Conference Background

     The rapid development of information and communication technologies is now promoting economic and social transformation, turning the world into an information, knowledge, globalized and lifelong learning society. The integration of education and technology pushes education at all levels and higher education in particular to be open, flexible, inclusive, and lifelong, which has increasingly become a trend of educational reform and innovation in many countries. The open universities, featured by such conceptions, will surely play an essential role in the future education development.
     Under support and guidance of Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, Shanghai Open University (the former Shanghai TV University), in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair holder in ODL in East Asia hopes to provide an international platform for policy makers, academicians and practitioners to share ideas, innovations, practices and facing challenges and opportunities on Ubiquitous Learning.