2018 Award winners: (from left to right) Fiona Murray, Dr Kate Hill, Dr Linda Laven, Ralph Springett, Dr Elainer Khoo, Professor Jonathan Scott, Associate Professor Alison Kearney, Associate Professor Mandia Mentis, Derek Wenmoth.  by Ralph Springett

FLANZ 2018 Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 FLANZ Award and 2018 JOFDL Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 FLANZ Award


The Waikato University team of Professor Jonathan Scott, Dr Elaine Khoo, Dr Mira Peter and Mr Craig Gilliver received the top award for their development of videos in a ‘flipped class’ environment to teach undergraduate engineering threshold concepts. The team won $2,000 to further their research interests.

Runners up were Dr Mandia Mentis, Dr Alison Kearney and Dr Wendy Holley-Boen from Massey University for their work on developing Professional Learning through Networked Learning Hubs, providing support for Special Needs teachers in schools across New Zealand.

The panel also gave a Highly Commended award to Dr Linda Laven, Fiona Murray, Kim Baxter and Dr Kate Hill from Massey University for their work, Integrating Endnote from download to research report for distance Masters students, an innovative, and replicable model of micro-teaching as a means of increasing digital literacy among Masters students.

For the first time, the FLANZ executive offered two postgraduate awards. PhD candidates Sara Farshad Nia and Danielle Dubien from the University of Canterbury received these awards.

It was encouraging to see the range of innovative and well researched projects submitted for this year’s award. The awards were presented by life member Derek Wenmoth.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFDL) Best Paper Award

Articles from 2016 and 2017 in the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning were considered for this award. The criteria for selecting the best paper included the quality of research and writing, metrics for article views and citations, and value of the content to the ODL field

Winner of the best JOFDL paper award  is Kamila Hoffmann-Dumieński, for her 2016 paper Professional development across the islands of the South Pacific: A perspective of a blended learning facilitator.

There are also 3 highly commended articles, worthy of a mention:

  • Mark Nichols, Reading and Studying on the Screen, An Overview of Literature Towards Good Learning Design Practice
  • Jo Tilton & Maggie Hartnett, What are the influences on teacher mobile technology self-efficacy within secondary school classrooms?
  • Becky Sue Parton, Video Captions for Online Courses: Do YouTube’s Auto-generated Captions Meet Deaf Students’ Needs?