Introduction

The AAOU Annual Conference has established itself as one of the leading educational events worldwide which is much awaited by world class educational experts in the field of open and distance learning (ODL), especially those from the Asia region. For several decades, ODL has been proven as an effective means in human capacity building across nations. A wide country with its great diversity in culture and accessibility to education such as Indonesia has benefited by the use of the ODL system.

The Conference will hopefully provide the catalyst for knowledge sharing among participants, particularly in areas pertaining to the sub-themes. With 62 institutional members from 23 countries, the AAOU is certainly a force to be reckoned with. The recommendations and outcomes of this conference can have far-reaching benefits to the ODL community.

The 31st Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) Conference will be held from 27 – 29 September 2017 at the Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is hosted by Universitas Terbuka (Indonesia Open University).