Effects of online teaching presence on students’ cognitive conflict and engagement​

Join us for our next webinar on May 26 at 9.30 am (AEST), where Yang Wang from Nanjing Normal University, China will discuss the effects of online teaching presence on students’ cognitive conflict and engagement. Join us to find out the results of this interesting study and gain practical advice for online teaching. Register today.

2023: Distance Education Special Edition - Call for Papers

Distance Education Journal would like to invite proposals for their upcoming special edition, which is focussed on addressing the ‘challenging’ elements of learning at a distance. This special edition will be edited by Rachel Fitzgerald, University of Queensland, Henk Huijser, Queensland University of Technology, Sharon Altena, Queensland University of Technology and Professor Ale Armellini, University of Portsmouth. Proposals for the special edition are due on 1 June 2022. For more details access our calls for papers page on the ODLAA website.

2022: Distance Education Special Edition - Call for Papers

Distance Education Journal would like to invite proposals for their upcoming special edition, which is focussed on inclusive distance education for learners with dis/abilities. This special edition will be edited by Mary Rice, University of New Mexico and Michael Dunn, Washington State University. Proposals for the special edition are due on 16 May 2022. For more details access our calls for papers page on the ODLAA web site.

Notice of ODLAA AGM

The Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia’s e-AGM is being held on online between 9.00 am – 12.30 pm on Tuesday May 10, 2022. All ODLAA members are invited to attend the e-AGM. To register your attendance and to be able to vote at the e-AGM, please email [email protected] prior to 9 am on May 10. All reports tabled at the meeting will be sent to you in advance of the meeting. 

ODLAA membership survey

The ODLAA team would like to invite members of ODLAA to provide feedback on the initiatives of the association to help inform future directions of the association via our 2022 membership survey available at: https://odlaa.org/membership-survey/. The survey is available until April 30.

The New ODLAA website

The ODLAA executive is delighted to launch the new ODLAA website. This has been a major project of the ODLAA Executive over the past 9 months.  The ODLAA Executive is delighted with the result and will add new member features to the site over time.

Why not take the time to become familiar with the new website? Explore:

  • the Get involved page to learn about the opportunities provided to ODLAA members
  • find out about upcoming webinars
  • view past webinars.

Open Education Week 2022, March 7 – 11

This year Open Education Week celebrates its 10th anniversary. In just 3 years this event has brought together 23,701 people from across the globe. The Open Education week is more than just webinars and presentations, there are also global activities such as Book Fairs, Twitter Events, round table discussions and chats to get involved in. Take a look at what EDEN, our European partner, is offering over the week with input from ODLAA members.

Keep up-to-date with the latest Open Education Week events on Twitter #OEWeek or join the conversation on OE Global Connect.

Calls for Proposals for a Special Themed Issue of Distance Education

Congratulations to Executive Editor Som Naidu, Associate Editors Junhong Xiao, Patricia J. Slagter van Tryon, Olaf Zawacki-Richer, and Sanjaya Mishra, Copy Editor Antonina Petrolito and the Editorial Board of Distance Education who have ensured another highly successful year for the journal.

Did you know that last year there were almost 150,000 downloads from the journal website? View the 2021 Distance Education Journal metrics page for more details.

We also sincerely thank the authors for their quality contributions that ensure Distance Education remains such a highly regarded journal.

Another outstanding year for the Distance Education Journal

Do you have an idea for a special issue of Distance Education? The Editorial Board of the Distance Education journal is calling for expressions of interest in the development of a guest-edited special issue to go to press in 2023. What is new and emerging in our field and might benefit from a special issue? Why not look at the past special issues for some inspiration? 

All expressions of interest for a themed issue of the journal will be carefully considered for reader appeal, timeliness and alignment with the scope of the journal.

The guidelines for submitting a Proposal for a Special Issue are:

  • Name and affiliations of guest editor(s)
  • A clear concise statement of the special edition theme
  • The relevance to the scope of the journal, and
  • The need for a focus on the theme at this time.

Guest editors should send a clear and concise proposal addressing the guidelines above to the Executive Editor, Som Naidu before March 30, 2022.

Call for research participants

Conceptualising a sense of belonging in first year undergraduate fully online courses

PhD Candidate: Sharon Altena

Griffith University Ref No. 2021/903


Do you teach first year fully online course/class/unit at an Australian University? 

Do you design and facilitate students’ sense of connectedness and help them “fit in” as a member of your online class?

If yes, then I would love to hear from you, to participate in a Griffith University PhD research study being conducted under the supervision of A/Prof Sarah Prestridge, A/Prof Jeannie Allen and A/Prof Chris Campbell. If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete this short 5 minute confidential online survey

Thank you for considering this request.

Sharon Altena
PhD Candidate