WAOE Organizational Page

WAOE is an international nonprofit public benefit corporation (NPO), a virtual association of educators working to turn online education into a professional discipline


As of July 2007 this page is for historical reference as a new Board of Directors has been elected. For further details on this see the President's page and the WAOE main site.


PRESIDENT (through June 2005):
Steve McCarty, Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan

VICE-PRESIDENT (through June 2006):
Arun-Kumar Tripathi, Technical U. Dresden, Germany

TREASURER (through June 2005):
Mike Holmwood, Langara College, Vancouver, Canada

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR (through June 2006):
Ramesh Sharma, IGNOU (national open univ.), India

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (through June 2004):
Mary Dereshiwsky, Northern Arizona University

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER (indefinite appointment):
Maggie McVay-Lynch
, Portland State University, Oregon


Cyber-Parliamentarian, Online Parliamentary Procedures Committee Chair:
Michael Warner
, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona

NPO Representative:
Jenna Seehafer
, California State University

Publicity Coordinator / Malay / Online Educator Development Committee:
Begum Ibrahim
, University of Technology MARA, Malaysia

Editor of WAOE-affiliated Online Journal
Julia Keefer
, New York University

Research and Publications Committee Chair / French:
Katherine Watson
, Coastline Community College, California

Research and Publications Committee:
Mary Dereshiwsky
, Northern Arizona University

Affiliate Liaison Committee Chair:
John Spiers
, President, NoncreditEd.Net

Web Design Committee Chair:
Robert Luke
, University of Toronto, Canada

Online Educator Development Committee:
Sholom Gold
, Web-Based Training Consultant, New York

Online Academic Conferences Committee Chair / Japanese:
Keiko Schneider
, Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute, New Mexico

Multilingual Coordinator / Hindi, German:
Arun-Kumar Tripathi
, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Industry and Academy O-CREW Representative:
Ken Plant
, Army Reserve Partners In Education Program, Minnesota

List Manager:
Sam Eneman
, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Spanish Chapter:
Rafael Molina-Velazquez
, Hawaii Adventists Online Education

Online Educator Development Committee Chair / Portuguese:
Roberto Mueller
, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil

Public Information Committee:
Brian Donohue-Lynch
Quinebaug Valley Community-Technical College, Connecticut

Mentoring initiative:
Nicholas Bowskill
, Centre for the Study of Networked Learning,
University of Sheffield, England

Public Information Committee:
Alan Rea
, Western Michigan University

Online Educator Development Committee:
Ramesh Sharma
, Regional Director,
Indira Gandhi National Open University, Karnal, India

Public Information Committee / Chinese:
Colin Ong
, HRD Consultant, Singapore

Public Information Committee:
Mihkel Pilv
, MIKSIKE, Estonia

Research and Publications Committee / Swahili:
Asif Daya
, Florida Gulf Coast University

Membership Committee:
David Wyatt
, Educational Consultant, Adelaide, Australia

Membership Committee / Russian:
Boris Sedunov
, Moscow State Institute of Business Administration

Membership Committee:
John Senyo C. Afele
, International Program for Africa, Ottawa

Membership Committee:
Bunyamin Atici
, University of Firat, Turkey

Membership Committee:
Ashok Banerji
, Monisha Electronic Education Trust, Calcutta

Membership Committee / Italian:
Luigi A. Macri
, Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy

Research and Publications Committee:
Steve Eskow
, CA; former college president in NY

Online Educator Development Committee:
Diane Howard
, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas

Note that the WAOE Coordinating Ring includes elected officers and appointed officers in organizational committees as well as representatives of autonomously generated O-CREWs or Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups. For further details see the "Proposed WAOE Committee System" below.

Introducing the World Association for Online Education (WAOE)

Update of an article in ONLINE-ED, University of Melbourne, Australia (16 May 1999)

The World Association for Online Education (WAOE) is an educators' organization dedicated to turning online education into a professional discipline. WAOE has already been recognized as a non-profit public benefit corporation (NPO) by the state of California, even though WAOE operates almost entirely online. Moreover, officers hail from eight countries thus far, so WAOE is not dominated by any geographical region. WAOE is open to all those who are committed to pedagogical principles and interested in networking with other online educators worldwide.

Educators concerned with Online education in the broadest sense see their institutions making deals and their scholarly judgement over the curriculum undercut. Web-literate educators have their regional and disciplinary organizations, but when they reach out to the wider world through the Internet, they sense that the new medium holds great promise but at the same time, essentials are lacking in comparison to the face-to-face medium. Wandering from list to list, Website to Website, like so many nomadic masterless samurai, what online educators have been missing is a real organization.

This need was realized at the Third Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference based at the University of Hawaii. The TCC98 conference discussions continued for months, resulting in an international Steering Committee that submitted Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to the State of California in Sacramento. California soon approved epoch-making Bylaws stating that WAOE will be fully operational in electronic media. It may therefore be fitting that WAOE is pronounced "Wowee!"

Since being widely announced in late November of 1998, WAOE has grown to over 800 members from dozens of countries, which shows that a need was answered. WAOE brings online educators together for mutual support as well as to evaluate online courses and resources in any branch of education. With the cooperation of many educational institutions already, a minimum of expenditures on material items and the voluntaristic spirit of educators, it was possible to eliminate dues in mid-2000.

WAOE aims to be global and accessible to non-Westerners and non-native users of English, promoting multilingualism and intercultural understanding. Focusing on online education since the advent of Web-based approaches, WAOE is working to turn online education into a new professional discipline. Furthermore, WAOE is a non-profit organization of the membership type, less common and more challenging than organizations employing staff. WAOE founders believe that the aspirations of educators can best be reflected in a participatory democracy.

On top of all the concrete progress in a short amount of time, WAOE has afforded social opportunities among its multicultural membership. The first annual meeting for members in 1999 was combined with a world culture festival synchronized by the global standard of GMT. Cultural presentations provided spice for members who voted in sufficient numbers to ratify WAOE as a charitable non-profit educational corporation of the type governed by consent of the members. While the meeting took place asynchronously via e-mail and Web forms, synchronous MOO and Web chat sessions were also conducted. Web-based presentations included the Brazilian Carnival, Japanese Doll Festival, Estonian and Indian festivals.

Officers have been discussing how to conduct the whole organization like a global virtual university, reflecting the interest of members in mastering online educational environments. One such benefit of membership will be a teacher training course on international collaborative tutoring online, currently being piloted (contact Nick Bowskill at the University of Sheffield, England). With so much happening already, in March 1999 a fortnightly e-mail newsletter entitled the WAOE Electronic Bulletin or WEB was inaugurated by WAOE Membership Chair David Wyatt in Australia.

WAOE Internet sites are decentralized and can be found in a rapidly increasing number of countries and languages. WAOE information is beginning to become available in many languages, and a WAOE Chapter functioning in Spanish is underway in Mexico. WAOE has a flexible process to encourage members' initiatives, which are unlimited with so many cultures represented. Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups (O-CREWs) can be based on any field or level of learning; cultural, linguistic or geographical chapters; and project-based or oriented to timely online issues of interest to members.

Among the projects already underway, WAOE is collaborating to improve access for the visually impaired to online education (contact David Wyatt). WAOE could also host an online conference to disseminate such research. Emanating from Canada, WAOE has a Web Design Committee and an Educational Software and Courseware Online CREW, both of which are looking for more active members (contact Robert Luke). The Educational Standards O-CREW (contact Jenna Seehafer) is one of the workgroups under the umbrella of the WAOE Online Educator Development Committee (OEDC) (contact Roberto Mueller). Another such O-CREW, recently reported upon by the Chronicle of Higher Education, focuses on online educational issues at the intersection of Industry and Academy (contact Ken Plant).

WAOE is also blessed with the WWW Journal of Online Education (JOE) based at New York University. Julia "Evergreen" Keefer has developed a creative and colorful journal that is diverse in both cultures and genres.

Whether WAOE becomes a or the voice or guild for online educators, WAOE volunteers will continue to support the profession. The essence of WAOE Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups (O-CREWs) is that they are member-initiated. The possibilities are therefore unlimited, with the flexibility to galvanize support for special projects, online conferences, online teaching apprenticeships, and linguistic or geographical WAOE chapters as members see fit. The paradigm is not one of dominance from an assumed standpoint of knowing better. In fact, it is the very lack of knowledge and access to the best educational technologies that spurs members from various regions of the earth to collaborate for mutual support through WAOE. Focusing on online education since the advent of Web-based approaches, WAOE is working to turn online education into a new professional discipline.

How to Join WAOE

Please see the WAOE Home Page and join its public mailing list. WAOE is now free.

Supportive Institutions

WAOE is thankful to the following institutions for their supportiveness, aside from volunteers and donors:

Portland State University, Oregon, which hosts WAOE since April 2003

New York University -- Journal of Online Education (JOE):

California State University, Sacramento -- WAOE Incorporation documents, Ring list-serve:
http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/seehaferj/ (moved to WAOE's main site)

Quinebaug Valley Community-Technical College, Connecticut --
http://anthro.qvcc.commnet.edu/wadiscus.html (and WebBBS, Directors' Meeting Minutes, etc.)

University of Idaho -- WAOE-NEWS 1998-99 archives on the Web:

MIKSIKE, Estonia -- http://www.miksike.com

WAOE-VIEWS discussion list archived on the Web by eGroups until April 2003:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -- WebBoard with chat rooms:

Kagawa Junior College, Japan (WAOE Organizational Page in Japan):
http://www.kagawa-jc.ac.jp/~steve_mc/WAOE-founding.html (this page)

University of Lethbridge, Canada (Web Design Committee, Software/Courseware)

LearnOnline: Continuing Education Delivered Online (WAOE Orientation Entry Site) http://noncredited.net/wileyccc/worasofonedo.html

Child Research Net (CRN), Tokyo (collaboration with WAOE) http://www.childresearch.net/RR/POSTER/WAOE.HTM

Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil (Portuguese version of this page) http://www.ufv.br/deq/teleduc/waoe.htm

See also the next section; thanks to the translators :-)

Multilingual WAOE


WAOE Spanish Chapter and Website:

Rafael Molina-Velazquez: rafael@haoe.org

Asociacion Mundial de Educacion en Linea: Division Hispanoparlante


Also answers inquiries about WAOE in Spanish:

Alberto Gibbs, Venezuela: agibbs@reacciun.ve


Answer inquiries about WAOE in Chinese:

Colin Ong, Singapore: colin@mrmc.com.sg


Answer inquiries about WAOE in Romanized Hindi or German:

Arun-Kumar Tripathi: tripathi@waoe.org

WAOE in German (WAOE auf Deutsch): Welt Gesellschaft fuer die Online Ausbildung.

WAOE in Romanized Hindi or Sanskrit: Vishwa Online Shikshana Sanstha.

Please send an E-mail inquiring about the World Association for Online Education to Arun Kumar Tripathi (English) -- Vishwa Online Shikshan Sanstha ki jankari ke liye, Kripya karke Arun Kumar Tripathi Ko e-mail bhejiye. Vishwa Online Shikshan Sanstha ek antarrashtriya shikshan sanstha. (Romanized Hindi)

WAOE in German: WAOE ist eine internationale nicht-fuer-Profit Publik Korporation, eine virtuelle Assoziation fuer die Online Lehrer und Lehrtaetigkeit. Man hat spass zum lernen. In der WAOE, Online Lehrer mit unterschiedliche lehrtaetigkeiten und pedagogie modelle mit einander Zusammen arbeiten nach Online Ausbilding zu einem Professionelle Disziplin zu machen. WAOE ist gerade sehr sorgfaeltig arbeitet in dem Gebiet "Digital-Bridges." Das heisst, "Wir" in der WAOE versuchen mit unterschiedliche pedagogie erfahrungen mit einander eine Bruecke zu bauen. Andererseits, Online forschern fragen und nachdenken, Vergrossert die Online-Ausbildung die (Digital Gap) digitale Kluft? Ueber WAOE, "Welt Gesellschaft Fuer Online Ausbildung" zu wissen, Bitte Schicken Sie eine E-Mail an Arun Kumar Tripathi.


WAOE Italian Chapter and Website:


Per ulteriori informazioni: Luigi A. Macri - waoeitaly@libero.it
Ufficio Scolastico Regionale della Calabria - Direzione Generale
Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti Lingue Straniere (ANILS)

WAOE - World Association Online Education: L'associazione per conoscere
l'istruzione on line negli altri paesi ed avere scambi di esperienze con partners internazionali.


WAOE Turkish Chapter and Website:


Prof. Bunyamin Atici, University of Firat: batici@firat.edu.tr


Answer inquiries about WAOE in Estonian:

Mihkel Pilv: info@miksike.ee


Answer inquiries about WAOE in Russian:

Boris Sedunov: sedunov@access.orgland.ru


Answer inquiries / translate for a possible French Website:

Katherine Watson: quis@genaisse.zzn.com

Cliquez ici pour vous renseigner plus sur WAOE en Francais.


Answer inquiries / planned Swahili Website:

Asif Daya: asif@studynook.com


Answer inquiries about WAOE in Portuguese:

Roberto Andrea Mueller: rmueller@ufv.br

Respostas informacionais sobre WAOE em Portugues.

WAOE Website in Brazil

AssociaŤ‹o Mundial para EducaŤ‹o Online (WAOE)



Answer inquiries about WAOE in Japanese:

Keiko Schneider: kschnei@sabotenweb.com

WAOE Website in Japanese:


Also answers inquiries about WAOE in Japanese:

Steve McCarty: mccarty@mail.goo.ne.jp

Douzo Nihongo de demo, Sekai Onrain (Intaanetto jou no) Kyouiku Gakkai (WAOE) ni tsuite denshi meeru de tazunete kudasai. Mata wa, WAOE no koto o sukoshi byousha shite-iru enkaku kyoiku ni kansuru gakkai no kouen o etsuran shite kudasai.

Proposed WAOE Committee System

Members may join two types of sub-groups of WAOE:

1) Organizational Committees

E.g., Affiliate Liaison Committee

2) Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups (O-CREWs)

Specific educational areas or levels;

e.g., Social Sciences Online CREW

Administrative Committees

The following titles are suggested for:
a) the committee
b) the elected committee chair
c) possible appointed officers

NOTE: Appointed Officers, volunteering technical or organizational expertise, are also members of the Coordinating Ring. For enquiries about administrative committees, please e-mail WAOE President Steve McCarty in Japan.

a) Planning and Finance Committee

b) Treasurer (WAOE Elected Officer)

c) to be recommended by a)

a) Membership Committee (for internal affairs)

b) Membership Chair (WAOE Elected Officer)

c) Archivist, Membership Database Manager, etc.

a) Public Information Committee (for external affairs)

b) Executive Secretary (WAOE Elected Officer)

c) Publicity Coordinator (including Print/Broadcast Media)

c) Multilingual Coordinator

a) Web Design Committee

b) Web Design Committee Chair

c) Technical Advisor

a) Online Educator Development Committee

b) Online Educator Development Committee Chair

(spanning issues in online educational consultation, teacher training and in-service development; employment and job status; standards, certification and accreditation; equivalency of online and f2f courses; and public policy issues)

c) as determined by a)

a) Affiliate Liaison Committee

b) Affiliate Liaison Committee Chair

c) __________ WAOE Liaison

(WAOE members officially representing approved organizations)

a) Research and Publications Committee

b) Research and Publications Committee Chair

c) Journal of Online Education Editor

a) Online Academic Conferences Committee

b) Online Academic Conference Committee Chair

c) ___ Online Conference WAOE Representative

a) Online Parliamentary Procedures Committee

b) Cyber-Parliamentarian

c) Ombudsperson

Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups (O-CREWs)

Workgroups aim to cover all subject areas in higher education and other educational levels generally, with Geographical or Cultural/Linguistic Heritage O-CREWs as explained below. As Online CREWs are initiatives of WAOE members, in addition to those suggested below, there can be Issues-Based and Project-Based O-CREWs. Moreover, WAOE Affiliate organizations can be recommended to the WAOE Coordinating Ring, while world regional or linguistic groups besides English native speakers could establish WAOE Chapters. E-mail waoe@waoe.org for enquiries about Online CREWs.

Content-Specific, Issues, Projects or Educational Level based O-CREWs:

Mentoring and Informal Learning O-CREW, contact Nick Bowskill
African Health O-CREW, contact Asif Daya
Foreign Language Teaching O-CREW, contact Luigi Macri
Online Certification O-CREW, contact Kathy Skinner
Industry and Academy O-CREW, contact Ken Plant

Other possibilities:

Educational Software and Courseware O-CREW
Science and Technology O-CREW
Outcomes Assessment Online CREW
Educational Standards Online CREW
Web-Based Learning Activity Templates O-CREW
CMC and Pedagogical Issues Online CREW
Synchronous Communication Online CREW
K-12 Online CREW
Home-based and Lifelong Learning Online CREW
Vocational Education and Training Online CREW
Corporate Training Online CREW
Social Sciences Online CREW
Humanities and Core Requirements Online CREW
Fine Arts Online CREW
Computer Literacy and Staff Support Online CREW

Linguistic, Cultural or geographical Chapters and discussion groups

See the Communication section of the main WAOE Website

See the WAOE Bylaws and other incorporation documents

Go to the Online Journal of Education, Media and Health at New York University

E-mail the Membership Chair Dr. Ramesh Sharma for enquiries about WAOE

E-mail the maintainer of this Web page

Updated on 1 August 2007