Engaging Design: Utilising the principles of User Experience (UX) to create meaningful and contextually relevant online learning.

Thursday, 15 September 2022 at 3pm (CAT)
Engaging Design: Utilising the principles of User Experience (UX) to create meaningful and contaxtually relevant online learning. (Dr M Landman)

Thursday, 13 October 2022 at 3pm (CAT)
Improving Student Engagement and Success in South African Higher Education: Lessons from the pandemic (Prof F Strydom & Dr S Loots)


2022 Nadeosa Conference

Once again, the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South (Nadeosa) ran a successful online conference 10 –12 May 2022. Running under the theme: Open Distance Learning on the Pathway to 2030, this conference was co-hosted by three higher education providers, namely Business Management Training College, STADIO, and MANCOSA. These institutions were supported by technical staff from University of the Free State.

The 2022 conference was graced by keynote addresses from Professors Angelo Dube from Unisa and Divya Singh from STADIO. Prof Dube presented on decoloniality as a tool for transforming and regaining control of the knowledge economy and Prof Singh on internationalisation of higher education and joint degrees. The conference attracted 53 registrations and 31 presentations that all centred on salient aspects on distance education. You can access the presentations below:

1. Karen Ferreira-MeyersLessons form a pandemic: Continued Staff Development.

2. Bernadette GeduldSituational challenges of open distance students: A case for the development of self-directed learning skills.

3. Mirischian Immelman. Instructional Design Project Success: Waterfall or (perhaps and) Agile? 

4. Prof ZMM Jojo.  Creating Sustainable Supervision of Master’s and Doctoral Students in an ODeL Context in the Field of Mathematics Education. UNISA

5. Greig KrullPromoting Student Engagement in Online Courses. Wits University 10 May 2022

6.le Roux, S..G . Access vs retention and academic performance: a gap between dream and reality? Department of Early Childhood Education College of Education, Unisa

7. Hlamulo (Wiseman) Mbhiza. Teaching and Assessment Muddle: A Lecturer’s and Students’ Experiences in an Open Distance e-Learning Environment.

8. Ephraim, Mhlanga. Nadeosa Annual Discussion Session 12 May 2022

9. Nelia OosthuysenIs the ODL voice heard when considering ICT usage for learning and teaching post-Covid? Reviewing the research in developing countries

10. Adele Bellingan, Amy Long and Thokozani Moyo. Scaffolding: iQ Academy supports students in crossing the bridge to higher education and distance learning.

11. Sheila Tshegofatso SefhediTranslanguaging and Codeswitching in the context of ODL Junior Secondary School multilingual classrooms.

12. Leila Shirley. The determinants of throughput in adult educational programmes and ODL in South Africa?

13. Divya Singh. “Internationalisation at home” and joint degrees’ opportunities, questions, and challenges.

14. Stott Angela Video-based course instructions as a tool to improve engagement in an online teacher professional development short course

15. Ooko M. O. Aluko F. R. and Cassim Lambart Z. Assessing an integrated technological support response to a cohort of distance education students in a developing context. Nadeosa Conference 2022. Unit for Distance Education, University of Pretoria.

16. Carisma Nel & Elma Marais. Mixed reality simulated teaching: An innovation in ODL environments.  Faculty of Education, North West University

17. Mojaesi Violet Phejane and Lorrance Siphiwe Nzelwane. Access for success: Narratives of students with disabilities at the University of the Free State.

18. Jennifer van der Merwe. (12 May 2022). The effectiveness of avalue-added social curriculum to empower working mothers studying at an ODL institution. iQ Academy.

19. Karen Ferretra Meyers. Student experience of the COTE Programme. Institute of Distance Education, University of ESwatini.

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  • Conferences and Workshops

    Nadeosa hosts an annual distance education conference. We also host smaller workshops providing our members an opportunity to engage on matters of mutual interest or concern. In other cases our workshops aim to introduce new concepts or technologies related to distance education.

  • Networks

    Over the years NADEOSA has built-up strong networks of people involved in distance education in South Africa, the rest of Africa and elsewhere in the world.Our members have engaged extensively with regional associations such as Deasa and international distance education organisations such as the Commonwealth of Learning, International Council for Distance Education, European Distance Education Network, Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia. The network has been further strengthened through ongoing interaction with educational institutions providing both distance education and other flexible learning methods.

  • Information Services

    NADEOSA provides members with a regular information service.The following services are available to members:

    • Daily education current awareness service: This news article service has a focus on distance education in Africa and elsewhere in the world, South African education policy and related information, use of technology in education and education technology applications.
    • Document service: This service covers most of the subjects above, but the resources are more substantial than press articles.
    • Conference listing: A conference listing by date of distance education conferences around the world and also more general educational conferences taking place in South Africa.
    • Journal abstract service: Abstracts from educational journals relevant to the NADEOSA community.


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About Us

Word from the Chairperson

Welcome to the site of the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (Nadeosa). Nadeosa is a forum for collaboration on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in South Africa. The association was established in 1996, with the initial aim of promoting access to lifelong learning of high quality. The founding members were unanimous in their belief that distance education methods could play a major role in facing South Africa’s educational challenges. Over the years, this belief has remained constant; the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic has further proven this belief right. The association keeps evolving with the ever-changing landscape of ODL. As an association, we are determined through concerted efforts to lend a voice to practitioners in the field in order to impact practice, and influence policy. Nadeosa is governed by an Executive structure made up of institutional representatives and individuals that are co-opted based on their valuable contributions to the organisation. As an organization committed to promoting access to high quality open and flexible distance education, we offer a variety of services to our membership which are meant to keep the up to date with latest developments in the field. These services include workshops, sharing through annual conferences, and resources and tools relevant for distance education. We invite everyone, including non-members to participate in these services.


  • To facilitate collaboration among distance education and open learning organisations in South Africa.
  • To advocate awareness, understanding, and application of distance education and open learning amongst policy makers, practitioners, and learners.
  • To promote research and evaluation of distance education and open learning in South Africa.
  • To exert influence with regard to adequate policy (including financial support) for distance education.
  • To advance the professional interests of distance education practitioners.
  • To promote and enhance quality assurance in distance education.

Aims of the Association

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.


  • Ruth Aluko (President)
    University of Pretoria
  • Jako Poolman (Vice President)
    BMT College
  • Jenny Glennie (Treasurer)
  • Ephraim Mhlanga (Secretariat)
  • Adele Bellingan
    IQ Academy
  • Amy Long
    IQ Academy
  • Asteria Nsamba
    University of South Africa
  • Greig Krull (Individual member )
    University of the Witwatersrand
  • Jeanette Smit
    Stadio Higher Education
  • Kiveshnie Naidoo
  • Lynette Jacobs
    University of the Free State
  • Mary Ooko
    University of Pretoria
  • Moses Zulu (Secretariat Support)
  • Mpine Makoe
    University of South Africa
  • Phumza Makgato-Khunou
    University of South Africa
  • Rassie Louw
    North West University
  • Violet Phejane
    University of the Free State

Become a Member


Code of Ethics

This code of ethics designed and adopted by the NADEOSA member council is designed to encourage membership by providing a guide to the values of the organization and to enable members to become part of a positive culture of Distance Education in South Africa.

As a member of the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa, we undertake to promote access to and success in lifelong education and training of good quality. We seek to put learners first, recognizing and building on their knowledge and experiences, and responding to their needs. We will support processes and systems to increase access, mobility and quality in the national system in order to provide an increasing range of learning possibilities, offering learners greater flexibility in choosing what, where, how and at what pace they learn.

As members of NADEOSA we will endeavour to:

  • Promote and enhance quality in distance education and in particular seek to align our programmes with the Nadeosa criteria;

  • Work collaboratively with organizations and individuals involved or interested in distance education methods and/or open learning principles in South Africa;

  • Ensure that we understand and apply distance education methods and open learning principles as policy makers, practitioners and for our learners;

  • Evaluate all aspects our programmes and improve them in line with these findings;

  • Support activities to develop adequate policy (including financial support) for distance education;

  • Advance the professional interests of distance education practitioners; Support professional development for distance education and open learning;

  • Comply with statutory registration and accreditation requirements.