Understanding Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
Half-day in-house workshop: $1800 (plus GST)
About the workshop
When it comes to implementing open, flexible and distance learning (OFDL), one size does not fit all. Organisational goals, policies and practices all shape the ways in which OFDL works.
This workshop features:
An orientation to open, flexible and distance learning
|A self-paced, online and free introduction to the basic ideas, concepts and theories related to open, flexible and distance learning (OFDL).|
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The main purpose of this workshop is to introduce open, flexible and distance education as a systemic activity and explore major aspects of that activity. To do this the workshop will:
- Provide a foundation for the participants’ organisational context
- Explore the major characteristics and attributes of OFDL in tertiary education
- Identify the broad elements of an OFDL system, and indicators of quality for those elements
- Examine the roles of those teaching and supporting students learning through OFDL and the research that underpins the nature of those roles
- Review recent developments in the field of OFDL and explore their potential impact on current OFDL practice in tertiary settings.
This workshop is designed as an introduction to the freely accessible online course “An orientation to Open, Flexible and Distance Learning” developed by DEANZ with support from Ako Aotearoa. That course contains six modules:
- Laying OFDL foundations
- Key aspects of distance education
- The effective OFDL educator
- Successful open flexible distance learners
- The OFDL community
- Future thinking
In-house tailored delivery
Before the workshop an in-house support person from the participant’s organisation will need to be identified. The workshop facilitator will work with the in-house support person to establish the workshop cohort and the organisation’s ODFL context.
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About the facilitators
Dr Bill Anderson has undertaken teaching and research in distance and online learning. He taught online at Massey University and the University of Otago, has written articles published in distance and online journals, co-edited the first edition of the Handbook of Distance Education and contributed to subsequent editions. Bill was the Director of Distance Learning at Otago for 5 years and so brings a whole-of-institution as well as an individual teacher perspective to these workshops.
Dr Keryn Pratt is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago College of Education, teaching online in the areas of quantitative research methods and ICT in education. She is also the Postgraduate and Distance Coordinator (Education Studies) and a member of the Centre for Distance Education and Learning Technologies, located within the College of Education. Keryn has been researching in the area of ICT and distance education since 2000, when she began working for the then Faculty of Education, and has been teaching online since 2004.
These workshops are part of Ako Aotearoa’s Professional Development Programme – an initiative to bring high quality, evidence-based and affordable professional development to educators and managers across New Zealand’s diverse tertiary education sector.
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