Webinar: Equity and Inclusion in Flexible Learning (Part 2)

FLANZ will hold part two of the panel conversation ‘Equity and inclusion in flexible learning: Challenges across the sector’ and you are invited to this free webinar. Register for this free webinar on 5 April 2022, 2 – 3pm NZST. We are delighted to be talking again with Claire Amos (Albany Senior High School), Steve Leichtweis (University of Auckland), and Stephen Marshall (Victoria University of Wellington). The moderator will be Kwong Nui Sim (AUT).

Bringing different perspectives to the conversation, our panelists will critically discuss our current situation in education and look into the future. Where do they think we are going in Aotearoa New Zealand? What does the education sector need?

You can watch part one of this engaging conversation.

Newsletter Addendum

We have received a few notices since we emailed the August/September 2021 newsletter out to all members on the 31st August.
Here are some recently submitted updates.

Open Access Journals

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) – Issue Vol 22 No3 (2021)


 Transforming Assessment. Next session: 6 Oct 2021: Using video in assessment and feedback.
Two presentations:
  • “The impact and possibilities of video feedback in higher education – towards a model of care, trust, and social presence.”
  • “Video-enhanced dialogic assessment of teaching practice portfolios.”
    Further information and registration for this webinar: http://taw.fi/6oct2021

Ako Aotearoa . Professional Development September/October Series
Essentials | The what, how and why of teaching reading comprehension  9 Sept
Transform your learners from passive to active readers

Enhancing Pacific Cultural Capability  10 Sept
Engage with Pacific Island learners in a way that makes them the centre of learning

Keep learners engaged: plan great lessons online and offline  13 Sept
Plan an engaging, learner-centred teaching and learning  session that helps learners meet a set of SMART learning outcomes

Reading Toolbox | Teaching learners with dyslexia  1 Oct
Learn how you can support learners and guide them on the road to reading excellence

Bullyproofing the learner experience: A Toolkit for Educators  5 Oct
Apply two multi-use skills for effective de-escalation of bullying aimed at learners and/or tutors

Workplace Language, Literacy and Numeracy | Extending professional practice  8 Oct
Develop assessment and planning processes, and a range of instructional approaches, activities and resources

Co-operative learning | A teacher’s guide to working with groups  27 Oct
Introduces educators to the concepts and techniques of co-operative learning and addresses the practical problems that often occur

Call for Chapters

The Higher Education Teaching and Learning group is inviting chapter proposals on the topic, Worldviews and Values in Higher Education, for a forthcoming edited book by Emerald Group Publishing. Details regarding the book are available on the submission form at https://www.hetl.org/emerald-values-higher-education-submission-form/.

If you have notices that you would like included in the bi-monthly Newsletter please email them to admin@flanz.org.nz

2021 FLANZ Conference Presentations now available for Members

Screenshot of flanz2021 conference video page

Video recordings of many of the presentations and workshops delivered the 2021 FLANZ conference held at Victoria University of Wellington on the 14/15 April are now accessible for members. The video are hosted by ETV and have been linked to (and embedded) on a Members-Only page at: https://flanz.org.nz/membership/members-area/presentations-2021/ . This page is accessible from the public Proceedings Page and the Members Area.

2021 Conference Proceedings now available

Cover of 2021 Proceedings

The proceedings for the 2021 FLANZ conference held at Victoria University of Wellington on the 14/15 April have now been edited and are now available publicly. Accessible here – https://flanz.org.nz/professional-pathways/2021-conference-proceedings/– or by visiting the FLANZ exploring the options under the main menu item entitled ‘Conference’.

Congratulations 2021 FLANZ Award winners

The FLANZ Award

The FLANZ Award was shared between two equally deserving projects in 2021. As part of the Award recipients are asked to let FLANZ members know how the prize contributed to their research or professional development. We look forward to sharing that with you in the near future. Thank you to everyone who submitted.

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Reflecting on a new mode of FLANZ conference

Feedback from the FLANZ 2021Conference has been overwhelmingly positive, thank you. That said, there is still a lot we can do to improve.

Delegates have endorsed the blended approach to conferencing trialled at the FLANZ 2021 Conference.

Feedback from the conference survey has, overall, been very positive. That is not to say we got it right first time. There is much we can do to improve our communications and enhance the scope of the presentations.The most encouraging feedback has been the overwhelming endorsement of the blended conference mode. The approach, which brought together five venues across three online meeting spaces, was a hit with delegates. Feedback also indicates the MC, Greg Ward, was the special factor that brought the concept home. A key learning from this experience has been the importance of dedicated coordination and facilitation for each blended space.

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FLANZ Annual General Meeting agenda and documents

The 2021 FLANZ AGM will be held on 15 April 2021 at 11:45. Location: Victoria University of Wellington, Kilburn campus. Room AMLT105. The meeting will also be accessible by by video conference.

The FLANZ Executive committee extends a warm welcome to FLANZ members to attend the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

Join us on 15 April, 2021 at 11:45am NZT

The meeting will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, Kilburn campus. Room AMLT105 and will be available for members to join through the Zoom room https://vuw.zoom.us/my/flanzstream1

Note that this Zoom room is integrated with the FLANZ Conference. When you join us don’t be alarmed if you find yourself enjoying the presentation that precedes the FLANZ AGM.

Meeting documents can be accessed here

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ralph Springett

President, FLANZ.

Asha Kanwar, keynote speaker, registration for satellite venues, final days of early bird pricing, notice of AGM.

The FLANZ 2021 Conference, in association with Massey University, is proud to introduce keynote speaker Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning.

Asha Kanwar: Flexible futures for education in a post-covid world 

Distance and online learning became the only means for many educational institutions to keep the doors of learning open during covid 19. For some, this was an entirely new experience and uncharted territory. In light of these experiences, what kind of flexible futures do we need so that no one is left behind?

Education must address the needs of society as a whole, with tangible positive impacts on the world. What can we do differently? A successful outcome of education today is the acquisition of skills and competencies. A flexible future would go beyond that to empowering individuals not just to be prepared for change but to also shape the course of that change. Nothing short of a radical change in mindset would lead to flexible futures. 

Registration for satellite venues now open.

Delegates are invited to register for attendance at satellite venues: Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

Once registered, delegates will receive confirmation and, closer to the event, we will be in touch to ensure you have the information you need. 

Final days of early bird pricing for FLANZ 2021 Conference 

Registration costs will go from $120 (2 days, online attendance) to $140 on 18 March 2021. Please let your network know. It’s just a month to the conference!

Notice of AGM and call for nominations 

FLANZ is calling for nominations for the following roles.

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Committee members (multiple)

Download the nomination form here.

Please forward your completed nomination form to FLANZ Secretary, Simon Atkinson simon.atkinson@openpolytechnic.ac.nz.

Please note:

  • If you have an interest we can help with a nominator and a seconder. All you need to do is put your name and contact details on the form, send it to us and we will get back to you.
  • Nominations must be with the Administrator by 01 April 2021.
  • To be elected to an executive position you must be at the AGM meeting (online or in person).

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Notice of 2021 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of FLANZ

The AGM will be held online via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7891457533 on Thursday 12 April at 12:00 noon.

  1. Adoption of the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting of FLANZ.
  2. Adoption of the President’s Annual Report.
  3. Adoption of the Financial Report for the year ended 31 March 2021.
  4. Election of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary, and other elected members of the FLANZ executive.
  5. Appointment of the Auditor.
  6. Any other business.

Supporting documents will be circulated prior to, and available at, the meeting.

FLANZ webinar conversation: Open educational resources (OER)

Join Wayne Mackintosh, the founding director of the OER Foundation, Otago Polytechnic, for a rich discussion about how OERs could widen access to more affordable education.

Open Education Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are widely defined as freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that can be used for teaching, learning, assessing and research purposes. OER are publicly accessible resources that anyone can use, re-mix, improve and redistribute under a range of licences. The OER movement has been historically motivated by supporting alternate approaches to extending access to education.

Introducing Wayne Mackintosh: Director, OER Foundation

This FLANZ webinar conversation will be with Wayne Mackintosh, the founding director of the OER Foundation headquartered at Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand. He is coordinating the establishment of the OERu, an international innovation partnership which aims to widen access to more affordable education for all. Wayne holds the UNESCO / ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation. He is a strategy innovator with a passion for open sourcing education.

Join us for a conversation with Wayne on Friday 26 March from 10:30-11:15 on ZOOM 

Wayne will be supported in this conversation by Dr Simon Paul Atkinson (Open Polytechnic). Please email any specific questions you would like Simon to ask Wayne  Simon.Atkinson@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

ZOOM link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85676533585

No registration is required.

FLANZ 2021 Conference keynote presentations: Flexible Futures

Introducing two of our three world-leading speakers, with woven themes examining critical issues for education in the near future. Plus, FLANZ Awards deadline extended to 08 March.

The FLANZ 2021 Conference, in association with Massey University, offers keynote addresses with local and international, as well as school and higher/further education perspectives. 

Future Focused Flexible Learning, Derek Wenmoth

Since the emergence of the World Wide Web the boundary between distance education and in-person education has become blurred, resulting in a wide range of approaches emerging that form the basis of what we now regard as flexible learning. But what are the real drivers of disruption in our education system, and where might this take us into the future? In this keynote, Derek, with his extensive experience working in the compulsory schooling sector, will discuss three drivers of disruption that are establishing the conditions for change in how we think about and design learning for the 21st century. He’ll use a range of examples from NZ and internationally to illustrate the ways these changes are manifesting, and highlight where the challenges are for traditional institutions as we move forward. 

Four innovative pathways to futures for learning, Gilly Salmon

Learning, with and through technological enhancements, now operates in a landscape unrecognisable only months ago. Gilly Salmon sets off on journeys to the near and further futures…and what they have to offer us for online education. Leveraging her extensive international scholarship in post-secondary education, Gilly offers suggestions for enhanced and direct pathways, and for those less travelled. Choose your own routes: steppingstones or huge jumps for you?

The FLANZ Award deadline extended to 08 March.

Applications are now invited for the 2021 FLANZ Award, which will be presented at the FLANZ 2021 conference and includes a prize of up to $2,000. 
The FLANZ Award is open to individuals or groups in New Zealand, or New Zealand citizens living overseas, who have completed a project that meets the criteria of the Award.
Awards are given for original projects that advance understanding of best practice in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning in New Zealand.
FLANZ Award entries should be linked to the conference theme: ‘Vision for Flexible Learning’ and its sub-themes.
For further details download and use the FLANZ Award application template on the FLANZ 2021 Conference Awards page to apply.
Applications close 08 March 2021.

Postgraduate Awards (2)

Each scholarship covers:

  • Conference registration.
  • Up to a maximum of $500 to contribute towards the cost of travel and accommodation.

The Postgraduate Awards are open to postgraduate students enrolled in any New Zealand based tertiary institution. Applications are only accepted from applicants who are first authors and presenting their postgraduate research work as either a refereed paper or postgraduate peer reviewed paper at the conference.
For further details download the FLANZ Postgraduate Award expectations document on the FLANZ 2021 Conference Awards page and use the FLANZ Postgraduate Award application template to apply.
Applications close 08 March 2021.