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July 31, 2017

FLANZ: 2017 Annual General Meeting

And one for my Kiwi readers…

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July 5, 2017

[JOFDL] New Issue Published

No K-12 distance, online or blended learning specific articles in this issue, but some interesting open access articles available.

Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
http:/www.jofdl.nz
Readers:

Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning has just published its latest
issue at http://www.jofdl.nz/index.php/JOFDL. We invite you to review the
Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and
items of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Alison J Fields
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
alison.fields@openpolytechnic.ac.nz
Editor in Chief, JOFDL

June 29, 2017

FLANZ 2017 AGM

One for my Kiwi readers.

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June 2016

FLANZ 2017 AGM

Dear FLANZ members,

This is a reminder of the upcoming AGM to be held online via Zoom at https://vlnprimary.zoom.us/j/7891457533 on Tuesday 4th July at 7.15pm.

Please find attached the documents for this meeting:

Only one nomination has been received so far, as detailed below. As we have received insufficient nominations for the positions, nominations will be taken from the floor during the meeting.

Nomination for President:      Ralph Springett
Proposed by:        Rachel Whalley
Seconder by:        Sarah Stein

I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.

Regards,
Keryn Pratt
Secretary, FLANZ

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June 13, 2017

FLANZ: Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

One for my Kiwi readers…

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting
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13 June 2017

FLANZ: 2017 Annual General Meeting

Kia ora,

The Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) will be holding its annual general meeting via videoconference on Tuesday 4th July at 7.15pm. More information on how to attend and the AGM agenda is attached.

We would like to invite all FLANZ members to attend this meeting.

In addition, we would like to call for nominations for the following elected committee positions.

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

We will also be electing members to be part of the Executive Committee, and call for nominations for these. We strongly encourage anyone working in this area to consider joining our Executive Committee.

Please contact our current FLANZ secretary, Keryn Pratt (keryn.pratt@otago.ac.nz) to make your nominations. Please note:

  • Any two members of FLANZ can nominate any other member, who agrees to be nominated.
  • Nominations must be with the Secretary by 20th June (14 days before the AGM).
  • Nominations must be in writing and signed by the nominee, proposer, and seconder.
  • Nominations may be taken from the floor during the meeting if there are insufficient nominees for the vacancies.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Ngā mihi,

Keryn

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January 13, 2017

FLANZ Newsletter December 2016

One for my Kiwi readers…

FLANZ Newsletter January 2017
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January 2017

FLANZ Newsletter

2018 FLANZ Conference Announcement

Massey University will host the 2018 FLANZ Conference at the beautiful Manawatu Campus in Palmerston North.

Dates for the Diary

The Conference will be held from Monday 9 April to Wednesday 11 April 2018.

The Conference Convenors are Duncan O’Hara, Andrew Jamieson, and Heather Lamond. Those of you who have been to past FLANZ Conferences will have met one or more of these three at some stage. It’s a good team, and the Conference will undoubtedly meet the high standards of previous FLANZ Conferences.

Set aside the dates NOW!

The Education (Update) Amendment Bill – an Update

From our last Newsletter you will remember that this is the Bill that will enable (amongst other things) the development of Communities of Online Learning (CoOLs) in the compulsory school sector. Submissions about this Bill closed on November 11.

Communities of Online Learning (CoOL)
Part of the Bill proposes a legislative framework for online learning, acknowledging that students will access their education through online delivery, with providers from the schooling, tertiary education and private sectors.

FLANZ and CoOLs

 
FLANZ members were invited to contribute to a FLANZ submission. Overseas academics Gary Miron and Michael Barbour made submissions to the Select Committee as well.
 
To hear what the overseas people thought about CoOLs you can go online to the Radio New Zealand site and check out an interview. Go to:

http://bit.ly/2fFr831

JOFDL – 2016 Conference issue,

This special issue highlights think pieces from the three keynote speakers and five additional papers linked with the conference theme “There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education”.
Note that Conference papers and videos of key sessions can be found at
http://bit.ly/2e8YFSo

I hate to make a choice between the papers… my suggestion, start with the excellent Editorial for an overview…

Find the issue here: JOFDL

Add a little GLOBAL perspective to your Internet knowledge

 
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – the UN ICT agency –
  
has published an easy-to-read-and-understand report about access to and use of ICT broadband services world-wide. Find it here:

ICT Facts and Figures 2016

A few highlights:
53% of the world’s population is NOT using the Internet.
The global Internet user gender gap has grown from 11% to 12% from 2013 to 2016.
In LDCs, fixed-broadband services are on average more than three times as expensive as mobile-broadband services

ICDE Presidents’ Summit 2016

 Summit participants

The 2016 ICDE Presidents’ Summit focussed on helping ODL leaders come to terms with “A New Era of Leadership and Quality”. New Zealand participants included FLANZ President Dr Sarah Stein, Dr Stephen Marshall (VUW) and Dr Caroline Seelig (Chief Executive, Open Polytechnic) [two of them are in the photo].

Three Pillars of Educational Technology

Dr Terry Anderson has spoken at previous FLANZ conferences. We’ve always appreciated his expertise, clarity and thoughtfulness. He’s recently written a series of 3 brief articles entitled “Three Pillars of Educational Technology”. Although aimed at post-secondary teachers, they are useful for anyone teaching online.

Dr Terry Anderson

Find the articles here

Article Briefs for Educators in Schools
(and those involved in teacher education)

Teaching Reading

This article is an interesting look at how some (US) teachers are approaching the task of incorporating digital material into their teaching of reading.

You’ll have to get past a couple of pop-ups to read this, but it’s probably worth it.


Touchscreens in Classrooms

What’s the best way to use a touchscreen to support collaborative learning in the classroom?Researchers in Denmark looked at how students and their teachers used touchscreens. They focussed on how students collaborated and how teachers designed and guided such collaboration.

Teacher preparation for teaching online

Quite relevant given CoOLs! This is a review of what is known about preparing teachers to teach online. True, it’s largely based on the US experience, but there could be useful lessons here.

(No) Question (this) Time.
Instead …
We want to thank all FLANZ members for their support through 2016, and wish you well for 2017. Have a good break, come back refreshed, and ready to continue your excellent work for all those learners engaged in Open, Flexible and Distance Learning settings.


Hope you had a very merry Christmas
and wish you all a
happy new year
From
FLANZ
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