DEANZ 2016 Conference: There and Back - Celebrating Ako & Connections

Tēnā rawa atu koutou - DEANZ16 Conference Committee 2016

It has been an absolute privilege to attend this year's DEANZ conference - stimulating, inspiring and mind /perspective challenged. Highlights include: 
  • the range of workshops, keynotes and presentations. 
  • making connections
  • Ako - ongoing learning 
  • endless possibilities

Programme Outline

Workshop: Crafting your Virtual Fellowship (with Fairy Godmothers)...IFFTE

For Fun...


DEANZ 2016 Conference: There and Back - CORE Education

Practice Paper: All's Well that ends Better: Engagement & Retention in a Collaborative Online Environment

As facilitators, Joanne Robson and Sarah Whiting, along with Lachlan McLaren from the Learning Design team, we know first hand what it is like to experience learning online.  When we made the decision to submit a practice paper for DEANZ16, we conducted our meetings online - and only physically came together for the conference. From Christchurch, Whakatane and Auckland, we have a good sense of how our participants in the CORE Education Empower courses expereince distance learning. (Check out our latest courses on offer)

As we were first time facilitators, our professional inquiry was developed around our curiosity and desire to really engage and retain the participation of all our participants.
CORE Education's Lachie and Jo presenting, with Sarah there in spirit 

All's well - or is it?

Here is our practice paper and presentation. Check out the (un)expected outcomes on our journey...

Our next step is to continue developing our inquiry, and build on our experiences.

DEANZ 2016 Conference: There and Back - CORE Education and UNITEC presents...

Practice Paper: The Two Towers: Appraisal and Leadership Development for 'Middle' Leaders

The Two Towers: Jo Robson, CORE Education and Martin Bassett, Unitec Institute of Technology

It seems that in our quest to ensure 'Middle' leaders are both appraised and developed, we have struck a chord with organisations near and far. 

Fabulous support crew from Tātai Aho Rau - CORE Education 2016

Our Quest:

  • The practice paper we presented at DEANZ16 can be accessed here, along with our presentation.
  • We have submitted our developed paper to the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFL) -
  • Planning and creating - utilising the expertise of CORE Education's UDL, Learning Design and facilitation team, along with Unitec's academic Educational Leadership and Management team.
  • Submitted our abstract for ULearn16 - to prototype our 'online' national Middle Leaders course 

Curious to know more?

- watch this space!

DEANZ 2016 Conference: There and Back - Keynote Joyce Seitzinger

Learner Experience Design: Discovering tools and ideas for orchestrating the learner experience

Joyce Seitzinger

Transcending the material 

Going beyond - transformational experience
User Experience Design - (UX is not UI
As a result - new jobs - UX designers - made into the Top 5 Tech Salary
  • Experience Design - consequence of many systems
  • Human Centered (Don Norma)
  • Service Design Thinking 
Empathy for the user
Co creation 
Design across the gaps - considering the whole picture when we are creating the learner experience. All coordinating their actions.

LX Double Diamond

Check out link 
- prototyping "if a picture is worth a 1000 words, a prototype is worth a 1000 meetings" (Tom & David Kelley)

Learner Observation - asking them to sketch and talk aloud. 
Card Sorting - talk aloud and record information
Coding Conversations- POSTit notes - defined trends

Findings: not common, varied jargon - underlying problem solved 
User interviews - guide, formality, clear and important part of the interview
Empathy Mapping 
Personas - make information available - easy to spread, accessible, 
eg: Anxious Emma - design with all of them in mind.
Affinity Diagramming
Problem Statements
How Might We?
Storyboarding - demonstrate user scenarios
Journey Map 
Map the Learner paths and Touch Points (interacts with product/course)
Identify Barriers and 
Different ways of Collaborating

Want more?

Joyce (@catspyjamasnz)  along with FLANZ (@FlexLearnNZ), bring you:
A FLANZ conversation with Joyce - here

Fabulous links/recording - be ready to be inspired.

DEANZ 2016 Conference: There and Back - Presentation Jane Hunter

High Possibility Classrooms: Emerging stories in design based learning in Australian secondary schools

Dr. Jane Hunter

Underpinning themes / Framework

Five conceptions:
  • How they construct learning?
  • Purposeful
  • Supports planning
  • Implementation
  • Impact - enriching subject matter
  • Shifts conversations and thinking creativity
  • Audience beyond them, more likely to have a different assessment response.
  • Scaffolding learning
  • Teachers professionally used the technology 
  • Infrastructure - nurtured Community of Learners

Unique: Motivational exemplars of practice, Teachers' perspectives', fills the gap in literature.

"Assessment the silent killer of learning" - Eric Mazur 

Readings: (#ProfReading)
Check out the following:

DEANZ 2016 Conference: There and Back - CORE Education

Workshop: One ring to rule them all? 

Universal Design for Learning

The Fabulous UDL / Team Moodle Awesomeness, from Core Education
It is always a privilege to be working with such an inspiring, talented and passionate group of people. People who are always learning, challenging the status quo, and ensuring that we are inclusive - for ALL - tēnā rawa atu koutou - Tātai Aho Rau.
- a way of accessing UDL
Imagine 20 people for dinner
Adults + credit card
Default - diversity, we expect it
Predictable variability at outset
Universal Design for EATING - courtesy to consider ALL needs.

This powerful image of analogy - snow + ramp - access for ALL Learners?

Another example:
Universal Design for Pool Users 
5 'types' of people - connected using streamers - different colours 5 scenarios - we were visibly challenging and changing our practice.

Universal Design for Learning

3 primary UDL principles highlight areas we can: 
remove or minimise barriers to learning
build in flexibility, put in place universal supports and options at the outset

  • Why - affective
  • What - recognition 
  • How - strategic

Sandpit and Discussions

Jump in and play - prototype how online learning could be for this group of learners...

Want more? 

Chrissie Butler, Core Education - EdTalks 

DEANZ 2016 Conference: There and Back - Presentations

Presentation: How to keep learners engaged in a blended Learning environment

John Milne

Content & Activity
Thinking about moving from Replacement to Enhancement (SAMR)


  1. Getting Students Engaged - relevant, social community
  2. Maintaining Engagement - teacher presence
  3. Re-engaging - longer its left, harder to recover

Key takeaway: 

Based on the Massey University research conducted - 10 strategies - the key, you need all ten. Effort of Facilitator - enthusiasm and presence - 

Presentation: What are the influences on teacher mobile technology self efficacy within secondary school classrooms?

Jo Tilton
Dr. Maggie Hartnett

Self efficacy - learner agency, future focused, social cognitive theory  

Linked to:
success, achievement self regulation effort, persistence

Mastery, Modelling, coaching, physiological reactions. Conversely, failure undermines efficacy. Have to have universal supports.

Study: Jo explored how self efficacy changed over time. Teachers were given ipads, prior to the students getting them. Support and learning wrapped around. Explore, experiment before using them in classrooms. 


  • Experiencing success
  • collective efficacy between students and teachers
  • perceived VALUE built efficacy - affordance - enjoyment, organisation, differentiate, agency
  • facilitator and collaborator 
Barriers to technology - infrastructure and time 
However, developed coping strategies, suggesting a level of resilience

Key takeaway: 

Modelling Learning - we are all learners. 

DEANZ2016 Conference: There and Back - Keynote Prof Curt Bonk

Keynote: Education 3.0: The Learning World of Middle Earth is Fast-Changing

 Professor Curt Bonk

A lively keynote from Professor Curt Bonk - with huge provocations and wonderings about where learning fits in our fast changing 'Middle' Earth.

Where is it going?
Education 1.0 - You shall not pass - test scores 

Charles Wedemeyer - Learning at the Back Door - pioneer f distance learning
Emerging Technologies - 
Face to face - correspondence? 
- life change - not test scores

Education 2.0
If you don't study - you shall not pass. This rhetoric, accompanied with Study Skills.
If you are not adapting, a plan to change, then...

Education 3.0
Learning - "anyone can learn from anyone at anytime"
Age of Instructor as Curator, Concierge, Counsellor
Experiences, possibilities

Flexible opportunities - learning - pushing boundaries and edges

Recommended Readings: (#ProfReading)

  • Drive - Daniel Pink
  • GRIT - Angela 
  • Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Wired to Create - Kaufman and Carolyn Gregory
  • Originals - Adam Grant
  • The Innovators - Walter Isaacson (2014)
  • Mindset - Dweck
  • Creativity INC. - Ed Catmull
  • Invasion of the MOOCs 
  • MOOcs and Open Education

Check out this: Knowldege Navigaotr (1987) - predictions

Thirty Ways Learning is Changing:

self directed, global, open, massive, mobile, ubiquitous, informal, video-based, collaborative,global, 
To ensure learning is: just in time, when we need it
Move from wikipedia to video learning:
  • Feb 17 2016 (India) Smart phone: for less than $4USD 
  • May 14 2015 - Smartphone separation - nomophobia 
  • MArch 2 2015 - Zombies blindly walking 
  • Jan 7 2015 - Learning is more Flipped (Khan)
  • March 31 2016 - 
  • June 16 2015 - - 'what do you want to learn today?'
  • April 2016 AACE - open

Learning is more:

touch sensored
social - 
learning is more direct from experts
synchronous - many to many (Zoom)
immediate science happening - data can be utilised immediately
informal - '
on demand
hands on - makey makey
self directed
massive - MOOCs

'Four Horsemen' 

  1. Quality, 
  2. Copyright, 
  3. Plagiarism and 
  4. Assessment
Retention tool - Starbucks - 4 years 

Key Takeaway:  We can't do this alone, but what we do know is, we need to ADAPT, and we need to ADAPT - NOW.
Hobbiton with Jesse and Curt...'Middle Earth' 
Tēnā rawa atu koe, thanks Curt - great pace and overall, a very thought provoking keynote.