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Newsletter from the International Council for Open and Distance Education
Wayne Mackintosh, founding director of the OER Foundation headquartered at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, is a “committed advocate and user of free software for education”. The ICDE Chair in OER is a “strategy innovator with a passion for open sourcing education”.
Over 500 papers have been accepted for presentation at the 26th ICDE World Conference to be hosted by the University of South Africa in Sun City near Pretoria, 14-16 October 2015. Registrations close in just two weeks, so make sure you register for the conference now.
The MOOCs4D II track in the 26th ICDE World Conference in South Africa will explore “the potential of MOOCs as a transformative lever for promoting education as a global common good”, in developing economies, and in particular Africa, and as a possible platform for South-South-North collaboration.
The 2015 MOOCs4D II track will bring together policy makers, experts, practitioners, scholars and representatives from MOOC initiatives from around the world to further the conversations begun during the initial 2014 MOOCs4D conference at the University of Pennsylvania in April 2014. The MOOCs4D II track is planned to start on 13 October 2015.
You are now invited to submit proposals related to the theme of the MOOCs4D II specialist track. We call for innovative papers that engage with the topicality of the theme and emerging policy signals towards the planned conference publication.
The final date to submit papers for the fast track call is 21 August 2015.
Open Praxis has published its third issue for 2015 which consists of four research articles and two innovative practice articles.
Dr. Inés Gil-Jaurena, the editor of Open Praxis, explains in her editorial that “12 authors from Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Brazil, Pakistan, South Africa, Slovak Republic and the United States of America have contributed in six different papers, four of them with a research-oriented approach and two of them with an innovative practice character. The broad topic of openness is somehow addressed in most of the papers, which deal with open educational resources and other open practices.”
Three institutions from Israel, Ukraine and Switzerland have recently joined the ICDE network following the approval of their applications by the ICDE Executive Committee. Uri Ben-Ari, founder and president of the Athena Fund, attended the UNESCO-ICDE Global High Level Policy Forum in Paris in June 2015. He penned his positive experience at the forum in a piece that was published in Boston’s The Jewish Advocate.
Athena Fund recently became a member of ICDE. It is a non-profit organization established in 2006 to promote the empowerment of teachers in Israel by providing them with tools for self-fulfillment and professional advancement.
In her foreword for the ICDE Annual Report 2014, Prof. Tian Belawati, ICDE President and Universitas Terbuka Rector, summarizes the many positive activities for ICDE during 2014. These include successful events – the International Conference in Moscow, and the Presidents’ Summit and ICDE-UNESCO Policy Forum in Bali; the participation of ICDE in several projects with good results; and the new partnerships with important organizations for ICDE to focus more on the external environment. The importance of student engagement as a success factor in learning has long been recognized. With all the tools and resources available in the 21st century to extend and support this engagement, we need to revise our understanding of teaching and learning – what we refer to as pedagogy. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has launched its new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Development portal. This online service is built on the idea that offering a MOOC should be as easy as taking one.
Interested partner institutions can use the portal to create and offer their own MOOC with up to 10,000 registrations per course.
The 2nd MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum (MENA-HELF), organized by ICDE member Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS), will be held in Abu Dhabi from 9-11 November 2015.
Twenty-five international experts, including the University of South Africa (UNISA) Principal and Vice Chancellor and ICDE Executive Committee member Prof. Mandla Makhanya, will speak on topics related to the theme: Towards Transformative Higher Education in the MENA Region: The Role of Innovation in the 21st Century Digital and Knowledge based Society.
The theme for Innovation Arabia 9 will be ‘Accelerating Innovation towards Sustainable Economy’ and a call for papers has now been announced.
The Smart Learning Conference, organized by ICDE member Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), will be held in Dubai from 7-9 March 2016.
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