CLESOL 2010 Conference

CLESOL 2010 Conference
Context & Communication: Mediating Language Learning
Te Horopaki me te Tuku: He Rongoā i te Ako Reo

Date: Friday 1 October – Monday 4 October 2010
Location: King’s High School, Dunedin, New Zealand

The 12th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL, brought to you by TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages New Zealand) Inc. and CLANZ (Community Languages Association New Zealand) is being held in Dunedin, New Zealand 1-4 October 2010.

Held every 2 years, the CLESOL Conference is a major event on the professional development calendar for everyone involved in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Community Languages and Te Reo Maori.

The conference provides opportunities to hear the latest research and trends in language teaching and learning from early childhood to adult education.  It also attracts those involved in the wider sphere of English and international education, immigration and Ministry of Education officials, migrant and refugee workers, private trainers and non-government organisations.

Information will be posted to the CLESOL website as it becomes available:

For registrations of interest, sponsorship and other enquiries please contact the conference organisers:

Paardekooper and Associates
Phone: + 64 4 562 8259

Northern Regional eLearning Symposium

You are invited to the Northern Regional e-Learning Symposium to find out how e-learning can provide a cost effective way to meet your organisation’s training and education priorities.

This free symposium will present best practice real-world solutions that your organisation can implement. Through a series of presentations, workshops, and case studies facilitated by internationally recognised e-learning experts, you will come away with an action plan for developing e-learning solutions.

Northern Regional e-Learning Symposium

Maximising Outcomes and Minimising Cost

Cost: FREE
Date: Monday 19th October 2009
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Place: NorthTec Interactive Learning Centre,
55 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangarei.

Location map.

Morning, lunch and afternoon tea provided.
Spaces are limited! Reserve a spot now or send
to the right person in your organisaton.

RSVP: Please RSVP by 10th October 2009 by
responding to this email or emailing


  • Latest technologies for developing e-learning including 3D models and interactive courseware
  • Tips and Tricks for designing effective e-learning activities
  • Practical tools for developing your organisation’s e-learning capabilities
  • The How-To get the most of your e-learning Development


Keynote Speaker: Dr Sue Bennett will explore effective e-learning practices and present a series of emerging trends, measures and resources in e-learning.

Showcase: e-Learning Partnership between NorthTec and the Northland District Health Board (NDHB). Finding the right regional partner for developing e-learning. The NDHB is entering into the realm of e-learning for its staff training.  Partnering with NorthTec as the e-learning developer, NDHB is developing their first online training course.

Workshop: Practical e-Learning Design. Learn the latest techniques for designing effective e-learning.  Take away practical tips and tricks and hands-on knowledge about building e-learning solutions for your organisation.

Featured Speaker: Dr John Clayton. Do you know if your organisation has the capability to develop e-learning?  What are some best practice frameworks and models for developing e-learning?  Bring back some real knowledge for your organisation to move forward with e-learning.

Showcase: Enhancing Learning with 3D Models. Who knew that Northland was a centre for innovate e-learning technologies?  This showcase will demonstrate how 3D can bring a subject to life while increasing learning transfer and decreasing training/classroom time.

Workshop: Build your organisation’s e-Learning capability. Thinking about developing e-learning at your organisation?  Let Dr John Clayton give you some practical tips and tricks on systematically improving organistional e-learning capability.

Workshop: E-Learning How-Tos Part 1: Planning, prioritisation and management. Learn how to make the most of your learning and development budget.

Workshop: E-Learning How-Tos Part 2: Instructional Design and Development. Understand what instructional design is, the roles and responsibilities of your development team, and draft a simple process for developing e-learning.


Vacancy: Administrator/Communications Officer

Administrator/Communications Officer

The Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) is looking for an Administrator/Communications Officer to promote the work of DEANZ and support the activities of the organization. DEANZ is the New Zealand Association for Professionals working in Flexible, Open and Networked Education. We are committed to fostering growth, development, research and good practice in these areas.

This is a part-time position of 200 hours per year which can be worked flexibly depending on work flow.

Key responsibilities include promoting DEANZ to members and external groups, keeping the website up-to-date, providing support for the DEANZ Treasurer and ensuring the smooth running of DEANZ.

Applications close Friday 8th May at 4PM.

For further information please consult the job description.

DEANZ Online Seminar – June 17th

DEANZ Online Seminar

Tuesday June 17th 10:00-11:30 NZ Time

WikiEducator: DE reincarnated or new innovation?

Make sure you read the joining instruction at the bottom of the email

clip_image002Presenter: Wayne Mackintosh
Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT Policy
Commonwealth of Learning
Vancouver, CANADA

About the Session: Wikipedia is unquestionably the most significant social phenomenon of our time. In May 2006, the Commonwealth of Learning established Wikieducator — a Commonwealth sponsored project leveraging the power of  distributed production systems for developing Open Education Resources (OERs).  In this session Wayne will reflect on COL’s experiences to date and assess the success of the project in turning the digital divide into digital dividends. As ODL practitioners, a key question comes to mind:  Does the project suggest the reincarnation of distance education or a new innovation?

Presenter Biography: Dr. Wayne Mackintosh is a committed advocate and user of free software for education. He was the founding project leader of New Zealand’s eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) project ( and responsible for establishing the Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) WikiEducator ( – a website that provides free eLearning content that anyone can edit and use.

Dr. Mackintosh joined COL as Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT Policy, on 1 May 2006. Formerly, he was Associate Professor and founding director of the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Wayne has extensive experience in the theory and practice of open and distance learning (ODL). Prior to moving to New Zealand he spent eleven years working at the University of South Africa (UNISA), a distance learning institution and one of the world’s mega-universities. At the University of Auckland, he was tasked with eLearning strategy and leading CFDL’s professional staff team. He has participated in a range of international consultancies and projects including work for COL, the International Monetary Fund, UNESCO and the World Bank. Wayne also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Open Learning and publishes regularly in the field of flexible and distance learning. Wayne is a member of the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation (

He has a keen interest in pedagogical innovation for sustainable development. “I look forward to my new role assisting countries of the Commonwealth realise their educational potential through ICTs for development. I firmly believe that the future of multi-modal learning in a digital world will be pioneered by the developing nations of our world. Together with COL’s vision for the future and a team of experienced professionals, we can make a real difference in the lives of people throughout the Commonwealth.”

How to join the session

The session is being run over Elluminate. Please investigate your connectivity to Elluminate EARLY, in the past some people have missed the session due to late preparations. If connecting from a work machine you will probably need the assistance of your IT team.  See to ensure you have the necessary bits on your machine to run Elluminate.

Connect to the session via: 

Please invite other colleagues.

Session Sponsored by Elluminate




Global Six recognises Derek Wenmoth

GlobalSix.jpgI am pleased to be able to report that Derek Wenmoth, a long standing member of DEANZ, has been designated one of this year’s “Global Six” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia, who, each year, select twelve US and six global educators who they consider are making a difference in education.

I am sure everyone at DEANZ feels like me that this is well deserved.

Job Advert: DEANZ Communications Officer

DEANZ (The Distance Education Association of New Zealand) is a non-profit professional association for people working in the field of open, distance and networked education. We are seeking an energetic, proactive person to assist with communications.

Ideally you will have an education background, and excellent communication skills including experience in developing online communities.

This is a fixed term, part time position: 200 hours over 12 months

Your role is to promote DEANZ to its membership and to external groups and organisations.

Applications close 5pm Friday 28 March 2008.

Contact Sally Rawnsley, President, DEANZ, on for a job description.

Send your application which includes a brief CV and a letter of application to Sally Rawnsley.

Announcing The eLearning Guild Annual Gathering 2008


Super-early Registration is now open!

The eLearning Guild Annual Gathering is where everyone interested in maximizing organizational e-Learning gets together each year to expand their knowledge, build their expertise, and connect with the largest community of e-Learning professionals in the world.

This event grows by leaps and bounds every year because the programs are always stellar, the people you meet are the best in the business, the knowledge you will gain is unmatched, and the fun you will have is unlimited. AG|08 addresses every aspect of putting e-Learning to work in your organization — from the foundations to the cutting-edge. The depth and breadth of the program is simply unequaled.

So your are encouraged to REGISTER now, before December 31st, so you can take advantage of the $200 Super-early Registration Discount – AND – enter to win an Apple iPhone!

Register NOW

Drupal list for librarians

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There is a new ListServ for librarians called ‘DRUPAL4LIB’.

As the name implies, ‘DRUPAL4LIB’ is for those interested in Drupal, a popular open-source CMS, as it relates to libraries and librarians.

The idea is to have a forum to exchange ideas and advice, share experiences, and maybe even collaborate on a couple of projects that highlight the use of Drupal in a library context.


Send the command
‘SUBSCRIBE DRUPAL4LIB First_name Last_name’
in the body of an email to

Alternatively you can subscribe by selecting ‘Join or Leave the DRUPAL4LIB List’ from the DRUPAL4LIB Archives Page:

Everyone is welcome, whether beginner or pro!

(Via Kairosnews)

New e-Book! The eLearning Guild’s Handbook of e-Learning Strategy

New e-Book! The eLearning Guild’s Handbook of e-Learning Strategy

Learning Solutions eMagazineThe eLearning Guild announced today the publication of its next e-book – The eLearning Guild’s Handbook of e-Learning Strategy. Like all Guild e-books, this one is also available to everyone and does not require you to be logged-in to download it. This free e-Book will help you make a broad, fundamental connection between learning, e-Learning, and your organization’s mission, business objectives, and the bottom line. Chapters address everything from crafting a focused strategy, to keeping your strategy focused, to change management. Download it today!

The Death of the Page Turner: Deal With the Application First

Title: The Death of the Page Turner: Deal With the Application First

Author: Mike Sullivan and Michael Gardner

Many designers and subject matter experts default to “knowledge first, application last” as the pattern for e-Learning. But is this always the right way to go? In this week’s article, two experienced designers offer another view, one that starts with a job simulation, allows learners to guess and make mistakes, and builds in interactivity through performance. This approach not only provides a welcome change of pace, but it also improves learner performance on the job.

Via The eLearning Guild. You will need to be logged in but registration is free.