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 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)

Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)

Institution title : Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)

ODLAA is a professional association of educators, instructional designers, educational researchers, education consultants, and administrators from across Australia and overseas that is dedicated to advancement of research, practice, and support of education ‘across time and space’.

ODLAA connects professionals in order to share experiences and disseminate information with respect to open and distance learning. Our members come from all educational sectors plus commercial training providers and training units in the corporate sector. They are involved in management, administration, design, development, research and teaching in multiple modes that may best be described as ‘outside the traditional classroom’.

ODLAA is a non-profit organisation managed by an elected Executive Committee of members who donate their time to conduct the business of the association.

The Association aims to:

  • advance the research, practice and support of education across time and space
  • continuously engage, support, and develop the learning community involved in education across time and space, and
  • become the learning community’s association of choice for those involved in education across time and space.

What we do

A national voice

Through the Executive, members respond to government initiatives and published directions as well as lobbying for particular needs globally and nationally.


ODLAA publishes Distance Education, a leading journal in the field of open and distance learning.

Electronic access to the ODLAA Bulletin, recent conference proceedings and further resources is available to members only. You must log in to access the resources within the member area.

ODLAA has in the past produced a printed Membership directory but has recently been working towards a database-driven Membership directory to be included in a later development phase of this website.

Professional development events

ODLAA frequently arranges or supports professional development events in many locations across Australia and is looking to extend the number of electronic and online professional development events. Some events are restricted to ODLAA members.