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ICDE Newsletter – 19 October 2021

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ประจำวันที่ 19 ตุลาคม 2564

ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week 2021:

Extended deadline to register!

The ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week 2021 is less than a week away, and we have extended the deadline to register until 21 October. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from and engage with experts and colleagues from all corners of the world elaborating on the topic: Upskilling and Upscaling for quality Open, Flexible and Distance Learning. Save your seat and register today!


Special offer to non-ICDE members

Is your institution not yet amember of ICDE? Register for the conference and apply to become a member of ICDE before 21 October to enjoy a waived institutional membership fee the rest of 2021 (full price is EUR 1.250).

Find out more and apply to become a member here.


ENCORE+ Circle Events on Quality and OER Technology
ICDE and ENCORE+ invite you to join the ENCORE+ European OER Ecosystem through 4 different thematic Circle Community Events this fall. The following events will take place during the ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week 2021Quality (25October) and OER Technology (29 October). Each event is the first in a series for each theme, and the kick-off of the ENCORE+ European OER Ecosystem. The events are free of charge and open for all.

Learn more and register here.

ICDE Lab Workshop for Responsive Action
ICDE invites Presidents, Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and Rectors among ICDE members to participate in the first ICDE-organised Lab Workshop for Responsive Action on the ICDE Global Advocacy Campaign for quality OFDL. This is a special session for ICDE members only, taking place during the ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week 2021. Participation is free of charge, but requires a separate registration. 

Read more and register here.


ICDE at ICODEL conference
 On 14 October, the ICDE Secretary General Torunn Gjelsvik contributed with a keynote on Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and future directions in Open, Distance and Online Education. Through her presentation, several of ICDEs members and partners activities and projects related to AI were featured, coming from different corners of the globe. Ms. Gjelsvik also outlined UNESCO’s policy work related to the topic, emphasising the human-centered approach” to AI, and what AI can do for education and learning.

For the Q&A session following the keynote presentation, the Secretary General was accompanied by Prof. Barbara Wasson, Director for SLATE, Centre for the Science of Technology and Learning at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway, and Prof. Colin de la Higuera, UNESCO Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER) at the University of Nantes in France. Thank you to all ICDE members who contributed to this keynote!
Recordings are available here.

Join ICDE at upcoming conferences and events
In the coming months, ICDE and our ICDE-coordinated projects will participate in and present at a number of conferences and events. Find out where you can meet ICDE and learn more about our ongoing projects.

Find the summary here.


Call for new ICDE Focal Point on Quality for Africa
ICDE now invites institutional members from Africa to nominate candidates for the position as Focal Point on Quality from the region, replacing the current candidate who is on sabbatical leave until the end of 2022.
The ICDE Quality Network is a high-level expert committee chaired by Prof. Emeritus Alan Tait from the Open University UK. It consists of 7 Focal Points on Quality (FPQs), who have a leading and coordinating role for quality enhancement of open, flexible and distance education within their institutions and in their respective regions.

Nominations from active ICDE institutions (paid Institutional members) are welcome, and should be submitted via e-mail to att. Secretary General Torunn Gjelsvik as soon as possible. Questions may be addressed to

More information here.


OEB: ICDE Members receive discounted participation fee

Online Educa Berlin (OEB) takes place on 1-3 December 2021, and is the annual global, cross-sector conference and exhibition on digital learning and training. We are happy to announce that ICDE members will receive a reduced participation rate for OEB. Please contact the ICDE Secretariat at to claim your discount code.

Read more here and register here.