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July 29, 2016

FLANZ Newsletter July

One for my Kiwi readers…

FLANZ Newsletter July 2016
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July 2016

FLANZ Newsletter

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.

Expressions of interest should be sent to the FLANZ Administrator and must be received by Monday 26 September

Contact Elaine Khoo for informal discussion or advice in advance of submission

Conversation with Dianne Forbes

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:

Research Briefs

Blended Learning

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…

There is a special issue of Distance Education (vol. 37 no.2) now available. It grapples with the question “How can we sustainably reach out to the isolated, marginalised, challenged and minority groups?” in our society in a sustainable way.

10 years ago in JOFDL …

Providing effective learning support for students outside the on-campus setting is always a key challenge for those involved in OFDL. Ten years ago JOFDL published an article that resonates today, “Supporting learners: The tension between institutional provision and learners’ expectations”. Worth (re)reading!

Question Time

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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