Programme finalised for 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)
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

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.


Australasian Online and Distance Learning Week: 2-9 November 2020

Two webinars mark the launch of the Australasian Online and Distance Learning Week: Unboxing micro-credentials (03 Nov) and Is the future of education going to be digital first? (06 Nov). The Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) and the Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) are delighted to jointly launch the Australasian Online and Distance Learning Week: 2-9 November 2020. This exciting new initiative in partnership with the European Distance & E-Learning Network (EDEN) coincides with European Online and Distance Learning Week and straddles National Distance Learning Week in the United States, which is hosted by the US Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The webinars offered present a unique opportunity to reflect on this year’s Covid-19 experience and celebrate the potential of new digital models of education.

Webinar Schedule

03 November – Unboxing Micro-credentials: Certifying Your Future

Time: 8:00pm (NZ) | 6:00pm (AET) This webinar will be using Zoom. Register here. This ODLAA webinar explores of the growth of the micro-credentialing movement in the context of new digital models of higher education and flexible approaches to continuing professional development.

06 November – Is the Future of Education Inevitably Going to be Digital First?

Time: 10:30am (NZ) | 8:30am (AET) The webinar will be using Zoom. Register using this link. This FLANZ webinar brings together a panel of educators to debate the question of whether or not the future of education is inevitably going to be digital first? Set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic the panel will reflect on the potential and pitfalls of new digital models of learning and teaching and consider some of the lessons for the future. Participants will be encouraged to join the conversation.


Is it wise to assume that technology should be the basis for future educational growth and development? How is it possible for us to envisage a future for education that is based on the inequitable distribution of social capital that is reflected in the uneven access to technology? How is it possible to foresee the impact of future social upheavals resulting from pandemics, climate change or cataclysms? We may be able to provide alternative channels of content delivery, but can we use technology to substitute a learning experience? The full provocation discussion can be found here:  

Professional Practice opportunity, University of Otago Wellington.



About the Department

We are the Education Unit at the University of Otago Wellington. We oversee and assist staff in the design, development, maintenance, and evaluation of the Otago Medical School MBChB curriculum on the Wellington campus.

The Role

We are looking for a Professional Practice Fellow to provide Moodle technical support to students and staff, and to develop effective, quality eLearning tools and systems that will contribute to the teaching, student learning and assessment at the University. This role works collaboratively with the rest of the Education Unit team to provide education professional development support to staff.

This position provides the opportunity to work within a strong and forward-looking department dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. The appointee will provide Learning Management System support to staff and students, will take responsibility for coaching staff and enhancing teaching modules/courses through the development of eLearning material for medical and health professional education.

Key tasks include:

  • Provide support, and solutions, to students and staff to enable efficient use of eLearning materials for teaching modules/courses.
  • Contribute to the development and research of new uses of eLearning tools and act as a resource on eLearning for medical and health professionals at the University.
  • Assist in piloting use of new eLearning tools and systems.
  • Contribute to the Unit’s academic goals by applying and sharing expert knowledge in your professional discipline relating to eLearning developments.

Skills and Experience

The successful applicant will have an understanding of adult education principles and practices, practical experience in the use of eLearning material and resources and an ability to apply professional knowledge of the recent trends in the eLearning field.

  • Proven ability in developing and adapting eLearning resources. Experience in use (and preferably support) of Moodle learning management system.
  • An interest in current developments in health professional education and eLearning.


Applications quoting reference number 1900503 will close on Friday, 15 March 2019.


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go to:

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

DEANZ 2016 Conference Wrap-up

Education and tourism come together when educators and trainers from the early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, on Hamilton for the national DEANZ2016 Conference in April.

FLANZ (formally know as DEANZ) is a national association that is committed to fostering growth, development, research and good practice in distance education, open learning and flexible delivery systems for education. This is the first time Hamilton will host the biennial event.

The conference theme was “There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education” and is inspired by Hamilton’s close proximity to the Hobbiton movie set in the Waikato.


  Conference Proceedings (PDF)

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Professor Curt Bonk (Keynote) – Video Recording and Workshop and powerpoint recording

Dr Dianne Forbes (Keynote) – Video Recording

Carolyn Alexander-Bennett (Keynote) – Video Recording

Phil Garing (Invited Speaker) – Video Recording

Joyce Seitzinger (Invited Speaker) – Video Recording

Other Videos

1) DEANZ2016 -The Great Debate –  Video Recording

2) DEANZ2016 – Final Plenaries’ (prize giving ceremony, Prof Curt Bonk as conference rapporteur & Dr Peter Coolbear presenting on NZ’s future digital learning planning) –  Video Recording




2016 Scenario Guide

The 2016 scenario guide to effective tertiary education in New Zealand project provides a system-wide view of what tertiary education might look like in New Zealand in 2016. Funded by Ako Aotearoa and led by DEANZ. From this project, a web-resource has been developed that describes a series of four possible scenarios for the tertiary education sector in the future.

Click on the image to learn more


Project Summary

Led by the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ), this Collaborative Project has created the first future-focussed sector-wide set of scenarios about what effective tertiary education might look like in Aotearoa-New Zealand in 2016.

To develop these scenarios the project team interviewed 16 leaders in tertiary education using the JISC scenario building strategies, and gathered input from the broader tertiary education sector.

This work was presented at the New Zealand Tertiary Education Summits in November 2011 and April 2012 and also reviewed by the Tertiary eLearning Reference Group. The prototype web-resource was released at the DEANZ 2012 conference.

This web-resource has been designed to assist tertiary education managers and leaders to plan future organisational and programme development.

The web-resource aims to facilitate ongoing conversations about the scenarios and emerging practice.