Our 50 year celebration event

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50th Celebration Event of ODLAA

Join us for a remarkable evening of celebration and reflection as we commemorate 50 years of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) – a journey that has transformed education and fostered connections across Australasia.

From 1973 to present, our mission has been to foster excellence in open and distance education across Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and neighbouring regions. From the founding president Kevin Smith of the University of New England to the present day, we’ve dedicated ourselves to improving, innovating, and connecting educators in the field.

Throughout the evening, we encourage you to connect, collaborate, and exchange ideas with colleagues and friends. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

50 years

Date:  Tuesday, November 21

Location: This is a hybird event with in-person the event being held at RMIT, Melbourne and the virtual event via Zoom.

Time: Real and virtual doors open at: 5:30 pm for socialising, official program from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (AEDT) for other timezones use TimeZone buddy.

Event highlights




5:30 pmArrive early to mingle and connect with fellow educators and enthusiasts.
6:00 pmBe part of the warm welcome and acknowledgement of country as we kick off the festivities.
6:15 pm – 6:30 pmEngage with a captivating keynote speaker, Mark Nichols, Executive Director Learning Design and Development from Open Polytechnic of New Zealand who will delve into the evolving landscape of open and distance learning.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pmEngage in an interactive panel discussion featuring experts and thought leaders: Associate Professor Sarah Prestridge, Griffith University, Lucia Stejer, TAFE NSW, Chris Harris, William Angliss Institute, Honorary Professors Terry Evans and Viktor Jakupec, Deakin University will share insights and provocations about the last fifty years of open education policy and practice in Australia.
8:15 pm – 8:45 pmCelebrate the induction of our lifetime members and presentation of awards to leaders in the field of open, online and distance education.

Registration details:

FREE for ODLAA Members, Partner Institutions and Non-ODLAA members who have a passion for open, online and distance education. Register today:


Mark your calendar and join us on for this special occasion as we celebrate 50 years of ODLAA!

 Why not consider nominating someone who has made a significant contribution to open and distance education for our annual National Open and Distance Learning Awards?

Let’s continue to build the legacy together.