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July 15, 2016

[CNIE-L] ICDE Newsletter – 13 July 2016

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

ICDE Newsletter – 13 July 2016


2016 Presidents’ Summit Early-Bird Registration Extended – Join us in Sydney!

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Presidents’ Summit early-bird registration rate has been extended to 15 August 2016.

We encourage you to visit the Summit website at to register for the early-bird rate and make your hotel reservations now.

The next issue of the ICDE Newsletter will provide an updated link to the Summit Programme, including exciting global speakers expected to be confirmed.

Open Praxis: Call for papers: Volume 8 issue 4

Submissions are welcome until 30 July, to be published in volume 8 issue 4 (October-December 2016). More information…


ICDE Calls: 

UNESCO Calls: As an official partner to UNESCO, ICDE is eligible to submit nominations for UNESCO calls from among its membership. A self-nomination cannot be considered.

Other Calls: 

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ICDE Secretariat and or ICDE members will be particpating in the following events and conferences and are available for meetings and discussions so make sure to get in touch.


  • 2016 Presidents’ Summit: 20-23 November 2016, Sydney, Australia
  • ICDE- Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) International Conference, 10-11 March, 2017, Pune, India
  • 2017 Presidents’ Summit 15-16 October, 2017, Toronto, Canada
  • 27TH ICDE World Conference, 17-19 October, 2017, Toronto, Canada

ICDE- Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) International Conference, 10-11 March, 2017, Pune, India

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning will host the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) International Conference in Pune, India on 10th and 11th March, 2017 on the theme: “Unleashing the potential of ODL – Reaching the unreached”. More information…

27th ICDE World Conference, 17-19 October, 2017, Toronto, Canada

Join faculty members/instructors from colleges and universities, practitioners, experts, policy-makers, academic decision-makers and technology providers involved in the field of online and distance education from around the world for this bi-annual summit dedicated to online learning and distance education. More information….

ICDE Member and Partner News and Events

Korea National Open University to launch Office of International Affairs, a specialized organization for external relations and international cooperation

ICDE member,  Korea National Open University (KNOU) is an establishing Office of International Affairs(OIA), embarking on a new growth strategy to enhance the international character of the university. More information…

The UOC’s mobile apps ecosystem for continuous assessment receives an honourable mention at the Learning Impact Awards

ICDE member, The Open University of Catalonia’s (UOC)  mobile apps ecosystem for continuous assessment – Explica!, Assess and Submissions – received an honourable mention at the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards, where they had been named among the finalists. More information…

Putting ethics into practice – academia and beyond

More ethics in higher education is urgently needed: this is one of the main conclusions of the Global Ethics Forum 2016 organised from 23-25 June 2016 by Read the full press release here.

Reports, Resources and Projects

What Will Higher Education Look Like 5, 10 or 20 Years From Now?

GoodCall spoke with experts across the higher education landscape to get a sense of what college will look like in five, ten and twenty years. In some cases, they agreed,  while at other times their visions were very different. But one thing is for sure – twenty years from now, higher education won’t going to look the same as it does today. More information…

A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching

With all of the discussion around the role of online education for traditional colleges and universities, over the past month we have seen reminders that key concerns are about people and pedagogy, not technology. And we can thank two elite universities that don’t have large online populations — MIT and George Washington University — for this clarity. More information…

The Advancing MOOCs for Development Initiative: An examination of MOOC usage for professional workforce development outcomes in Colombia, the Philippines, & South Africa

Online courses have the potential to expand quality education and career training worldwide. Yet few people in developing countries access Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), despite the fact that MOOCs are open to the public and often free. Recognizing this unmet potential, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and CourseTalk, the largest source of MOOC reviews, have partnered to determine how online education can best help young adults across the developing world grow successful careers.  More information…

For Students Taking Online Courses, a Completion Paradox

If you look just at completion rates for individual online courses, they seem like a bad option. A growing body of research shows that community-college students are much more likely to fail a class taken online than one taken face-to-face, and grades in online courses are often lower.  A national study published in 2014 found that community-college students who take at least one online course are as much as 25 percent more likely to earn a degree than those who study only in physical classrooms. Many factors are at play, but for many students the convenience of online can mean the difference between staying in a degree program or dropping out.  Some have called this the “online paradox,” and it highlights the complicated track record of the shift to digital classrooms.(Subscription) More information...

University websites: The so-so, the bad, and the egregious

Yes that’s right, it’s time to take a look at university websites and why they are perennially difficult and unpopular. For quite a while I’ve been meaning to write a post about this; it’s a problem that’s ongoing, and one that generates much wailing and gnashing of teeth among regular users of the sites, including current students and faculty. Yet it’s something that never seems to change, or if it does change, it’s merely “upgraded” to a system with new and equally infuriating flaws. More information…

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