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Last Meeting:  Dr Simon Atkinson - Open Polytech

For all you Baby-Boomers, that's the Technical Correspondence Institute - haha!  Simon explained the concepts and possibilities of Distance Learning. He has taught at 7 universities, two of which included Distance/On-Line Learning, and has a Doctorate in Museum Studies.

He described the ODFL Challenge (Open, Distance, Flexible, Learning). His presentation explained how "Distance Learning" used to follow the traditional lecture-seminar-workshop model, but this, and later on-line learning still followed the "Walled Garden" approach, i.e. set up a closed, safe supportive environment. But it was still essentially focussed on the lecturer or seminar leader and assessor, and as it demanded certain pre-requisites and sequences it was neither entirely open nor flexible.

New models he is working on include the "Blue Sky", the "Open Jungle", and the "Just-in-time" approaches. With individual programmes a Learning Programme could be bespoke to an individual's circumstances and needs. Simon emphasised that such methods were more suited to vocational learning rather than a general education and would not suit everyone.

David Thompson observed that such methods could well have a place in block courses as part of a wider programme, as in an apprenticeship. And in thanking, Linda spoke of her own successful experience of re-training and distance-learning.

Community & Member Activity
Environment and Amenities Report

Maintaining Planted area on River Walkway:

Approximately 500 trees were planted by our committee last year.  They have survived winter well but are surrounded by a variety of large weeds.  The good news is that these weeds have a protective function sheltering the young trees from wind and rain.

Parting Thought:

"Thousands of people have donated thousands of hours of their time and millions of dollars, to assist people they will likely never meet or know, in places they have never heard of, let alone visited.  They are Rotarians.”  ~ Elizabeth Bayley-Jull, Otorohanga Rotary


Latest issues from the Pongaroa Library:
"Highways of the World" - Dusty Travel
"I Hit the Wall" - Isadore There
"Disappearing Villages" - Otto Site

Rostered Duties & Responsibilities:

Please study and plan ahead, especially if you are on duty to write a Bulletin Contribution.  A reminder that it's also your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to fulfill your duty.
Upcoming Events
Christmas Function
Dec 09, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Casual Meeting
Avalon Pavilion
Dec 16, 2019
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
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General Notices:

* Christmas Raffle: If anyone has raffle items to donate for the trailer, John Matthews would like you to deliver them to his home (15 Renoir Ave, Belmont), or bring them along to our next meeting at Avalon Pavilion.
* Raffle Tickets: If you have not received your tickets for the Christmas Raffle, or need more tickets please contact John Mathews. He will also have then available at the next meeting.  Once you have sold the tickets the preferred method of payment is by Internet payment to the EHRC Charitable Trusts bank account number 03-0531-0909707-00, with the lowest & highest ticket numbers as your reference, e.g. 10592-10621.  The completed butts are to be returned to John.
* Christmas Puddings: The cost is $20 per tin and Anne will take orders and payments. Brian Lummis has already ordered 12!
* New Year's Eve Fun: What about joining Gregory De Costa and his friends to see-in the New Year:
* Hosting Request: Anne Abbott & Christine Meredith urgently require people to host 3 couples and 4 single Rotarians from North America for a Friendship Exchange, starting on February 2nd - can you help them?
* New Orleans Mardi Gras and all that Jazz: Richard & Chris Perry have been lucky to be selected for a 12-person Rotary Friendship Exchange delegation to New Orleans, starting 16th February 2020. Unfortunately one couple has had to pull out, so the organiser is enquiring whether we know of anyone else who might like to substitute – either a couple, or up to two singles. If anyone has interest, please contact me, or the district co-ordinator, Anneke Rootbeer email:
* Funds Raised: Sergeants Funds - $90.90; Raffle - $132.00
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