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ERIC Number: EJ799195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
Australian and South Pacific External Studies Association: Odlaa's Regional Predecessor
Bewley, Donald
Distance Education, v29 n1 p19-37 May 2008
The Australian and South Pacific External Studies Association (ASPESA)-- the predecessor of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc. (ODLAA)--was founded in 1973. From the outset, ASPESA adopted a broader-than-Australia focus for open and distance learning that included New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the member countries of the University of the South Pacific. Its interest was firstly on "professional" matters (i.e., an identity for distance education, distance educators, and their professional development). ASPESA forums and workshops spread through various Australian "external studies" institutes and developed the practical and intellectual infrastructure for ASPESA's aims and objectives. ASPESA acknowledged its regional and international focus in various ways. The 1981 ASPESA forum was organised jointly by the University of the South Pacific and Massey University, New Zealand, and held in Fiji. Thereafter its regional members played a larger role in ASPESA activities and regional issues appeared on forum agenda. ODLAA and its companion associations around the South Pacific received from their predecessor, ASPESA, a heritage of professionalism and participation in regional and international open and distance learning. In due course, however, differences in distance education environments led New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and then the Pacific island countries to form separate distance education associations, while maintaining links with ASPESA.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Fiji; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea