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Up-coming Events

Seventh Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF7)
November 2013
Co-hosted by Commonwealth of Learning and the Federal Ministry of Education with the National Open University of Nigeria.
ACODE Australasian Council on Open, Distance and E-learning
2013 Learning Technologies Leadership Institute
17 – 21 August 2013
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Qld.
16th International Conference on Thinking (ICOT13)
21-25th January 2013
Wellington, New Zealand.
20th International Conference on Learning
11-13th July 2013
University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece.
Celebrating the 20th Learning Conference, Two Decades Exploring Innovation in Education.
ULearn 2013
9-11th October 2013
Hamilton, New Zealand.
Learning @ School Roadshow 2013
Various Locations and dates throughout 2013 around New Zealand.

28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning

August 8-10 2012, Madison, WI, USA
Register by July 16 to receive early-bird rate
Take a look at this year’s Conference Program. The schedule offers more than 160 learning opportunities with presenters from around the globe, plus several chances to network with colleagues. Link to the different sessions from the left menu.
Bring your team to Madison and take advantage of the Group rates and other Group Offerings. Go to the Registration page to see other conference fees and links.
Unable to join us on site? Then we encourage you to sign up for one of the two Virtual Options available this year. Rates available for individuals or groups.
Special Session Highlight
Around the World in 45 Minutes: Global Perspectives on Distance Education
Thursday, August 9, 2012, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
With the continuous improvement of information and communication technologies, ever more regions of the world are participating in distance education. In recognition of distance education as a truly global enterprise, and in celebration of the increasingly international audience at this conference both on-site and virtually, we invite you to attend the inaugural Global Perspectives event.
This session will highlight distance education efforts in various regions of the world to compare and contrast worldwide trends in the field. Panelists will provide regional perspectives on such topics as enrollment trends, factors that drive distance education, the value of distance education, success stories, and challenges that influence distance education efforts.
Moderated by Dr. Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, this session includes the following panelists:

  • Ari-Matta Auvinen, of HCI Productions Oy and Helsinki University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland
  • Mariangela Braga, of Universidade Estadual Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Terumi Miyazoe, of Tokyo Denki University in Tokyo, Japan
  • Gihan Osman, of American University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt

2012 Conference Keynotes

Applying neuroscience to educate

for meaningful learning

Learning in hand with mobile technology

Dr. James Zull

Professor of Biology

and of Biochemistry,

Case Western Reserve University

Judy Brown

Mobile Learning

Strategic Analyst


Conference Venue and Madison Area

Monona Terrace Convention Center The conference will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center along Lake Monona in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. The setting is near several large hotels, unique restaurants, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, and walking/exercise paths.

To find out more about Madison events and attractions during your visit, go tohttp://www.visitmadison.com/visitors/

28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

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The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized internationally for the quality and integrity of its program. Each year the conference provides an exchange of current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education/training.

August 8-10. 2012 Madison, WI

Conference Objectives   


  • Discuss critical success factors and innovative practices in distance education and training.
  • Examine the key components of effective applications: needs analysis, course design, teaching methods, active learning, learner support, management, policy, and evaluation.
  • Share successful approaches, strategies, and techniques.
  • Identify active teaching/learning methods for effective engagement, motivation, and performance outcomes.
  • Discuss major issues, new developments, and trends.


  • Reflect on progress made in distance education.
  • Consider future possibilities for distance education.
  • Increase knowledge about teaching/training at a distance.


  • Facilitate networking among distance educators, practitioners and administrators.
  • Share program resources via technology (e.g., print, audio, video, multimedia, and the Internet).

Registration and further info: Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning.


Universities setting a course for home

For many potential students a full-time, campus degree is not an option. So could distance learning be the answer?

Frozen Planet 2 Spring

The Open University’s Frozen Planet course is designed in conjunction with the BBC series shot in Antartica. Photograph: Jeff Wilson/BBC/Jeff Wilson

As prospective students face up to the increased cost of higher education, universities have become keenly aware of the need to offer cheaper options. Higher education providers are, as a result, increasingly looking to develop novel, workplace-relevant distance learning versions of degrees, which they say are considerably less expensive than that of a full-time, on-campus experience.
Such innovation is already paying dividends at the Open University (OU), for example, where a higher than average number of students recently signed up to a new course on the ecology and wildlife of Antarctica. Designed in conjunction with the BBC Frozen Planet series, for which OU academics acted as advisers and presenters, the course has unique footage shot on location specifically for OU students, exclusive access to BBC archive film and an interactive study website written by Dr Mark Brandon, a polar scientist involved in the making of the documentary. As a result, the OU has seen double the enrollment numbers it would typically expect for a new course.
Full Article: Distance learning | Education | guardian.co.uk.

How Adaptive Learning Technology Is Being Used in Online Courses | Edudemic

Computer Lab

Internet learning is becoming quite popular. Distance education allows students a chance to learn their subjects at their leisure. Convenience is another of the benefits that is found with internet educational institutions. Adaptive learning is an essential component of distance learning.
What is adaptive learning?
Adaptive learning tailors the educational process to the strengths and weaknesses of individual students. This method of teaching first came into being during the 1970s. However, the costs to implement adaptive technologies was unfeasible at this time. Recent advancements in the power of computers have made it easy for universities to instruct their students on an individual basis.
via How Adaptive Learning Technology Is Being Used in Online Courses | Edudemic.

The Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning Volume 15 Issue 2

Volume 15 of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning. JOFDL 15(2), is a special theme issue on Open Educational Practices.
See: http://journals.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/index.php/JOFDL/
The contents are listed below.  Please pass work on through your professional networks.


Introduction PDF
Ben Kehrwald i-ii

Articles – Theme

Extending the Territory: From Open Educational Resources to Open Educational Practices PDF
Ulf-Daniel Ehlers 1-10
Something for everyone? The different approaches of academic disciplines to Open Educational Resources and the impact on widening participation PDF
Tony Coughlan, Leigh-Anne Perryman 11-27
Making academic OER easy: Reflections on technology and openness at Oxford University PDF
Melissa H. Highton, Jill W. Fresen, Joanna Wild 28-40
Playing catch-up: Investigating public and institutional policies for OER practices in Australia PDF
Carina Bossu, Mark Brown, David Bull 41-54

Articles – Primary studies

The Potential of Building High School Students’ Vocabulary Using an iPod Touch and Gaming App PDF
Jennifer Redd, Denise Schmidt-Crawford 55-67


Distance Education and E-Learning – Past, Present and Future

Buzzwords in education have been in existence since the on-set of formal education as we know it today. Many of these terms come and go based on their usage and their context but some terminologies have withstood the test of time. Let us take a look at some of the common terms along with the chronology of how they evolved. Continue reading Distance Education and E-Learning – Past, Present and Future