Congratulations 2021 FLANZ Award winners

The FLANZ Award

The FLANZ Award was shared between two equally deserving projects in 2021. As part of the Award recipients are asked to let FLANZ members know how the prize contributed to their research or professional development. We look forward to sharing that with you in the near future. Thank you to everyone who submitted.

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Reflecting on a new mode of FLANZ conference

Feedback from the FLANZ 2021Conference has been overwhelmingly positive, thank you. That said, there is still a lot we can do to improve.

Delegates have endorsed the blended approach to conferencing trialled at the FLANZ 2021 Conference.

Feedback from the conference survey has, overall, been very positive. That is not to say we got it right first time. There is much we can do to improve our communications and enhance the scope of the presentations.The most encouraging feedback has been the overwhelming endorsement of the blended conference mode. The approach, which brought together five venues across three online meeting spaces, was a hit with delegates. Feedback also indicates the MC, Greg Ward, was the special factor that brought the concept home. A key learning from this experience has been the importance of dedicated coordination and facilitation for each blended space.

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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.

Everything is looking great. It is time to register.

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 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 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.

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

Submissions deadline for Referenced and Postgraduate papers is 30 November.

The FLANZ 2021 Conference, in association with Massey University, invites submission of Referenced and Postgraduate papers by 30 November 2020.

Presenters requiring support in the submission process can contact Alison Fields, alison@infosolutions.co.nz for advice in creating their paper.

A Referenced Paper

  • Can be research/evidence based, theoretically based, or a significant literature review related to any of the conference sub themes.
  • Is reviewed as part of the selection process
  • Is a total of 2,500 words including a 250 word abstract.

Best Referenced Paper recognition

All Referenced Papers will be entered for the Best Referenced Paper Certificate, presented at the conference. This award is for the paper that best represents innovative work closely related to the conference themes.

A Postgraduate Paper:

  • Is for enrolled postgraduate students only (enrolled at time of submission).
  • Can be research/evidence based, theoretically based, or a significant literature review related to any of the conference sub themes. 
  • Is reviewed as part of the selection process
  • Is a total of 2,000 words including a 250 word abstract.

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

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

Previous (2020) Submissions

Presenters with accepted submissions from the postponed FLANZ 2020 conference are asked to make contact with kwongnui.sim@aut.ac.nz to confirm inclusion in the programme.

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

What to expect from a blended conference. FLANZ 2021: Focus on Flexible Learning.

The FLANZ 2021 Conference, 14-15 April 2021, in partnership with Massey University, will be a truly blended experience with face to face as well as virtual opportunities for engagement.

Conference mission: Focus on Flexible Learning

In 2021 what does flexibility mean for conference delegates and presenters? Expectations of modern learners include technology use in learning and teaching, flexible learning environments and programmes that allow anywhere, anytime learning.

FLANZ is applying similar expectations to professional development and learning: 

Through these channels, supported by news and information on social media and email, FLANZ is bringing flexibility to professional development and learning.

The FLANZ 2021 Conference Venues

Victoria University of Wellington Kilburn campus and multiple satellite venues will offer opportunities for face to face engagement. Online services will allow for live broadcast of presentations as well as online engagement opportunities. Find out more here.

Satellite venue: AUT Auckland

We are pleased to confirm the first of our satellite venues: Auckland University of Technology (AUT) North Campus. We will share more information about satellites soon. 

Speakers

Speakers have the opportunity to present from a venue or from desktop. Presentations will be made available online for delegates following the conference. These will include the presentation as well as the discussion that follows. 

Sponsors

Massey University is the Principal Sponsor for the FLANZ 2021 Conference. FLANZ would like to acknowledge the importance of sponsors in enabling this conference to take place. Other sponsors include:

  • Open Polytechnic of New Zealand: Gold Sponsor
  • Victoria University of Wellington: Venue sponsor

Please contact president@flanz.org.nz or check the conference website for more information about sponsorship.