One for my Kiwi readers…
FLANZ Newsletter July 2016
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DEANZ 2016 Conference Proceedings
The Proceedings from this year’s conference are available online. With around 250 pages of accumulated wisdom from NZ and international presenters you are guaranteed to find something of interest and something of immediate practical use. Go to:
Be the next to host a FLANZ Conference
The biennial FLANZ 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.
If you host the conference ….
…as well as supporting OFDL in New Zealand, your organisation will benefit from the prestige attached to organising and hosting New Zealand’s premier OFLD conference.
In another conference follow-up, a FLANZ Conversation with Dianne Forbes was held on June 15.
Dianne talked about challenges and highlights for students in Waikato’s MMP teacher education programme, and shared reflections on how teaching online has enabled her to work flexibly around family, research, administration and service responsibilities.
The Conversation evolved from there with interesting contributions from participants.
The Conversation was recorded for members not able to attend. Find the recording at:
VLN Primary School in Awards Final
The VLN Primary School (headed by FLANZ Exec member Rachel Whalley) is a finalist in the “Diversity and Digital Skills section of the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards hosted by auDA and InternetNZ.
Best wishes from FLANZ!
ODLAA Conference 2017
Running with the themes of Openness, Community and Innovation, the 2017 ODLAA conference will be held in Melbourne from 5 – 7 February. The call for papers and timeline for submissions can be seen on the ODLAA conference website. The deadline for abstracts is August 15. Get one in today.
A report worth reading
NZ has more than 3 million people aged 25 and over, but an education system strongly focussed on traditional students aged up to 25 years.
What kind of “system” do we have for adult learners (the over 25yrs group) – approximately one-third of whom learn in open, flexible and distance education settings?
This report is about the UK, but the points it makes and the lessons it describes are just too relevant to ignore. Find the summary at:
A useful background read about blended learning comes from Sir John Daniel courtesy of Contact North. He asks whether the consensus about the value of blended learning aims “to safeguard the tradition of face-to-face teaching against an invasion of fully online learning – or can blended learning raise higher education to new levels of effectiveness and quality?”
A new issue of IRRODL is available, featuring articles about the use of Facebook in secondary schools, instructor presence in online learning and guidelines for transferring residential courses to the web … amongst others…
Remember what we said about adult learning above? About 3 million out of 4.5 million NZers are over 25 years. Here’s a graph showing how the proportion of adults involved in tertiary education has changed since 2002. Why is it continuing to fall? Is the idea of lifelong learning fading?
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