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Conference Program

ICDE International Conference provides a platform for communication between researchers, teachers and practitioners in Open and Distance Learning. The ultimate aim is to provide impetus and a common basis for further research, action points for enhancement of reach of Open and Distance Learning.

The theme of the conference is “Unleashing the Potential of ODL - Reaching the Unreached.”
The following three subthemes highlights the key areas which the Conference seeks to explore -

  1. TECHNOLOGY- Harnessing power of ICT in ODL
  2. QUALITY in Open and Distance Learning
  3. INCLUSION through Open and Distance Learning

Apart from the panel discussions on the above sub themes, the Conference will also have panel discussions on ‘Policy Framework in ODL and Best Practices in Asia.’ There is a complimentary MOOC workshop for the registered delegates.

Policy Framework in ODL and Best Practices in Asia

The panel discussion on ‘Policy Framework in ODL and Best Practices in Asia,’ aims to highlight and discuss the challenges being faced by ODL system in India, and also to learn from the best practices in other countries. Besides that, one will be acquainted with issues relating to introduction of new programs by distance learning institutions, operation of examination centres, territorial jurisdiction, offering of technical courses through ODL, challenges of accessibility and reach due to territorial jurisdiction constraints, policy on online courses and conduct of computerised examination shall be deliberated upon by following esteemed panellists-

  1. Dr. Hari Gautam- Former UGC chairman
  2. Dr. Madhava Menon - Founder Director of the National Law School of India University
  3. Dr. Salunkhe - Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences, Indore
  4. VS Prasad- Former Director National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
  5. Dr. Dhanrajan- Former Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Wawasan Open University
  6. Dr. Raj Aggarwal , Director, AIMA
TECHNOLOGY- Harnessing power of ICT in ODL

TECHNOLOGY- Harnessing power of ICT in ODL

Technology in ODL is evolving at a very fast pace, and ODL educators must keep up with the changes of the technology. It will help educators to design and deliver learning materials using the emerging technologies.

In keynote speeches on Technology, experts will discuss examples of best practice in use of technology in ODL, Leveraging technology platforms to achieve scalable ODL Models, Innovative ODL models utilising MOOCs and OERs, Use of technology for skilling through ODL mode, Exploring possibilities of offering technical courses through ODL, Emerging technologies and their applications to teaching learning pedagogies, Gamification, Simulations, Virtual Modelling etc.

Delegates will benefit with the discussions on various technology options in this session. The expert panel includes-

  1. R. Subramanian -Additional Secretary (TE) MHRD- (Swayam)
  2. Alan Tait, Director, Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, UK
  3. Gard Titlestad, Secretary General ,International Council for Open and Distance Education, ICDE
  4. Dr. Vivek Sawant, MD, MKCL

The keynote speeches will be followed by the plenary sessions on the theme of TECHNOLOGY- Harnessing power of ICT in ODL. Delegates from different Universities and institutions will present their papers on the following topics on Technology in ODL.

  1. Leveraging technology platforms to achieve scalable ODL Models
  2. Innovative ODL models utilising MOOCs and OERs. (Success stories/experiences to be shared in the regional context)
  3. Emerging technologies and their applications to teaching learning pedagogies - Gamification, Simulations, and Virtual Modelling etc.
  4. Reaching the unreached through M-Learning
  5. Use of Technology for skilling through ODL mode
  6. Exploring possibilities of offering technical courses through ODL
QUALITY Assurance in Open and Distance Learning

QUALITY assurance for distance higher education is one of the main concerns among institutions and stakeholders today. Despite a long and generally successful track record, open and distance learning (ODL) is still required to prove that the quality of student learning is at least equivalent to face-to-face teaching. A comprehensive quality assurance system can help accomplish this. Quality assurance is designed to prove and improve the quality of an institution’s methods, and educational products and outcomes. In ODL this includes developing and producing learning materials, academic programmes, services and support, as well as standards of student learning.

Following delegates will deliver the keynote address on Quality Assurance in Open and Distance Learning-

  1. Dr. Dhanrajan- Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Wawasan Open University
  2. Dr. Ravindra Kumar, Vice Chancellor (In-Charge). IGNOU
  3. Dr. Anil Sahastrabudhe - Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
  4. Dr. VS Prasad – Former Director National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)

These keynote speeches will be followed by the plenary sessions on the theme of Quality in ODL. Delegates from different Universities and institutions will present their papers on the following topics on Quality in ODL.

  1. Open and Distance Learning for sustainability in today's scenario - A regional Perspective (various sustainable models from Asian context to be demonstrated)
  2. Promotion of life - long learning for upgrading skills and knowledge to suit the challenges of the global environment
  3. Improving quality by developing faculty competency in ODL pedagogy
  4. Futuristic evaluation pedagogies to measure quality of learning outcomes in the ODL system
  5. Measuring quality of MOOCs and OERs.
  6. Role of learning analytics for quality
  7. Emerging areas of research in ODL space (for doctoral research students)
INCLUSION through Open and Distance Learning

One of the aims of the Conference is to answer how do we address the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goal 4, Education 2030 - 'Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all'. The track on inclusion endeavours to discuss how we achieve inclusive and equitable quality education through innovation.

The following experts will give keynote speeches on the paradigm shift from campus learning to blended and online learning (how convergence of various models is taking place in a regional context), Using ODL to leverage and reap demographic dividend by increasing accessibility of higher education to diverse target audiences (futuristic, flexible, customized blended and online learning models), ODL as an enabler for empowering women, Use of technology for reaching the unreached.

  1. Prof. Belinda Tynan - Pro Vice-Chancellor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  2. Mr. Libing Wang, Chief, Section of Education Innovations & Skill Development, UNESCO Bangkok
  3. Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, International Council for Open and Distance Education, ICDE

These keynote speeches will be followed by the plenary sessions on the theme of Inclusion through ODL wherein delegates from different Universities and institutions will present their papers on the following topics on Inclusion through ODL.

  1. Paradigm shift from campus learning to blended and online learning (how convergence of various models is taking place in a regional context)
  2. Using ODL to leverage and reap demographic dividend by increasing accessibility of higher education to diverse target audiences (futuristic, flexible, customized blended & online learning models)
  3. Cost effective ODL models for marginalised population in developing countries
  4. ODL as an enabler for empowering women
  5. Use of technology for reaching the unreached
Workshop on MOOCs

Complementary Workshop on MOOCS for registered delegates

All the registered delegates can attend the complimentary workshop on “MOOCs’ during ICDE International Conference 2017, on 10th March 2017. The workshop will help the delegates to understand the role and application of MOOCs to bring the effectiveness in the delivery of distance education. The experts from NIOS and Commonwealth of Learning will share their expertise which will enable delegates to apply this technology in their Distance Learning schools.

The details of the workshop on MOOCs are:

Title of the workshop: MOOCs in current perspective and NIOS initiative
Expert: S.K.Prasad- Joint Director (CBC), NIOS + one Team member
Topics covered:

  1. Understanding MOOCs
  2. Technology for development of MOOCs
  3. Management of MOOCs courses
  4. Pedagogical framework for MOOCs
  5. Content delivery mechanism (ease of accessibility for learners as well as trainer(teacher))
  6. Assessment, Certification and Recognition under MOOC courses
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Symbiosis Bhavan, 1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road, Model Colony, Pune - 411016, Maharashtra, India.
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