- GUIDE Association is organizing the VI GUIDE International Conference, which will be held in Athens - Greece, on 3-4 October 2013. The conference aims to offer an overview of the common problems and prospects faced by different countries, comparing the effects and results of new training and governmental policies adopted after the global finance system collapse. More specifically, the topics to be addressed will be the analysis of regional and macro-regional higher education systems and their adaptation to local and national needs as well as the study of the role played by distance learning methods and technologies in designing new cost-effective higher education systems. The event will be the occasion to acquire relevant information on higher education systems in different geographical contexts in order to provide recommendations and strategies for a suitable renewal of HE at a global level.
- GUIDE Association has also joined the OpenCourseWare Consortium, a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open learning and its impact on global education. This new partnership will lead to an even broader network of academic institutions that will better support the transformation and the reform of obsolete higher education systems throughout the world.
- GUIDE Association is currently working on the creation of the Platform Open Excellence that will be launched for providing international institutions with a tool to share and design innovative learning contents. Its main purpose is to supply higher education students with postgraduate courses and programs able to meet the challenges and the evolution of the current global labour market. In such a way it responds to the accelerating shift to high-technology and information economy that forces the higher education system to prepare a competent workforce to meet changing demands for labour.
- As quality remains one of the core topics of the research activities carried out by the Association, GUIDE has also established a Quality Observatory for open and distance learning. The Observatory is a central structure for developers, managers, administrators, decision makers and end-users to find a suitable approach to quality in technology-mediated education. It analyzes international practices and principles for quality in e-learning dealing with existing standards, methodologies and accreditation mechanisms implemented by higher education institutions worldwide. GUIDE Quality Observatory aims to provide a conceptual framework for the description and harmonization of quality approaches, offer an online-based repository for quality assurance in distance education and examine international quality labels and certifications on e-learning courses design, implementation and delivery.