July 2015 Newsletter

From the President
Mr Brian O’Neill

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter for the 2015/16 financial year. A great deal has been happening with SPERA and I am happy to highlight these activities in this edition.

This year has heralded the introduction of our online journal – that is right, the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education (AIJRE) has gone online and our first edition was released on Wednesday 20 May. We are fortunate in having an effective and efficient editorial team. Tania Broadley, Aaron Drummond, Paula Jervis-Tracey, Jodie Kline, Sue Ledger, Elaine Sharplin and Di Gardiner have all worked hard to transition the journal from a hard copy to an electronic one and I thank them for their diligence. It is no easy feat. If you have not yet received your AIJRE access details – that is, your unique logon and password information – please contact me so that I can ensure you receive it.

The second activity in which your Executive has been engaged is the development of a new SPERA website. You won’t see it as yet but trust me that it is under way and will be worth waiting for. After a tender process we have engaged the services of WA-based design company, Lodestone. The new website will be mobile-responsive, search engine optimised and social media integrated, providing an improved user experience. We look forward to launching the new site later this year.

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