Elearning Organizations

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This collection of distance learning associations, think tanks, research groups, societies, councils and more highlights the diverse background of eLearning. Check our listings for networking opportunities and to find a group in your area.


Accreditated Schools Online

Online education used to be reserved for students enrolled at for-profit colleges and universities. Yet today, hundreds of schools with full accreditation make quality online learning a reality for millions. Whether in kindergarten, middle school or looking to move up with a Masters, see how accredited online schools can make a difference.


Affordable Colleges Online

Over 50,000 online programs to create a more comprehensive, up-to-date database than any current government data set available. In addition to making our proprietary database available to the public, this resource includes tips on choosing a high-quality, accredited degree program, the rise of online learning at not-for-profit institutions, and advice on transitioning to an online degree program.


AACE – Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

The AACE, founded in 1981, is an international not-for-profit educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and eLearning research development learning and its practical application.


AECT – Association for Educational Communications and Technology

AECT provides leadership in these areas by linking professionals with an interest in the application of educational technology to the learning process.


ACODE – Australasian Council on Open Distance and e-Learning

The ACODE is the peak Australasian organisation for universities engaged or interested in open distance flexible and eLearning.


ADEC – The American Distance Education Consortium

ADEC is a non-profit distance education consortium composed of approximately 65 state universities and land-grant colleges. The consortium was conceived and developed to promote the creation and provision of high quality economical distance education programs and services to diverse audiences by the land grant community of colleges and universities through the most appropriate information technologies available.


ADL – Advanced Distributed Learning Network

The ADL Initiative is a collaborative effort to harness the power of information technologies to deliver high-quality easily accessible adaptable and cost-effective education and training.


ALT – The Association for Learning Technology

ALT is a professional and scholarly association which seeks to bring together all those with an interest in the use of learning technology.


ATD – Association for Talent Development

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).


Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates integrated research and advisory services helps organizations improve their business effectiveness efficiency and competitiveness through their learning and talent management strategies programs processes and technologies.


Brandon Hall Group

Since 1992 Brandon Hall Group has been providing independent expert advice in the form of published reports and phone consultations on the tools of e-learning: LMS LCMS authoring tools content providers and other tools that help organizations develop successful e-learning solutions.


CAEL – Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

CAEL is an organization dedicated to expanding lifelong learning opportunities for adults.


CANeLearn - The Canadian e-Learning Network

CANeLearn is a non-for-profit society aimed to increase student success in online and blended learning.


CCCE – The Canadian Community of Corporate Educators

CCCE is an association of training representatives from corporations and vendors. The association provides a community for training representatives to network share brainstorm and learn.


CEdMA – The Computer Education Management Association

CEdMA is the premier organization for training executives managers and professional on a management path within hardware and software companies. CEdMA includes over 150 members representing over 60 technology companies.


CeLEA – Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance

The Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance – CeLEA – was founded in December, 2002 as an industry-based organization with the primary objective of enabling Canadian companies to increase their share of revenues from the growing global elearning market place. Today we remain as the only national organization that is focused on the commercial elearning sector.


CNIE – Canadian Network for Innovation in Education

The CNIE is a national organization of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education in Canada.


COL – Commonwealth of Learning

The COL is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.


CRELL – The Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning

The CRELL was established in order to gather expertise in the field of indicator-based evaluation and monitoring of education and training systems. CRELL combines fields of economics econometrics education social sciences and statistics in an interdisciplinary approach to research.


The Institute for Performance and Learning

The Institute for Performance and Learning is Canada’s professional association focused on training learning and performance in the workplace.


FLANZ – Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand

FLANZ is a national association committed to fostering growth development research and good practice in distance education open learning and flexible delivery systems for education.


DEAC – Distance Education Accrediting Commission

The DETC Accrediting Commission defines maintains and promotes educational excellence in distance education institutions. The Commission is dedicated to fostering quality assurance protection of the rights of the students and institutional self-improvement through voluntary accreditation via peer evaluation.



DITA XML.org is the official community gathering place and information resource for the DITA OASIS Standard an XML architecture for designing writing managing and publishing information.


EADTU – The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities

The EADTU is the representative organisation of both the European open and distance learning universities and of the national consortia of higher education institutions active in the field of distance education and e-learning.


ECOO – Educational Computing Organization of Ontario

The ECOO exists to share and disseminate information and to advocate and promote the effective use of computers and associated technologies in the education process.


EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network

EDEN is designed for the open distance and e-learning networks of Europe.


EDLA – Ethiopian Distance Learning Association

The Ethiopian Distance Learning Association is committed to the education of the Ethiopian youth in collaboration with grass root organizations including The International Open College of Ethiopia the Virtual School of Ethiopian Studies and the Ethiopian Virtual University.


EDNA – Education Network Australia

EDNA is a network of the education and training community. It includes government and non-government schooling systems early childhood vocational and technical education adult and community education and higher education.



EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.


EJEL – The Electronic Journal of e-Learning

The EJEL provides perspectives on topics relevant to the study implementation and management of e-Learning initiatives. EJEL has published regular issues since 2003 and averages between 3 and 4 issues a year.


E-Learning Council

The Mission of the e-Learning Council is to advance E-learning through a community that provides leadership best practices and resources in a collaborative environment.


eLearning Guild

The eLearning Guild is the oldest and most trusted source of information networking and community for e-Learning Professionals.


ELN – The Elearning Network

The eLearning Network (eLN) is a non-profit Community Interest Company run by the elearning community for the elearning community.


FDLA – Florida Distance Learning Association

FDLA members share knowledge and resources among themselves with the community and with other organizations committed to advancing distance learning teing technologies and practice.


GAZEL – Greater Arizona eLearning Association

GAZeL assists eLearning providers and users in finding Arizona resources services and technologies that enable them to create eLearning initiatives to address the needs of their institution. GAZeL supports Arizona organizations in developing capabilities and local national and international markets which grow both their organization and the Arizona economy.


ICDE – International Council for Open and Distance Education

ICDE is a leading global membership organization for the open and distance education community.


IELA – The International e-Learning Association

The IELA is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of e-learning in the classroom and the workplace. With members hailing from every continent—and from the realms of business industry government and academia—the IELA is a vibrant and diverse community of e-learning professionals researchers and students.


IMS Global Learning Consortium

The mission of the IMS Global Learning Consortium is to advance technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. To ensure that the “Learning Impact” of technology-enabled innovation is achieved around the world IMS’s influential community of educational institutions suppliers and government organizations develops open interoperability standards supports adoption with technical services and encourages adoption through programs that highlight effective practices.


Learning and Performance Institute

a globally active, non-profit membership body for learning professionals and a portal for buyers of quality learning services and suppliers.


ION – Illinois Online Network

ION promotes and builds foundations for developing faculty and supporting online-enhanced education.


ISA – Instructional Systems Association

ISA is the only industry specific association devoted exclusively to the issues and needs of executives in the training industry.


ISPI – International Society for Performance Improvement

ISPI is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace. ISPI represents performance improvement professionals throughout the United States Canada and 40 other countries.


ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education

ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.


ITC – Instructional Technology Council

The ITC provides exceptional leadership and professional development to its network of eLearning experts by advocating collaborating researching and sharing exemplary innovative practices and potential in learning technologies.


ITTE – The Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education

ITTE aims to promote the education and professional development of teachers in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning with ICT in all phases of education.


Learning Light – e-Learning Centre

The e-Learning Centre is a free information resource about e- learning and learning technologies.



LINGOs is a consortium of over 45 international humanitarian relief development conservation and health organizations that share learning resources and experiences. By providing the latest learning technologies and courses from our partners LINGOs helps these non profits to increase the skill levels of their employees and therefore increasing the impact of their programs.


MDLA – Maryland Distance Learning Association

The MDLA is an association of learning professionals who advocate and promote the coordination and use of distance education in Maryland and throughout the region.


MODLA – The Missouri Distance Learning Association

The MODLA is a non-profit association formed to promote the development and application of distance learning to education and training.


NADEOSA – The National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa

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.


NASAGA – North American Simulation and Gaming Association

NASAGA is a network of professionals dedicated to the design implementation and evaluation of games and simulations to improve learning results.


ODLAA – Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia

ODLAA is a professional association for teachers developers researchers consultants and administrators from Australia and overseas involved in open and distance learning.


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Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.


Open Education Europa

The European Commission launched Open Education Europa in September 2013 as part of the Opening up Education initiative to provide a single gateway to European OER. The main goal of the Open Education Europa portal is to offer access to all existing European Open Educational Resources in different languages in order to be able to present them to learners, teachers and researchers.


Saide – South African Institute for Distance Education

SAIDE’s task is to contribute to the development of new models of open and distance education practice that accord with and take forward the values principles and goals of the evolving education systems in the Southern African region.


Texas Digital Learning Association

TxDLA is the leading Texas membership association for digital learning professionals.


The Gartner Group

Gartner Inc. is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.


The Masie Center

The MASIE Center is an international ThinkTank focused on the changing workforce and how they will learn and perform.


USDLA – United States Distance Learning Association

The USDLA was the first nonprofit Distance Learning association in the United States to support Distance Learning research development and praxis across the complete arena of education training and communications.


WAOE – World Association for Online Education

The WAOE is a free membership organization that consists of individual educators concerned with e-learning.


WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies

WCET accelerates the adoption of effective practices and policies advancing excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education.