Conference, awards, new President: FLANZ is stepping up

FLANZ, the cornerstone organisation of New Zealand’s flexible learning community, is looking to breath new life into technology enabled learning innovation in New Zealand.

FLANZ is in a great position to leverage its role as an advocate with a recent name change, the opening of the FLANZ awards for original or innovative projects, and preparation for the 2018 National Conference: From Inception to Infinity.

“The 2018 conference will tackle issues confronting every school and tertiary institution in New Zealand,” says Ralph Springett, FLANZ 2018 President. “It includes topics like design and innovation, equity and flexibility, and new tools for learning.”

Each FLANZ conference (held every two years) includes the presentation of the FLANZ Award recognising an individual or organisation for advancing understanding of best practice in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning in New Zealand, together with awards given for best journal paper, refereed paper, postgraduate paper and conference poster.

FLANZ conferences are a great place to start and continue professional relationships. Members of FLANZ will soon have more opportunities to connect and collaborate with each other through the FLANZ professional community and Journal of Flexible and Distance Learning. Go to  to become a member ($60 per year) and get a conference discount.

Applications are now open for the 2018 FLANZ awards, which include postgraduate student scholarships. FLANZ awards applications can be made through the 2018 FLANZ conference website:

The 2018 FLANZ conference will be held in Palmerston North 09 April to 11 April 2018. 

By Ralph Springett