The Global Distance EducationNet is a product of the Education
Group of the World Bank's Human Development Network. It is managed by the Task Force for
Bridging the Digital Divide through Education.
What is it?
The Global Distance Education Network is a set of information management tools designed
to provide current and accurate information about distance education and training from
around the world.
Who is it for?
These tools are intended to serve the World Bank's client countries, public and private
organizations, and individuals interested in using distance education as a means of human
What makes it distinctive?
Global Distance EducationNet has five distinguishing characteristics:
1. Focus on distance education
Primarily concerned with the design and implementation of national, state or institutional
systems of distance education, defined as all education in which the sole or principal
means of communication between teacher(s) and learner(s) is through technology.
Explicitly targeted on the needs of developing countries and their policy makers,
educational decision-makers and practitioners.
3. Both comprehensive and selective
Global Distance EducationNet contains a carefully screened selection of readings, related
databases, and reports of good practice.
Suggestions from partners and contributors will be reviewed and will replace existing
items when considered relevant.
In addition to English, items will be provided in other languages, beginning with Spanish
The Network is a product of partnerships with leading distance education institutions
and educators. The Networks principal source of documents on distance education is
the International Centre for Distance Learning, (ICDL) headquartered at the U.K. Open
University. Other partner and associate member institutions, providing current materials
from Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, Canada and Europe, include institutions with
proven capacity and commitment to knowledge management in distance education. Institutions
invited to become initial partners are:
South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE),
Commonwealth of Learning,
International Centre for Distance Learning (ICDL) of The Open University,
Centre for Research in Distance and Adult Learning (CRIDAL) of The Open University of
Indonesian Distance Learning Network,
Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED).
The American Center for the Study of Distance Education at the Pennsylvania State
University and Communications Development Incorporated (CDI) provided development, design,
and related services for the core site of Global DistEdNet.
How it works
Global Distance EducationNet will scan the global environment, collect literature, case
studies and other information relevant to distance education and development, make
selections from this collection, and make them available via the Internet. An editorial
group comprised of representatives of the Partner institutions will exercise oversight on
the selection of these items. The editorial group consists of:
Dr. Michael Moore
The American Center for the Study of Distance Education
Pennsylvania State University
Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED)
Commonwealth of Learning
International Centre for Distance Learning (ICDL)
The Open University
Centre for Research in Distance and Adult Learning (CRIDAL)
The Open University of Hong Kong
South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)
Indonesian Distance Learning Network