Events

APODE Week 2021

Asia-Pacific Online Distance Education

The Asia-Pacific Online Distance Education week was held from November 1 – 5, 2021. The Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) and the Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) were delighted to collaborate to jointly host the Asia-Pacific Online Distance Education (APODE) Week. We were also pleased to include the Asian Society for Open and Distance Education that publishes the Asian Journal of Distance Education as a further partner.  

In 2020, the COVID crisis put the spotlight on the value of investing in new flexible models of education and this exciting initiative aimed to both celebrate and build further capacity in online distance education in the Asia-Pacific region. We hoped that you engaged partners and key stakeholders throughout the region in a variety of online activities over the week. Notably, APODE Week also coincided with a series of webinars as part of European Online and Distance Learning Week (3-10 November) hosted by the European Distance & E-Learning Network (EDEN). And it aligned with National Distance Learning Week 2021 (8-12 November) in the United States hosted by the US Distance Learning Association (USDLA). We were delighted to be partnering with EDEN, FLANZ and USDLA to add a strong international perspective to this innovative week-long virtual event to promote online distance education. 

A series of freely available webinars were available during the week from leading practitioners and international educators working in the area. This was an excellent opportunity to critically reflect on the COVID experience over the last 18 months with a global community of educators as we considered the role of new models of online distance education in the future. If you did not manage to join us in one or more of the webinars on offer, we have provided access to webinar recordings below. 

1 November

8:30AM AEDT
1:30AM NZDT

8:30AM AEDT
1:30AM NZDT

Equity and Inclusion Using Open Educational Resources

Presenters: Trish Chaplin-Cheyne, SFHEA

With the recent demands made on educators to satisfy the needs of remote learners, there is a growing interest in the OER movement. In this webinar, Trish will outline the UNESCO OER Recommendations and the way ICDE Ambassadors are working with them. She will also highlight those recommendations that spotlight equity and inclusion factors, across all educational sectors. The webinar will share successes and challenges faced by practitioners.

2 November

9:00AM AEDT
11:30AM NZDT

3:00PM AEDT
10:00PM NZDT

Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia

Lessons from Learners: Students’ Insights on Effective Learning Online

Presenters: Professor George Veletsianos, Dr Elaine Beirne and Dr Melissa Bond

This webinar features a lively panel discussion with three leading scholars working in online distance education with a strong learner focus to their work. The panel will discuss lessons that we have learnt from learners and other valuable insights into the online learning experience from a student perspective. 

2 November

9:00AM AEDT
11:30AM NZDT

3:00PM AEDT
10:00PM NZDT

ODLAA and FLANZ partnership event

Distance Education in the New Normal: Implications for a Post COVID World

Presenters: Dr Aras Bozkurt and Dr Ramesh Sharma

As one of the greatest global crises in recent human history, the pandemic has changed the way we perceive and interpret the world as we know it. Normal, by its nature, is a relative term and, presently, we have different derivations of it: Normal, new normal, and next normal. This webinar, in this regard, focuses on distance education in the new normal and intends to present some implications that should be taken into consideration. 

4 November

8:30AM AEDT
1:30AM NZDT

3:30PM PST
10:30PM GMT

Equity and Inclusion in Flexible Learning: Challenges Across the Sectors

Presenters: Claire Amos, Steve Leichtweis and Stephen Marshall

This webinar invites four expert perspectives on the question of how the challenges and opportunities of equity and inclusion in online and distance education are being responded to by different educational sectors. The panel includes representatives from the school sector, tertiary and corporate worlds. 

5 November

9:00AM AEDT
11:30AM NZDT

3:00PM AEDT
10:00PM NZDT

Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia

Reimagining Flexible Learning to Build Resilience in Education Systems Post COVID-19

Presenters: Som Naidu, PhD, PFHEA

As higher education institutions begin to assess the damage and disruption caused by the pandemic to their learning and teaching operations and funding models, hard questions need to be asked about why so many educational institutions universally have had to shut down most of their learning and teaching activities, or resort to a minimalist form of operation. How has it been possible for our learning and teaching operations to be compromised so completely, and why are learners and teachers so overwhelmed with moving their activities online? What does this say about how we have been preparing our learners and teachers for a future-focused economy? These and many more such questions need answers and will be explored at this webinar.