from 22 to 23 May 2017
ICDE Leadership Summit 2017

Second leadership school of the Project D-Transform

Before known as the ICDE Presidents’ Summit, now known as the ICDE Leadership Summit. ICDE invites for many types of leaders in education, particularly those who have an interest in learning and teaching in the digital age and learning analytics.The 2017 ICDE Leadership Summit hosted by LORIA at Université de Lorraine, will be held 22-23 May 2017 at Nancy, France. It’s is organised back to back with a one day Forum “Visionary Leadership for Digital Transformation”, taking place the day after the Summit at the UNESCO Head Quarters in Paris, organised by ICDE, UNESCO and the project D-Transform. These two combined events offer a rare opportunity to explore in depth the strategic main issues for higher education leaders setting course for quality teaching and learning in a time of digitalisation.


As higher education is transitioning including digital transformation, what capacities and competencies should educational leaders and management have and what topics should they concentrate on? In 2017, ICDE invites you to focus your attention on the impacts that adaptive learning and learning analytics have on your educational leadership role. Join your international peers at the 2017 ICDE Presidents’ Summit and shape the ongoing leadership discussion on how to oversee and develop systemic change at your institution through leveraging learning analytics. How can we build new platforms for improving teaching and learning and creating a responsive, adaptive and personalized, online educational system for all? Register for the 2017 ICDE Presidents’ Summit and gain expert insight, information and participate in knowledge exchange on:

-The main initiatives in the field of learning analytics deployment
-The impact of learning analytics and adaptive learning on the universities leadership
-The ethical, legal, economics and organizational issues to provide leaders with a set of recommendations
-Steppingstones to take the best of the new concepts, methodologies and technologies

Link to 2016 Presidents Summit
Link to the dTransform Leadership school website


The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors and individuals.

-Enables change to technology enhanced quality education across the globe.
-Advocates for access, equity and quality learning through online, open and flexible learning.
-A dynamic platform for cooperation on innovation and development, featuring key regional actors and leading experts.
-Access to thousands of higher education institutions, networks and systems.
-A key partner for UNESCO.Part-funded by the Government of Norway.

To learn more about the International Council for Open and Distance Education, please email us at

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D-Transform project was launched on October1, 2014 and was completed at the end of September, 2017

The goal of D-TRANSFORM is to implement a training program for leaders of European universities (presidents, vice-presidents) focusing on the major role played by digital technologies and Open Educational Resources (OER) in the necessary transformation of their institutions. The premise is that e-education (digital pedagogy and training) can become a strategic tool for European universities, enabling them to be pedagogically more effective, more cost-effective, more attractive and able to meet the needs of the professional world with regard to youth training and life-long learning.

D-Transform will

  • implement guidelines focused on case studies; on public policies and business model for online learning; recommendations for university strategy based on the use of e-education (2015);
  • organize two leadership schools for senior leaders from European universities. Using a compact format, leadership schools will be organized in Paris and in Barcelona (2016);
  • produce an online training kit (2017) a complement to leadership schools, to be used as an organizational model for implementing university leader programs. The online training kit, as well as the guidelines, will be freely available online;
  • organize three international dissemination events in Barcelona (2015) with the European Distance and e-learning network; in Budapest (2016) with the International University Association; in Paris (2017) with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (partner to be confirmed).

The D-TRANSFORM is the first attempt to set up a “University Leader Program” at the European level on the role of e-Education in shaping university strategies. Like the OLC consortium or the UPCEA, D-TRANSFORM will focus on the necessity of visionary leadership and on its impact on university senior management, on policy and programs to effectively shape and support successful implementation of online, blended, and technology-enhanced initiatives.

According to the D-TRANSFORM agenda, each partner will leverage its specific competencies in order to lead the implementation of three “Intellectual Outputs”:

  • the University of Lorraine (with the contribution of Sero Consulting Ltd) leads Output1, whose goal is to draw up guidelines with recommendations for university strategies based on the use of e-education;
  • the Open University of Catalunya leads Output 2, whose aim is to implement two leadership schools for university governance;
  • the Politecnico di Milano-METID coordinates Output 3, whose goal is to implement an online training kit.


  • the Foundation Maison des sciences de l’homme is the coordinator of the D-TRANSFORM project;
  • the Budapest University of Technology and Economy leads the Internal Quality Task;
  • the  European Distance and E-Learning Network – EDEN leads the Dissemination task.



Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme | Université de Lorraine | Sero Consulting Ltd | Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya | Politecnico di Milano – METID | European Distance and E-Learning Network | Budapest University of Technology and Economics


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