2021 APODE Week

2021 APODE Week

Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week

Monday 1 November


Equity and Inclusion using Open Educational Resources

Monday 1st November 2021: 1130-1230 NZT (Wellington, NZ) – REGISTER

Trish Chaplin-Cheyne

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials aimed at enabling educators to retain, remix, revise, reuse, and redistribute them for free and in perpetuity. With the recent demands made on educators to satisfy the needs of remote learners, there is a growing interest in the OER movement.

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) established its OER Advocacy Committee in 2017 to increase global recognition of OER and provide policy support for the uptake, use, and reuse of OER. Working alongside the UNESCO OER Recommendations, ICDE has nominated Ambassadors with regional responsibilities. Trish Chaplin-Cheyne is the ICDE Ambassador for Oceania.

In this webinar, Trish will outline the UNESCO OER Recommendations and the way ICDE Ambassadors are working with them. She will also highlight those recommendations that spotlight equity and inclusion factors, across all educational sectors. The webinar will share successes and challenges faced by practitioners.

Presented by Trish Chaplin-Cheyne, SFHEA
Director Learning and Teaching Development, Otago Polytechnic

Tuesday 2 November

Lessons from Learners: Students’ Insights on Effective Learning Online

Date / Time: Tuesday 2nd November, 9:00AM AEDT; 11:00AM NZDT; 3:00PM Vancouver; 10:00PM GMT.

Panel: Professor George Veletsianos, Dr Elaine Beirne and Dr Melissa Bond

Description: This webinar features a lively panel discussion with three leading scholars working in online distance education with a strong learner focus to their work. Professor George Veletsianos holds the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Flexible Learning. He is well-known internationally for his research in online distance education and is author of the book Learning Online: The Student Experience (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). Dr Elaine Beirne works in the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University, Ireland and has a strong interest in the role of emotions in online learning. She played a key role in the development of A Digital Edge: Essentials for the Online Learner, a free course that has attracted over 10,000 people worldwide. Dr Melissa Bond, previously a Researcher Officer at University College London (UCL) and who has recently returned to Australia, is known for her meta-analysis research on student engagement in educational technology contexts. Melissa is co-author of several seminal major systematic literatures reviews in this area. The panel will discuss lessons that we have learnt from learners and other valuable insights into the online learning experience from a student perspective.

Register: here.

Wednesday 3 November


Distance Education in the New Normal: Implications for a Post COVID World

Date / Time: Wednesday 3rd November, 5:00PM AEDT; 7:00PM NZDT; 11:30AM Delhi; 9:00AM Istanbul.

Panel:  Dr. Aras Bozkurt and Dr. Ramesh Sharma

Description:  The many known and unknown consequences of the pandemic have generated not only a biological crisis but a social and psychological crisis as well. As one of the greatest global crises in recent human history, the pandemic has changed the way we perceive and interpret the world as we know it. Normal, by its nature, is a relative term and, presently, we have different derivations of it: Normal, new normal, and next normal. This webinar, in this regard, focuses on distance education in the new normal and intends to present some implications that should be taken into consideration.

Register: here.

Thursday 4 November


Equity and inclusion in flexible learning: Challenges across the sectors

Thursday 4th November – 1130-1230 NZT (Wellington, NZ) – REGISTER

This webinar invites four expert perspectives on the question of how the challenges and opportunities of equity and inclusion in online and distance education are being responded to by different educational sectors. The panel includes representatives from the school sector, tertiary and corporate worlds.

Our panelists are:

Alison Cairns – Partner at Ernst & Young
Claire Amos – Principal at Albany Senior High School in Auckland
Professor Stephen Marshall – Director, Centre for Academic Development at Victoria University of Wellington
Steve Leichtweis – Head of eLearning Group, Ranga Auaha Ako | Learning & Teaching Design Team at University of Auckland

Full biographies are viewable here

Friday 5 November


Reimagining Flexible Learning to Build Resilience in Education Systems Post COVID-19

Presenter: Som Naidu, PhD, PFHEA

Date / Time: Friday 5th November, 9:00AM AEDT; 11:00AM NZDT; 15:00PM Vancouver; 10:00PM GMT.

Description: As higher education institutions begin to assess the damage and disruption caused by the pandemic to their learning and teaching operations and funding models, hard questions need to be asked about why so many educational institutions universally have had to shut down most of their learning and teaching activities, or resort to a minimalist form of operation. How has it been possible for our learning and teaching operations to be compromised so completely, and why are learners and teachers so overwhelmed with moving their activities online? What does this say about how we have been preparing our learners and teachers for a future-focused economy? These and many more such questions need answers—not to assign anyone any blame­—but to rethink and reengineer our activities and education models to be better prepared and more resilient for the future. If we were able to design educational institutions for such resilience from scratch, or reengineer existing ones—what would they look like? What would be different about them? For instance, how would key educational functions, including their services, be organized and managed? In this session we will explore the potentials of flexible learning for building resilience in education systems post COVID-19.

Register: here.




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