Inhabiting the Multiple Places, Spaces, and Time for Learning


  • Maggie Hartnett Massey University
  • Lucila Carvalho Massey University
  • Heather Lamond Massey University
  • Fiona Murray Massey University
  • Duncan O'Hara Massey University
  • Alison Fields infosolutions



FLANZ2018 conference, digital technologies, openness and flexibility, new technologies and related pedagogies


This editorial of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFDL) provides an overview of the FLANZ2018 biennial conference held at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 9–11 April, 2018. The conference theme, From Inception to Infinity:
Inhabiting the Multiple Places, Spaces and Time for Learning provided the context for the five keynote speakers to explore the opportunities for learning that are emerging from the rapidly changing world of digital technologies. An overview of their presentations is discussed below. These, in addition to the two extended conference papers in the issue, offer insights into emerging learning opportunities. The other contributions in this issue extend our understanding of how digital technologies are influencing learning and teaching in different contexts.

Author Biographies

Maggie Hartnett, Massey University

Maggie Hartnett is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University, New Zealand. She teaches in the areas of digital technologies and coordinates the postgraduate qualifications in digital technologies. She is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.

Lucila Carvalho, Massey University

Lucila Carvalho is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand. In her
research areas of design for learning and networked learning she explores how knowledge and social
structures shape the design and use of technology, and how technology influences social and educational
experiences. Her latest books include Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning (with Goodyear & de
Laat, Routledge, 2017) and The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks (with Goodyear, Routledge,

Heather Lamond, Massey University

Heather is Associate University Librarian, Client Services, at Massey University, New Zealand. She is responsible for strategic oversight and leadership of the library’s support of teaching, learning, and research at Massey. She is also a practitioner researcher in areas of flexible and distance learning and the potential for developing information, academic, and digital literacies.

Fiona Murray, Massey University

Fiona is a teaching consultant in the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University, New Zealand, where she focuses on academic development for teaching staff across the institution.

Duncan O'Hara, Massey University

Duncan is the Director, Learning and Teaching in the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University, New Zealand.

Alison Fields, infosolutions

Alison is an information scientist and Director of Research at InfoSolutions. She conducts research in health information, is completing a Doctorate in Education, and contracts in the education sector. She is a Fellow of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). Her research areas encompass e-learning, online learner support, health information, library services, and continuing professional development. Alison is an executive member of FLANZ and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.