Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia
Borderless Learning for Transformative Futures
50th Celebration
ODLAA's 50 year celebration event announced
Tuesday November 21
5:30 pm - 9 pm
RMIT, Melbourne and online via zoom
National Open and Distance Education Awards
ODLAA National Open and Distance Education Awards
are now open for nominations
Nominations close on Friday, November 17
Awards presented at ODLAA's 50th Anniversary event
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Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)

ODLAA is an international professional association of educators, educational researchers, learning designers, instructional designers, consultants, administrators and educational institutions who are dedicated to the advancement or research, practice and support of education across time and space. 

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Nominations for the National Open and Distance Learning Awards - Now Open

Nominations are now open for ODLAA’s National Open and Distance Learning Awards, which recognise excellence in open, flexible and distance learning, education and training in Australia. Nominations are invited for each of the following categories:

  • K-12 schooling
  • Vocational education
  • Higher education.

Nominate a worthy recipient today! To find out more, visit our National Open and Distance Learning Awards. page.

Asia Pacific Online and Distance Education Week (APODE) 2023

Mark the date in your diary! The Asia-Pacific Online Distance Education (APODE) week will be held from 7 to 9 November 2023 and has the theme ‘Evolving Practice in Flexible Learning’. ODLAA and the Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) are partnering to provide a series of webinars. Globally, we partner with EDEN Digital Learning Europe who will be holding the European Open and Digital Learning Week (EODLW) together with the Coimbra Group Education Innovation and Doctoral Studies Working Groups and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), who will be holding its National Distance Learning Week (NDLW). Read more on the APODE 2023 page on our web site.

Call for papers - Special themed issue​

The journal Distance Education is calling for papers a special themed issue: Micro-credentials – the Next Generation in Open, Flexible and Distance Education: Affordances for Assessment, Accreditation and Learner Agency. 

The special themed issue is being edited by Professor Mark Brown (Dublin City University), Dr Mitchell Peters (Universität Oberta de Catalunya) and Dr Elaine Beirne (Independent Educational Researcher), with abstract proposals due on 15th December, 2023. To find out more about the special themed issue visit our Call for Papers page on our web site.

50 year Celebration event announced

The ODLAA Executive are delighted to announce a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Open and Distance Learning Association. This free to members, partner institutions and non-members event is being celebrated on the evening of Tuesday 21st November in Melbourne and online. Visit our 50th Celebration page to find out more details. Registrations to attend in person or virtually are now open.

We look forward to celebrating with you the wonderful achievements of our association, so mark the date in your calendar.

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