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Nadeosa is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a conference in the City of Roses - Bloemfontein, at the University of the Free State from 19th - 21st July 2017. The first call for papers is available on the conference home page.




Nadeosa, the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa would like to thank everyone for their participation in our conference which took place in July 2016. The conference theme was Technology enhanced open and distance learning and different facets of transformation within the post-school education and training sector. Drs Phil Ice and Melissa Layne were our keynote speakers. Visit the conference page for more information.

Although Nadeosa is a long-standing organisation which has made significant contribution towards the enhancement of distance education provision in South Africa, many people do not seem to be aware of the value the organisation adds to its members, and the diverse expertise that is within the organisation. In order to create greater awareness of the benefits members stand to enjoy, the Executive Committee has drafted the organizational value statement that can be accessed here.

At the Nadeosa Annual General Meeting in July 2015, Council agreed to the constitutional amendments that were proposed by the Executive Committee. The changes include updated definitions incorporating definitions from the 2014 Policy for the Provision of Distance Education in South African Universities as well as a clause allowing for an automatic annual increase in membership fees. The revised constitution is available here.

The Nadeosa conference took place at the Durban University of Technology on 8th and 9th July 2015.  The conference theme was Innovative open learning practices to build a quality integrated post schooling system. 

We were fortunate to have Dr Dianne Parker, Deputy Director General - University Education from the Department of Higher Education and Training as our keynote speaker at the conference

The final programme with links to conference papers and presentations are now available. For more details visit the conference website page.

With the advent of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Policy for the Provision of Distance Education in South African Universities, the Council on Higher Education saw it fit to provide guidelines for institutions wishing to offer distance education. The aim of the guide is to support how general programme requirements need to be interpreted for a distance education context and the wide variations thereof, including the effective integration of supporting ICTs. A highly consultative process was undertaken in the development of the guide, which included a workshop with Nadeosa members towards the end of 2013. The Distance Higher Education Programmes in a Digital Era: Good Practice Guide has since been published and is now available on the CHE website.

The DHET has just published the first national policy for distance education provision by South African universities. In line with the recent White Paper on Post School Education and Training, the new policy document supports expanded quality provision of distance education, including by universities outside of Unisa. Anticipating the promulgation of this policy, the recent AGM of the National Association for Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa ( suggested the idea of a national colloquium on the new policy document to explore the implications of the policy and the possibilities it opens up. Nadeosa has always sought to engage positively with the policy environment and to create fora for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of such possibilities. We would like to hear from both members and non-members whether such a colloquium would be of interest to you. We anticipate that such a discussion would be of benefit to both public and private institutions, institutions offering distance education or contemplating doing so, institutions with various kinds of blended programmes as well as representatives of the TVET and community college sector with regard to possible partnerships as well as the initiation of guidelines for future distance provision in these sub-sectors as envisaged by the White Paper. Please communicate your interest to:

The National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA) thanks everyone for their participation in our pre-conference workshop and conference on Expanding Quality Distance Provision in an Integrated Post-School System that took place on 24th and 25th June 2014 at the University of Pretoria.

The conference page provides links to the keynotes and presentations.



NADEOSA has added additional case studies to our collection illustrating our distance education quality criteria.