Newsletter March 2009

ICDE is pleased to announce that the 2009 Standing Conference of Presidents (SCOP) meeting will be held on 20-21 November in Barcelona, Spain, hosted by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.


SCOP is a golden opportunity for Rectors, Presidents, and Chief Executive Officers from open and distance teaching universities to meet in a closed and exclusive setting. The meeting is an arena for information exchange and cooperation building among policy level decision makers from open universities worldwide. It provides opportunities for the initiation of benchmarking studies and the establishment of advocacy activities, while also providing a forum for influencing ICDE’s strategy. The programme for the 2009 meeting will be published shortly, together with practical information about the event.

The Standing Conference of Presidents meeting is arranged on an annual basis exclusively for policy level decision makers from ICDE member institutions.


Final day of early bird registration for the 23rd ICDE World Conference, 7-10 June, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Today, 31 March, is the final chance to register for the 23rd ICDE World Conference at the early bird rate.

The Conference is entitled “Flexible Education for All: Open – Global – Innovative”, and will focus on themes including flexible learning, education for all, improvements in ICT, combined on-site and online learning, and globalisation as a driver for new forms of collaboration.

The 23rd World Conference is held in conjunction with the 2009 EADTU Annual Conference, and will take place at the ultramodern Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre, in this vibrant and historically and culturally significant European city.

ICDE members benefit from a further reduced registration fee.

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The ICDE Prize of Excellence

Winners of the 2009 ICDE Prize of Excellence will be announced during the 23rd World Conference in Maastricht. ICDE members have now been informed about the nomination process, and we are very encouraged by the quality of nominations received so far. We look forward to receiving further nominations and respectfully remind you that the last date for submissions is 13 April 2009.

The ICDE Prize of Excellence is the global prize for excellence in distance and online education.

ICDE Prize of Excellence

Open Praxis

The first issue of Open Praxis of 2009 has now been published.

This issue includes papers from the 2008 SCOP meeting and the Global Forum in Shanghai, on the theme of “The Building of the Learning City”. The final report from the ICDE Task Force on Open Educational Resources is also published here, together with an article on portfolio assessment in open and distance learning in Mauritius.

Open Praxis is the electronic journal of ICDE and is free to access for all ICDE members.

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