Asian Association of Open Universities

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  •   AAOU Holds its 33rd Annual Conference Hosted by Virtual University of Pakistan

  •   AAOU 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka

  •   Latest News

  •   OUC’s Dr. Yang Zhijian is 2019 AAOU Meritorious Service Awardee

  •   Congratulations AAOU 2019 Paper Awardees!

  •   Korea National Open University to Host 2020 ICDE Leadership Summit

  •    International Conferences

  •   ICDE to hold the 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning 

  •   Anadolu University to Host the International Open & Distance Learning Conference on 14-16 November 2019 

  •   Singapore University of Social Sciences to Host ASCILITE 2019

  •   Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University to Hold a Two-Day International Conference on 20-21 December 2019  

  •   Staff Exchange Fellowship Programs

  •   Universitas Terbuka Offers Staff Exchange Fellowship Programme

  •   Korea National Open University Offers Staff Exchange Fellowship Programme

  •   National Open University, Taiwan Offers Staff Exchange Fellowship Programme

  •   Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University Offers Staff Exchange Fellowship Programme

  •   Open University of Sri Lanka Offers Staff Exchange Fellowship Programme

  •     Shanghai  Open University Offers Staff Exchange Fellowship Programme

  •     UP Open University Offers Staff Exchange Fellowship Programme

  •   Asian MOOCs

  •    CUK’s “Quick Korean” Now Available on AAOU MOOCs

  •    HOU’s “Effective Teamwork Skills” is now available on AAOU Asian MOOCs MOOCs

  •    HOU’s “Introduction to Vietnam’s Culture” is now available on AAOU Asian MOOCs

  •    HOU’s course on “Law on Criminal Procedure” is now available on AAOU Asian MOOCs

  •    SPACE HUK’s “Buddhism: Diamond Sutra and World Peace” Now Available on Asian MOOCs” is now available on AAOU Asian MOOCs

Educating the World through Asia

Founded in 1987, the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) is a non-profit organization of higher learning institutions that are primarily concerned with open and distance education. It strives to widen the educational opportunities available to all people in Asia and to improve the quality of the institutions in terms of their educational management, teaching and research. It promotes education by distance teaching systems, as well as professional and ethical standards; develops potentialities of open and distance education; cooperates with official bodies and others directly or indirectly interested in education at a distance; and facilitates cooperation with other similar regional and international bodies.

The AAOU membership consists of Full and Associate members. Our members share a common belief that the development of distance education can be obtained through friendship and close exchanges among institutions of open higher learning.

The AAOU Annual Conference, hosted in turn by member institutions, is a stimulating forum for all those associated with open and distance learning in Asia, particularly academics, administrators and students. It provides a focal point for bringing everyone up to date on the issues, ideas and developments in the field of open distance learning.

AAOU 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka

AAOU Annual Conference (AAOU 2020) will be held at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21-23 October 2020.

Conference theme:
“Opening minds for a sustainable future: Re-orienting ODL to surmount challenges”


  • Promoting sustainable development through lifelong learning
    • Increase access and flexibility, improve quality, enhance equity, reorient curricula, facilitate economic growth, social development and environmental protection
  • Innovations in ODL through smart technologies
    • e-learning, m- learning, u-learning, digital library, remote access to e-resources, learner- teacher interaction, integration of social media and on-line evaluation
  • Open Knowledge Movement – implications for ODL
    • Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Educational Practices (OEP), MOOCs, Open Data, Social Media and Learning Communities
  • Learner engagement and motivation in ODL- challenges and possibilities
    • Enhance retention, increase completion rates, facilitate collaborative learning, redefine role of face-to-face components, harness influence of significant others, reorient student support
  • Best practices in ODL for ESD
    • Quality assurance, student support services, ICT integration, policies and procedures, capacity and capability development, innovative learning design and creative teaching practices
  • Learning analytics in ODL: potential and challenges
    • As a tool for quality assurance, quality improvement, improving learner support and increasing retention rates; ethical issues in use of learning analytics

Online registration will open soon!


Asian MOOCs Portal

Asian MOOCs are open online courses offered by member institutions of the
Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). The Asian MOOCs website serves as a portal
for the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) focusing on open enrollment, massive
registration, learner-centered,flexible, multilingual, multimedia support, multi-platforms,
open license, and quality assurance of online courses.

Visit the Asian MOOCs Portal

About the Secretariat

The University of the Philippines – Open University (UPOU) pioneered in online teaching and learning and continues to play a leading role in the study and practice of open learning and distance education in the Philippines. UPOU is envisioned as a leader in teaching and learning in the digital age, helping to equip Filipinos with the knowledge and skills they need for life and work in the 21st century. Visit Website

Contact Us

AAOU Secretariat, University of the Philippines Open University

Office of the Chancellor, UP Open University, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Tel: (6349) 536 6001-6006 loc 800