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

Announcing Webinar: Equity and Inclusion using Open Educational Resources

This webinar is the first 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.

Monday 1st November 2021: 1130-1230 NZT (Wellington, NZ)

Trish Chaplin-CheyneOpen 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

REGISTER TODAY

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqdeirpzsrHNYp2zZzjkVn3nIpCQ_yZvDJ

Seeing Flexible Learning Spaces Through the Lens of Wearable Technology

Invited Contribution

Kalika Kastein, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

“We live in such an amazing world. Things that we thought would be science fiction exist, where you can reach everything at every time, any time,” stated Diane Von Furstenberg in a promotional video for Google Glass.[1] Wearable technologies, like Google Glass, have evolved and supported flexible learning that can take place any time, any place, and by various means. Early definitions of wearable technology[2] viewed wearables as self-powered and self-contained.[3] However, this view of wearables as detached tools has since progressed to include integrative devices that serve as bodily extensions to the wearer. Wearable technologies have also been at the crux of a digital shift from simulation to augmentation.[4]

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Newsletter Addendum

We have received a few notices since we emailed the August/September 2021 newsletter out to all members on the 31st August.
Here are some recently submitted updates.

Open Access Journals

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) – Issue Vol 22 No3 (2021)

Webinars

 Transforming Assessment. Next session: 6 Oct 2021: Using video in assessment and feedback.
Two presentations:
  • “The impact and possibilities of video feedback in higher education – towards a model of care, trust, and social presence.”
  • “Video-enhanced dialogic assessment of teaching practice portfolios.”
    Further information and registration for this webinar: http://taw.fi/6oct2021

Ako Aotearoa . Professional Development September/October Series
Essentials | The what, how and why of teaching reading comprehension  9 Sept
Transform your learners from passive to active readers

Enhancing Pacific Cultural Capability  10 Sept
Engage with Pacific Island learners in a way that makes them the centre of learning

Keep learners engaged: plan great lessons online and offline  13 Sept
Plan an engaging, learner-centred teaching and learning  session that helps learners meet a set of SMART learning outcomes

Reading Toolbox | Teaching learners with dyslexia  1 Oct
Learn how you can support learners and guide them on the road to reading excellence

Bullyproofing the learner experience: A Toolkit for Educators  5 Oct
Apply two multi-use skills for effective de-escalation of bullying aimed at learners and/or tutors

Workplace Language, Literacy and Numeracy | Extending professional practice  8 Oct
Develop assessment and planning processes, and a range of instructional approaches, activities and resources

Co-operative learning | A teacher’s guide to working with groups  27 Oct
Introduces educators to the concepts and techniques of co-operative learning and addresses the practical problems that often occur

Call for Chapters

The Higher Education Teaching and Learning group is inviting chapter proposals on the topic, Worldviews and Values in Higher Education, for a forthcoming edited book by Emerald Group Publishing. Details regarding the book are available on the submission form at https://www.hetl.org/emerald-values-higher-education-submission-form/.

If you have notices that you would like included in the bi-monthly Newsletter please email them to admin@flanz.org.nz

Taking control: a learner’s perspective on ‘emergency remote teaching’

Invited Contribution

Tino Maduku, recent Masters Graduate of Gachon University, South Korea, outlines their personal experience of ’emergency remote teaching’ as a consequence of COVID-19. Their ability to customise and personalise the experience is noteworthy.
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Vol. 25 No. 1 (2021) of Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning is available

JOFDL publishes articles from around the world relating to primary research investigations, literature reviews, the application of open education innovations, and experiences of blended learning as well as teaching at a distance in any sector of education or training. Theoretical and empirically-based research articles as well as case studies of practice and book reviews are invited for submission. ISSN: Print 1179-7665; Online 1179-7673

Editorial

Invited Articles

Articles – Descriptive pieces

FLANZ 2021 Conference

2021 FLANZ Conference Presentations now available for Members

Screenshot of flanz2021 conference video page

Video recordings of many of the presentations and workshops delivered the 2021 FLANZ conference held at Victoria University of Wellington on the 14/15 April are now accessible for members. The video are hosted by ETV and have been linked to (and embedded) on a Members-Only page at: https://flanz.org.nz/membership/members-area/presentations-2021/ . This page is accessible from the public Proceedings Page and the Members Area.

2021 Conference Proceedings now available

Cover of 2021 Proceedings

The proceedings for the 2021 FLANZ conference held at Victoria University of Wellington on the 14/15 April have now been edited and are now available publicly. Accessible here – https://flanz.org.nz/professional-pathways/2021-conference-proceedings/– or by visiting the FLANZ exploring the options under the main menu item entitled ‘Conference’.

Realities of social media use in education: dangers and pitfalls

Professional Pathways Blog

This blog represents the views of the author and does not represent any official position by FLANZ

Social Media Collage

My previous three blogs on the theme of social media use in education highlighted some of the benefits for educators and students. This blog will highlight some dangers and pitfalls.

These fall into the categories of access, digital literacy, privacy, data protection and social factors

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