Registration is open for APODE Week 2023

The Asia-Pacific Online Distance Education (APODE) week will be held from 7 to 9 November 2023 and has the theme ‘Evolving Practice in Flexible Learning’. FLANZ and the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) partner to provide a series of webinars. Globally, we partner with EDEN Digital Learning Europe who will be holding the European Open and Digital Learning Week (EODLW) together with the Coimbra Group Education Innovation and Doctoral Studies Working Groups and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), who will be holding its National Distance Learning Week (NDLW).

We offer three free events. Check out their details on the APODE Week 2023 page.

  • ‘Digital assessments: A form of flexible learning’ with Kwong Nui Sim on 7 November 2023
  • ‘Getting started with UDL for open, flexible, and distance learning’ with Annette van Lamoen and Michael Grawe on 8 November 2023
  • ‘Lifelong joy: Promoting the joy of online learning across context, audience, and time’ with panellists Anitra Nottingham, Chinh Nguyen, Lina Du-Lazzara, Sarah Prestige, Toni Jones, and moderator Dawn Gilmore on 9 November 2023

APODE Webinar: Equity and Inclusion in Flexible Learning: Challenges across the sectors


FLANZ’s second webinar to mark APODE week, held on 4 November 2021, was a panel featuring Claire Amos (Albany Senior High School), Steve Leichtweis (University of Auckland), and Stephen Marshall (Victoria University of Wellington). Chaired by Kwong Nui Sim (AUT), the panel discussion was as profound and insightful as it was for reaching.

A full transcript is available here.

Lessons from Learners: Students’ Insights on Effective Learning Online

Lessons from Learners: Students’ Insights on Effective Learning Online‘, this APODE Week webinar featured three leading scholars working in online distance education with a strong learner focus to their work. The panel discussed lessons that we have learnt from learners and other valuable insights into the online learning experience from a student perspective. Recording will be available via the  ODLAA site shortly.

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.

Webinar was hosted by Professor Mark Brown on behalf of ODLAA as part of Asia-Pacific Online and Distance (APODE) Week.

APODE Webinar: Global Monitoring of the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Trish Chaplin-Cheyne (Otago Polytechnic) delivered the first webinar of APODE 2021. Trish outlined the role of ICDE OER Ambassadors in advancing the cause of widespread OER adoption across the world.

Full transcript is available here

This webinar is the first of two hosted by Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) for APODE Week 2021. APODE is the Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education network (

Welcome to APODE Week

Welcome to the inaugural Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week. A collaboration between ODLAA (Open and Distance Learning Association Australia), timed to coincide with global events in November held by the European Distance Education Network (EDEN) and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

Webinar Announcement: Equity and inclusion in flexible learning: Challenges across the sectors

This webinar is the fourth in a week of webinars held jointly with ODLAA to mark Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week (APODE). Events in conjunction with (EDEN) European Distance Education Week and (USDLA) United States Distance Learning Association Education Week.

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.

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

The final composition of the panel will be confirmed shortly.

In the meantime, register today

Announcing Webinar: Equity and Inclusion using Open Educational Resources

This webinar is the first in a week of webinars held jointly with ODLAA to mark Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week (APODE). Events in conjunction with (EDEN) European Distance Education Week and (USDLA) United States Distance Learning Association Education Week.

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

Trish Chaplin-CheyneOpen 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