See our current Mission and Vision as an international NGO
Founding vision by Professor Steve McCarty in Japan
The vision of WAOE began with the opening Keynote Address of the Third Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference (7 April 1998), which included a digital video Steve made on a seashore in Japan that was hosted by the University of Hawaii. From the Abstract: "This presentation is a call for action as well as interaction. By what academic standards and ethics can online teaching be developed into a professional discipline? Does it need a pan-disciplinary guild? Is a new world association for online education needed? For online teaching to be professionalized, practitioners must be duly rewarded, and the vast amount of voluntaristic research necessary to reconstitute Academia in cyberspace must be recognized by academic institutions. A global and multicultural perspective is also needed for a new century that should be a co-creation of Westerners and non-Westerners."