21st Century Learning: Themes of Submissions to the Productivity Commission

The New Zealand Productivity Commission inquiry into 21st century learning futures has provided some interesting insights into provider’s positions on digital learning technologies. This article is cross-posted from ReGear Learning. Two key themes are repeated in

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The New Zealand Productivity Commission inquiry into 21st century learning futures has provided some interesting insights into provider’s positions on digital learning technologies.

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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




Otago Distance Learning Symposiums – Our World in Your Place

otago_distanceCelebrating 30 years of distance teaching at the University of Otago

About the symposiums

2016 is the University of Otago’s 30th anniversary of distance teaching. To celebrate this special occasion, the University is hosting four symposiums for its staff, students, and the public. In these symposiums, there will be a keynote address, paper presentations, workshops, posters, and panel discussions, focusing on distance pedagogies, technologies, and learner support.  Speakers and presenters are New Zealand and overseas researchers, practitioners, and administrators. An exhibition of Otago’s distance teaching and learning will be held concurrently in the same venues.


Dunedin campus – November 3-4, 2016

Christchurch campus – November 7, 2016

Wellington campus- November 9, 2016

Auckland Student Centre – November 11, 2016

Call for abstracts

If you are interested in presenting at one or more of these symposiums, an abstract of your presentation of up to 500 words should be emailed to Fiona Stuart (fiona.stuart@otago.ac.nz) by May 16. In your submission please indicate the type of submission (paper or poster), whether it is a full paper (up to 5,000 words, due August 15, 2016) or a verbal presentation, and whether you would like your paper peer-reviewed. All full papers will be published in a quality assured eBook and a print-based book.

Workshops will provide professional development opportunities for people involved in distance learning. If you would like to convene a workshop on one of our key themes; distance pedagogy, technologies, learning support, please contact the programme and organising chair, Professor Kwok-Wing Lai (wiing.lai@otago.ac.nz) or Dr Sarah Stein (sarah.stein@otago.ac.nz), Director, Distance Learning. 


Registration is free. Participants from the University of Otago, as well as from other New Zealand and overseas tertiary institutes are warmly welcome. For registration information, visit www.otago.ac.nz/courses/distance_study/otago599623.html

Optional Dunedin Symposium Dinner: $60. This will be a time for sharing stories, renewing old acquaintances, and meeting distance learning colleagues.


Otago’s Continuing Education, Distance Learning Office, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.

FLANZ Conversation – Let’s talk blended learning

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FLANZ Conversation – Let’s talk blended learning

Our next FLANZ Conversation is scheduled for Wednesday 15 June at 12.30 pm (NZST) with Dianne Forbes from the University of Waikato. Dianne was a keynote speaker at our recent DEANZ16 conference.

Dianne ForbesDianne will briefly share some stories from 15 years as a teacher educator and researcher inspired by The University of Waikato’s Bachelor of Teaching, Mixed Media Presentation (MMP). She will talk about challenges and highlights for students and communities, and share reflections on how teaching online has enabled her to work flexibly around family, research, administration and service responsibilities. Then the meeting will be open to participants to ask questions and share their own stories of blended learning. You are invited to email Dianne questions in advance diforbes@waikato.ac.nz

Register, and join in.
To join in the conversation fill in this form by midday Friday 10 June, expressing your wish to participate in the FLANZ Conversation with Dianne Forbes. You will then be sent the Zoom online meeting address, plus instructions about joining a Zoom meeting.

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