After two weeks of holiday in South Africa, this week I'm attending the 26th ICDE World Conference in Sun City (South Africa). ICDE is the international Council for Open and Distance Education and founded in 1938 in Canada as the International Council for Correspondence Education and today has members from over 60 countries worldwide.
The theme of the conference is "Growing capacities for sustainable distance e-learning provision". The conference has some interesting keynotes, such as Tressie McMillan Cottom, Audrey Watters, Laura Czerniewicz, Joyce Seitzinger and Wayne Mackintosh.
Today I heard that more than 900 people have registered for the conference, so it will be an busy conference. If I look through the programme is seems as a very traditional conference setup with lots of keynotes and panel discussions.
High-level Policy Forum
Next to the conference the Open Education Consortium is organising a high-level forum together with UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning. The theme of the High-Level Policy Forum is "Higher education for the sustainable future we want. The way ahead for online, open and flexible learning: opportunities and actions”.
The Forum will bring together leaders and decision makers from around the world, including senior officials of education ministries and policy makers in higher education, academia, representatives of teacher associations and student organisations, UNESCO Chairs in ICT/ODL, ICDE Chairs in OER, Ed-Tech industry, global and regional networks, researchers, and leading non-governmental organisations in the system.
The Forum will build on the Global High-Level Policy Forum “Online, open and flexible higher education for the future we want,” that took place in Paris from 9 to 11 June 2015 and that was organised by UNESCO, in partnership with the ICDE.
But first, I will start with a full day for the board meeting of the Open Education Consortium.