Registrations close on Monday! Just one week until the FLANZ 2021 Conference.

Registrations for the FLANZ 2021 Conference, in association with Massey University, close on Monday, 12th April at midnight.

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Delegates and presenters will soon be provided with details that explain how to join the streams and get the most out of the two days, whether you are presenting, in a face to face environment or on your mobile device. Recordings of all the presentations will be available to all delegates following the conference.

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FLANZ webinar recording: Open Educational Resources (OER)

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

Webinar recording

The first FLANZ Conversation for 2021 saw Wayne Mackintosh in conversation with Simon Atkinson. Wayne is the UNESCO Chair in OER, and leads the work of the work of the OER Foundation in widening access to more affordable education in support of the UNESCO OER Recommendation.

The conversation revolved around the fact that tax payers have already paid for the vast majority of the academic output generated by educators. 

The OER movement believe that asking people to purchase those resources again is wasteful and morally questionable. 

Simon and Wayne discussed the quality issues that often undermine the reuse and repurposing arguments, agreeing that having open systems of peer review, quality badging and professional development all play a part. They both shared anecdotes of working with different subjects and contexts, on the lessons learnt and the challenges that remain.

Wayne finished the conversation by inviting educators from higher education institutions in Aotearoa to join a national collaborative pilot to roll out the ‘Extend’ professional learning suite as an academic development initiative using OER. Details are below.

Capacity building for professional learning

During the session, Wayne, on behalf of the OER Foundation and in partnership with the New Zealand Centre for Open Education Practice (COEP) and Otago Polytechnic, shared an open call to action inviting volunteers from the sector to join in preparing a national pilot of the New Zealand ‘Extend’ capacity-building model for professional learning. 

Volunteers are required to assist with developing quizzes for participation badges and to support New Zealand educators on their digital learning experience during the pilot. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to take part in an innovative collaborative project, while developing participants own knowledge of open educational resources and practices.

If you would like to join our first open planning session to explore opportunities and discuss next steps, please register your interest by completing this online form:

Link: https://survey.oeru.org/index.php/251556

New Zealand Extend

The idea for New Zealand Extend was sparked at the 2019 inaugural OER Symposium of the New Zealand Centre for Open Education Practice, when Keynote speaker Dr David Porter, then CEO of eCampusOntario, talked about the ‘Ontario Extend’ professional development suite. This was developed to build capacity in digital fluency for educators and the ability to make informed choices about the use of technology-enabled learning tools. The EXTEND model is grounded in the belief that learning to teach effectively with technology requires an experiential learning approach.

Leveraging the open nature of Ontario Extend, Otago Polytechnic successfully completed a small internal pilot and feedback from the first New Zealand Extend badge awardee, Graham Philps, speaks for itself:

The content is simple, but leads to complex thought; the themes are familiar but the scope for self-enquiry huge; the activities are fun but serve the serious purpose of reminding why we do what we do. What’s not to love!

Through this national collaboration, we hope to expand options for earning badges for participation, and promote wider reuse and adoption of this open professional development opportunity, hence the call for volunteers.   

FLANZ 2021 Conference Programme

The FLANZ 2021 Conference, in association with Massey University, is please to issue the conference programme. Spaces are limited for the face to face option at Victoria University of Wellington – register now to avoid missing out.

The FLANZ 2021 Conference programme

The FLANZ 2021 Conference Programme sets out the speakers and presentations in a clear format to ensure you will be in the right place at the right time. The most up to date version will be available online here: https://www.flanzconference.org/programme

Joining Zoom sessions

Delegates will be provided with access keys to the Zoom channels. When delegates join they will be muted, but there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions towards the end of each session.

The FLANZ 2021 Conference Blended model

There will be a ‘Plenary’ Zoom channel and two ‘presentation’ channels. The plenary channel acts as the common room for the conference. The plenary channel provides messages and information as well as the welcome, keynote ad sponsors presentations. 

Delegates experience

Delegates (and presenters) start each day in the plenary channel, broadcast from the auditorium at Victoria University of Wellington. Greg Ward, our MC, sets the scene, keeps us on track and introduces keynotes. When the time comes for moving to the ‘presentation’ channels, directions are given.

Delegates onsite will move between rooms, those online may switch zoom channels. In some cases there may be a live presentation, in others, the Zoom channels will connect the presenter to the main venue, satellites and those engaging remotely.

Presenters experience

The presenter may be onsite (main venue or satellite room) or presenting remotely. Presenters are asked to arrive in the webinar channel (or room if presenting from Victoria University of Wellington) 5 minutes ahead of their scheduled time. They then present, and answer questions after their presentation has finished.

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. 

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.

Thank you for your submissions. Now it’s time to consider the FLANZ Award!

Submissions for all papers have now closed – thank you to everyone who has submitted.

Acceptance of submissions will be notified following review. Upon acceptance of your submission, at least one named author/presenter must register as a delegate for the conference.

  • The draft programme will be issued in March once all submissions have been reviewed and presenters have confirmed their attendance.
  • We are looking forward to providing a rich programme for delegates to engage with.

The FLANZ Award

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 28 February 2021.

Postgraduate Award (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 28 February 2021.

Invitation to apply to take part in the ICDE Open Education Resources (OER) Advocacy Committee

International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE, is the leading global membership organization for open, flexible and distance learning. The organization has recently launched a call for candidates to submit applications to ICDEs Advocacy Committee for OER, and applications from Oceania are particularly welcome.”

Applications from active ICDE members (paid Institutional, Individual or Student members) are welcome. Eligible candidates would be academic experts in open and distance education an OER. Selected applicants will be appointed ICDE Ambassadors for OER for a period of 2 years, with the possibility of renewal for another 2 years period. Applications must be submitted via email to icde@icde.org by 19 February 2021 at the latest.

More information can be found here on the ICDE website. Note that the date for Oceanea applications has been extended to 19 Feb 2021.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application should be written in English, not exceed 1500 words and include the following:

The application should include the following attachments:

  • CV and publication list.
  • A declaration confirming available capacity to perform the service within the given timeframe.
  • Support letter from affiliated institution.

The deadline for applications is 19 February 2021. Selected candidates are appointed ICDE Ambassadors of OER by Secretary General Torunn Gjelsvik on behalf of the ICDE Board. Regional distribution and gender balance in the committee will be considered in the selection process.

Applications should be sent via email to icde@icde.org att. Senior Adviser Anaïs Røed Malbrand. Any questions may be addressed to malbrand@icde.org.

Submissions are invited for Practice Papers and Posters.

The FLANZ 2021 Conference, in association with Massey University, invites submission of Practice Papers and Posters.

A Practice Paper:

  • The due date for Practice Papers is 01 February 2021.
  • Centres on an application in an educational setting. This might be research focused, a great idea, or an innovation related to the conference theme.
  • Includes evidential information to draw on to demonstrate its impact.
  • The Practice Paper submission is a total of 1,500 words including a 250 word outline.
  • Instructions and information about your presentation format will be included with the confirmation of your Practice Paper’s acceptance. You will be expected to provide your finalised presentation in early April.

The relation to the conference themes is part of the review of submissions. 

Previous (2020) submissions

If there has not been communication and agreement about the status of a previously accepted submission, presenters  are asked to make contact with kwongnui.sim@aut.ac.nz

Posters

The date for poster submission has been changed to 15 February 2021. Please provide a 250 word abstract for your poster by 15 February and a digital copy of your poster by 01 April. 

  • AO portrait
  • Minimum of 16 point font size for body text
  • A dedicated forum for poster presenters to discuss their work is included in the programme.
  • For digital poster presentations, where you are attending the face to face event at Victoria University of Wellington, you will need to bring your own display device.

Submission process

Further information and submission templates are available here: https://www.flanzconference.org/presenters 

Conference Themes

Expectations of modern learners include technology use in learning and teaching, flexible learning environments and programmes that allow anywhere anytime learning. The conference focus on flexible learning aims to illuminate learning and teaching research and inquiry that steps beyond the expectations of a 21st century learner.

Conference Sub-Themes

Flexible futures

Here, we move beyond questioning flexible learning to embrace its extraordinary potential. We seek to understand how educators are approaching wicked challenges of access, equity and ubiquity of learning.

Flexible models

Here we turn our attention to matters of curriculum, pedagogies and practice that have the power to disrupt conventional methodologies when augmented by new technologies and new thinking.

Flexible pathways

Flexible Pathways is about transitions and the challenges of bridging those transitions for learners: transitions within learning pathways, across sectors, and between sectors.

Registration for FLANZ 2021 Conference

Presenters are encouraged to register early. Presenters have the option of presenting remotely, presenting via satellite venue, or presenting from the primary venue in Wellington.

Register for FLANZ 2021 Conference here

New issue of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFDL)

Reporting developments in open, flexible, and distance learning, this issue features an editorial and five articles covering education theory and primary research in open, flexible and distance learning.

A new issue of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFDL) has been released. JOFDL 24(2) 2020 is at http://www.jofdl.nz This issue is described as Raranga te kete aronui (weaving the basket of the pursuit of knowledge) by continuing our reporting of developments in open, flexible, and distance learning. It features an editorial and five articles covering education theory and primary research in open, flexible and distance learning.

There are two articles based on educational theory: Higgins explores the theoretical history of OFDL, and the work of Nichols et al. is based on Mezirow’s 10 stages of transformative learning. 

Three research articles provide insight into a range of specific areas: Sime et al use networked learning theory to investigate the design of a social exploration MOOC, Irons and Hartnett present exploratory research into the teaching of computational thinking in junior classrooms in New Zealand, and Nyugen et al describes the design and development of qualifications in early childhood education and care to meet a demand for New Zealand home-based early childhood educators to be qualified. 

These are all contributions to our weaving and filling of te kete aronui. The team from JOFDL and FLANZ thank you for you support in 2020. We look forward to our korero in 2021. Stay well, stay safe.