DEANZ Award 2010 – call for applications

Applications for the 2010 DEANZ award for Excellence in Distance, Open, Flexible and E-learning are now open.

The Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) wishes to promote and reward excellence in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning. The DEANZ Award is open to individuals or groups in New Zealand, or New Zealand citizens living overseas, who have completed a project that meets the criteria of the Award.

Awards are given for projects that

  • advance understanding of best practice in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning in New Zealand;
  • are original or innovative in concept or application;
  • are relevant to and whose outcomes are useful to the e-learning, distance, open and flexible-learning community.

Up to three separate awards may be conferred biennially in conjunction with the DEANZ national conference, with the total amount of money awarded in any year not exceeding $NZ2,000. It is expected that applications for the DEANZ Award will be associated with the current conference theme, and Award recipients (who will be notified in advance) are encouraged to travel to the conference to attend the DEANZ Award ceremony that takes place as a part of the DEANZ conference, being held in Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand, from 25-28 April, 2010.

More details, including a download-able application form are available on the DEANZ website.

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.



As we start the new year it’s always a good opportunity to plan for some of the places we may want to publish and share some of the exciting things we’re doing in the field of distance education. The Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research has recently published its list of eLearning conferences for 2009 (well, through to July 2009 anyway). There are conferences in pretty much every place you can imagine, covering all aspects of work in the eLearning/Distance Education field.

If you do attend one of these please remember to share what you learned from it through a comment on this blog or by sending an email to a DEANZ exec member so we can share it with others in the DEANZ newsletter.

Jossey-Bass online conference

Here’s the schedule at a glance:

October 6 – 7 2008

*  Social Presence in the Online Classroom
*  Transforming a Learning Program Through a Community-Based Model of Instruction
*  Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds October 7
*  Keynote with Cynthia Calongne: Learning in Virtual Worlds
*  Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn
*  Assessing the Online Learner
*  Exploring the Digital Library
*  Gender, Digital Technology, Games and Learning October 8
*  Keynote with Stephen Brookfield: Developing Critical Thinkers
*  Engaging the Online Learner
*  Learning in Real Time
*  Collaborating Online
*  Conquering the Content

There is quite an array of speakers, including Stephen Brookfield, Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt and others.

To find out more about the conference, and to register, go to

I’d say this will be an intense two days, and not sometying you can dabble in – but you will get recordings of the sessions etc etc and so you can benefit later on as well.  The programme is listed here – Derek

WikiEducator workshop

Another Wikieducator workshop starts tomorrow:

The Learning4Content (L4C) initiative is conducting face-to-face workshops in 52 Commonwealth countries – and online workshops every month. To date, this is the largest wiki skills training project on the planet.

The L4C initiative will help WikiEducator achieve its goal of a free version of the education curriculum by 2015. Each L4C workshop participant receives free wiki skills training in return for providing a free lesson or learning resource to WikiEducator.

Register here:

This is a great place to learn about open content and using mediawiki.

These guys are a little modest.  This may even be the largest wiki skills training project in the known universe.  I dislike the three terms skills, training and project, but this is worth a look.

DEANZ Award 2008

The biennial DEANZ Award recognises excellence in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning. The DEANZ Award is open to individuals or groups in New Zealand, or New Zealand citizens living overseas, who have completed a project that meets the criteria of the Award.

Awards are given for projects that
• advance understanding of best practice in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning in New Zealand;
• are original or innovative in concept or application;
• are relevant to and whose outcomes are useful to the e-learning, distance, open and flexible-learning community.

Conference logo 08In 2008, The DEANZ Award will be made at the DEANZ conference in Wellington from 18-20 August, 2008. All applicants should show how projects submitted relate to the conference theme. The deadline for submission of projects in 2008 is 30 June, 2008.

Applications for the DEANZ Award should be made using the official form which is available both from the DEANZ administrator office and the DEANZ website.

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

Free event: Learning Education Technology Leadership in Education Summit

Learning Education Technology Leadership in Education Summit

“Building Common Services for Education through
Service Orientated Architecture and Learning Technology Standards”

5-9 November 2007
Co-Sponsored by: Ministry of Education New Zealand and IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.
Queenstown, New Zealand
The Crowne Plaza Hotel New Zealand

The New Zealand Ministry of Education is proud to be hosting the IMS Global Learning Consortium quarterly meeting in Queenstown, New Zealand, in November 2007.

These meetings, open forum and workshops will involve a wide range of stakeholders including representatives from New Zealand’s education sector and international consortia.

 Further details about the event will be posted on this website as they are confirmed. If you have any questions, please email the New Zealand Ministry of Education:

NB: November is a busy time of year in Queenstown, so if you are intending to attend this event, we recommend that you book your flights and accommodation now.

See for further details

3rd Int Conf on Pedagogies & Learning, USQ 27-29/9/07

This message has been forwarded on behalf of the conference conveners.

Please direct any queries to Michele McGill on telephone +61 7 4631 2351 or

If pedagogy is your passion, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience at the 3rd International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s new Springfield campus.

Held from 27 -29 September 2007, this year’s conference will explore the dynamics and dilemmas of pedagogy in practice and features an exciting line up of keynote speakers including Father Chris Reilly, Dr Caroline Lodge and Professor Emeritus Denise Murray.

Teachers and researchers are invited to participate by submitting snapshots highlighting their own successful and innovative pedagogical practices.

Conference convenor and USQ education lecturer Michele McGill said the conference would aim to expose and celebrate how personal beliefs and values were emerging in pedagogical practice, as well as looking at the effect on teaching of the global learning environment.

“In previous conferences we traced the journey of exploring new meanings and putting those meaning under the microscope,” Ms McGill said.

“It’s now timely to expose what meanings are emerging in practice.

“The conference will explore a whole range of topics including personal pedagogies, pedagogy for intercultural literacy and developing and engaging students in our globalised learning environment.

“Past conferences have been enriched with the real stories and practices emerging from teachers and researchers across Australia so we’re looking forward to seeing a record number of papers and snapshots submitted this year.”

Ms McGill said the keynote and invited speakers would also make an exciting contribution to the conference.

“Founder and chief executive of Youth Off the Streets, Father Chris Reilly will lead an exciting discussion on how strength-based learning and service learning allows students to relate to real community needs.

“Fr Reilly will also look at how values such as tolerance, respect, compassion and integrity can transform pedagogy and learning.

“We’re delighted to also have Dr Caroline Lodge from the University of London coming along to share her experiences engaging students in pedagogy and learning.

“Macquarie University’s Professor Emeritus Denise Murray will present her insights on using diversity as a resource and exploring how interactions between language, society and technology impact on practice.”

The conference is to be hosted by USQ and the Asia-Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning.

For more information on conference registration or submission deadlines, visit or contact Michele McGill on telephone +61 7 4631 2351 or

Have you considered presenting a snapshot?

Teachers and educational practitioners are invited to present a snapshot at the Third International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning in September.

A snapshot is a 20-minute presentation of an example of a successful or innovative pedagogy.  The presentation will be digitally recorded and made available to pre-service teachers at the University of Southern Queensland.

A snapshot can be:

  • a video prepared before the conference and viewed during the presentation
  • a video-recording at the conference in a designated room
  • a hands-on demonstration

For further details about snapshots, please visit the conference website at

Proposal forms and written permissions of the learners involved in the snapshots must be received by July 31, 2007.

For further information about snapshots,

contact Dr Ann Dashwood on,

or phone +61 7 4631 1806.