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.

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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.