About Rachel

I am currently ePrincipal of the VLN Primary School. I am passionate about equity and access to education. Online learning can break down the walls of the classroom, level the playing field and provide opportunities where previously there were none. I am a Primary trained and NZ registered teacher experienced in elearning, facilitation and teacher professional development.

DEANZ back from Sabbatical

The DEANZ blog has been taking a sabbatical for awhile but is now back with a refreshed look and a line up of members ready to contribute. Because there are so many things that you just can’t say in a tweet!

Make sure you add us to your news feed reader, subscribe, follow us on twitter AND contact us to make your guest contribution.

To those who are new to DEANZ here is an overview to update you:

DEANZ  Is committed  to fostering growth, development, research and good practice in open, flexible, and distance learning. DEANZ provides opportunities for it’s members to:


  • DEANZ events, including our upcoming ‘Hot Topic’ online seminars & Virtual Conference.
  • Bi-annual conferences (next in 2016) –  discounted rates for members.
  • DEANZ Award – promoting and rewarding excellence in e-learning, open, flexible, and distance learning
  • Access our members’ list of like-minded professionals.



  • Advocates on matters relevant to open, flexible, and distance learning in New Zealand, such as participation in TERG, contribution to the eLearning Guidelines.
  • Establishes and maintains links with the international distance education community.
  • Develops professional resources such as 2016 Scenario Guide & Orientation to Online, Flexible and Distance Learning;
  • Promotes discussion, dissemination of research;  and identifies key areas needed for research and development in open, flexible, and distance learning.