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Conference presentation about elearning in NZ & the role of the VLNConor Bolton - Volcanics ePrincipalRachel Roberts - TaraNet ePrincipal(ULearn08/09; Learning@Skl09)

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2. Dont limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in a different time 3. Industrial to Informational In the industrial age we went to schoolin the information age school comes to us 4. What is the VLN? www.virtuallearning.school.nz 5. What is an online Learning Community? Why might schools form one? 6. Connecting Learners through Video Conferencing Student-Teacherface-to-face contact enables the distance to dissolve 7. Adobe Connect 8. 9. NZ VC in Education Key Stages

  • Early 1990s The Correspondence School begins trialling telecommunications technology
  • 1994 Cantatech audiographics classes
  • 2000 - KAWM
  • 2001 OtagoNet
  • 2002 initiation of Project Probe
  • 2002 establishment of VLN (within TCS)
  • 2002 - MOE funding for VC bridge
  • 2003 eLearning schools clusters mushroom nationally
  • 2004 TCS drops VLN picked up by MOE
  • 2006 expansion of VLN
  • 2007 further budget allocation for Cluster Leadership funding (VLN)

10. Common Characteristics of eLearning VC Clusters

  • Ad Hoc nature of development (grass roots)
  • Funding has come from sources that are not sustainable
    • Community Trusts
    • ICTPD
    • Collaborative Innovations Funding
    • EHSAS (Extending High Standards Across Schools)
  • Learning/Teaching model similar
  • Staffing most follow contributed staffing model
  • Similar goals & issues
  • National support from the VLN

11. Common Goals & Outcomes

  • More choice & opportunity for senior students in subject selection
  • Student retention
  • Higher level of support than is possible through the Correspondence School
  • Teachers able to teach in their areas of speciality
  • Increase confidence & capability in elearning
  • Increased collaboration between schools

12. Common Issues

  • Logistics of a shared timetable
  • Technical barriers (particularly in the earlier years)
  • High workload for eTeachers
  • Staffing
  • Need for onsite student support
  • Opportunities for face to face
  • Sustainability

13. Success Factors

  • Leadership
  • Vision
  • Cluster culture
  • Staffing
  • Support VEN Report on ELearning Communities

14. eLCLF

  • eLearning Cluster Leadership Funding
  • Birth of the ePrincipal!!!???
  • Mahi Tahi

15. What is, and who are, the ePrincipals? 16. Cluster Websites

  • Southern Regional Health School
  • OtagoNet
  • WELCom
  • Cantatech
  • Volcanics
  • TaraNet
  • CoroNet
  • AorakiNet
  • Cantatech
  • Baylink

17. 18. 19. Online Learning Environments Formal and informal discussion areas Spaces catering for different interests Tools for managing participation 20. Online Learning Environments Spaces catering for different interests Tools for managing participation http://moodle.minedu.govt.nz/taranet/ 21. Digital Conversations 22. 23. 24. 25. Teacher PD Opportunities 26. Common Issues

  • Logistics of a shared timetable
  • Technical barriers (particularly in the earlier years)
  • High workload for eTeachers
  • Staffing
  • Need for onsite student support
  • Opportunities for face to face
  • Sustainability

27. Looking to the Future

  • Opportunities provided by implementation of the New Curriculum
  • ICT strategic framework
  • Convergence
  • What will the VLN look like? Self sustaining in terms of governance and finance?
  • Development of a National Education Network
  • National plan for specialist music tuition.
  • How will School+impact the education landscape?
  • Adult and Community Education opportunities
  • Satellite schooling provision [proposal in development for WestNet - in practice through Westmount]

28. Conclusion

  • Paradigm Shift is this achievable for education?
  • Challenges
    • Infrastructural constraints.
    • Financial constraints
    • Time constraints
    • Competitive model promoted over collaborative model.
    • Teacher training

29. Acknowledgements

  • Thanks to the following people whose input and prior work formed part of this presentation:
    • Conor Bolton
    • Rachel Roberts
    • Derek Wenmoth
    • Eddie Reisch
    • Chris Allott McPhee
    • Learning Communities Online: A support handbook for cluster schools. Guidelines for schools developing or joining online learning communities. Provides a summary of the changing face of online learning for schools & overview of an elearning environment The Barrel. This is a draft document under consultation through the VLN website.
    • www.virtuallearning.school.nz

30. ICT Strategic Framework forEducation - MOE Focus Work underway Connectivity:Improving access

  • Providing access to online resources across agencies (Education Sector Authentication and Authorisation (ESAA))
  • Scoping what would be needed for a National Education Network to support regional initiatives

Content:Sharing Resources

  • Making media-rich learning resources available online:
  • The Hive project
  • Learning Federation objects
  • Education Sector Federated Search
  • Developing a digital archive of resources for teaching, learning, research and administration (National Digital Heritage Archive).

Confidence & Capability:Increasing information literacy skills and competencies

  • ICT Professional Development Clusters
  • The Digital Technologies Framework (Year 11-13)
  • Multi Literacies and key competencies working group

31. Trends Convergence(Derek Wenmoth) 32. 33.