November 29, 2015

Contact North to host the next ICDE conference in Toronto in 2017

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Toronto from near Union Station

Toronto from near Union Station.

The International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) announced at the close of this year’s conference in Sun City, South Africa, that its next conference will be held at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto between 17-19 October, 2017. The host will be Contact North/Contact Nord and Maxim Jean-Louis, its President – CEO, will be the President of the Organizing Committee of the 27th World Conference.


The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is a global membership organization and provides leadership in open education, flexible, online and distance learning, including e-learning. Its members include stakeholders working in educational institutions, school authorities and the commercial sector, as well as individuals. ICDE has a formal consultative status with UNESCO and promotes the core value of UNESCO: the universal right to education for all. To support this ideal, ICDE relies on the unique knowledge and experience of its members around the world, in terms of development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.

ICDE was founded in Canada in 1938 as the International Council for Correspondence Education. Today it has worldwide members in more than 60 countries.

The ICDE Permanent Secretariat has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1988. ICDE receives funding from the Ministry of Education and Research of Norway and from membership fees.

For more information about ICDE, please visit the website at

Contact North

Contact North/Contact North was established in 1986 by the Government of Ontario. A key component of its activities is to provide residents of the province equitable access to postsecondary education and training opportunities through its 112 centers of online learning, often located in remote communities without any post-secondary educational campuses.

Thus Ontario students have the ability to participate through Contact North/Contact Nord in online courses and programs, in French and English, from Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and 250 literacy providers, as well as access basic skills training, without having to leave their community. Contact North/Contact Nord’s headquarters are in Thunder Bay and in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

For more information about Contact North/Contact Nord, please visit its websites at and

Further information

I first came to Canada in 1982 to attend the ICDE conference in Vancouver. It was at this conference that it changed its name from ‘Correspondence’ to ‘Distance’. These conferences enable one to get a very good oversight of the world of distance education.

I will be providing updates as more information about the conference becomes available.


COHERE/CSSHE’s ‘ocean-to-ocean’ conference on flexible learning designs

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Victoria, BC

Victoria, BC

What: Flexible Learning Designs: Building Community Through Blended, Online, and Multi-Access Learning  in the Post Secondary Classroom

Who: COHERE (Collaboration for Online Higher Education & Research) and the CSSHE (Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education)

Where: An ocean-to-ocean conference located in BOTH Victoria, British Columbia (Pacific) and Halifax, Nova Scotia (Atlantic). The conference format is intended to profile the tools and technologies that enable mult-access, distributed learning – including videoconference connectivity and web conferencing – to connect the two locations.

When: October 22-23, 2015

Keynote speakers: 

How: To submit a proposal, fill out the submission form available at:

Proposals will be accepted in the following streams:

  • Building Community: Practice that leads to increased sense of trust, respect, and collaboration in blended and multi-access learning environments.
  • Social Justice:  Policy and successful practice that recognizes that face-to-face education promotes privilege in participation, and research that provides evidence that flexible learning designs promote participation from non-traditional student groups.
  •  Evidence-based research for multi-access and blended learning designs: From tracing learner interactions to configuration of room and interface designs for collaboration
  • Open: The adoption of open learning practices to enhance post-secondary education through an increased global community of learners and leaders.

Proposals related to these and other issues related to flexible learning designs for community- enhanced multi-access and blended learning are invited.

No information is currently available regarding registration.

Halifax NS

Halifax NS


Conference: e-Learn 2015 in Hawaii

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Kona, Hawaii

Kona, Hawaii

What: The E-Learn World Conference on E-Learning is an international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) and co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning.

The conference is billed as ‘the International Forum for Researchers, Developers, and Practitioners to Learn about the Best Practices/Technology in Education, Government, Healthcare, and Business.’

Where: Kona, Hawaii

When: 19-22 October, 2015

Who: Keynote speakers include:

  • Lani Gunawardena, University of New Mexico, on ‘Culture and Online Learning’
  • Charles Severance, University of Michigan, on ‘The Game of MOOCs’
  • Dragan Gasevic, University of Edinburgh, on ‘Learning Analytics are More than a Technology.’

There are also special interest groups on:

  • e-learning in developing countries
  • e-learning trends and innovations
  • designing, developing and assessing e-learning


Register here

Submit proposals here by 8 August, 2015


Do you need a reason to go to Hawaii in October?!

But seriously, it would be worth it just to hear Lani Gunawardena speak about culture and online learning.

Conference: Canada MoodleMoot 2015

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MoodleMoot 2

Most Moodlers will already be aware of this, but if you are not aware of, or are just moving to Moodle, or even just thinking about it (it is after all open source and free), this conference is a must:

What: A Moodle Moot is a conference all about Moodle. The theme for Canada Moot 2015 is Connecting with Moodle. There are three streams:

Some presentations are in French, some are in English and some are bilingual.

Where: Université de Montréal & Polytechnique Montréal in partnership with Canadian Moodle communities. Organized by (Moodle authorised partner).

When: Pre conference:Tuesday, October 20, 2015; Conference: Wednesday, October 21 – Friday, October 23, 2015

Who: Keynotes include:

  • Martin Dougiamas (the founder of Moodle)
  • Samantha Slade (PercoLab)
  • Yves Otis (Percolab)
  • Dave Cormier, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Bonnie Stewart, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Jeff Wilson, Executive Director,

How: Call for presenters: click here. This als
o gives a good idea of who has already submitted papers and the topics.

Register here. Fees vary from C$49 for a pre-conference half-day workshop to C$469 for the full conference. There is online access at lower fees than for the onsite attendance.


Conference on digital learning for inclusion

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Aalborg's waterfront (in summer!)

Aalborg’s waterfront (in summer!)

What: D4Learning 2015, the International Conference on Innovations with Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4L), aims at becoming a biannual forum and meeting place for presenting and discussing:

  • New digital/educational practices;
  • New digital/educational environments;
  • New and innovative educational strategies
  • Design of teaching/learning for inclusion.
  • Institutional policies with respect to the challenge of inclusion.

The proceedings will be published as an open access e-Book by Aalborg University Press.

Where: University College Nordjylland (UCN), Mylius Erichsens Vej 131, 9210 Aalborg, Denmark

When: November 17-20, 2015

Who: Speakers include:

  • Alan Bruce, Director, Universal Learning Systems
  • Alan Tait, Director, International Development and Teacher Education at the Open University, UK
  • Terry Anderson, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada

How: Deadlines for submissions of papers for the conference:

  • June 15 (1st Call) 2015,
  • July 15 (2nd Call) 2015,
  • August 15 (Last Call), 2015

Registration: 2,000-2,500 Danish kroner(CS$350-$450)

For more information see: