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Connected Learners: Who are they and how do we engage with them?


Thank you to everyone who attended the Symposium.  The keynote and invited speakers were very relevant and well received as were the workshop sessions.  The organising committee really appreciated the time and effort put into developing your presentations and the level of interest which these generated amongst the participants.

Gordon Suddaby, on behalf of the organising committee.


Recording of the Symposium is available to view at:

Keynote Speaker George Siemens - presentation can also be found at:

Invited Speaker Derek Wenmoth  - presentation can also be found at:

Link to the 'The Horizon Report' 2010 Asutrali-New Zealand edition:


The Vice-Chancellor’s Symposium 2010 was the culmination of Massey’s 50th year of Distance Learning celebrations.

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker this year is George Siemens from Athabasca University.  George was the Associate Director in the Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba, prior to accepting a position with Athabasca University He is the leading proponent of the theory and practice of Connectivism and is well known throughout the world for his provocative views on the future of distance education and the growth of open educational resources.

In talking about learning George claims:
“Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses”.

Within the context of the Road to 2020 Strategy, the Symposium programme focused on the following questions:

  • How are our learners changing?
  • What do we know about our learners?
  • How do we best connect with our learners now and in the future?
  • How do we enable socially wired learners to access the knowledge they need?
  • What are the implications for future teaching at Massey University?

NB:This year represented a changed approach with the Symposium only presented on the one campus.  In subsequent years however, the Symposium will be hosted on the Wellington and Albany Campuses in turn.  The Vice-Chancellor’s Symposium was also the final event in a new Massey initiative, ‘Teaching and Learning Week’.  

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