Thank You From DEANZ2016


The DEANZ conference has now ended for this year. Thank you to all of our sponsors, participants and speakers. If you would like to see our wrap up of the conference you can see this on our main website.


Kia ora and a warm welcome to the 2016 DEANZ conference, to be hosted by The University of Waikato, New Zealand.

The biennial DEANZ conference showcases best practice and theory in the broad field of open, distance, flexible and mobile learning across all aspects of the education sector including the compulsory, tertiary, and professional development settings.

The conference is located in the campus of The University of Waikato, one of the most beautifully landscaped in the country. The 2016 conference theme and its sub-themes reflect our close proximity to the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata within the Waikato region. This is a permanent legacy from the Sir Peter Jackson directed films, based on the two trilogies of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books.

The main conference theme, “There and Back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education” 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.

The Waikato team together with DEANZ look forward to welcoming you to the DEANZ2016 Conference and wish you a successful and stimulating stay.
See you in April 2016,

Dr Elaine Khoo & Dr Noeline Wright
DEANZ2016 Conference

The University of Waikato

THEME: There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education.

Sub themes

  • 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…
DEANZ 2016

Conference Logo

The colours reflect the University of Waikato and incorporates Māori elements in a circle. There is also the hint of a crown, referencing one of our subthemes.
Etched in the ring is the koru, a symbol of growth. Twin pillars (or pou) are woven through the ring to suggest ideas of connection. These elements invoke our conference dinner destination at the Hobbiton Movie Set.
The logo is on a black background – Te Kore: The nothingness – from which all life has evolved.
It is designed by Donn Ratana, a highly respected local artist and staff member of the Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Curt Bonk


Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare.

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Dr Dianne Forbes


Dianne Forbes is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

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Carolyn Alexander-Bennett


Carolyn is currently the E-Principal of FarNet in Tai Tokerau. She is one of the founding members of the Virtual Learning Network Community Charitable Trust and is the Chairperson of the VLNC Council.

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Invited Speakers

Phil Garing

Phil Paring
Phil Garing is the founder and Managing Director of Synapsys.

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Joyce Seitzinger

Phil Paring

Joyce Seitzinger has worked in e-learning in the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand for the last 16 years, both in corporate training and in higher education.

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Key Dates

Call for Submissions opens: 30th June 2015 (Tuesday)
Refereed, Practice, Postgraduate and Speed Submissions: 30th September 2015 (Wednesday) Final Call 1st December
Poster Submissions: Final Call 20th February 2016
Revised Papers due: 29th January 2016 (Friday) for inclusion in the conference proceedings
Early Bird Registration ends: 15th Feb 2016
Conference dates: 17th-20th April 2016 (Sunday – Wednesday)
Final versions of papers due for submission to the DEANZ Journal: 30th May 2016 (Friday)

Conference Committee

Event Manager

Dean Bradley

DEANZ2016 is managed by
Convention Management New Zealand Ltd
PO Box 22 233 Khandallah
6441, New Zealand
P: + 64 4 479 4162