I have had the honour of attending both this and the previous DEANZ conference (2010) on behalf of distance students at Massey University. At both conferences I have made contacts and found information that has benefited EXMSS and have had the opportunity to present EXMSS, and students views, to the conference.
This year the Review It poster was included in the proceedings and it won the Best Poster competition. Credit need to go to EXMSS staff member Adam Dodd for the brilliant visual interpretation of my ‘crayon’ drawings.
The value of these conferences is two-fold:
- Through discussion and connections with other delegates, the President is more able to comment publically, plan for the future, and be seen as a credible player in the field of distance education;
- Typically EXMSS represents students at these conferences. No other student organisation exists to represent distance students. The people at DEANZ are aware of this and seek to include the student representative in plenary discussions. This is good for the conference and good for the reputation and reach of EXMSS.
Attendance at the DEANZ conference is therefore valuable for our Society: in order to inform our President and to build our reputation as the distance student voice in New Zealand. I encourage EXMSS to support continued presence at this valuable bi-annual conference.
The Review It poster can be found here