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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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).

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.

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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 www.icdeblog.com available in different language options.

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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.

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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” 

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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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ICDE Operational Network Boldic: Swedish Association of Distance Education (SADE) is partner in two EU projects

SADE is now confirmed as a partner in two EU projects which are both foreseen to commence in October 2017. SADE's role is an expert partner but also will contribute to dissemination of the projects. 

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Join ICDE and partners for a side event at the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, 19 September from 14:00 to 15:30 in room M2 

ICDE and UNT/UNIT took the initiative to a feasibility study on Global Open Libraries, GOL – for more information see here.

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Help us collecting cases for the ICDE study on Models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education

The study looks to capture flexibility, openness and the use of technology in three core processes of higher education: (i) delivery of content and student support, (ii) development of content and assessments and (iii) recognition of learning.

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Upcoming election for the ICDE Executive Committee: Institutional members should prepare for voting from 4 -22 September

Institutional members of ICDE are invited to take part in the upcoming election of three members to the next ICDE Executive Committee.

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Open invitation to contribute toward the Ljubljana OER Action Plan Of the 2nd World OER Congress

The 2nd World OER Congress (18-20 September) will conclude with the Ljubljana OER Action Plan. 

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New ICDE Members

The international ICDE network is continuing to grow with the following new members in 2017:

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ICDE Secretary General speaks at the International Forum on ICT and Education 2030,  on global facilitation for inclusive, flexible, quality learning and teaching in the digital age

Gard Titlestad participated together with more than 400 delegates from 80 countries at the International Forum on ICT and Education 2030 organised by UNESCO from 10 to 11 July 2017 in Qingdao, the People's Republic of China.

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UNESCO IITE co-organised the Global Expert Meeting “Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development”

On June 5–9 2017 Khanty-Mansiysk successfully hosted the World Expert Meeting on Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development within the framework of the IX International IT Forum featuring BRICS and SCO countries and within the UNESCO Intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP).

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New limited ICDE World Conference 2017 membership discount

Participants at the ICDE World Conference 2017 who apply for ICDE institutional membership on site and pay the 2018 fee before 15 December 2017 – get a 50% reduction of the fee for 2018. 

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Check out and get involved with the events and activities from the Year of Open 2017

The Year of Open is a global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organizations. Find a listing of events here

 

Presentations now available from the UNESCO IITE co-organised the Global Expert Meeting “Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development”

The first-ever international forum to address the importance of multilingualism and linguistic diversity in the implementation of the sustainable development goals was successfully hosted in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation, from 5 to 9 June 2017, in the framework of the IX annual International IT Forum.

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2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress: OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action

The 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress is scheduled to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 18–20 September 2017, co-organized by UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia. This event will mark five years since the World OER Congress was held in Paris in June 2012.

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ICDE Keynote to be presented at the 1st International Conference of Technological Innovation in Health, 23 August, Lagoa Nova, Brazil

ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad has been invited by the Labortory of Technological Innovation in Health (LAIS) from ICDE member, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte to provide the keynote lecture on the 23rd August at the 1st International Conference of Technological Innovation in Health. 

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Open Praxis vol. 9 issue 2 now available: Selected papers from the Open Education Consortium Global 2017 Conference

This issue of Open Praxis compiles selected papers presented at the Open Education Consortium Global Conference, held in Cape Town (South Africa) on March 8-10, 2017. Additionally, the Innovative Practice section includes three papers.

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Ph.D. Track at ICDE World Conference

ICDE is happy to announce that the tentative program for the Doctoral Student’s Track at the upcoming World Conference in Toronto is now available.

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Invitation to study trip for ICDE members in Northern Europe

In relation to the upcoming ICDE World Conference in Toronto, ICDE invites members from the Nordic countries and Northern Europe to attend a study trip in Toronto 19-20 October, after the conference has ended.

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27TH ICDE World Conference: Ensure to make the most of the Early Bird Rate! 

Ensure to benefit from the Early Bird Discount, by registering before the 10 September, 2017. View conference rates and how to register here

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Partnership by MOOQ and ICDE for shared vision on quality of Open Education

The European Alliance MOOQ and the global membership organization ICDE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a close cooperation. The two leading international initiatives for online learning confirm a shared quality vision and interest in the field of open education.

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Overview of ICDE meetings and speaking engagements in China, July 2017

The ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad is currently on mission to meet with ICDE members and undertake a number of speaking engagements within China. 

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The Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE) presented the ICDE_ON_BOLDIC at the EDEN2017

SADE presented the ICDE_ON_BOLDIC at the EDEN2017 at Jönköping University, Sweden 13-16 June 2017 with a poster.
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Scalability and Quality through international collaboration

Notes from the presentation provided by Senior Adviser,  Torunn Gjelsvik from ICDE at the ICT EDU-Action conference, Stockholm University, 2. June 2017 at the evening session at the Nobel Museum.

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