12.0315 World Association for Online Education

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 26 Nov 1998 22:16:18 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 315.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Wed, 25 Nov 98 08:49:33 JST
From: Steve McCarty <steve_mc@ws0.kagawa-jc.ac.jp>
Subject: NEWS RELEASE: World Association for Online Education

NEWS RELEASE: World Association for Online Education (WAOE)

With apologies to those who see this announcement elsewhere,
please forward the message to colleagues who may be interested.

The World Association for Online Education (WAOE) is a new
educators' organization dedicated to turning online education
into a professional discipline. WAOE is being incorporated as
a non-profit organization in California which nevertheless
operates almost entirely online. Elected officers hail from
four regions of the world, east and west coast U.S. WAOE is now
open to all committed to pedagogical principles and interested
in networking with other online educators worldwide. Currently
WAOE offers free trial memberships at least through June 1999.

Educators concerned with online education in the broadest sense
see their institutions cutting deals and their scholarly judgement
over the curriculum undercut. Web-literate educators have their
regional and disciplinary organizations, but when they reach out
to the wider world through the Internet, they sense that the new
medium holds great promise, but also that essentials are lacking
in comparison to the face-to-face medium. Wandering from list to
list, Website to Website, like so many nomadic masterless samurai,
what online educators have been missing is a real organization.
This need was realized at the Third Annual Teaching in the
Community Colleges Online Conference based at the University of
Hawaii, particularly the April 7th, 1998 Keynote Address by
Professor Steve McCarty in Japan. As a result of continuing online
discussions, international Steering Committee members have
submitted Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to the State of
California in Sacramento. California has already recognized
WAOE as a nonprofit, tax exempt organization, evidently
approving bylaws stating that WAOE will be fully operational in
electronic media. Its acronym WAOE is thus pronounced "Wowee!"

WAOE plans to bring online educators together for mutual support
as well as to evaluate online courses and resources in any branch
of learning. With the cooperation of many institutions already,
a minimum of expenditures on material things, and the voluntaristic
spirit of educators, dues are waived for the time being, and expertise

can continue to be provided in lieu of dues. WAOE aims to be most
global and accessible to non-Westerners and non-native users of
English, promoting multilingualism and intercultural understanding.
Focusing on online education since the advent of Web-based approaches,

WAOE is working to turn online education into a new professional
discipline. Please register your interest or questions by e-mail to
<waoe@waoe.org> or visit Websites including <http://www.waoe.org>.


TO JOIN the World Association for Online Education (WAOE),
which is currently free of charge, please fill out the membership form

as explained below. Among many WAOE activities there is a discussion
list WAOE-VIEWS and an announcements list WAOE-NEWS. Both are
archived on the WWW, while members have the option of joining both or,
to receive a minimum of e-mail, just WAOE-NEWS, as it is moderated.

To join WAOE, please go to:
and click on:
Show Me The Membership Registration Forms

For more information see:
and the WAOE home page:

WAOE-NEWS is a moderated list for occasional WAOE announcements.
To subscribe to WAOE-NEWS, send an e-mail message to:
with only the following as the body of your message:
subscribe waoe-news

WAOE-VIEWS is an unmoderated list for general WAOE discussions
of interest to all members.

To subscribe to WAOE-VIEWS, send an e-mail message to:
with only the following as the body of your message:
subscribe waoe-views

Both lists will automatically ask for confirmation,
so please REPLY with only the following as the body of your message:


WAOE is thankful to the following institutions for their
supportiveness, aside from mentioning volunteers, donors
and WAOE's virtual domain (http://www.waoe.org/):

New York University -- Journal of Online Education (JOE):
California State University, Sacramento --
officers' discussion list and WAOE Incorporation documents:
Quinebaug Valley Community-Technical College, Connecticut -- (and WebBBS, etc.)
University of Idaho -- WAOE-NEWS list, archived on the Web:
MIKSIKE, Estonia -- http://www.miksike.com
WAOE-VIEWS discussion list archived on the Web by eGroups:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University --
e-mail WebBoard and real-time Web chat rooms:
Kagawa Junior College, Japan:


Steve McCarty
Professor, Kagawa Junior College, Japan
E-mail: steve@kagawa-jc.ac.jp
English-Japanese Guidebook to Shikoku Island, Japan:
French Guide to Shikoku (also of book length):
Publications: http://www.kagawa-jc.ac.jp/~steve_mc/epublist.html

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