Editorial: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education





DEANZ2016 conference, flexible learning, teacher and learner experience, digital technologies, open learning


This editorial offers an overview of extended papers presented at the biennial DEANZ2016 conference held at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, from 17–20th April, 2016. In tandem with the conference theme, There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education, this special issue highlights think pieces from the three keynote speakers and five papers that offer insights into developments and practices in open, flexible, and distance learning contexts. As such, the collection is a rich repository of ideas and research that contribute to our interrogation of how digital technologies influence teaching and learning and work in a range of New Zealand and international educational contexts.

Author Biographies

Elaine Khoo, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Elaine is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Education (WMIER), University of Waikato with research interests in pedagogical strategies in technology-based and technology supported learning environments.

Noeline Wright, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Noeline is a Senior Research Officer in Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER) in the Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato. She researches pedagogy, digital technologies in secondary school contexts and initial education.