Sunday, November 18, 2012

World Association for Online Education (WAOE) invites active global scholars

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. 

Please take a glance at some of the current WAOE elected and appointed officers:  

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 H.S. / 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 
Officer At-Large: Dr. Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education, U.S.

Volunteers are sought for Research Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Associate Editors, etc. 

To reassure everyone, 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." 

The WAOE is establishing the _International Journal of Online Education_, 
using our imagination to accommodate various categories and media besides double-blind 
reviewed papers. It will be an online journal and an open educational resource. Join us 
as a contributor or section editor for a content area, language, or world region. 

We have opened up our moderated discussion list WAOE-Views so you can join directly: 

You can also like us on Facebook to share resources: 

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: 

e-mail membership questions: | to volunteer: 

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