The host of the 25th ICDE World Conference on Open and Distance Learning in 2013 will be Tianjin Open University, China. The theme of the World Conference is “New Strategies for Global Open, Flexible and Distance Learning” and will take place October 16 – 18, 2013 in Tianjin, China.
In order to interpret the theme completely and accurately, the world conference will generalize systematically and exhibit intensively the following from seven basic aspects: culture, system, technique, resource, quality and service, especially taking assisted learning as the topics of the annual conference. The 25th ICDE World Conference will provide a broad and rational platform for the educators and the friends from all social sectors who are engaged and interested in open and distance education and in the education for social vulnerable groups.
Over the past 75 years since the establishment of ICDE, international open education has been making new achievements with the idea of life-long learning, the progress of economic globalization and educational technology, but it is faced with new opportunities and great challenges as well.
It is of great significance to summarize the achievements made so far, grasping the new trends of distance education development, discussing new missions in building life-long learning systems and society, strengthening friendship and cooperation among educators and friends from various social circles, pushing forward the scientific development of open and distance education in the world and promoting economic development, social progress and human civilization.
- The Culture of ODL
- Quality in ODL
- Educational Technology in ODL
- OER in ODL
- Learning Support in ODL
- The Regulatory Environment and Strategies for Innovative Open and Distance Learning
- Assisted Learning
About the conference
The biennial ICDE World Conference on Open and Distance Education is widely recognized as the leading world event in open and distance education and offers a forum for the presentation of cutting edge developments, network building, and professional development.
The World Conference attracts an average of 1,000 participants from around the globe representing the research community, teaching staff, management of educational institutions, the public sector, and both training companies and suppliers from the private sector.
- Asha Kanwar – President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
- Yang Zhijian – President, The Open University of China
- M.S. Vijay Kumar – Senior Associate Dean and Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
- George Siemens – Associate Director, Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, Athabasca University, Founder and President of Complexive Systems Inc., Canada
- Mpine Makoe – Senior researcher, Institute for Open and Distance Learning, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa