IDEA-2013: An International Conference



Dates: 05 – 07 April, 2013

Host: Directorate of Distance Education Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Gachibowli, Hyderabad – 500 032.

Main Theme:

“Disseminating Learning, Diminishing Borders – ODL in the 21st Century”

You are cordially invited to actively participate in the 18th Annual Conference on Open and Distance Learning and to submit abstracts and proposals that address the issues of the Conference.

Contributions are welcome from interested individuals and organizations covering various fields of Open and Distance Learning concerning the main theme and sub-themes in various formats, such as:

∑Theoretical papers

∑Research papers


∑Audio, video, Internet demonstrations

∑Empirical and case studies

∑Poster presentations

Papers and presentations should be of high quality, original and specially prepared for the 18th Annual Conference. The Conference will encompass all aspects of Open and Distance Learning with a particular focus on nature and scope of future development. The following areas of interest will be explored in depth from various dimensions based on both theoretical and practical considerations:

Main Theme:

“Disseminating Learning, Diminishing Borders – ODL in the 21st Century”


i)Quality concerns and best practices in Open and Distance Learning

ii)Organizational Management and Institutional Learning

iii)Social networking and collaborative Learning

iv)Learner Support and Learning Communities

v)User Friendly Technologies

vi)ODL in SAARC Countries – Sharing of Resources & Experiences

vii)Collaborative networking and Evolving partnership modules

viii)Innovative content design and delivery

ix)Research and Development

x)ODL – Capacity building

xi)Development funds

xii)Language barriers in ODL

xiii)Women in ODL

Types of Events and Presentations:

The 18th IDEA Annual Conference on Open and Distance Learning will comprise different types of sessions and presentations.

Plenary Sessions

∑The Opening Ceremony – Inaugural Addresses

∑One Plenary Session for each of the three days with one or two keynote speakers in each session

∑The Closing Session

Parallel Sessions

∑Two or three parallel sessions, with 4 or more paper presentations each or a panel discussion or demonstration relating to the sub-themes

∑Poster sessions

∑Best practices

∑Linked to the different parallel sessions and presenting additional papers, projects and case studies and demonstrations in the respective field.

In addition to the above events IDEA will allow for some Extension Events of different types. These Extension Events will be organized independently and the responsibility rests with the Individuals, Institutions, Associations, Corporate bodies etc. concerned.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts and Full-length papers:

1.Abstracts should clearly describe the intended presentation.

2.Abstracts should not contain more than 500 words (No tables, charts or graphs) + title and authors name & address including email should be clearly mentioned.

3.Submission of abstracts by email is most appreciable.

4.The abstracts and all accompanying information should be sent as a single attachment.

5.All abstracts/full papers should be addressed to the “Academic Convener, IDEA-2013 Conference on email id

6.Full length papers should not exceed more than 3000 words.

7.Both hard and soft copies of the abstract and full length paper should be submitted.

8.Please use only the following format for submission of full length papers:

∑English: MS-Word which could be open in any version 1997-2003, 2007 (Font type: Times New Roman, Font size: 12 in double space on A4 size paper)

∑Urdu: Inpage 2.4 (Font size 14 for normal text, Font noori nastaliq with auto spacing on A4 size paper)

9.Submission in PDF, image format etc. will not be accepted.

10.All submitted abstracts will be referred to the Conference Academic Committee and attributed to the different types of events and presentation at the IDEA conference.

11.Both hard and soft copies of the abstracts and full-length paper should be submitted.

12.Interested scholars are invited to submit papers based on theoretical models, comparative studies of cross institutional and cross cultural nature related to the main theme and sub-themes of the conference, empirical researchers and case-studies will

receive priority over other descriptive studies.

13.All papers should be mail to the mail id idaa 2013 conference

Registration Fee: (Demand Drafts should be in favour of “Conference Secretary – IDEA 2013”

payable at Hyderabad)

  Up to 15th March,2013 Spot Registration
Member IDEA Rs. 900=00 Rs. 1000=00
Non-Member IDEA Rs. 1000=00 Rs. 1200=00
Research Scholars Rs. 500=00 Rs. 600=00
Foreign Delegates 500 US $ 600 US $
MANUU Staff Rs. 500=00 Rs. 600=00

Research Scholars are expected to produce necessary documents at the time of registration. The Registration fee includes entry to all sessions, conference kit, morning and

afternoon tea and snacks, lunch and dinner for three days. Each accompanying person should pay an amount of Rs.600/- as guest delegates.

Accommodation: Free Accommodation will be provided on First come first serve basis subject to the availability of Rooms at the University Guest Houses/ Hostels to those who communicates us for accommodation on or before 15th of March 2013. Other delegates shall make their own stay arrangement.

Schedule of Events (Tentative)

05th April, 2013: 08.00 am – 10.00 am Registration
  10.00 am – 11.15 am Inaugural Session
  11.15 am – 11.45 am Hi Tea
  11.45 am – 12.45 pm Theme Session
  01.00 pm – 02.00 pm Lunch Break
  02.00 pm – 03.30 pm Parallel Sessions
  03.30 pm – 03.45 pm Tea
  03.45 pm – 05.00 pm Parallel Sessions
  05.00 pm – 08.00 pm Local Sight seeing
06th April, 2013: 10.00 am – 11.30 am Dr.G.Ram Reddy Memorial Lecture
  11.30 am – 11.45 am Tea
  11.45 am – 01.00 pm Parallel Sessions
  01.00 pm – 02.00 pm Lunch Break
  02.00 pm – 03.30 pm Special Session
  03.30 pm – 03.45 pm Tea
  03.45 pm – 05.00 pm General Body meeting
  06.00 pm – 08.00 pm Cultural Evening
  08.30 pm – 10.00 pm Dinner
07th April, 2013 10.00 am – 11.30 am Parallel Sessions
  11.30 am – 11.45 am Tea
11.45 am – 01.00 pm Valedictory Session
01.00 pm – 02.00 pm Lunch  
Important Dates to Remember    
Conference Dates : 05 – 07 April, 2013
Last date for submission of Abstracts : 05th March, 2013
Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts : 10th March, 2013
Last date for submission of Full-length papers : 25th March, 2013
How to reach Hyderabad    

One of the advantageous of being a metropolis is that Hyderabad is well connected to the rest of the state and country. If you are arriving by air, disembarkation would be at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad. For those choosing to travel by train, Hyderabad’s three main railway terminals: Nampally, Secunderabad and Kachiguda connect it to rest of the country. Long distance buses depart from Hyderabad: Imblibun Bus Station and Jubilee Bus Station. To reach Conference venue, one has to engage pre-paid taxi/auto which is within the vicinity of around 25km to 30km. Average fare for taxi and auto would be Rs.10-12/km and Rs.08-10/km respectively.

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