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

Time: Doors open at 5:30 PM for socialising, official program from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: RMIT, Melbourne

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 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 sharing insights and provocation 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 the exciting launch of new grants.


Registration details:

  • Free for ODLAA Members and Partner Institutions
  • $85 for Non-Members: Includes event admission, one-year ODLAA membership, and dinner.
Mark your calendar and join us on for this special occasion as we celebrate 50 years of ODLAA!
Stay tuned for more updates and registration details as we approach the date.
Let’s continue to build the legacy together.