On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the Conference, I am pleased and honored to announce that the 24th ICDE World Conference will be hosted by Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia, supported by the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Indonesia from 2 – 5 October, 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.
This conference will be a forum for participants to share and learn from each other on how to plan, develop and better manage Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programs. Since there is a wide range of content in ODL programs in participating institutions/ countries which cover all of those three components, directly or indirectly it will help promote the new way of thinking about a future in which environmental, societal, and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of development and improved quality of life.
Eradicating poverty and reducing disparities in living standards in different parts of the world are essential to achieve sustainable development and meet the needs of the majority of people. The full participation of women is also essential to achieve sustainable development. There is a close relationship between level of education and socio-economic status of the people/community. ODL expands learning opportunity to more adults and children regardless their genders, socio-economic backgrounds, ages, and geographical location so that they can receive more education, more income and later on improve their quality of life.
Considering the background, current conditions and future trends of ODL, the conference takes the theme of “Expanding Horizons – New Approaches to Open and Distance Learning (ODL)”. The conference will focus on issues related to the role of ODL in leading edge online learning paradigm from organizing distance education to building the knowledge-based society. This theme includes promoting education for all as part of widening education opportunities, managing ODL for global network information and communication, and public ownership of ODL.
The venue for the World Conference will be the Westin Resort Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia. Located in the central part of Indonesia, Bali is connected by air with major international cities in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region. Bali is a well-known international and multicultural island. It is a land that seems to have a magnet at its very heart. It is a feeling that is difficult to understand unless experienced but once visited you are surely compelled to come back and you may even want to stay forever. Maybe it is Bali’s beauty, maybe the friendly people, or maybe even the influence from spirits that certainly abide in this place.
As Rector of the host institution, Universitas Terbuka, I would like to invite and extend my warmest welcome to all scholars, researchers, administrators, and policy-makers working in the ODL field and interested in this theme to participate in the conference. I believe that the 24th ICDE World Conference will be a great event for all participants to exchange ideas and experience of ODL.
Rector of Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia