Improving Remote Teaching and Online Learning


  • Maggie Hartnett Associate Editor, Massey University
  • Alison Fields Editor-In-Chief, Infosolutions



emergency remote teaching; online learning, online learning, flexible learning, learning theory


This issue of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFDL) contains an invited piece from a well-known author in the field. The intention is to include an invited piece in subsequent issues. This contribution from Rick Shearer focuses on theory in open, flexible, and distance education. The choice of topic is timely given the experiences of emergency remote teaching (ERT) by teachers and academics over the last 18 months, and the prevailing view that online learning and teaching and ERT are equivalent. In addition to the invited article, this issue has four articles—a descriptive piece and three articles from presentations at the recent FLANZ 2021 Conference.

Author Biographies

Maggie Hartnett, Associate Editor, Massey University

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

Alison Fields, Editor-In-Chief, Infosolutions

Alison is an information scientist and Director of Research at InfoSolutions. She conducts research in health information, and contracts in the education sector. She is a fellow of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) and has a Doctorate in Education. Her research areas encompass elearning, 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