World Association for
Online Education



Milestones - Recognition


WAOE has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education (twice), Net-Happenings (twice), Canada's Node, and many other distance education publications. Thanks for hundreds of links made to this page from many countries in various languages!


Milestones 1998-2006

1998: WAOE is formed following a Community Colleges Conference. It is incorporated as an NPO and the announcement and invitation to members is forwarded widely on the Net. Child Research Network in Japan becomes a "supportive affiliate." Journal of Online Education started as a partnership with WAOE and Julia Keefer at New York University.


1999: Special Members' Meeting ballot ratifies the Bylaws, elects Directors, and sets the foundation for a multilingual and multicultural agenda. WAOE newsletter (WAOE Electronic Bulletin) is instituted.


2000: Agreement with Meta-college reached to provide free "WAOE School" courses. Meta-college recognized as a "supportive affiliate." WAOE Dues suspended in favor of free memberships, with the hope of generating income from "supportive affiliates." Issues of long-term computing infrastructure, as well as staffing and volunteerism needs are raised.


2001: WAOE co-sponsored an e-learning conference in Mexico
led by Rafael Molina-Velazquez. WAOE also affiliated
with the Symposium on Online Learning in Kuala Lumpur
(September 2001), whose sponsors included the University of
Malaysia Sarawak and the Malaysian Ministry of Education. WAOE changed to a private ISP in the hopes of solving some of the computing infrastructure needs raised in 2000.

2002: Procedures and clarifications for use of VIEWS list and topics estabilshed. Procedures for "official" WAOE emails established. Offers for free trials and discounted purchases in several course management systems were made to WAOE members, including WebCT and Meta-college. WAOE membership certificates are offered for the first time. WAOE hosts the International Program for Africa Website. WAOE members participate in international work of Russian and Japanese professors for cultural exchange.


2003: WAOE memberships topped 600 with over 65 countries represented. Member networking site was made available to allow members to find others who had similar interests or expertise. WAOE left the private ISP for a site sponsorship at Portland State University in Oregon, USA. The WAOE newsletter (WAOE Electronic Bulletin) was reinstituted. A membership database was created for capturing and maintaining new membership records.

2004: The Mentor Project was instituted and became a great success. It was established as an ongoing project for WAOE. In 2004 mentors took advising roles on seven key projects, including:


  • An online course for language arts
  • A virtual think-tank for Africa
  • A disease case study presentation to help transform a course in clinical laboratory science
  • Development of paramedical study centers in rural areas of India
  • A course to teach instructional design skills to teachers in Mexico
  • Critical assessment of a course on civil rights and social justice
  • Identification of both systems-level and online course level software that are open source or very inexpensive to assist economically disadvantaged countries and/or institutions in creating online education systems.


Three additional proposals were also granted permission to move forward given large membership volunteerism and interest in them:


  • Multilingual/multicultural development
  • Expanding member-to-member networking capabilities
  • Reviving the concept of Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups (O-CREWs)


A volunteer position of Chief Technology Officer was conceived, a person appointed by the Board, and the appointment process and position need was ratified by the membership at the annual meeting.


2005: Multi-cultural outreach encompasses 8 countries and languages. Country liaison volunteers are chosen and made available via list-serves and email contacts. Mentor project reports show project infrastructure works, but project scope and process needs to be enhanced. Project continues into 2006. O-CREWs did not come to fruition due to lack of volunteers. Proposal for offering online educator certification is voted down.






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