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July 20, 2016

[FLANZ] Call For Expression Of Interest To Host FLANZ2018, And Other News In Online, Open And Flexible Education

One for my Kiwi readers…


Call for Expression of interest to host FLANZ2018, and other news in online, open and flexible education

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Dear memberThe following items may be of interest to you:

  • Call for expressions of interest to host the FLANZ2018 Conference: you can find the details here or below: The deadline is 26th September.
  • Video recordings of keynote speakers at the DEANZ2016 conference is now available on the website
  • Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network, 6 July update
  • ODLAA webinar. Student Engagement in Online Environments: what do we know and how do we know it, 28 July.

With best regards
FLANZ Executive

Call for Expressions of Interest to Host the FLANZ2018 Conference

The Executive Committee of the Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) is seeking expressions of interest from potential conference organizing committees to host the biennial 2018 conference. The biennial FLANZ (previously known as DEANZ) conference showcases best practice and theory in the broad field of open, distance, flexible and mobile learning across all aspects of the education sector including the compulsory, tertiary, and professional development settings.

The conference is a key event for FLANZ to support its members, and an important means of advancing research and practice in the field. The conference attracts participants from within New Zealand, the Pacific Rim and beyond and provides memorable opportunities for exchanging ideas, social interaction and networking.

A key benefit of hosting the conference is that the hosting institution, and the lead academic/s will benefit from the prestige attached to organising New Zealand’s premier conference in an exciting and rapidly growing field. As an incentive for academic contributions, conference presenters have the opportunity to submit their papers for publication in a peer reviewed special issue of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFDL), FLANZ’s flagship journal. This journal is open access and disseminates scholarly work which advances the theory and practice of open, flexible and distance education.

To be considered for hosting a FLANZ conference, the proposed Conference Committee must complete an expression of interest form (see attached). The form will assist applicants in considering key aspects related to hosting a FLANZ conference and to help the FLANZ Executive make an informed decision. The completed FLANZ2018 expression of interest will need to be emailed to the FLANZ administrator by Monday 26th September 2016.

Interested parties are welcome to contact Elaine Khoo, FLANZ Executive Committee Member, for informal discussion or advice in advance of submission.

ODLAA webinar

Student Engagement in Online Environments: what do we know and how do we know it?
Thursday 28th July, 1-2pm (Australian EST)

This webinar will explore how web-enabled learning platforms can enhance student engagement, and what are the limits of current theories and practice on student engagement. Further, it will engage participants in a discussion on possibilities to use technology-rich learning environments to rethink the architecture of student engagement in online environments.


Dr Stefan Popenici – Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Dr. Popenici is an academic with extensive international experience in teaching, research and leadership in higher education in Europe, North America, South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia. His research and work is focused on learning and teaching in higher education, imagination, creativity and change, educational leadership, student engagement, equity and internationalisation of higher education.


The webinar is offered free of charge and open to non-members, so please distribute this information to any colleagues who may be interested. If you wish to attend the webinar, please register by emailing by 5pm Tuesday 26th July(Australian EST) at the latest. Details will then be sent to you before the event about how to access and join in the webinar.

DEANZ – Making ako accessible for all, DEANZ’s refereed journal, publishes research & welcomes submissions in this field

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