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FLANZ 2021 Conference keynote presentations: Flexible Futures

Updated: Mar 2

Introducing two of our three world-leading speakers, with woven themes examining critical issues for education in the near future. Plus, FLANZ Awards deadline extended to 08 March.


The FLANZ 2021 Conference, in association with Massey University, offers keynote addresses with local and international, as well as school and higher/further education perspectives.


Future Focused Flexible Learning, Derek Wenmoth

Since the emergence of the World Wide Web the boundary between distance education and in-person education has become blurred, resulting in a wide range of approaches emerging that form the basis of what we now regard as flexible learning. But what are the real drivers of disruption in our education system, and where might this take us into the future? In this keynote, Derek, with his extensive experience working in the compulsory schooling sector, will discuss three drivers of disruption that are establishing the conditions for change in how we think about and design learning for the 21st century. He'll use a range of examples from NZ and internationally to illustrate the ways these changes are manifesting, and highlight where the challenges are for traditional institutions as we move forward.


Four innovative pathways to futures for learning, Gilly Salmon

Learning, with and through technological enhancements, now operates in a landscape unrecognisable only months ago. Gilly Salmon sets off on journeys to the near and further futures…and what they have to offer us for online education. Leveraging her extensive international scholarship in post-secondary education, Gilly offers suggestions for enhanced and direct pathways, and for those less travelled. Choose your own routes: steppingstones or huge jumps for you?



The FLANZ Awards deadline extended to 08 March.


The FLANZ Award

Applications are now invited for the 2021 FLANZ Award, which will be presented at the FLANZ 2021 conference and includes a prize of up to $2,000. The FLANZ 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 original projects that advance understanding of best practice in e-learning, distance, open and flexible learning in New Zealand. FLANZ Award entries should be linked to the conference theme: 'Vision for Flexible Learning' and its sub-themes. For further details download and use the FLANZ Award application template on the FLANZ 2021 Conference Awards page to apply. Applications close 08 March 2021.


Postgraduate Awards (2)

Each scholarship covers:

  • Conference registration.

  • Up to a maximum of $500 to contribute towards the cost of travel and accommodation.

The Postgraduate Awards are open to postgraduate students enrolled in any New Zealand based tertiary institution. Applications are only accepted from applicants who are first authors and presenting their postgraduate research work as either a refereed paper or postgraduate peer reviewed paper at the conference. For further details download the FLANZ Postgraduate Award expectations document on the FLANZ 2021 Conference Awards page and use the FLANZ Postgraduate Award application template to apply. Applications close 08 March 2021.

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