Webinar: Equity and Inclusion in Flexible Learning (Part 2); 5 April 2022

Webinar Transcript 5th April 2022

The FLANZ webinar ‘Equity and inclusion in flexible learning: Challenges across the sector’(Part 2) offered a lively panel conversation between three leaders in New Zealand’s flexible and online learning and teaching. Claire Amos (Albany Senior High School), Steve Leichtweis (University of Auckland), and Stephen Marshall (Victoria University of Wellington) continued their discussion from November last year for the Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week 2021.

Claire, Stephen, and Steve started with critical statements about the impact of the pandemic in the education sector. One concern the panel members shared is how to support staff in education to deal with the demands of a complex design for learning, particularly integrating more flexibility, and interaction. This includes moving from a reactive situation at the start of the pandemic in 2020 to a place where educators feel confident in creating such a design. At the moment, it seems “resilience is wafer thin” as Steve commented. Stephen and Claire shared his view that staff might leave in the coming months.

What are measures that can help staff to become more confident with increasingly flexible learning, as required through the pandemic? Although technical competencies to work with online tools are vital, often forgotten is educators’ ability to design for learning. Claire identified this as an area where time and resources should be poured into upskilling. Steve reminded us that we need to be student and staff centric, to give educators the tools and support to do all they need to do to teach, whatever the mode, online or face-to-face. We need to find sustainable ways to engage with students, lecturers/educators and professional staff that are not bound by physical buildings as Stephen pointed out.

This is only a snapshot of a highly engaging conversation between our panelists. If you are interested to hear and follow the whole conversation, the recording and a transcript are available. The panel was again chaired by Kwong Nui Sim (AUT).

Join FLANZ to support the efforts in Aotearoa New Zealand around flexible learning, and follow up on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about upcoming events. If you have a topic that you think we should discuss in one of our webinars, please get in touch.

Webinar: Equity and Inclusion in Flexible Learning (Part 2)

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?

You can watch part one of this engaging conversation.

Call for Blogs Submissions

One of FLANZ’s core purpose is to foster ‘growth, development, research and good practice in distance education, open learning and flexible delivery systems for education’.
FLANZ publishes the refereed Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning , runs occasional webinars, and runs a biennial conference. We would like to extend our support to the wider Learning Community by inviting contributions for blogs, presenting topical, thought-provoking pieces by  individuals with an interest in the fields of open, distance and flexible learning.
The blog will be sent out to FLANZ members through the newsletter and will also be publicly available online here on the FLANZ website. If you are interested in writing a blog post for FLANZ, please get in touch at admin@flanz.org.nz

FLANZ President’s Review of 2021

2021 may have proven to be only slightly less challenging than 2020. If only because some disruption and tumult were expected. All sectors of education continued to make adjustments to their practices, embed new processes and look to long-term solutions. FLANZ is also developing to handle future challenges. Continue reading “FLANZ President’s Review of 2021”

APODE Webinar: Equity and Inclusion in Flexible Learning: Challenges across the sectors

 

FLANZ’s second webinar to mark APODE week, held on 4 November 2021, was a panel featuring Claire Amos (Albany Senior High School), Steve Leichtweis (University of Auckland), and Stephen Marshall (Victoria University of Wellington). Chaired by Kwong Nui Sim (AUT), the panel discussion was as profound and insightful as it was for reaching.

A full transcript is available here.

Lessons from Learners: Students’ Insights on Effective Learning Online

Lessons from Learners: Students’ Insights on Effective Learning Online‘, this APODE Week webinar featured three leading scholars working in online distance education with a strong learner focus to their work. The panel discussed lessons that we have learnt from learners and other valuable insights into the online learning experience from a student perspective. Recording will be available via the  ODLAA site shortly.

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.

Webinar was hosted by Professor Mark Brown on behalf of ODLAA as part of Asia-Pacific Online and Distance (APODE) Week.

APODE Webinar: Global Monitoring of the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Trish Chaplin-Cheyne (Otago Polytechnic) delivered the first webinar of APODE 2021. Trish outlined the role of ICDE OER Ambassadors in advancing the cause of widespread OER adoption across the world.

Full transcript is available here

This webinar is the first of two hosted by Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) for APODE Week 2021. APODE is the Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education network (https://apode.network)

Welcome to APODE Week

Welcome to the inaugural Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week. A collaboration between ODLAA (Open and Distance Learning Association Australia), timed to coincide with global events in November held by the European Distance Education Network (EDEN) and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

Programme finalised for Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week

Monday 1 November

FLANZ EVENT

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

ODLAA / FLANZ EVENT

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

FLANZ EVENT

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

ODLAA EVENT

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.

EVENTS

Webinar Announcement: Equity and inclusion in flexible learning: Challenges across the sectors

This webinar is the fourth in a week of webinars held jointly with ODLAA to mark Asia-Pacific Online and Distance Education Week (APODE). Events in conjunction with (EDEN) European Distance Education Week and (USDLA) United States Distance Learning Association Education Week.

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.

Thursday 4th November – 1130-1230 NZT (Wellington, NZ)

The final composition of the panel will be confirmed shortly.

In the meantime, register today

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcOqorDwiGtOjS9w9imDHBvOQSWeiBZz