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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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Open Education Resources and Lesser Used Languages
Or Enhancement of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity through OER
Multilingualism and High Quality Education

This article is a brief presentation by Gard Titlestad, Secretary General ICDE where he provides a helicopter view on OER in the perspective of lesser used languages and multilingualism, when digitalisation is penetrating education – and suggest policies and actions for enhancement of cultural and linguistic diversity through OER.

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2017 ICDE Leadership Summit Outcomes

The 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit that was hosted by UNIT, at LORIA in Nancy on the 22-23 May, 2017.

Main lessons learned from the very engaged presentations and discussions is that learning analytics (LA) holds a great potential for quality enhancement, where the learner and the learning and teaching process have to be put in the centre. Insufficient understanding or weak handling of data protection rules and ethical issue can become barriers for uptake, unless LA is handled strategically and careful. Institutions taking up analytics move at different speed and approach. Mutual learning is therefore important. Possible research collaboration might be of great interest.

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Highlights from the 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit

The 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit was hosted by UNIT at its LORIA Labs in Nancy, France from 22-23 May.
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Almost 100 leaders in education, particularly those who have an interest in learning and teaching in the digital age and learning analytics gathered together for the 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit hosted by LORIA at Université de Lorraine. It was organised back to back with a one day Forum “Visionary Leadership for Digital Transformation”, taking place the day after the Summit at the UNESCO Head Quarters in Paris, organised by ICDE, UNESCO and the project D-Transform. 
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Election of 3 institutional members for the ICDE Executive Committee 2018 - 2021.

Institutional members of ICDE are invited to put forward names from their institution or names of other ICDE members for the election of three members to the next Executive Committee. Three institutional members of the ICDE Executive Committee shall be elected for a new period from 2018-2021.

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ICDE Keynote at ICE2017: A short analysis 

The ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad, gave a keynote at the International Congress on Education for the 21st century, hosted by the Ministry of Education, Thailand and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).

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Open Praxis at OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE: Inés Gil-Jaurena, Open Praxis Editor, participated in the OpenAIRE ‘closing’ workshop of the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot, held in The Hague on April 20th. She presented the Open Praxis case in a session about alternative funding models and mechanisms for Open Access publishing.

For more information visit the OpenAIRE blog

 

Doctoral Students’ Track at the  27th ICDE World Conference

The ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium (GDC) has now reached the number of 147 Ph.D students from 44 countries currently undertaking research related to online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning. All members of the GDC have received a special invitation to attend a Doctoral Students’ Track during the ICDE World Conference in Toronto.

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27TH ICDE World Conference: Deadline extended for Call for Proposals

To accommodate the many presenters contributing to a high quality and engaging program for all World Conference delegates, the Call for Proposals deadline is extended to June 30, 2017. Already, more than 250 individuals from 24 countries around the world responded to the Call for Proposals to present at the World Conference on Online Learning. 

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Making Globalisation Work for All?

This was the theme of the speech by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, end of April, in a meeting hosted by the Danish OECD Presidency.  Making Globalisation Work for All is also the theme for the Presidency, and why? Because it does not work for all. He addressed the negative consequences of globalization and lifelong learning was one of the things suggested to fight the negative consequences.

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Watch new TV series from The Mind of the Universe initiative 

ICDE is one of the five global knowledge and network partners of ‘The Mind of the Universe’. The MIND is a multi-channel global initiative in the ‘World of Open’ (unique with its TV component) around top researchers from different parts of the globe. 

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ICDE Quality Network

The ICDE Quality Network was established in November 2016 by the appointment of Focal Points on Quality by the ICDE Executive Committee. The Focal Points on Quality (FPQs) have a leading and coordinating role for quality work in their respective regions. Executive Committee member Alan Tait is appointed as Chair for the Quality Network and coordinates the regional FPQs.

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Call for nomination for ICDE Prize of Excellence 2017
It is time to nominate candidates for the ICDE Prize of Excellence 2017!

The ICDE Prize of Excellence was inaugurated in 1999 as the global prize of excellence in open and distance education. ICDE is pleased to announce that ICDE Prizes of Excellence will be awarded in October 2017, at the 27th ICDE World Conference in Toronto, Canada, to deserving institutions and individuals for the highest possible excellence in the fields of open and distance education.

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International outlook on learning and digitalisation

The ICDE Secretary General emphasised in the welcome at the opening of the new offices for the ICDE Permanent Secretariat, that the small and effective team now has better working conditions, higher flexibility and a good location for networking in Norwegian society. 

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ICDE Inspiration seminar webinar highlights the internationalisation of the online open, distance, technology enhanced learning community

ICDE would like to thank participants and the speakers who yesterday, took part in the Inspiration seminar webinar to mark the occasion of the move to new offices. 200 participants registered from over 66 countries to hear presentations on:

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UniSIM is now Singapore University of Social Sciences

ICDE member, SIM University (UniSIM) has been renamed the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) as part of its restructuring plans to become the country's sixth Autonomous University.  

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UDGVirtual receives an ICDE representative; Specialists work on proposals to face the challenges in distance education

Authorities from the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) met with the representatives of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), which promotes Latin American participation in the twenty-seventh World Conference Online Learning, to be held in Toronto, Canada, from October 17 to 19, and whose theme is "Teaching in the digital age - Rethinking Teaching and Learning".

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Invitation to donate for the ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium, in particular for travel grants for PhD students

Together with its partner institutions – ICDE can inform that the ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium (GDC) has been an initiative growing beyond our projections. Having estimated around 50 Ph.D students taking part in the community by the end of 2017, the GDC is already a lively global community with over 140 Ph.D. students related to the research fields of online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning. 

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Institutional members of ICDE that already have activities in Learning Analytics (LA), took part in the first meeting of the ICDE Cluster for Learning Analytics.

The first meeting took place at the ICDE Leadership Summit, 22-23 May in Nancy, France, in the afternoon 23 May. 

A number of ICDE members are taking up Learning Analytics, and it is suggested that Learning Analytics has a great potential for improving quality outcomes of higher education. Members who have entered in to the field with a strategic approach and/or already have activities related to Learning Analytics are therefore invited to take part in the ICDE Cluster. The idea is to foster expertise, collaboration and leadership, and to promote good practice for other interested and newcomers to the field.

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OLC: Digital Learning Innovation Award

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) hosts an annual award showcasing the exemplary use of digital courseware to improve student success, especially among minority, first-generation and other underrepresented student groups. With a focused lens on increasing the number of undergraduate students who complete foundation or gateway courses, the award will recognize projects that inspire innovation, increase access, support implementation, improve outcomes, enable accessibility, and promote sustainability in the use of digital courseware.

Applications are being accepted from March 27, 2017 through June 30, 2017. More information...

 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:54 AM

Open Education Week, 27-31 March 2017

Open Education seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate.

View the schedule of both online and events local to you here. 

 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:52 AM

Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced (OOFAT) Models for Education: Survey launched!

Consider taking part in a new research collaboration between the Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS), funded by the ICDE to develop models that demonstrate different practice in terms of how one or more elements of OOFAT are used to offer flexible learning in a sustainable model. Complete the survey here

 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:47 AM

Keynote from ICDE Secretary General at Innovation Arabia, the Smart Learning Conference, Dubai, 7 March 2017 now available online

Innovation Arabia 10 saw senior government officials, decision and policy makers, thought leaders, academics, researchers, journalists, business leaders, and representatives from various international organizations analyze the crucial role of innovation and entrepreneurship in achieving sustainable development. Of particularl focus was the role of education, health and the environment in re-shaping the future of sustainability based primarily on innovation. ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad provided a keynote 'The learners are the future, and they are here - now'  which can be viewed online here

 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:43 AM

ICDE launches open call for Insight Paper 2: Blended Learning

ICDE is seeking authors to write the second paper in our Insight series on the topic of State of the nation: blended learning. Insight papers are between 5 -7.000 words long and written in an accessible language style for a wide audience. Authors and researchers should be considered by their peers as experts in the field and may not necessarily be ICDE members. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:06 AM

ICDE moves to new office premises

From Friday 31 March, ICDE will relocate to a new office premises closer to Oslo city centre. The new modern office space will provide the ICDE Secretariet with the facilities to better meet the needs of its members with space for meetings and faster travel options for visitors.

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Flexible and scalable education between Dubai and Italy: UNINETTUNO and HBMSU, Rome and Dubai for Innovative Manager in Fashion and Luxury

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) in Dubai, UAE, presented a master class in fashion, retail and luxury brand management last March 8th in Dubai during the final day of their Annual Congress Innovation Arabia 10. The masterclass is the one of the outcomes of the agreement signed between the two institutions during the HBMSU’s Congress Innovation Arabia last year.
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Highlights from the program: Visionary Leadership Forum in Paris 24 May

The one-day leadership forum: Visionary Leadership for Digital Transformation: Higher Education for the sustainable future we want is hosted by UNESCO and co-organized with D-Transform and ICDE at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris 24 May.

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Athabasca University: Search for new Provost and Vice President, Academic

Athabasca University (AU), Canada's only open and distance University, is dedicated to removing the educational, geographical, financial, social and cultural barriers that often limit access to post-secondary achievement. In doing so, AU provides access to university-level study to a broad range of students, transforming lives and enriching families and communities by increasing the equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.

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Asia e University: Memorandum of Understanding between AeU & UcMM Konsortium Sdn Bhd
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Asia e University (AeU) and UcMM Konsortium Sdn Bhd (UcMM) on March 6, 2017 at New Delhi Room, AeU Main Campus. The memorandum calls for collaboration with 12 universities in Indonesia, aimed at developing academic and educational cooperation of mutual interest and agreed to initiate collaborative activities on academic programmes initiatives and exchanges.
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Shanghai Open University: Now open to applications for International Staff Fellowship Exchange

Shanghai Open University is pleased to announce that applications for its International Visiting Scholar Program (Spring Session) 2017 are now being accepted.

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University of Guadalajara SUV: Mexican children simulate aerospace rescue on Mars

The Virtual University System of the University of Guadalajara, Mexico realizes the first edition of R2T2 Caribbean and America

Twenty-four children, from different public and private schools, collaborated in the simulation of a rescue from an alleged aerospace accident on Mars as part of R2T2 Caribbean and America, a meeting coordinated by the Virtual University System of the University of Guadalajara, which seeks to promote collaboration in the solution of technological problems.

The children showed their skills in strategy, coordination and programming to solve a study case in which 16 robots, remotely managed by children aged 8 to 12 from different countries of the continent, sought to enter a supposed A generator damaged by a meteorite crash on Mars, which was represented by a simulation robot, located in a laboratory in Switzerland.

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Register for the  Al-Mustafa Open University (MOU) hosted conference 'Capacity and Impact of Cyberspace in Promoting Religious Education'

Al-Mustafa Open University (MOU) is the virtual study branch of Al-Mustafa International University,with aiming to disseminate religious studies and to advance interfaith dialogue through cyberspace. The university intends to hold its first international conference under the title of “Capacity and Impact of Cyberspace in Promoting Religious Education”,in order to bring together academics and researchers to discuss about the capacity of web-based and virtual education and to exchange ideas regarding the ways to promote Religious Studies in cyberspace with no limitation of time and place.

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ICDE announces new Board of Trustees

ICDE is pleased to announce that the new Board of Trustees have been elected.

While the Executive Committee leads ICDE and is responsible for making policy decisions in accordance with ICDE’s mission and constitution, the Board of Trustees advises the Executive Committee, and monitors the conduct of the Secretary General, the President and members of the Executive Committee and is composed of five members who aim to reflect the diversity of the ICDE membership culturally, linguistically and geographically, as well as in the expertise of its members.

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ICDE partners with Drexel University Online (DUO) to share curated content 

From holographs and educational games, to drones and robots, 21st century educators are forging new and amazing trails in technology-enhanced teaching and learning.  Yet given the dizzying pace of digital innovation, it can feel overwhelming to stay on top of it all.

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Registered to hear international speakers at the ICDE International Conference at Symbiosis in Pune, India on March 10 and 11, 2017?

Register today! Visit http://www.scdl.net/internationalconference/ for more details and avail of SPECIAL ICDE member registration.

ICDE International Conference provides a platform for communication between researchers, teachers and practitioners in Open and Distance Learning. The ultimate aim is to provide impetus and a common basis for further research, action points for enhancement of reach of Open and Distance Learning.

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Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs is launched

It is a unique first Global Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses, short MOOCs. Join our fascinating adventure if you are a MOOC learner, MOOC designer or MOOC facilitator. Contribute to our main long-term goal: the improvement of future MOOCs by developing quality indicators and tools.

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The ICDE Strategic Plan and Activity Plan are now available online to the public

ICDE Strategic Plan 2017-2020

ICDE has developed its Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2020 in a spirit of openness, collaboration, accountability and transparency.

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BOCODOL Transforms Into An Open University

Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) is an autonomous institution that was established through the Act of Parliament number 38 (A) of 1998, made by the National Commission on Education in 1993 (Recommendation number 87); through a recommendation that was approved by the National Assembly in April 1994 as part of the Revised National Policy on Education.

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The 1st UNESCO UNITWIN Work Conference held at KNOU Headquarters

On 19 January 2017, the 1st UNESCO UNITWIN Work Conference was held at the Headquarters of Korea National Open University (KNOU) to launch the UNITWIN Network and to materialize its cooperation programme for the next four years.

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OEC Announces the Year of Open

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) announces the launch of the Year of Open to celebrate the positive impacts that open practices have brought to education, government, research and business.

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Do you face the challenge of putting in place Quality assurance framework reflecting highest levels quality in Open & Distance Learning?

All academicians connected with Open, Distance and Online learning face this question of quality assurance on a day to day basis. 

Join us for ICDE International Conference on 10-11 March 2017 at Pune, India to meet Prof. Dhanrajan, one of the world’s leading advocate and expert on Open and Distance Learning. Prof. Dhanrajan has contributed to global discussion on the subject and further associated with the work of international development agencies.

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Interactive work shop on digital transformation and quality at OEB 2016

ICDE led a highly interactive work shop at Online Educa Berlin 2 December titled: “Digital Transformation: Opportunity or threat to Quality Higher Education?”. Four invited panellists kicked off the discussion by introducing quality and the digital transformation from various perspectives, represented by Ebba Ossiannilsson, Jacques Dang, Christan M. Stracke and Christoph Stueckelberger.

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Four Norwegian ICDE members newly appointed as Centre for Excellence in Higher Education

The Norwegian Centre for Quality Assurance in Education – NOKUT newly appointed four new Centre for Excellence in Higher Education – all institutional members of ICDE.

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Digital risks and digital chances

The internet and globalization are changing our world and ways to communicate, learn and live together. They are offering huge opportunities but also challenges that the special Conference "Digital Risks - Digital Chances" is addressing.

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Learning Analytics: Insight Papers Now Available

ICDE has published two insight papers written by esteemed scholars:

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ICDE building networks at the 39th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting (39th SEAMEO HOM)

ICDE was represented by ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad at the 39TH SEAMEO High Officials Meeting that was held on 15-17 November 2016 at Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. 

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) of which ICDE is an affiliated member, is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the region.

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ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad, presented on the global challenges on the occasion of the signing of an agreement to give life to the ‘Academy of Civilizations’

The agreement is based on an agreement between a network of traditional and distance universities of the whole world to realize a common platform spreading new educational and cultural strategies.

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Extension of proposal time: Futures of University Administration and Development in digital universities

Professor Belinda Tynan, DVC Education at RMIT and  Yoni Ryan are editing a volume in Springer’s new series, University Development and Administration. Information on the volumes commissioned is available at http://refworks.springer.com/uda . The volume being worked on is called Futures of University Administration and Development.

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ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad provides insight on 'Crossing the digital flow' at the IAU conference in Bangkok

The story of ' Crossing the digital flow' was presented by ICDE Secretary General, Gard Titlestad and was discussed with university leaders at the International Association for Universities´ Conference in Bangkok. After having introduced technologies relevant for education that are flowing into society, their opportunities and challenges, the presentation goes on to discuss trends in the era of digitalisation and how to meet with them, in particular trends in online, open and flexible higher education. A stepwise approach together with knowledge sharing and peer learning is advised. 

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Feasibility study for a project for Global Open Library (GOL) for higher education

The idea is to make access to quality assured licenced OERs for curricula / grades in Higher Education available across countries, across languages and across cultures.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 27th ICDE World Conference: Teaching in a Digital Age - Re-thinking Teaching & Learning

Your Opportunity to Present on the Frontiers of Online, Open and Flexible Learning to 2,000 Delegates from 95 Countries.

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ICDE member, Mahatma Gandhi University Rwanda Unveils Series of Programs including FREE training, open forums, panel discussions, seminars and workshop at its Center for Training and Research

MGU Chancellor and Founder/Owner, Dr. Rajan Chopra said “MGU endeavors to provide an environment for quality education at affordable rates to all sections of society for the students from diverse backgrounds, ethnicity, caste, creed and geographical areas. We are working towards accomplishing our mission through additional training, seminars, workshops, and special discussions provided “free of charge” to our students, as well as members of our community who want to become partners in growth and success of the University". 

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#OEB16 - 22st global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training - November 30, December 2, 2016 - Berlin

The agenda of OEB with some of the greatest minds in education speaking at the annual, global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training, is now online here.

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