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Swedish Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Education (SADE)



The Swedish Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Education (SADE) is a professional organization in Sweden for all those involved in open, online and flexible distance learning, including technology-enabled learning (OOFAT). SADE members come from the entire education sector, from K-12 to higher education, and public education, business and the private sector are also represented. With SADE you will meet people from all over the world. SADE allows members to build personal networks and establish important contacts.The Swedish Association for Open and Distance Education (SADE)

SADE was founded in 1984 with the aim of expanding knowledge and participating in the development of open, online and flexible distance learning, including technology-enhanced learning (OOFAT). SADE has no permanent staff. SADE organizes two annual conferences, one of which is the annual conference. The conferences deal with current and interesting topics of concern to the members.

SADE works with a number of international organizations, such as the ICDE, the International Council for Open Education and Distance Education and EDEN, the European Distance Education Network . SADE is represented on both the ICDE and EDEN ICDE Executive Committees, and chairs and participates in several committees of the ICDE and EDEN.

SADE initiates the exchange of experience, cooperation and networking among its members and creates open meeting places by organizing conferences, webinars and seminars as well as other formal and informal meetings. SADE also promotes international exchange, cooperation and networking. SADE aims to stimulate and promote the development of knowledge in the field of open, online and flexible distance learning, including technology-enhanced learning (OOFAT), but also the changes brought about by increasing digitialization, education 4.0 and the future of education. SADE is also a recommendation body for the governing bodies and is actively involved in the current debate in the fields.

In  ongoing projects, SVERD’s most important role is to stand for evaluation and knowledge dissemination. SVERD has both
Nationally and internationally, a network and a reputation that allow the exchange of the project
Experience with relevant organizations and institutions in different sectors

One aim of SADE is also to organize an annual excursion to an exciting destination where the company is making progress in distance and flexible learning. Sunderland in England and the FernUniversitaet in Hagen, Germany, are two examples of previous destinations.

To summarize SADE
– initiate the exchange of experience and cooperation between our members
– create open communities by organizing, inter alia, conferences, webinars and seminars
– promote international exchange and cooperation
– promote the development of knowledge in the fields of open, on-line and flexible distance learning, including technology-enhanced learning (OOFAT)
– contribute to the development of the area monitored by the management committee.

SADE organizes or collaborates with other organizations each year on an autumn conference (or a seminar) where we bring up to date and interesting themes that we know involve members, eg in the areas of
• learn roles and distance methods
• Distance-Spanning Technology
• interaction in flexible training
As a member of Sverd you get discounted fee at our conferences, and also for the International conferences, organized by our collaborators..

SADE has been participating and coordinating several years in projects financed and coordinated by the Nordic Council Council of Ministers. SADE has also participated in projects financed by the EU 2017 and ongoing. SADE most important role in projects are that of expert contributions, evaluation and dissemination of knowledge. SADE has a network and reputation both nationally and internationally, enabling the exchange of projects. SADE has experiences with relevant organizations and institutions in various sectors.



SverdNytt newsletter and website

SADE publishes twice a year a newsletter (in Swedish) in the form of SVERDnytt (SADENews), 
which contains up-to-date articles on open, online and flexible distance learning, including technology-enhanced learning (OOFAT), and other current information from Swedish and 
international conferences. SVERDnytt also invites members to address issues of learning, 
teaching and pedagogical project activities in the field of open, online and flexible 
distance education, including technology-enhanced learning (OOFAT), as well as research, etc.

As a member SADE you will receive the SverdNytt newsletter four times a year. Here you can 
read articles about distance and flexible learning. You will receive reports from Swedish andinternational conferences. SverdNytt also gives you the opportunity to raise questions about teaching, research etc.

Please also visit our website There you will find interesting links, an open forum, current news and much more. You can also register as a member on the website.

International collaboration
SADE interact with a number of international organizations as:

Nordic Network for Adults Learning (Nordiskt nätverk för vuxnas lärande, NVL)





SADE collaborated since 2019 with NVL – Digital

The Nordic Network for Adult Learners (Nordiskt nätverk för vuxnas lärande, (NVL) supports Nordic co-operation in lifelong learning perspectives, facilitates the exchange of experience and innovations and supports the development of policy and practice. Digitalization is a priority area in the Nordic co-operation, as expressed in the Presidency Programs over the past several years.  In 2018, NVL decided to make a new effort in this area in line with Nordic strategies and within a lifelong learning perspective. A working group was established to make specific proposals for NVL’s future efforts in the field of digitalization and lifelong learning.



SADE was one of the initiators and founders of NordFlexOn

The main aim of the NordFlexOn network is to be a facilitator and promoter of inclusive, flexible, quality learning and teaching in the digital age in the Nordic countries, with a global outreach. The network aims to spread practice-based and research-based knowledge concerning flexible online learning and teaching nationally and internationally.

Professionals from online schools, universities, colleges and other educational institutions decided at a meeting in Lillehammer 13 April 2019 to establish a Nordic network for flexible, open and online education. The network has around 70 members at the moment. The acronym of the network is NordFlexOn,

  • Exchange of knowledge and experiences

  • Exchange of contacts

  • Meeting points face-to-face and online

  • Project cooperation





ICDE International Council for Open and Distance Education

SADEs V President Ebba Ossiannilsson was elected to ICDE EC in 2019 (ongoing)

With ICDE SADE is partner in ICDE regional (Europe) Focal Quality points (FPQ) in collaboration with UNESCO

SADEs V President Ebba Ossiannilsson has since 2017 (ongoing) coordinated and  Chaired the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee

SADE is with V President Ebba Ossiannilsson  ICDE Ambassador for ICDE WCOL21, Natal, Brazil

See the promotion YouTubeFilm, even translated in Swedish



In addition SADE coordinated the ICDE_Operational Network Boldic 2014-2016









EDEN European Distance Education Network

SADEs V President Ebba Ossiannilsson was in the EDEN Executive Committee 2015-2021.

SADE was organizing a preconference 13 th June 2017, joint to the EDEN2017 at Jönköping University 13-16 June 2017. The theme for the pre conference is Digital Transformation and Diversity in a Swedish Context. For more details on the program see SADEs webpage here





International Projects:
Networks ICDE and EDEN

Current Projects
Seniors Digital Skills . Nordplus project 2021-2022

Previously Projects




SADE has coordinated the BOLDIC project for more than 10 years, A project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers on Best practice on OER in the Baltic countries.

SADE was also currently participating in another project as well funded by the Nordic Council of Ministerson Learning Content for Mobiles (LIST)

We welcome you as a member!

Membership fees
Organizational members: 2 500 SEK

Single member: SEK 250

Contact details
SADE 802011-5872
Bankgiro 5130-6702
SVERDs’s Office, PO Box 3033, 871 03 Harnosand Sweden


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