DEANZ 2016 Call for submissions now open

DEANZ2016 Conference
Call for Submissions
Conference dates: 17th-20th April 2016
Conference Venue: The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
THEME: There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education
DEANZ2016 conference website:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We invite you to submit a paper/presentation/workshop and participate in the biennial DEANZ conference, a premier conference in New Zealand for leaders, practitioners and professionals involved in open, distance, flexible and mobile learning across the compulsory schooling sectors, vocational, tertiary and professional development settings.
The conference theme, There and Back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education and its sub-themes, draw inspiration from Hamilton’s close proximity to the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. Hobbiton Movie Set is a permanent legacy of the films Sir Peter Jackson directed, based on the trilogy Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, written by J. R. R. Tolkien. An exciting event is the conference dinner at Hobbiton Movie Set. This includes an exclusive private group tour of Hobbiton (lasting 1.5 hours), dinner at the Green Dragon Inn (replica of the inn featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit), and, a unique after dinner evening lantern tour. The dinner event includes bus transport to and from the venue, 45 minutes away.
The conference promises keynote speakers who are active in providing a range of perspectives on online and distance learning from Professor Curtis Bonk (University of Indiana), Dr Dianne Forbes (University of Waikato) and Carolyn Alexander-Bennett (FarNet). To that end, the main conference theme offers conference delegates the opportunity to reflect, rethink and reimagine open, mobile, flexible and distance learning contexts in relation to one of the sub-themes which are:
  • THEME 1: Ako: Reclaim the Kingdom: reclaim teaching and learning as ‘‘king’; this positions technology as its servant not its master; Context rather than content is also highly relevant in any purposeful and deliberate use of technologies…
  • THEME 2: Rings Around Practice: examples and possibilities in collaborative learning, culturally responsive pedagogy supported by technologies, communities of practice, social justice and equity issues…
  • THEME 3: Surprising Journeys: innovations, any surprises of/in practice and theory, such as challenges, dilemmas or outlier ideas…
  • THEME 4: Emerging Stories: future-focused/blue-skies thinking and practice; developments or trends in the mobile, open, flexible and distance education field; research in progress…
  • THEME 5: Twin Pillars: organisational aspects; management/ leadership issues; infrastructure, logistics and policy issues and challenges; LMSs; systems; technology issues; intractable or enabling systems; isolation/access for distance learners…
Important dates to diary:
Call for Submissions opens: 30th June 2015
Submissions due by 30th September 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 30th October 2015
Revised Papers due: 29th January 2016 for inclusion in the conference proceedings
Final versions of papers due for submission to the DEANZ Journal (JODFL): 30th May 2016
Early Bird Registration ends: 15th Feb 2016

In addition to the traditional DEANZ Award for best practice in the field, three other awards will be presented at the 2016 conference:
  1. Best Refereed Paper Award Certificate. This award is for a paper that represents significant and innovative work in research, development, or applications related to any of the main conference sub themes.
  2. Best Paper published in JODFL Award Certificate, and,
  3. Best paper submitted to the Postgraduate Student Paper category, the PostGrad Prize which is available ONLY to enrolled postgraduate students (part-time or full-time). The winner receives a certificate and a prize of $200 sponsored by the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER), The University of Waikato. The award indicates the potential of the submitted paper to make a significant contribution to the field of interest to the conference themes.
To submit an abstract for presentation or participate in the conference please visit the website or contact us for more information. Visit the conference website:
Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in DEANZ2016.
Submit now! Take advantage of the early bird registration rate.
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To learn more about DEANZ (the New Zealand association dedicated to making ako1 accessible for all):
1Ako  is a te reo (Māori language) term encompassing both teaching and learning.
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JOFDL, DEANZ’s refereed journal, publishes research & welcomes submissions in this field