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Pre Conference Workshop
With a little help from our friends at the Open Polytechnic, we are able to offer a FREE Pre-Conference Workshop
The Open Polytechnic is a Chiliad sponsor of FLANZ2020. We thank them for their support!
Join us from 12:30-16:00 on Tuesday 21 April at Victoria University of Wellington to explore the Open Polytechnic's 10 Principles of Learning Design
This is a complimentary workshop run the day before the FLANZ2020 conference. If we are over-subscribed, preference will be given to those already registered for FLANZ2020.
We'll explore the 10 Principles of Learning Design recently adopted by the Open Polytechnic to inform its evolving design practice. You'll have an opportunity to critique each of the Principles and to explore how they relate to Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility principles.
We'll encourage you to relate them to your own experiences and to inspire you to incorporate some ideas into your own institutional practice.
The workshop will be run by Dr Simon Atkinson, Head of Learning Design, and Dr Sarah Hoyte, Principal Learning Designer (both OPNZ) and will require you to be willing to exchange institutional insights and work in small teams. No laptops or tablets are required but you are encouraged to bring something to write with.
Tea and coffee will be provided

Stephen Downes FLANZ2020 Keynote Speaker
Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada
Stephen Downes works with the Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada specializing in new instructional media and personal learning technology. He is one of the originators of the first Massive Open Online Course, has published frequently about online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. Through a thirty year career Downes has contributed pioneering work in the fields of online learning games, learning objects and metadata, podcasting, open educational resources. Today he is developing gRSShopper, a personal learning environment, offering a course on new e-learning technologies, and supporting research and development in the use of distributed ledger technology in learning applications. He is a popular keynote speaker and has spoken in three dozen countries on six continents.
Stephen has kindly agreed to share his knowledge and expertise with us at FLANZ2020 in Wellington, April 2020.

Applications for The FLANZ Award and two Post Graduate Awards are now open.
FLANZ AWARD: open to individuals or groups in New Zealand, or New Zealand citizens living overseas, who have completed a relevant, original or innovative project that links to the conference theme: Focus On Flexible Learning. The FLANZ Award caries a maximum $2,000 prize for the successful team.
POST GRADUATE AWARDs (2): open to applicants who are first authors and presenting their postgraduate research work (refereed paper, postgraduate peer reviewed student paper) at the FLANZ2020 conference. Each scholarship award covers attendance (conference registration and attendance at conference social events) and up to a maximum of $500 to contribute towards the cost of travel and accommodation.
Applications close Friday 20th February 2020 for the FLANZ Award and March 20th for the Postgraduate Awards. All awards will be presented at the FLANZ 2020 Conference.

For further details, please go to the Awards tab on the website using the button below.

FLANZ Submissions Close - Sunday 24th November

This is the premier conference in New Zealand for leaders, practitioners and professionals involved in open, distance and flexible learning across the tertiary, vocational, compulsory schooling and professional development sectors.

The FLANZ conference is a chance to learn and grow, and to be inspired and challenged. Come along and experience education leaders’ and your colleagues’ visions of flexible learning, while we explore the impact, potential and challenges that differing approaches to open, distance and flexible learning provides.
Submissions for FLANZ2020 close on Sunday 24th November.

Information on the type and length of submission can be found using the button below. Templates for your submission can also be found on this link

We are looking for:

Refereed papers
Practice papers
Postgraduate Student papers

Thank you Massey!
A big thank you to the team at Massey University for your support of FLANZ2020. We welcome you as the Millennium sponsor for the FLANZ2020 conference in Wellington next year and look forward to sharing the experience with you.

Registrations and submissions are now OPEN. Please use the link below for more information

Professor Paul Prinsloo 
Professor Paul Prinsloo is a Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa (Unisa). In 2019, the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa awarded Paul with a B3 rating confirming his considerable international reputation for the high quality and impact of his research outputs.
Paul is a Fellow of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and serves on several editorial boards. Paul is also a Visiting Professor at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. His academic background includes fields as diverse as theology, art history, business management, online learning, and religious studies.
Paul is an internationally recognised speaker, scholar and researcher and has published numerous articles in the fields of teaching and learning, student success in distance education contexts, learning analytics, and curriculum development. His current research focuses on the collection, analysis and use of student data in learning analytics, graduate supervision and digital identity.

Paul has kindly agreed to share his knowledge and expertise with us at FLANZ2020 in Wellington, April 2020.

Join us at the biennial FLANZ conference, 22-23 April 2020, in association with Massey University. To be held at Victoria University, Kelburn Campus, Wellington, New Zealand.

Education is evolving exponentially in an adaptive response to emerging technologies and the ever-changing needs of learners. In 2020 we look forward to the future, seeking out new practices and technologies, reimagining and revisioning the provision and support of education. At the 2020 FLANZ conference participants will share their knowledge on the big questions for the future of education, share their innovative practices and challenge traditional thinking across the spectrum of education sectors.

FLANZ recognises the busy schedules of educators and offers a two day experience of exceptional value. FLANZ membership, student and early bird discounts are currently available.

Register now at

Conference theme
The FLANZ 2020 Conference theme, Focus on Flexible Learning and three sub themes encourage discussion across a broad range of topics:

Flexible futures
Flexible technologies and models
Flexible pathways
Our aim is to provide a forum in which we can explore this fast, constantly moving, ever changing environment of modern learning and teaching. The FLANZ conference showcases practice and theory in the broad field of open, flexible, distance, blended and mobile learning in all sectors of education. We look to explore the how, the what, the when of these evolving pedagogies, strategies and digital technologies, and the “who” of the teachers and learners harnessing them.

International speakers
Speakers include:

Professor Asha Singh. President and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth of Learning.
Professor Paul Prinsloo. Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa.
Stephen Downes. Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada
Join us to celebrate and share stories and practices and help us all to become better educators, mentors, and learners.