Promoting Open, Flexible and Distance Learning in Increasingly Challenging Times

Authors

  • Niki Davis University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab
  • Alison Fields The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Maggie Hartnett Massey University Institute of Education

Keywords:

open scholarship

Abstract

Although the potential to increase equitable access to education is threatened by economic and technical developments, the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning is working to address these threats. This editorial describes actions over the lifetime of one leader in the field and the lifetime of this journal. Our move to align with and take advantage of the Public Knowledge Project in Canada is the most recent action. The articles and book reviews in this issue also provide a number of illustrations of the open scholarship that is working to increase equitable access for adults and children in this region and around the world.

Author Biographies

Niki Davis, University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab

Niki Davis, Distinguished Professor of e-Learning in the University of Canterbury College of Education, Health and Human Development in Christchurch, New Zealand. In addition to researching e-learning in teacher education and professional development, Niki teaches and researches about change with digital technologies in education and related areas of scholarship. Niki is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.

Alison Fields, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Alison is a senior lecturer at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand where she teaches Information and Library Studies. She also sits on the Professional Registration Board of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). Her research areas encompass e-learning, library services, and continuing professional development. She is currently enrolled in EdD studies at the University of Otago. Alison is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.


Maggie Hartnett, Massey University Institute of Education

Maggie is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University, New Zealand, where she teaches in the areas of e-learning and digital technologies. Her research interests include motivation and engagement in digital environments, teaching and learning with digital technologies, electronic portfolios, support for digital learners, digital places, and spaces of learning. Maggie is an executive member of DEANZ and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.

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Published

2016-08-25

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