20th World Conference
on Open Learning and Distance Education

Welcome: Introduction and Invitation
On behalf of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), we are proud to announce the 20th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education, to take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 01 to 05 April 2001. This first World Conference in the new millennium is an effort by the international community to focus on the future of education and training.
Since 1938, ICDE has organized periodic world conferences, bringing together the world's leaders in Open Learning and Distance Education. ICDE world conferences are the most established and prestigious events in a field that is in the forefront of global educational development.
The ICDE organization includes 145 countries all over the world as well as an increasing number of education and training systems. This is a reflection of the convergence of open, distance, and virtual learning and traditional education paradigms.
ICDE is cooperating with many major regional educational associations in planning for the 20th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education. For the first time the World Conference is organized in Germany, and German authorities are actively supporting and participating in the conference preparation (AG-F, BDA, BMBF, EADL, FernUni, HRK, idw, MSWWF, Staatsk.NRW, Uni Oldenburg, ZFU).
It is important for all institutions, associations, and individuals in the field of teaching and training to stay on the cutting edge of this fast-moving environment. Open, distance, and virtual learning will be the key strategy for education and training in an information society where continuous updating of knowledge and skills throughout the entire population will be a prime basis for the development of economies and of nations.
On behalf of the organizers of the 20th ICDE World Conference, we invite everyone who is involved in any field of education and training, universities, schools, companies, governments, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, etc. to actively participate in the 20th ICDE World Conference.
The scientific programme of the conference will be in the hands of an International Programme Committee chaired by Professor Dr.-Ing. Helmut Hoyer, Rektor of the FernUniversität in Germany.
The main coordinator of the conference is Reidar Roll, Secretary General and CEO of ICDE.
One of the most professional and experienced conference organizers in Europe, Mondial Congress, has been selected as responsible for all logistic, social, and cultural arrangements before and during the conference.
The World Conference will be structured into Core Events (Plenary, Parallel, and Poster Sessions) and Extension Events (Workshops, Discussion Groups, Media Demonstrations, Meetings, etc.). In addition, Special Concurrent Sessions and an Exhibition will be held in conjuction with the conference.
The 20th ICDE World Conference will again bring together a wide range and a large number of experts and people interested in Open Learning and Distance Education. We expect participants from more than 100 countries.
We would like to welcome you to Düsseldorf and to the 20th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education.

Molly Corbett Broad
President University of North Carolina
ICDE President

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Hoyer
Rektor FernUniversität Hagen
Scientific Programme Chair

Reidar Roll
Secretary General and CEO

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You are invited...
... to actively participate in the 20th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education Düsseldorf, Germany. There are different possibilities for your participation:
Abstracts and proposals are welcome from all fields of Open Learning and Distance Education in various formats, such as:
  • theoretical papers,
  • empirical and case studies,
  • panels, talks,
  • audio, video, CD-ROM demonstrations, Internet, etc.
(For details on the different types of conference events and presentations click here.)
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The Themes and the Structure of the Conference
The 20th ICDE World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education will be held under the main theme

The Future of Learning – Learning for the Future:
Shaping the Transition

The main objective of the conference will be to view the development of learning and to explore how especially open learning and distance education will find their position in a perpetually changing world in the coming years.
During the decades before the turn of the millennium the influence of technology, economy, politics, and society on people was very strong and it will go on affecting our daily life. World-wide, we find ourselves in a period of transition. Nobody could have expected all the radical changes that have taken place during the past years, and today nobody can predict reliably the development and the changes still to come. In addition, changes and developments have been rather diverse in the different parts of the world as far as way, rapidity, and results are concerned.
Against this background, we have to ask ourselves whether we want to accept, to control, to harmonize, to remove, or to overcome these changes and developments with all their varieties. Thus, we need to get an idea of our aims: What do we want education and training worldwide to be in 2005/2010?
We should not allow ourselves to be overrun by the upcoming technical, economic, political, and social developments. On the contrary, we should aim to actively influence the objectives, the contents, the direction, the path, the means, and the rapidity of the changes and thus shape the transition into the future. We need to give answers to the following questions:

How do we learn in the future?
How do we learn for the future?
How do we achieve justness?
How do we achieve sustainable results?

Considering the need to face the changes and developments in the field of education and training, the 20th ICDE World Conference will explore the challenges for Open Learning and Distance Education under the following six main streams:
  • Strategies & Policies
  • Contents & Skills
  • Methods & Technologies
  • Support & Services
  • Management & Logistics
  • Research & Evaluation
Within these streams the development of Open Learning and Distance Education will be treated under the influence of various issues and aspects. The most significant ones are listed here:
.......... Issues Aspects
Quality local/regional
Accreditation/Certification national
Technology-Pedagogy Interface multi-/trans-/international
Staff Development institutional
Gender sectorial
Disabled/Disadvantaged global
Barriers/Constraints virtual
Markets/Marketing social
Partnerships/Alliances/Networks.......... cultural
Developing Countries economic
Take off Countries political
Developed Countries language
All these streams, issues, and aspects affect Lifelong Learning in its three areas of education and training:
Vocational Education
.... University
Higher Education
.... Company
Workforce Training
The definite programme of the World Conference will be designed along this structure of streams, issues, aspects, and areas. Abstracts and proposals for Core Events (Plenary, Parallel and Poster Sessions) and Extension Events should refer to these streams, issues, aspects, and areas. They should as well always relate to the main theme and the main objective of the conference.
To get a visual impression of the conference structure please have a look at the Conference Scheme.
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Types of Events and Presentations
The 20th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education will comprise different types of events and presentations.
Plenary Sessions, Parallel Sessions, and Poster Sessions will be the Core Events of the World Conference. These Core Events are the "official", formally structured and presented conference programme.
The Core Programme is under the overall responsibility of the ICDE. The Scientific Programme Chair will be responsible for the overall coordination and arrangement. Parts of the Core Programme might be organized with the support of a specific institution; the Open University, United Kingdom, and the UNED, Spain, have already stated their interest.

  • Opening Ceremony on Sunday late afternoon
    The Opening Ceremony on 01 April 2001 late afternoon and evening will contain an official opening and information part (short and precise) and a stage show (dynamic and local) and it will be followed by a social gathering (warm-hearted and international).
  • Panel and Plenary Sessions
    A number of Plenary and Panel Sessions will be arranged from Monday to Wednesday where speakers for keynotes and round table discussions will be invited.
  • Closing Session on Thursday morning
    The Closing Session will provide summaries on the different content areas of the conference as well as an outlook into the future.

Four or five Parallel Sessions will be held at a time, with three to four paper presentations each or a panel discussion or demonstrations.
In Parallel Sessions online presentation (Internet) will not be possible in order to avoid technical problems (breakdowns, cutoffs).
The Poster Sessions are linked to the different Parallel Sessions. There will be two types of Poster Sessions:
  • Different authors (max. 12) give short presentations (5 minutes) of their papers, thoughts, case studies, or demonstrations and discuss the topics with the audience afterwards (the discussion will be led by a chairperson).
  • A moderator gives a professional summary of up to 12 papers, thoughts, case studies, and/or demonstrations followed by a discussion of the authors and the audience (the discussion will be led by the moderator).
All posters will be presented on poster walls throughout the conference. Meetings with the author(s) at the poster walls independent of the Poster Sessions will be possible.
In Poster Sessions online presentations (Internet) will not be possible due to time constraints.
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In addition to the Core Events the World Conference will allow for a large number of Extension Events of different types. These Extension Events will be organized independently and upon the responsibility of working groups, institutions, associations, companies, etc.
These events will focus on specific themes, activities, or developments.
Specially equipped meeting and presentation rooms will allow for demonstration and examination of all kinds of learning and training material based on single or multimedia technology.
Regional and professional associations, socio-cultural and language groupings are invited to organize their own meetings in conjunction with the World Conference; ICDE will present its regional and global activities and will invite for participation.
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The Special Concurrent Sessions are to be held as an integral part of the conference programme. Companies, educational institutions, and governmental authorities are offered the opportunity to present their latest programmes, products, publications and services in fields connected to open, distance, and virtual learning.
Interested companies, institutions, and authorities are asked to state their interest in receiving further information on the Special Concurrent Sessions by completing and returning the Reply Form.
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An exhibition will be held in conjunction with the conference.
Please indicate your interest in receiving detailed information on how to become an exhibitor by completing and returning the Reply Form.
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In cooperation with 'Deutsches Plakatmuseum' (German Poster Museum), Essen, a "Poster for Promotion" Show related to open and distance learning will be organized. All institutions, organizations, and individuals who have such posters available are requested to contribute to a colourful poster show.
Please indicate your interest in receiving further information on the "Poster for Promotion" Show by completing and returning the Reply Form.
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Submission of Abstracts and Proposals
Papers and presentations should be of high quality, original, and specially prepared for the 20th ICDE World Conference.
Abstracts and proposals should clearly describe the intended presentation in a session (paper, case study, courseware, etc.) or the organization of an event (panel, talk, workshop, discussion, meeting, demonstration, etc.).
Abstracts and proposals should be written in English.
Abstracts and proposals should not contain more than 300 words (no tables, charts, or graphs) plus title and author's name/authors' names.
The Answer Form for Submission of Abstracts and Proposals should be completed and returned together with the abstract or proposal.
The Scientific Programme Chair reserves the right not to consider any papers submitted in the wrong format or after the deadline, as well as papers handed in without the completed answer form.
All submitted abstracts and proposals will be refereed by the International Programme Committee and attributed to the different types of events and presentations at the World Conference. A notification of acceptance will be sent by end of September 2000.
Papers will only be included in the programme when at least one author has registered for the conference. Details for registration will be given in the Final Announcement and the WWW in autumn 2000 and they will be sent together with the notification of acceptance.
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Important Dates
The planning and preparation of the programme of the World Conference is carried out according to the table below.

Core Events

Extension Events

Deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals

by 28 May 2000
30 July 2000

by 20 August 2000

Notice of acceptance and invitation to prepare the final version

by end of
September 2000

by end of
September 2000

Final version of papers and proposals are expected

by 19
November 2000


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Publication / Conference Proceedings
Accepted abstracts for paper presentations in Parallel and Poster Sessions and accepted proposals for Extension Events will be available via the WWW prior to the conference. The full versions of accepted papers for the Parallel and Poster Sessions will be available on CD-ROM at the conference together with the Conference Papers.
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Conference Languages
The overall working language of the conference will be English. Simultaneous translation from and into French, German, and Spanish will be provided for all Plenary Sessions and for selected Parallel Sessions.
Some conference sessions or events may be held in a language other than English.
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Call for Video & Power Point Presentation
Interested persons are offered to introduce their institution in a video or power point presentation presentation of max. 20 minutes. All material handed in will be linked and shown as a continuous presentation throughout all days of the 20th ICDE World Conference along a published schedule. A moderate fee will be requested for the technical handling and maintenance of the shows. The format of the videos must be either VHS Pal or VHS NTSC.
Interested persons / institutions are asked to state their interest in receiving further information on the possibilities of a video or power point presentation by completing and returning the Reply Form.
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Call for Chairpersons & Moderators
Chairpersons of Parallel Sessions and Poster Sessions are supposed to give a short introduction in the session they are chairing (this is not meant to be a technical lecture) and to chair the discussion after the authors' presentations of the papers.
Moderators of Poster Sessions are supposed to give a professional summary of up to 12 papers (max.) and to chair the discussion on the papers / topics afterwards.
Chairpersons and moderators will be provided with the abstracts and the final versions of the papers/posters for their preparation some weeks before the conference.
Persons interested in serving as a chairperson or a moderator are asked to state their interest in receiving further information on being nominated as chairperson / moderator presentation by completing and returning the Reply Form.
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The ICDE Prize of Excellence
By instituting the ICDE Prize of Excellence, ICDE wishes to give strong support to excellence in the field of Open Learning and Distance Education. The prize was instituted by ICDE as the "Nobel" Prize equivalent for the field of Open Learning and Distance Education. It was awarded for the first time in 1999 at the 19th ICDE World Conference in Vienna, Austria. Detailed criteria for the ICDE Prize of Excellence 2001 will be published and a globally selected jury will be appointed.
(More details will be given in the Final Announcement.)
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Pre- and Post-Conference Events
Pre- and Post-Conference Events are in the planning stage. Further information will be available on this site and in the Final Announcement.
The following Pre-Conference CeBIT Event – which will be organized by the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg – is already on offer.

28 March 2001: "Business meets Education"
at the CeBIT 2001 in Hannover, Germany &
Visiting "Good Practice" in German ODL and
Guided Cultural Tours, 29 March – 01 April 2001

The CeBIT is the annual World Business Fair for Office Automation, Information Technology, and Telecommunications.
Participants in the 20th ICDE World Conference are offered a programme for visiting the CeBIT 2001 and for meeting exhibitors on 28 March, to have discussions and to experience state-of-the-art products.
Furthermore, participants will be invited to join guided tours to visit "Good Practice in German Open Learning and Distance Education". These professional and cultural tours from Hannover to Düsseldorf will take place from 29 March to 01 April 2001.
The attendance at the CeBIT as well as the tours afterwards will be calculated at a reasonable price but will be at the expense of the participants.
To learn more about the Pre-Conference CeBIT Event click here.
Interested persons are asked to state their interest in receiving further information on the Pre-Conference CeBIT Event as well as on possibilities for Post-Conference Tours by completing and returning the Reply Form.
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Other ICDE Events
A Regional Conference for Latin America will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 15 – 17 August 2000. The host will be the University of Sao Paulo and ABED.
A Conference for Australia will take place in Adelaide, South Australia, from 11 – 13 September 2000. The host will be the University of South Australia.
A Regional Conference for Asia will take place in New Delhi, India, from 3 – 5 November 2000. The host will be the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
SCOP 2000 will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 13 – 15 August 2000. The host will be the University of Sao Paulo and ABED.
A SCOP Meeting will take place in conjunction with the World Conference (date and venue to be announced).
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The Conference Venue

... capital of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and a town with 600.000 inhabitants, is a modern metropolis, offering a wealth of attractions in a richly faceted spectrum. It offers an excellent location in the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr conurbation and the centre of Europe. Düsseldorf is known as a city of trade, commerce and services, of fashion, of carnival – and it is the city for communications, IT, and creative spirits: homage has been paid to all these forward-looking technologies by architects of international renown along the Harbour's new "Media Mile". The surrounding region is home to 52 universities and numerous excellent and outstanding research institutes.


... is the largest congress centre by the river Rhine. It is in an outstanding geographic location: in the centre of Europe, and therefore easily reached from all directions. The Conference Center Düsseldorf combines all conference events under one roof.

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Practical Information

Düsseldorf can be reached directly with many different carriers from all over the world or via Frankfurt Airport in combination with a pleasant and touristy trip by train along the river Rhine with its castles and vineyards.
The Düsseldorf Airport is located about 10 km in the north of Düsseldorf.


The "Rheinbahn" public transport company operates a network covering more than 1.400 km, served by tram, bus, urban railway, and subway routes. So, convenient, comfortable, and fast travel links between almost every hotel, the Congress Center Düsseldorf, the airport, and the Central Station are guaranteed.
All participants of the 20th ICDE World Conference will receive a public transportation pass (included in the registration fee), which allows free use of all public transport in the Düsseldorf area.


Mondial Congress offers special congress rates for all participants. A sufficient number of hotel rooms in different categories near the Conference Center and in the city of Düsseldorf has been reserved. Low budget accommodation will be provided.

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Social Programme
In order to discover Düsseldorf and its surroundings an attractive social programme for participants and accompanying persons will be offered in addition to the conference programme. More details will be given in the Final Announcement.
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Contacts & General Information
For all items and correspondence concerning the scientific programme of the 20th ICDE World Conference (D-2001) please contact:
D-2001 Office
Feithstr. 142/TGZ
D-58084 Hagen, Germany
+49 2331 987 381
+49 2331 987 382
International Council for Open
and Distance Education (ICDE)
Gjerdrums vei 12
N-0486 Oslo, Norway
+47 22 02 81 70
+47 22 02 81 61

Reidar Roll
Secretary General and CEO of ICDE

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Hoyer
Rektor FernUniversität Hagen, Germany
D-2001 Office
Feithstr. 142/TGZ
D-58084 Hagen, Germany
+49 2331 987 381
+49 2331 987 382
All registration forms, payments, and other correspondence regarding logistics for the 20th ICDE World Conference should be addressed to:
Mondial Congress
Faulmanngasse 4
A-1040 Vienna, Austria
+43 1 58 80 40
+43 1 586 91 85

Contact via Conference Organizer
CCD. Congress Center Düsseldorf GmbH
Stockumer Kirchstr. 61
D-40474 Düsseldorf, Germany

In order to receive updated information by e-mail automatically, you may add your e-mail address to a mailing list maintained by the D-2001 Office in Hagen, Germany. Please send an e-mail to the following address:


and write in the e-mail body the following text:

SUBSCRIBE D-2001 your e-mail address

(your e-mail address means to type in the e-mail address through which you want to receive information on the conference).Please allow a few moments for your mail to reach the D-2001 Office in Hagen, Germany. You will receive a confirmation when your address has been added to the mailing list successfully. If you do not receive any confirmation within 24 hours please contact D-2001@fernuni-hagen.de.

Please visit this homepage regularly as supplementary and updated information will be added whenever necessary.

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The International Programme Committee
Hoyer, Helmut; Chair; FernUniversität; Germany
Abrioux, Dominique; Athabasca University; Canada
Africa, Hugh P.; Vista University; South Africa
Allen, Nicholas H.; University of Maryland University College; USA
Alsunbul, Abdulaziz; ALECSO; Tunisia
Ask, Bodil; Agder University College; Norway
Auban, Anne; Université Paris VI; France
Badersten, Lennart; Lund University; Sweden
Baïssus, Jean-Marie; Université Montpellier III; France
Bancroft, Dennis; National Distance Education Center; Ireland
Bang, Joergen B.; Aarhus University; Denmark
Bernath, Ulrich; Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg; Germany
Bø, Ingeborg; Norwegian Association for Distance Education; Norway
Bregar, Lea; University of Ljubljana; Slovenia
Brihault, Jean; Université Rennes 2; France
Broad, Molly C.; ICDE President; University of North Carolina; USA
Buitendacht, Atti J.H.; Technikon; South Africa
Bureau, Marquis L.; MBureau Consultants; Canada
Carr, Ronnie; The Open University; Hong Kong, SAR, China
Collan, Seppo; University of Oulu; Finland
Curran, Chris S.; Dublin City University; Ireland
Datema, Cees; Open Universiteit; The Netherlands
Deiser, Roland; International Consulting and Research; USA/Germany
Dieckmann, Heinrich; Studiengemeinschaft Darmstadt; Germany
Ding, Xingfu; China Central Radio and TV University; China
Dondi, Claudio; SCIENTER; Italy
Dzvimbo, Kuzvinetsd P.; Open University; Zimbabwe
Encarnação, José L.; Fraunhofer-Institut; Germany
Ferraté i Pascual, Gabriel; Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Spain
Ferro Tavares, Maria José; Universidade Aberta; Portugal
Galabov, Boris; National Centre of Distance Education; Bulgaria
Garito, Maria Amata; NETTUNO; Italy
Göhner, Peter; Universität Stuttgart; Germany
Grementieri, Valerio; EDEN
Grünwald, Kurt; Fernstudien Schweiz; Switzerland
Guillard, Christiane; Fédérat. Interuniversitaire d'Enseignem. à Dist.; France
Hall, James W.; Antioch University; USA
Hardy, David; The Open Learning Foundation; United Kingdom
Hefele, Peter; Hochschulrektorenkonferenz; Germany
Henderikx, Piet F.; EADTU
Huang, Qingyun; Shanghai TV University; China
Huba, Mikuláš; University of Technology in Bratislava; Slovakia
Inglis, Alistair; RMIT University; Australia
Ivannikov, Alexander; State Research Inst. of Information Techn. and Telecom.; Russia
Iversen, Kjell Ivar; Lillehammer University College; Norway
Jegede, Olugbemiro; The Open University; Hong Kong SAR, China
Johnsen, Berit; University of Oslo; Norway
Källbäck, Bengt; Ericsson Research; Sweden
Kanwar, Asha S.; National Open University; India
Kerkeslager, Ellwood R.; Information Futures, LLC; USA
King, Bruce S.; University of South Australia; Australia
Kirkwood, Jannette; University of Southern Queensland; Australia
Kohl, Kay J.; University Continuing Education Association; USA
Krane, Anne Grethe M.; NKS Distance Education; Norway
Landfried, Klaus; Hochschulrektorenkonferenz; Germany
Litto, Fredric M.; Brazilian Association for Distance Education; Brazil
Logan, Suzanne; Texas Tech University; USA
Loing, Bernard J.M.; CANAL EF; France
Lundquist, Janerik E.; Swedish Assoc. for Distance Education; Sweden
MacIntyre, Donald J.; Learning Strategies International; USA
Markkula, Markku A.; Finnish Parliament; Finland
Mena, Marta; University of Buenos Aires; Argentina
Miller, Gary; The Pennsylvania State University; USA
Miranda Justiniani, Antonio; University of Havana; Cuba
Mitchell, Betty E.; Canadian Association for Distance Education; Canada
Mitra, Amitava; NIIT Inc.; USA
Montalvo, Jaime; Universidad Nat. de Educación a Distancia; Spain
Moreno Castañeda, Manuel; Universidad de Guadalajara; Mexico
Mukhopadhyay, Marmar; Nat. Inst. of Educational Planning and Administration; India
Müller-Böling, Detlef; Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung; Germany
Nicolau, Fernando; Universidade Aberta; Portugal
Padfield, Christopher J.; University of Cambridge; United Kingdom
Padolina, Cristina D.; The Open University; Philippines
Palank, Franz; Zentrum für Fernstudien; Austria
Parra de Marroquín; Omayra; Centro Universidad Abierta; Colombia
Paulsen, Morten F.; NKI Distance Education; Norway
Penttilä, Eeva; Helsinki City Education Department; Finland
Peters, Geoff; The Open University; United Kingdom
Peters, Otto; FernUniversität; Germany
Poley, Janet K.; American Distance Education Consortium; USA
Popa, Ioan; Ministry of Education; Romania
Prebble, Tom K.; Massey University; New Zealand
Provost, Guy; Fonds FCAR; Canada
Racha-Intra, Suparak; SEAMEO
Reznick, Marilyn; AT&T Foundation; USA
Rich, David; Macquarie University; Australia
Rocha Trindade, Armando; Universidade Aberta; Portugal
Roll, Reidar; ICDE
Sadiman, Arief S.; SEAMEO
Sakamoto, Takashi; National Institute of Multimedia Education; Japan
Schachtsiek, Bernd; European Association for Distance Learning
Schennikov, Sergey A.; International Institute of Management LINK; Russia
Seddoh, Komlavi F.; UNESCO
Sets'abi, Anthony M.; DEASA; Lesotho
Sewart, David; The Open University; United Kingdom
Silin, Nikolay; National Training Foundation; Russia
Skouratov, Alexei; Association for International Education; Russia
Soboleva, Natalia; Physicon; Russia
Soeiro, Alfredo; University of Porto; Portugal
Soukhareva, Natalia; Moscow Lomonosov State University; Russia
Stargardter, Steven A.; City University Seattle; USA
Szabó, István; National Council for Distance Education; Hungary
Tait, Alan W.; The Open University East Anglia Region; United Kingdom
Tam, Sheung Wai; The Open University; Hong Kong, SAR, China
Taylor, James C.; University of Southern Queensland; Australia
Tikhomirov, Vladimir P.; Moscow State Univ. of Economics, Stat. and Inform.; Russia
Toska, Jan A.; Norw. Executive Board for Distance Education; Norway
Tsikin, Igor; St. Petersburg State Technical University; Russia
Tuinman, Jaap; Open Learning Agency; Canada
Unger, Claus; FernUniversität; Germany
van Heddegem, Johan P.L.; Leuven University; Belgium
van Oost, Johan; European Federation of ODL; Belgium
van der Perre, Georges; EuroPACE 2000
Vassilieva, Irina; Yaroslavl Regional Distance Learning Center; Russia
Vauthier, Jacques P.; Université Paris VI; France
Venkatarangan, Lalpet B.; Annamalai University; India
Vennemann, Michael; Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht; Germany
Vilu, Raivo; Tallinn Technical University; Estonia
Waldvogel, Francis A.; Federal Institutes of Technology; Switzerland
Warren, Peter; University of Denver; USA
Watanabe, Moriaki; The University of the Air; Japan
Weiss, Reinhold; Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft Köln; Germany
Wijngaards, Guus; European Schoolnet
Wong, Tat Meng; The Open University; Hong Kong, SAR; China
Yoshikawa, Hiroyuki; The University of the Air; Japan
Zagmajster, Margerita; Nat. Contact Point for Distance Education; Slovenia
Zlatuska, Jiri; Masaryk University; Czechia

(Some confirmations of participation in the International Programme Committee are still pending.)

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Sponsors & Partners
Main Partner:
..... FernUniversität Hagen, Germany

BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education and Research; Germany)
MSWWF (Ministry for Schools , Higher Education, Science and Research of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia)
SEAMEO..... (South East Asia Ministers of Education Organization)
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

Co-operating regional and national organisations:
AAOU (Asian Association of Open Universities)
ABED (Brazilian Association for Distance Education)
ADEC (Agricultural Distance Education Consortium, USA)
AIE (Association of International Education, Russia)
AIESAD (Asociaciõn Iberoamericana de Enseñanza Superior a Distancia)
CAMPO (Italian Association for the Development of Multimedia, New Technologies, and Flexible Learning Systems)
DAOU (Danish Association of Open Universities)
EADL (European Association for Distance Learning)
EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities)
EDEN (European Distance Education Network)
E.F.ODL (European Federation of Open Distance Learning)
EUCEN (European University Continuing Education Network)
EuroPACE 2000
European Schoolnet
FADE (Finnish Association for Distance Education)
NADE (Norwegian Association for Distance Education)
ODLAA (Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia)
SADE (Swedish Association for Distance Education)
UCEA (University Continuing Education Association, USA)
WICHE (Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications)
(This list is giving the state of February 2000 and is still to be completed.)
The 20th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education has a number of opportunities for organizations who wish to support it through sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring this prestigious event please contact the Conference Organizer.
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ICDE and FernUniversität present themselves
ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education)
The ICDE, founded in 1938, is the global membership organization of educational institutions, national and regional associations, corporations, educational authorities and agencies in the fields of open learning, distance education, virtual learning, and flexible, lifelong learning.
ICDE facilitates international cooperation in distance education and open learning throughout the world. Through the ICDE membership and partnership structure, more than 145 countries are represented.
ICDE has its permanent international headquarters in Oslo, Norway, where the ICDE Head Office is located. Connected to the International Head Office are a number of local ICDE offices around the world, which offer local administrative capacity and services.
ICDE is officially recognised by the United Nations as the global non-governmental organization responsible for the field of open and distance learning, and is affiliated with the United Nations through UNESCO.
For further information on ICDE please visit http://www.icde.org
The FernUniversität Hagen (University of Hagen), Germany, was founded in 1974 by act of State Parliament to provide distance higher education for students at home and abroad. The FernUniversität is the only distance teaching university in Germany and an integral part of the regular public higher education system. Admission and examination requirements, final degrees conferred, doctorates, and procedures to qualify as a university teacher are fully in line with those of conventional universities. The same applies to academic autonomy.
In 1999/2000 there are over 58.000 students enrolled at the FernUniversität. On the whole about 1.700 courses ("lectures") are offered for degree and postgraduate programmes as well as further education. The language of instruction is mainly German.
The FernUniversität is developing a comprehensive 'Virtual University' in which all its offers and services can be accessed and used via electronic communication and multimedia.
For further information on FernUniversität please visit http://www.fernuni-hagen.de.
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Editor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Hoyer – Scientific Programme Chair of the 20th ICDE world Conference,
Rektor FernUniversität Hagen, Germany
Editorial Support: Friedhelm (Fred) Nickolmann, Andrea Anhold – D-2001 Office
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