Norwegian Association for Distance Education
Norwegian Association for Distance Education (NADE) is a national membership organisation for institutions involved in flexible and distance education. The organisation was established in 1968, and has since then played an active role in the development of distance education in Norway. The members of the organisation are independent distance education institutions, public universities and colleges, private institutions and training centres for business and industry. NADE is a consultative and co-operating body for the Ministry of Education and Research in matters concerning distance education.
What is distance education?
It is first and foremost the flexibility that distinguishes distance education from traditional classroom-based teaching. Characteristic for distance education is the fact that there is a two-way communication between the teacher and the student, even though they are separated physically and/or in time. Course media used in distance education are written materials, Internet, mobile apps, video and audio conferences and television. Distance education provided by professionals is today a recognised tool for acquisition of knowledge in most fields and at most levels – both for flexible continuing vocational education in the workplace and for open courses and programmes within the educational system.
As a participant in a distance teaching programme, you can basically decide for yourself at what time you want to study, wherever and at what pace you want to learn. You may also follow distance education courses combined with regional tutorial sessions or tutorial sessions even in the workplace.
Aims and objectives
NADE's objectives are to spread knowledge about distance education, to heighten its professional and pedagogical standards and to strengthen the position of distance education within the Norwegian educational system.
The organisation aims to develop distance teaching methods and to support research and development of methods and techniques in the field of distance education.
NADE supports a continuous development of a high professional and ethical standard in the field of distance education. The organisation functions as its members' common body toward the authorities and works for the interest and the conditions of its members and their students.
NADEs Standing Committees
Through its Standing Quality Committee NADE plays a leading role in the work for the development of quality criteria and –standards for distance education. The Standing Committee has developed and published Quality Standards for Distance Education. The Standing Committee functions as an expert body in quality matters both for NADE's members and for the Ministry.
The Advisory Committee of Governmental Grants is an expert body in matters concerning the public grants. The Committee works with questions concerning categorisation of study programmes and standards of working load for the different study programmes. They also work with documentation and statistics.
NADE is member of several international organisations: Eropean Association for Distance Learning (EADL) and European Distance Education Network (EDEN).
Projects and networks
NADE is active in several National-, EU- and Nordic education projects and networks.
Projects where NADE is partner:
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NADE aims to promote co-operation among its members in matters and initiatives of common interest. Ordinary or consultative membership is being offered, depending on the art of the institution.
Further information can be obtained from NADE's Secretariat
Lilleakerveien 23, 0283 Oslo
Phone + 47-22510480
Fax + 47-22510481