DEANZ Award 2012
Distance educators were recognised for their contribution to the field of open, flexible and distance education at the biennial conference of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) held at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand, from 11-13 April, 2012.
The major prize was shared by Sandra Richardson, Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago, Christchurch and Dr Julie Mackey on behalf of the Academic Staff teaching in the University of Canterbury Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) in 2011.
Sandra’s project demonstrated how nurse education from the Otago Medical School in Christchurch continued through the earthquake issues. The judges commended the project as being relevant to the wider NZ context, showing how education continued (and can continue) in time of crisis, specifically, showing how open and distance learning approaches can be used to sustain education.
Dr Julie Mackey accepted her award on behalf of the Academic Staff teaching in the University of Canterbury Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) who demonstrated how a programme-wide blended learning approach proved to be a resilient strategy in the face of natural disaster.
Merit awards were also given to Jan Bolton from Te Kura (The Correspondence School) for her innovative use of technology to provide relevant arts education through technology; Tim Cooper, Otago University, for his development of a new model for the delivery of distance theology education; Dr. Sandi Shillington, Massey University, for her team’s work in the development of a student success framework, and Hazel Owen, Ethos Consultancy, for her work on the The Virtual Learning Professional Development Programme.
The judging panel were particularly pleased with the quality of applications for this year’s award, commenting on how the range of projects submitted illustrated how open and distance approaches to teaching and learning are now becoming embedded across all areas of the education system in New Zealand.