Membership

Eligibility
Categories of Membership
..........Individual
..........Organizational or Institutional
..........Student
..........Life
..........Associate
..........Subscription
..........Honorary
..........Exofficio
Membership form

 

Eligibility ............................................................................back to top

  • Any person, agency, institution or organization, both government and non-governmental, demonstrating an interest in, or an involvement with, distance and/or open learning, shall be eligible for membership and to hold an elected position in accordance with the rules pertaining to specific categories.
  • Membership in The Association is annual and shall be renewable each year at the time of the Annual General Meeting, or as otherwise specified by the Executive, except in the case of Life Members and ex-Officio Members.

Categories of Membership ..................................back to top

There shall be eight categories of membership as follows:

Individual ..................................................................back to top

Any adult involved in the practice of, or demonstrating an interest in distance and/or open learning shall be eligible for full membership in The Association. He/she shall be admitted to membership on condition that he/she:

  • Submits evidence of interest/participation in distance and/or open learning activities
  • Pays the relevant membership fees
  • Signs the Code of Ethics of The Association
  • Satisfies any other such requirements as specified by The Association

This shall confer on such an individual all the rights, privileges and obligations of membership, including the right to cast a single vote on any matter brought before The Association, and to be elected to hold office on the Executive.

Organizational/Institutional ...........................back to top

Any agency, institution or organization involved in or supportive of distance and/or open learning shall be eligible for full membership. Such an organization shall be entitled to two designated persons to represent it at meetings of The Association and to participate in all activities, and, at the discretion of the Executive, may be allowed to increase the number of designated persons at a prorated fee as described in the Membership fee schedule, approved annually. The organization shall enjoy all rights and privileges of full membership, EXCEPT the right to hold office on the Executive. Further, it shall be entitled to two votes on matters before The Association.

Organizational Member status shall be conferred provided that the following conditions shall be satisfied:

The organization:

  • Presents to The Association relevant reports of its AGM that specifies activities/interest in distance and/or open learning
  • Pays relevant membership fees
  • Undertakes The Association’s activities
  • Supports The Association (e.g. through the provision of secretarial or editorial services or other similar services including financial assistance)
  • Signs the Code of Ethics

Note: If any person or persons in good financial standing, designated by his or her organization to attend meetings on behalf of that organization, is nominated and elected or co-opted to the Executive, it shall be that individual and not the organization of which he or she is a member who shall hold office on the Executive. Such an individual can then no longer represent his or her organization at meetings.

Student .......................................................................back to top

Student membership shall be conferred on condition of:

  • Satisfactory evidence of enrolment in distance and/ or open learning studies
  • Signing the Code of Ethics
  • Payment of membership fees

A student member may be co-opted to serve on the Executive or on sub-committees of The Association.

Life ...............................................................................back to top

Any person who has demonstrated an interest in, or an involvement with, distance and open learning and who has paid the designated life membership fee at one time, shall be eligible for life membership. Life members shall have the right to one vote on matters brought before The Association, and shall be eligible for election to the Executive.

Life membership shall be conferred on condition of:

  • Payment of the full life membership fee at one time
  • Signing the Code of Ethics

Associate ...................................................................back to top

Any foreign or local person, organization, agency or institution, national, regional or international, interested in, but not directly involved in, the practice and/or delivery of distance and open learning and additionally, who subscribes to the aims and objectives of The Association, shall be eligible for associate membership. Associate members shall have the same rights and privileges as full members EXCEPT that they may not be elected to any office of The Association nor be allowed to vote on matters before the Association. An Associate member may be co-opted to serve on sub-committees of The Association.

Associate membership shall be conferred on condition of:

  • Payment of membership fees
  • Acceptance of the “no power to vote” clause
  • Signing the Code of Ethics

Subscription Member ..........................................back to top

Any foreign or local person, organization, agency or institution, national, regional or international, who has an interest in or is involved in distance and/or open learning may be admitted as a Subscription member. Subscription members shall only be entitled to receive the publications normally distributed to members on payment of the requisite subscription fee, and shall not be eligible for election to any office of The Association nor to vote at Annual General Meetings nor be co-opted to sub-committees.

Such members may also be asked to make contributions in various ways, including monetary contributions.

Honorary Members

An Honorary member shall be a person selected by the Executive in recognition of his/her notable and/or outstanding contributions to distance education and open learning over a period of time. Such members shall be entitled to all rights, privileges and obligations of membership including the right to cast one vote on any matter brought before The Association.

Ex-officio Members

Any person who has served previously in the capacity of President of The Association shall have the right to be invited to serve as an Ex-officio member.

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