DEANZ Award 2016
The 2016 Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Award was made at the organisation’s biennial conference in Hamilton from 17-19 April, 2016.
This year’s winner is Donna Dyet from Te Wānanga O Aotearoa, for her work in developing a mobile app to support learners in the carpentry course that is a part of the Certificate in Applied Technology. The goal of this project was to develop and trial a customised software application designed to promote learner engagement, provide improved access to authentic and relevant content, and increase the likelihood of educational success for students enrolled in vocational programmes. The judges found this project in terms of identifying and addressing a learning need, developing a flexible/distance learning response, and the project implementation itself. They also commended the project for demonstrating good practice in the area of culturally responsive pedagogy.
A merit award was made to Rachel Walley from the Virtual Learning Network (Primary) for her work on the Rural and Remote Schools Project. This project successfully reduces the social isolation of students in rural and remote schools by creating online learning opportunities with similar students across schools. In making this award, the judges recognized the importance of this work within the NZ Educational landscape, and the manner in which it builds on and potentially extends the long-term developments that underpin it. The project demonstrates a strong focus on learning and teaching with a number of technologies to enable a full range of learning possibilities
The DEANZ Award is designed to promote and reward excellence in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning. Awards are made biennially for projects that advance understanding of best practice in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning in New Zealand; are original or innovative in concept or application; and are relevant to and whose outcomes are useful to the e-learning, distance, open and flexible-learning community.