Who We Are
Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ), formally known as DEANZ, is a national association committed to fostering growth, development, research and good practice in distance education, open learning and flexible delivery systems for education.
FLANZ members are committed to making ako accessible for all. What makes us unique is our focus on understanding and improving the ways technologies are used to provide effective education when teachers and learners are separated by space or time. These separations are characteristic of distance, online and blended learning, and in open and flexible education settings. We have expertise across the spectrum of educational activities, and we apply this expertise to advocate for the field, support members, and provide advice when requested.
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Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand
Access to a knowledge base
FLANZ members have access to a broad range of curated resources, articles and research pertaining to open, flexible and distance education. This includes the regular FLANZ newsletter to members, postings on the FLANZ blog, and the FLANZ journal. In addition, FLANZ has a number of affiliations with professional organisations in other countries, adding to the breadth of the knowledge base available to FLANZ members.
Access to expertise
Members of FLANZ represent many of New Zealand’s nationally and internationally recognised leaders in open, flexible and distance education. As a FLANZ member you will become a part of the FLANZ community of practice, and be able to benefit from the experience and expertise of these members.
Through the work of its members and executive, FLANZ is recognised nationally for its work in open, flexible and distance learning. Membership of FLANZ creates opportunities to become active in these areas, and benefit from the profile gained.
FLANZ is represented through its members on a number of working groups and is often invited to advise on government policy and other initiatives. As a professional organisation, FLANZ is able to represent a wide variety of those working in the sector, and be active in promoting effective practice in open, flexible and distance learning.
FLANZ provides an ideal context for building collaboration among a diverse group of people working in the open, flexible and distance learning area. As a strong promoter of networked education and the networked learner, FLANZ models collaborative approaches in all of its activity, including opportunities for collaborative projects between and among members.