Event Date/Time: Apr 11, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 13, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 16, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Feb 10, 2012
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Registrations will be open soon (21 October) for the 2012 DEANZ conference, “Shift Happens - Resilience, Relevance and Reform.” DEANZ 2012 is the premier conference in Aotearoa New Zealand for leaders and practitioners involved in open, flexible and distance learning. The conference will be relevant to tertiary and secondary educators, and those company trainers seeking professional and organisational development that DEANZ supports. You can register your interest at https://secure.cmsl.co.nz/ei/getdemo.ei?id=398&s=_9B01AIK63.

Key information:

1. When: 11 to 13 April, 2012
2. Where: Michael Fowler Centre, central Wellington
3. Registration (opens 21 October, but get your budget request in now!):
o Members: $499+GST registration (early-bird rate); $550+GST registration, which includes rejoining DEANZ for 2012 (early-bird rate).
o Registrants in Member Institutions or Aligned Organisations: $530+GST (early-bird rate).
o Non-Members: $550+GST registration (early-bird rate); $560+GST including 2012 DEANZ membership (early-bird rate).
o One-day registrations are also available: $300+GST per day (early-bird rate).
4. Keynotes: DEANZ is pleased to announce that the 2012 Canterbury Fellow Professor Paul Bacsich will be one of the world leading keynotes at the DEANZ conference, bringing news from Europe and elsewhere of virtual learning research for all sectors. Paul leads the VICED project’s transnational appraisal of virtual schools and colleges (see http://www.virtualschoolsandcolleges.info/pauls-blog).
5. Website: http://www.deanz.org.nz/home/index.php/deanz-conference-2012 or http://tinyurl.com/deanz2012.

The call for abstracts is now open. Non-refereed papers, posters, workshops and refereed papers are all invited for the event. All abstracts must be received by Friday 16 December to be considered for the conference. Author guidelines are available as a PDF document from the conference Website.

· Non-refereed presentations. Abstracts of 300 words are invited. Please send your abstracts to deanz2012@deanz.org.nz. You will be advised of the outcome of your abstract by Friday 20 January 2012, latest. Non-refereed presentations will not be published however any slideshow or accompanying notes will be made available through the DEANZ 2012 Web site after the event.
· Posters. Please send a 300 word description of the proposed poster to deanz2012@deanz.org.nz. Posters can be up to 1.8m (vertical) and 1.1m (horizontal) in size. You will be advised of the outcome of your proposal by Friday 20 January, 2012 latest.
· Workshops. Workshops of up to one and a half hours are available. Please send an outline of your proposed workshop (including any technical requirements) to deanz2012@deanz.org.nz. You will be advised of the outcome of your proposal by Friday 20 January 2012, latest.
· Refereed papers. Abstracts of 300 words are invited for review. Please send your abstract to deanz2012@deanz.org.nz. Instructions for submitting full papers through the DEANZ Online Journal System will be provided to authors. Full papers will be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and will be peer-reviewed. Decisions based on abstracts for refereed papers will be made within a two week timeframe as much as possible. Full paper submissions will be due Friday 10 February 2012. Accepted refereed papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning http://journals.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/index.php/JOFDL.

Abstracts will be discussed among the conference organising committee. Decisions will be made based on the relevance of the submission to the conference theme and strands; likely interest to conference delegates; and contribution to distance learning theory or practice.

Conference strands:

· Resilience: dealing with uncertainty and coping with changes you can and cannot influence.
· Relevance: providing educational services that are relevant to the context and culture of the learner.
· Reform: moving to better futures for all, addressing the political, social, economic and personal drivers.

More updates will be sent from time to time. We're anticipating an exciting and thought-provoking event that continues the great tradition of DEANZ conferences!

If you are on Twitter you can keep up to date with the latest news and tweets on the conference as it happens. You can follow us at https://twitter.com/#!/DEANZ2012. We will be using this account to provide you pre-conference updates, and delegates can share insights by chatting to us @deanz2012 on Twitter during the conference.

See you in central Wellington, April 2012! Please forward this message on to colleagues active in open, flexible and distance learning.

On behalf of the conference organising committee,

Mark Nichols (chair) and Niki Davis (DEANZ President)