Since its establishment on 27 February 1997, SEAMOLEC has not only prioritized on the preparation of legal documents as a new SEAMEO center but also on conducting activities corresponding to its objectives and functions.
During the pre-establishment of SEAMOLEC, an Indonesian Task Force (ITF) representing related institutions was formed. The members of the Indonesian Task Force are representatives of the Center for Communication and Information Technology for Education (Pustekkom), the Indonesian Open Learning University (UT), the International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Biro KLN), and the Indonesian Association of Educational Technologists (IPTPI).
Then, the ITF was extended to be a SEAMOLEC Feasibility Study Team consisting of the representatives of SEAMEO Member Countries and SEAMEO Secretariat. This team is to prepare and conduct the feasibility study for the establishment of SEAMOLEC. The team had worked very hard through two SEAMEO workshops (conducted in Jakarta and Yogyakarta) and finally it could successfully accomplish its task by submitting the feasibility study report to SEAMEO High Officials Meeting (HOM) in Bangkok, Thailand and SEAMEO Council Conference in Manila, Philippines.
The rationale for the establishment of SEAMOLEC, among others was the conviction that conventional schools alone will not be able to meet the education for all. Furthermore, several SEAMEO member countries have implemented open and distance learning programs as alternative ways for increasing the opportunities and access for learners to participate in educational/training programs.
There are still some SEAMEO member countries that have not yet implemented any open and distance learning programs even though the need for education and training cannot be provided by existing conventional institutions. In order to promote the implementation of open and distance learning and foster the growth of existing open and distance learning programs to meet the demand of "education for all", the SEAMOLEC project proposal was developed.