Alan Tait is Emeritus Professor of Distance Education and Development at the Open University, UK, and was Director of International Development and Teacher Education, responsible for the strategic
direction of major projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh, and India, from 2013-2015.
He was formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Dean of Faculty, and is Visiting Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Open University of Kong Kong, and a senior member of St Edmunds
College, University of Cambridge. Alan has edited Open Learning, the European Journal of Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) and was founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Learning and Development.
Alan is a trained mentor and coach, and volunteers with Mind. He was Chair of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) NAP Steering Committee 2002-2005, and he served as President of ICDE associate member,
EDEN, from 2007-2010. Prior to this, he was Editor of the journal Open learning from 1989-1998, joint Series Editor of the Routledge Series Studies in Distance Education and Co-Director of the Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning.
Prof Alan will be speaking on the topic given below
"Technology in support of learning is nothing new, in fact it goes back millennia. Technology has also supported the mobility of knowledge and the reach of education for many thousands of years. But we are faced with challenges set by the UN
Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years that demand a step change in the ways that societies view scale of opportunity and reach to social sectors, gender equity and rural areas. All of this has to be managed with quality of learning and teaching equally high on the agenda. This forms the background to the new UNESCO led initiative on quality in Higher Education, with ICDE as a senior partner, on which a progress report will be given."