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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.