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The Virtual Learning Network in New Zealand

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The VLN in New Zealand Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Christchurch, New Zealand October 2008
  • 2. Introductions
  • 3. What is the VLN? www.virtuallearning.school.nz
  • 4. What is an online Learning Community? Why might schools form one?
  • 5. Connecting Learners through Video Conferencing Student-Teacher face-to-face contact enables the distance to dissolve
  • 6. Adobe Connect
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  • 8. 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)
  • 9. 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
  • 10. eLCLF
    • eLearning Cluster Leadership Funding
    • Birth of the ePrincipal!!!???
    • Mahi Tahi
  • 11. What is, and who are, the ePrincipals?
  • 12. Cluster Websites
    • Southern Regional Health School
    • OtagoNet
    • WELCom
    • Cantatech
    • Volcanics
    • TaraNet
    • CoroNet
    • AorakiNet
    • Cantatech
    • Baylink
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  • 15. Online Learning Environments Formal and informal discussion areas Spaces catering for different interests Tools for managing participation
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  • 19. Teacher PD Opportunities
  • 20. 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
  • 21. 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]
  • 22. Conclusion
    • Paradigm Shift – is this achievable for education?
    • Challenges
      • Infrastructural constraints.
      • Financial constraints
      • Time constraints
      • Competitive model promoted over collaborative model.
      • Teacher training
  • 23. 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
  • 24. ICT Strategic Framework for Education - 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
  • 25. Trends – Convergence (Derek Wenmoth)
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