WAOE: Combining dedication to online learning with fun and cultural exchange.

WAOE's Home Page is: http://waoe.org/

Featured Affiliate in Tokyo

The World Association for Online Education (WAOE, pronounced "wowee"), is an international virtual organization concerned with online pedagogy, registered as a non-profit public benefit corporation (NPO) in the California state capital. WAOE offers membership services relevant to educators concerned with teaching online, unconditional public services for international society, and collaboration with other educational organizations functioning in cyberspace. At this Website please discover our organization and activities, how to join or participate in turning online education into a new professional discipline. NEWS: At the mid-2000 Annual Members' Meeting, WAOE dues were abolished, so membership is now free!

Public Services

World Time Zones in JavaScript

- find out the time in GMT and other time zones for real-time online events.

All concerned with online education are welcome to join the discussion list WAOE VIEWS: just send the message:
subscribe views Your Name to: imailsrv@list.waoe.org

An article in Papyrus News from Egypt is fully hyperlinked to provide an introduction to WAOE.

See the colorful and insightful e-journal affiliated with WAOE: the WWW Journal of Online Education (JOE) at New York University.

Explore this Website, open to the public, to learn about a new field. To further network with the community of WAOE participants around the world, see the WAOE Home Page.

Multilingual WAOE Project

WAOE supports multiculturalism and world regional initiatives. Our Multilingual Coordinator is Arun Kumar Tripathi. See a Website below or e-mail for further information on WAOE in:

JAPANESE: Website / Keiko Schneider
CHINESE: Website / Alex Liu
SPANISH and Latin American WAOE Chapter: moving to Website / Rafael Molina-Velazquez
PORTUGUESE: Website / Roberto Mueller
HINDI, GERMAN: Arun Tripathi
FRENCH: Katherine Watson
GERMAN, ITALIAN: Roberto Mueller

New! MALAY / Begum Ibrahim

New! SWAHILI: Asif Daya

WAOE Organization

WAOE elected Directors are in 4 countries and Coordinating Ring officers span 8 countries in all, so WAOE is not dominated by any geographical region. See who we are.

For a bird's-eye view of the organization, see the WAOE Organizational Page in Japan.


Child Research Net (CRN) is a non-profit organization mostly funded by Benesse Corporation, a leader in correspondence education in Japan. CRN maintains a popular Japanese language site, while the English site aims for academics, educators, professionals, policy-makers and youth to work together to better understand Japanese culture and children. CRN aims to be an international academic and research oriented site, dedicated to advocating the well-being of children. CRN would like to expand this international network of educational researchers, teachers, doctors, parents and all those interested in and caring about kids. Key Issues covered at the Website are children in relation to society, media, education and lifestyle. Educational data, surveys, statistics, professional articles, and essays by Japanese young people are featured. There is also a teacher's corner, educational links, a searchable Cybrary with articles including research data, and series such as the incisive "Japanese Education Today" by Univ. of Tokyo Prof. Hidenori Fujita. A free e-mail newsletter is available, with feedback and discussion welcome at the "Let's Talk" bulletin board. Please visit the Website or e-mail CRN.

NEWS: WAOE changed to a different ISP in 2000, which caused some delay and a change in the address and subscription commands for WAOE VIEWS (see above left).

WAOE is a non-profit organization (NPO) of the membership type, governed by consent of the members. This is less common and WAOE is staffed solely by volunteers.

Services to WAOE Members

WEB: WAOE Electronic Bulletin: members receive e-mail notices at least monthly, about this e-newsletter and other matters centering on the concerns of members.

WAOE WebBoard: members have their own passwords to join in meetings and organizational discussions. E-mail enquiries to the WAOE Cyber-Parliamentarian.

Members may use the intellectual property of WAOE such as its name in one's e-mail signature or curriculum vitae, and its logo on Web pages, according to WAOE policy.

Members receive detailed invitations and passwords to Web boards, chats, virtual organization and learning environments used for WAOE activities such as online educator professional development.

Members may elect to vote for the five Drectors of the public benefit corporation, to participate in an Annual Members' Meeting and take legislative initiatives in the organization.

Voting members may also be nominated for elected office, join administrative Committees or member initiatives called O-CREWs: Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups (please see the Communication page or an overview of the organization)

WAOE volunteers are earning modest grant funds for the organization, which along with membership support will result in better services for members in the 2000s.

An orientation to WAOE accompanies the membership processing procedure. Please see details on joining WAOE, which is free, at the WAOE Home Page.

Getting Involved /

E-mail Contacts

WAOE Elected Directors

President: Steve McCarty, Japan -- New! President's Site

Vice-President: Rafael Molina-Velazquez, Hawaii

Treasurer: Mike Holmwood, Vancouver

Executive Secretary / NPO Representative: Jenna Seehafer, California - WAOE Incorporation Index - Minutes of Meetings

Membership Chair: Arun Tripathi, Germany

For fuller details on the whole WAOE Coordinating Ring, see Who We Are. For general enquiries, please contact the Membership Chair or the Executive Secretary.

Administrative Committees

Parliamentary Procedures / WebBoard - contact Michael Warner

Web Design - contact Robert Luke

Online Educator Development Committee - contact Roberto Mueller / Sholom Gold / Mike Holmwood

Research and Publications - contact Katherine Watson / Journal Editor - contact Julia Keefer

Affiliate Liaison - contact John Spiers

Online Academic Conferences - contact Keiko Schneider

Planning and Finance - contact Mike Holmwood / Jenna Seehafer

Membership - contact Arun Tripathi

Publicity: contact Mary Ellen Nourse

Member O-CREWs

(Online Course and Resource Evaluation Workgroups)

Educational Software and Courseware O-CREW - contact Robert Luke

Educational Standards O-CREW / Outcomes Assessment O-CREW - contact Jenna Seehafer

Industry and Academy O-CREW - contact Ken Plant / Web-Based Learning Activity Templates O-CREW - contact Mihkel Pilv

Science and Technology O-CREW - contact Fiona Crofton

O-CREWs are member initiatives in any field of learning, based on content, educational level, geography, culture, linguistic group, project or issue in online education. O-CREWs can be represented on the WAOE Coordinating Ring.


April 1998 Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference Keynote Address that proposed the formation of WAOE

Apr.-Oct. 1998: Univ. of Hawaii archives of discussions on forming WAOE

Apr. 1998-June 1999: Univ. of Idaho archives of announcements of WAOE milestones

July 1998-present: Yahoo! Groups archives of WAOE Views discussions

Apr. 1998: Web BBS WAOE Constitutional Convention

May 1998: With MIKSIKE sponsorship, Mihkel Pilv registers WAOE domain name www.waoe.org/ from Estonia

May 1998: WAOE e-journal launched by Julia Keefer at NYU

June 1998: Jenna Seehafer of California State Univ. starts incorporating WAOE in Sacramento as an NPO

Aug. 1998: voting to approve WAOE Founding Propositions and first election of WAOE Directors

Nov. 1998: WAOE News Release forwarded widely on the Net.

Feb. 1999 Special Members' Meeting ballot results ratifying Bylaws and elected Directors / World Culture Festival

April 1999 Inaugural Directors' Meeting Minutes

April-July 1999: Pilot WAOE Online Educators' Course, led by Nick Bowskill of Sheffield Univ., using Blackboard

June 1999 Inaugural Members' Meeting: Multilingual WAOE Project started / free discussions on making the Net more multilingual and multicultural / Agenda in the form of a Web tutorial / President's Address / Membership Report

July 1999 WAOE-Child Research Net collaboration on Summer Festivals in Japan

July 1999: Directors' Meeting Minutes - WAOE dues equivalent to US$10 approved for each year from July 1-June 30, with alternative means of payment and currencies, plus a dues waiver option by request; NonCreditEd.Net agrees to process online payments for WAOE membership.

Dec. 1999-Jan. 2000: Greeting card for the 2000s in 20 languages, with a child's game and photos from the Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil

Feb.-Mar. 2000: Coordinating Ring tries virtual organization environment QuickTeam

Feb.-Mar. 2000: Directors' Meeting - Affiliations policy / WAOE logo design international contest for high school and college students

Mar.-Apr.2000: Directors' Meeting: Corporate Resolution and online banking issues / supportive affiliates begin to be formally recognized

May 2000-present: Monthly honoraria granted to WAOE from non-profit Child Research Net of Tokyo

Mid-2000: 2nd Annual Members' Meeting - dues abolished; WAOE membership becomes free

2nd half of 2000: changed ISPs, technical delays

Feb-Mar 2001: Directors' Meeting - Latin America, Malaysia affiliates

WAOE Commissioned Sites span many countries and languages, with hundreds of Web pages made by WAOE representatives and thousands of archived list and bulletin board messages.

About WAOE: featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education (3 times), Net-Happenings (twice), and many distance education publications. Thanks for hundreds of links made to the WAOE Website from many countries in various languages!

NPO Documents

WAOE Incorporation Index

Articles of Incorporation


22 Objectives and Purposes

Formative Documents (1998): tcc98 keynote address abstract / Draft Constitution / Founding Propositions

Organizational Policies

Membership Documents (1999): WAOE: Two Missions / Fellowships / WAOE Subgroups

Affiliations Policy (2000): WAOE Logos and Intellectual Property, Criteria for Affiliations and Awards / how to use the WAOE Logo as a Membership Privilege

Supportive Affiliates

MIKSIKE, Estonia

NonCreditEd.Net, U.S.

Child Research Net, Japan

Entrename, Latin America

SOLE2001 conference, Malaysia

World Association for Online Education (WAOE) 2000 Update

(from the Education Companion Newsletter Issue #9, March/April 2000)

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, although WAOE operates almost entirely online. Moreover, officers hail from nine 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 <http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/tcon98/keynote/mccarty.html>. Conference discussions continued for months, resulting in an international Steering Committee. The State of California soon approved epoch-making Bylaws stating that WAOE will be fully operational in electronic media <http://www.waoe.org/npo/bylaw.htm >. It may therefore be fitting that WAOE is pronounced "Wowee!"

Since being widely announced in late November of 1998, about a thousand participants from fifty countries have shown 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, dues are minimized and expertise can be provided in lieu of dues <http://www.waoe.org/web/vol1no9/index.htm>.

WAOE aims to be global and accessible to non-Westerners and non-native users of English, promoting multilingualism <http://www.waoe.org/web/vol1no10/news.htm> and intercultural understanding. 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 <http://scout18.cs.wisc.edu/NH/99-02/99-02-09/0026.html> synchronized by the global standard of GMT. While the meeting took place asynchronously via e-mail and Web forms, synchronous MOO and Web chat sessions were also conducted. From 2000 WAOE is collaborating more closely with the Child Research Net in Tokyo <http://www.childresearch.net/>.

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, which has completed the piloting stage. With so much happening, 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 <http://www.waoe.org/web/>.

WAOE is also blessed with the WWW Journal of Online Education (JOE) based at New York University <http://www.nyu.edu/classes/keefer/waoe/waoej.html>. Editor Julia "Evergreen" Keefer has developed a creative and colorful journal that is diverse in both cultures and genres.

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 WAOE Chapters functioning in Spanish and other languages are being launched. 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. See the WAOE Opening Page for details <http://www.waoe.org/>.

TO JOIN the World Association for Online Education, please go to the Membership page [Dues have been abolished for the time being].

Focusing on online education since the advent of Web-based approaches, WAOE is working to turn online education into a new professional discipline. For an overview of WAOE and how to get actively involved, see the WAOE Organizational Page in Japan: <http://www.waoe.org/president/WAOE-founding.html>.


Steve McCarty <mccarty@mail.goo.ne.jp>
Professor, Kagawa Junior College, Japan
President, World Association for Online Education: <http://www.waoe.org/>
Multilingual publications (an Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library 4-star site): <http://www.waoe.org/steve/epublist.html>

Updated on 9 August l2002