I wonder what kind of K-12 presence there is in this organization? Maybe an alternative to the neo-liberal iNACOL?
From: “Steve McCarty” <email@example.com>
One of the first global virtual organizations, the WAOE is a free academic association for individual educators concerned with distance education, e-learning, and online education. We are not just seeking to increase membership but rather to give active educators an opportunity to make a difference in this sometimes murky field, by collaborating with other idealistic educators around the world. We started in 1998 with the purpose of turning online education into a new professional discipline, and as an international NGO now we see much more to do. So with renewed energy, we are calling for active new members.
Take a glance at some of the current WAOE elected and appointed officers (more are sought):
President: Prof. Steve McCarty, Osaka Jogakuin College and University, Japan
Vice-President: Dr. John Afele, U.S.-West Africa Group, Tunisia / Ghana
Membership Chair: Dr. Ramesh Sharma, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India
Executive Secretary: Dr. Jodi Richardson-Delgado, Mesa Community College, U.S.
Treasurer: Mike Holmwood, retired Division Chair, Langara College, Canada
Chief Technology Officer: Ms. Victoria Ramirez, EFL Teacher / Designer, Mexico
Cyber-Parliamentarian: Michael Warner,Tempe High School / Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, U.S.
Publicity Coordinator: Dr. Begum Ibrahim, MARA Institute of Technology, Malaysia
Publications Coordinator: Dr. David Sidwell, Utah State University, U.S.
Journal Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Rozhan Idrus, Open & Distance Learning, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Research Coordinator: Volunteer sought
Program Coordinator: Volunteer sought
Officer At-Large: Dr. Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education, U.S.
To reassure anyone, we have endorsements from scholars familiar with WAOE history: Society for College and University Planning senior executive Terry Calhoun recently called the WAOE a “very good organization.” UNC Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership James L. Morrison added: “with an important mission.”
Dr. Ramesh Sharma writes: “As a member of the WAOE we look forward to your input, ideas, insights, interviews, write-ups, videos, etc. on online education. You may like to share innovative practices at your institution so that other members can
benefit from them too.”
We have opened up our moderated discussion list WAOE-Views so you can join directly: http://groups.google.com/group/waoe-views
You can also like us on Facebook to share resources: http://www.facebook.com/waoepage
It is best to study our main Web pages (Home, Vision, More About Us, and Archives), then go to the Participation page to become a member for free and join WAOE-Views: http://www.waoe.org/
Collegially, Steve McCarty
Professor, Osaka Jogakuin College and Osaka Jogakuin University
President, World Association for Online Education: http://waoe.org
Online library of publications: http://waoe.org/steve/epublist.html
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