Virtual University is organizing The 33rd Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities: Open Distance Learning: 2020 & Beyond from October 14 to 16, 2019



Virtual University is organizing The 33rd Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities: Open Distance Learning: 2020 & Beyond from October 14 to 16, 2019

Open Distance Learning (ODL), a novel trend in the realm of higher education with a focus to facilitate learning for those who were geographically distant. Over the years, rapid changes have taken place in the practice of ODL, mainly driven by advancements in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Incorporation of ICT led to the advanced form of ODL known as e-Learning, which not only covers content and instructional methods delivered via CD-ROM, the Internet or an Intranet, audio and videotape, satellite broadcast on TV but also interactive online learning using web 2.0 tools.

Therefore, e-Learning as an offshoot of Open Distance Learning aims at providing unequivocal quality education to students who are unable to avail traditional education. The evolution of e-Learning throughout the world has been phenomenal, particularly during the last two decades.

Keynote Speakers

PROF. MELINDA DP. BANDALARIA
Invited Speaker
Chancellor
University of the Philippines Open University, AAOU President, PHILIPPINES

PROF. ASHA S. KANWAR
Invited Speaker
President & CEO
Commonwealth of Learning, CANADA

PROF DATO’ DR ANSARY AHMED
Invited Speaker
President/CEO
Asia e-University, MALAYSIA

Prof. Dr. Tian Belawati
Keynote Speaker
Former Rector
Indonesia Open University, Indonesia

PROF. RORY MCGREAL
Keynote Speaker
UNESCO/ICDE Chair in OER
Athabasca University, CANADA

PROF. JOHN ARUL PHILLIPS
Keynote Speaker
Dean
School of Education & Cognitive Science, Asia e University, MALAYSIA

MR. UWE WIECKENBERG
Keynote Speaker
Director
Institut für Bildungstransfer, Landau, GERMANY

Prof. Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum
Keynote Speaker
Vice Chancellor
Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Prof. Dr. Rauf-i-Azam
Keynote Speaker
Vice Chancellor
University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan

MS. SUKAINA WALJI
Keynote Speaker
Online Education Project Manager
The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching University of Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Theme
The main theme for the 33rd Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open University is “Open Distance Learning: 2020 and Beyond”

Sub-themes
The conference will address but not limited to the following sub-themes:

  1. Next Generation Education Technologies/ Innovations

     

     

    • Educational Technology and Technologies in Education
    • Technology Hardware and Soft wares in Education/ Technological Innovations Coming to Education- Present and Future
    • ODL for blending Individualized and Collaborative Learning
    • Connectivity of Pedagogical/ andragogical theories and Technology
    • Trends in Cyber learning
    • ODL Creeping into the Traditional Classrooms
    • Next Generation Classrooms and Learning Space Designs
  2. Ensuring and Enhancing Quality

     

     

    • Quality Assurance Standards and Accreditation
    • Assessing ODL: Knowledge, Dispositions and Behavior
    • Appraisal of Teachers and other Human Resource in ODL
    • Enabling ODL Teachers and Educators
    • Human Resource Development and Management in ODL
    • Ethics in Cyber teaching and Learning
    • Challenges of Internationalizing Higher education through ODL
  3. Lifelong Learning: Addressing Personal, Professional and Societal Development

     

     

    • Technology for educating Illiterates and neo literates
    • ODL for attaining SDGs
    • ODL as a game changer for the marginalized
    • Teaching 21st Century Cognitive processes through ODL
    • ODL from Technology Box to the Communities
    • Societal challenges: Reaching out to communities (Health and environment)
  4. Challenges for Policy makers and Education Providers
  5. Social Sciences and Humanities: New Challenges, New Horizons

Review Criteria

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  • Relevance and impact of the contributions to the area
  • Soundness
  • Evaluation of the design and execution framework
  • Clarity and presentation
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