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In the 21st century, open learning, distance education, and e-learning are
inextricably linked. The philosophy of open learning, with its emphasis on
learner control over the time, place and pace of study, has animated distance
education since its emergence as a mode of educational provision. 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 proven to be a transformative
influence, as it demonstrates how the use of information and communication
technologies can re-shape the teaching and learning transaction.
Open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) has revolutionized the way we
perceive universities and the role of education in development. It has
contributed to the making of a borderless world driven by innovation and
knowledge creation for policy development, advocacy, and community
transformation and action.
This conference focuses on the convergence of philosophies, pedagogies
and technologies in ODeL, the opportunities opened up by this convergence
in education and beyond, as well as issues and challenges arising from the
practice of ODeL in various contexts.