1. Preamble

This document provides a guide to good distance education practice and collaboration. It is a framework of service, research and innovation aimed at promoting a positive culture in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the region and beyond. DEASA members pledge to:

1.1 abide by this code of practice in their dealings with learners, members of the public, competitors, and other institutions.
1.2 contribute towards raising professionalism and the advancement of distance education.
1.3 act in a manner that will not, in anyway, tarnish the image of DEASA or compromise the position of another member.
1.4 give practical expression to the SADC Protocol on Education and Training.

2. AREAS OF CO-OPERATION

In particular, where directly or indirectly applicable, each member undertakess to work towards the attainment of DEASA goals as spelt out in the constitution and to:

2.1 share capacity building initiatives in SADC member states
2.2 share information and exchange ideas on the delivery of distance and open learning programmes
2.3 share learning materials in identified areas of need
2.4 collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organisations to promote quality distance education and open learning in the region

3. POLICY FORMULATION

In the main, policy provides guidance for good distance education practice and members undertake to:

3.1 promote the formulation of policies that encourage collaboration and quality distance education
3.2 actively participate in national and regional policy formulation to achieve improved delivery of distance education programmes.

4. SERVICE

The key function of any distance education provider is to deliver effective services to the leaners. Members are committed to:

4.1 provide accurate and reliable information to learners and other clients
4.2 spell out clearly the learner support mechanisms and cost implications for the learners before enrolment
4.3 remove unnecessary barriers to ensure broad access to distance education programmes
4.4 offer the kind of support to learners that will increase their likelihood of success

5. COURSEWARE

Course materials are the main learning and teaching resources in courses and programmes that use distance education methods.
Members are guided by international standards of course designs and development

6. COPYRIGHT

DEASA members pledge to cultivate and uphold a culture of respect for intellectual property rights and copyright in the creation of study and support materials.

6.1 members who infringe copyrights will be liable to disciplinary action bt DEASA and possible prosecution by the agrieved party.

7. DECLARATION OF INTENT TO ABIDE BY THE CODE OF PRACTICE

Name of member ________________________________

Signed __________________________________________

Designation _____________________________________

Date ____________________________________________

 

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