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Associations, Councils & Institutes
African Council for Distance Education
The African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) is a continental educational organization comprising African universities and other higher education institutions, which are committed to expanding access to quality education and training through open and distance learning. Their mission is to promote research, policy and quality in open and distance learning to increase access to education and training in Africa.
Commonwealth of Learning
The COL is an inter-governmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL also helps developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA)
DEASA, a regional powerhouse in distance and open learning is the train that all SADC member states should board in pursuit of developing their human resources.
International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals.
National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA)
The overarching aim of this Association is to provide a forum for South African organisations and individuals who are committed to increasing access to an affordable, cost-effective and quality learning environment in which learners are empowered to become self sufficient members of society.
Saide - South African Institute of Distance Education
Saide is committed to the process of transformation of education and training so to increase equitable and meaningful access to knowledge, skills and learning through the adoption of open learning principles, distance education methods and educational technology.
USDLA - United States Distance Learning Association
he United States Distance Learning Association was the first nonprofit distance learning association in the United States to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications.