Presidents of about 150 open and distance learning universities from around the world are taking part in a major conference which opened in Dubai today (November 13).
ICDE is a network of 100 educational institutions worldwide working to promote open and distance learning, and provide opportunities for exchange of educational best practices.
The Conference is being held under the theme 'Open and Distance Education (ODE): Barriers, Opportunities & Strategies Forward' to discuss major challenges and obstacles regarding the implementation of open and distance learning from both an international and regional perspective.
One of the funded projects, headed by the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, will support a collaboration among educational institutions in Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States to develop an international Graduate Teaching Certificate in Open and Distance Learning using telecommunications links, videoconferencing and the Internet.
The AT&T Global Distance Learning Initiative will be managed by the ICDE, a global membership organization for open and distance learning institutions, corporations and government agencies in the field of open and distance learning.