Open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) has revolutionized the way we perceive universities and the role of education in development in the 21st century. Open learning, with its emphasis on learner control over the time, place and pace of study, has animated distance education. Distance education in turn has contributed much to making educational systems more open and flexible, through its adoption of various education technologies. Online distance education in particular, has shown how information and communication technologies can re-shape the teaching and learning transaction. OdeL has in effect contributed to the making of a borderless world driven by innovation and knowledge creation for policy development, advocacy, and community transformation and action.
The conference aims to provide a forum for distance education and e-learning scholars, practitioners and policy makers to share and reflect on experiences, and collaboratively create and explore spaces and possibilities for open, distance and e-learning for development. It focuses on the convergence of philosophies, pedagogies and technologies in ODeL, the opportunities opened up by this convergence, as well as the issues and challenges arising from the practice of ODeL in various contexts., including among others, education, public service and development.
Expected to benefit from this conference are academics, teachers, researchers, university and school administrators, policy makers, trainers, students, and other stakeholders in the government, industry, and other professional sectors.