Barbour, M. K., Wenmoth, D., & Davis, N. (2013, April). Virtual learning in New Zealand: Examples of networked schools. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
• two main islands separated by the Cook Strait.• closest neighbor is Australia (over 1200 milesaway)• 4.4 million people in 2006 (1% increase from2001)o 67.6% Europeano 14.6% Maorio 9.2% Asiano 6.9% Pacific Peoples• three official languages: English, Maori &American Sign LanguageNew Zealand
To capture, in a range of ways, information thatwill contribute to the knowledge base about thedevelopment of virtual schooling in NewZealand, in particular, how the LearningCommunities Online Handbook is being used toassist and inform this development.Research Purpose
Data Collected• Interviews– 10 current & former ePrincipals– 8 Principals & Deputy Principals– 12 eTeachers, eDeans & Facilitators– 18 Students• Observations– 12 video conferencing session– 10 asynchronous work locations• Document Analysis– reports, courses, data, school newsletter, cluster info, etc.
Moving Forward• E-Learning Clusters– coordinate activities betweenclusters– examine the role of VLNleadership & whether there isgeographic or like-mindedrationalisation that can occur• Ministry of Education• continue services• create content repository• fund regional leadership
Future Research• a national survey ofdistance educationactivity & processes– # of students– # of teachers– # of courses– which courses– resource model– technologies/software• include VLN clusters, TeKura, healthschools, tertiary groups