, 2017, in Toronto, Canada featured some 150 plenaries, concurrent sessions, concurrent workshops, panel discussions, special briefings and poster presentations over a 4-day period presented by some 500 presenters.


Add your story! Perspectives on Quality Processes in Distance and Online Education in Higher Education in Oceania

Last week, on 30 November, 2017 a lively webinar discussion on Perspectives on Quality Processes in Distance and Online Education in Higher Education in Oceania took place.


Resources Available for European Distance Learning Week: Organised by EDEN

With the success of the first European Distance Learning Week (EDLW) in 2016 in the background, EDEN organised the high profile online event again this November.


Addisco - 20 years of experience with lifelong learning in Norway

A successful partnership to enhance employability to be prepared for labour markets in constant change.

New competence is an essential success factor in order to succeed and be deliverable in the future, both for the companies and for the individual employees.


UNINETTUNO with “FIEST” trains young Mediterranean movie-directors

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO continues its mission on professional and academic training of the new Mediterranean generations, with the project “FIEST– Formation Internationale à l'écriture de séries TV”.


9th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning  

ICDE member, The Hellenic Open University and the Hellenic Network for Open and Distance Learning invite you to the 9th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning that will take place in Athens from the 23rd to the 26th of November 2017.


ICDE COIL Network Launch

Join us on December 13 at 15:00 (CET) to learn how you and your institution can participate at the launch of the emerging ICDE COIL Network. COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) is a new teaching and learning paradigm that develops cross-cultural awareness and communicative competence, and is a way for your institution to internationalize its curriculum. 


Notice to Members: ICDE invoicing 2018

ICDE is now issuing the membership fees for 2018 and members will receive an invoice in the next days.


Institute of Management Studies (IMS) joins ICDE as the latest new member

The Institute of Management Studies (IMS), registered as University in Zambia. IMS is a private University with offices located in Ndola, Zambia.  IMS was established in 2017 and was officially opened by the Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska on 20th October, 2017.


ICDE Insight Paper: The Blended Learning Ecosystem: Taking Control And Orchestrating Learning Pathways - NOW AVAILABLE

During the 27TH ICDE World Conference, 16-19 October 2017, Toronto, Canada, ICDE released the third installment of its ICDE Insight Papers Series which was made exclusively available to ICDE members only, for a period of two weeks. Now the ICDE Insight Paper is available to all.


ICDE Study Visit for Nordic members in Toronto

In conjunction with the ICDE World Conference in Toronto, ICDE arranged a study visit for Nordic members to the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University and the Mars Innovation Discovery Centre.  The purpose was to connect Nordic and North European educational providers with expertise and interest in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning with Canadian institutions and innovation hubs who are engaged in digitalisation and learning.


Open University of China wins 2017 ICDE Institutional Prize of Excellence 

For more than 18 years ICDE has worked to recognise significant achievements and contributions to the international community of open and distance education by  institutions, associations or networks of institutions.

This year ICDE would like to congratulate the Open University of China as the winner of this years ICDE Prize of Excellence. 


Warning! False ICDE conference announced on the web

ICDE would like to warn all regarding “World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology” or “WASET” who claims to organize an ICDE conference on distance education in Berlin on May 21-22 2019. The conference is a scam. Please do not register.


OER Going Mainstream? Highlights from Panel Discussion at the ICDE World Conference in Toronto

At the ICDE World Conference in Toronto, a panel discussion on the mainstreaming of OER was facilitated by Gard Titlestad, Secretary General for ICDE and Sophie Touzé, President of Open Education Consortium (OEC).


Celebration of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs Programme´s 25th anniversary

At the 27th ICDE World Conference in Toronto on 16 October, a symposium for Chairs in OER was organized by UNESCO, Open Education Consortium (OEC), Universidad International de La Rioja (UNIR), and International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).


ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium Track at the World Conference in Toronto

During the ICDE World Conference in Toronto, a Doctoral Students’ Track took place with the participation of 11 Ph.D students from various parts of the world, all of them doing research related to online, open and flexible learning.


DCU selected to host World Conference on Online Learning

Ireland’s reputation as a digital frontrunner continues to grow with news that Dublin City University (DCU) has been selected by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) to host the 2019 World Conference on Online Learning. Held every second year the World Conference is the largest and most prestigious international event exploring new open, online and flexible models of education.


Three new members of the ICDE Executive Committee are elected

On 17 October, at the opening reception of the 27th ICDE World Conference in Toronto, ICDE Secretary General Gard Titlestad announced the three newly elected Executive Committee members:


CODUR project invites you to participate in a consultation workshop

Creating an Online Dimension for University Rankings: What is your contribution for? 

The Open University of Catalonia (UOC), the UK Open University (OUUK) and the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ITD) are carrying out the European project CODUR (Creating an Online Dimension for University Rankings).


ICDE at the 5th World Forum for Lifelong Learning in Madrid 27 September 2017

The ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad attended the 5th World Forum for lifelong Learning in Madrid, Spain from September 27, 28 & 29, 2017.


Celebrating the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme´s 25th anniversary

Symposium of Chairs in Open Educational Resources in conjunction with the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto ON Canada, 3:00 – 6:00 pm, October 16, 2017, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel,Civic Ballroom North

Organized with the support from International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Open Education Consortium (OEC), Universidad International de La Rioja (UNIR), and UNESCO


Panel presentation from ICDE at the 2nd OER World Congress in Slovenia

On 19 September, ICDE was invited to take part in a panel plenary session, discussing the role of Teachers, Students and Institutions on OER. The scope for the discussion was to give recommendations for actions to mainstream OER in education systems worldwide from the perspective of the key stakeholder groups in education.


Ljubljana OER Action Plan 2017 adopted to support quality open-licensed educational resources to build knowledge societies and achieve SDG 4

The second World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress closed today as experts and national delegates from 111 countries adopted by acclamation the 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan.

The 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan presents 41 recommended actions to mainstream open-licensed resources to help all Member States to build Knowledge Societies and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 4 on “quality and lifelong education.”

More information.


Final Document of the Ugra Declaration: On Preserving Languages And Promoting Linguistic Diversity In Cyberspace For Inclusive Sustainable Development

The Global Expert Meeting on Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development was the first-ever international forum to scientifically address the role and impact of multilingualism and linguistic diversity (in real life and in cyberspace) in achieving progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. 

Read the final document here


Upcoming web meeting in the ICDE Cluster for Learning Analytics

During the ICDE Leadership Summit in Nancy 22-23 May, a membership driven cluster for Learning Analytics was established. ICDE members who have entered into the field with a strategic approach and/or who already have activities related to Learning Analytics were invited to take part in the cluster.


ICDE Launches a new blog! 

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) the leading global membership organization for online, open and flexible education, has this week launched a new blog at available in different language options.


ICDE at the 2017 Dujiangyan International Forum 

The ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad was invited and participated at the 2017 Dujiangyan International Forum “Ensuring Quality Education and Lifelong Learning through ICT” 13-14 July 2017, Dujiangyan, Chengdu, China.


25% discount for ICDE member institutions for the  3rd MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum taking place from the  14-16 November, 2017

Strengthening the Dialogue between Higher Education, Government and Industry: Working Together towards a Common Vision” 


Multidisciplinary meeting discusses the use of technology in health, at Natal

1ª International Conference on Technological Innovation in Health from LAIS brings together European and Brazilian researches to discuss solutions for the area.

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