Saturday, December 26, 2015

Associations for International Distance and Open Learning

Demiray (2015), nominates three organizations important to distance and open learning internationally and nine regionally. The go on to announce "UDEEEWANA" (United Distance Education for Eastern Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa) as a new regional association. This seems to be a genuine attempt to start a new organisation, but it does not seem to have received much support so far. Perhaps this is too large and disparate a "region" for an organization.

International organizations:
  1. Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
  2. International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
  3. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Regional organizations (some of these I could not find links to):
  1. African Distance Learning Association (ADLA)
  2. African Council of distance education (ACDE)
  3. Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)
  4. Canadian Association for Distance Education (CADE)
  5. European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)
  6. Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)
  7. Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Open Learning Center (SEAMOLEC)
  8. United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  9. Brazilian Association for Distance Education (ABED)
Also I found the "The Open Education Consortium". This has listed as an Australian member the "People's Open Access Education Initiative: Peoples-uni" which is odd, as it is UK based and does not appear to be registered as a University in Australia. Other members are more mainstream: University of Southern Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology, and Deakin Digital.


DEMIRAY, U. (2015). WITHIN WESTERNIZATION MOBILITY OF THE DISTANCE EDUCATION FOR A CASE OF UDEEEWANA: Adaptations, Challenges, Limitations and New Sustainable Innovations. Retrieved from

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