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Barbour, M. K., Davis, N., & Wenmoth, D. (2013, March). Networked schools in New Zealand: Examples from the Virtual Learning Network. A paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for ...

Barbour, M. K., Davis, N., & Wenmoth, D. (2013, March). Networked schools in New Zealand: Examples from the Virtual Learning Network. A paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA.

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    SITE 2013 - Networked schools in New Zealand: Examples from the Virtual Learning Network SITE 2013 - Networked schools in New Zealand: Examples from the Virtual Learning Network Presentation Transcript

    • Networked Schools in NewZealand: Examples from the Virtual Learning Network Michael Barbour, Wayne State University Niki Davis, University of Canterbury Derek Wenmoth, CORE Education
    • New Zealand• two main islands separated by the Cook Strait.• closest neighbor is Australia (over 1200 miles away)• 4.4 million people in 2006 (1% increase from 2001) o67.6% European o14.6% Maori o9.2% Asian o6.9% Pacific Peoples• three official languages: English, Maori & New Zealand Sign Language
    • Virtual Learning Network VLN Primary Te Kura Several tertiarys
    • Research PurposeTo 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 usedto assist and inform this development.
    • Research Questions1.(a) What common barriers do e-learning clusters face in their development towards maturity and sustainability? (b) How have mature and sustainable clusters overcome those barriers?2.What are some examples of how networked schools are emerging in the New Zealand context?
    • Data Collected• Interviews – 10 current & former ePrincipals – 8 Principals & Deputy Principals – 12 eTeachers, eDeans & Facilitators – 18 Students• Observations – 9 current or emerging clusters, 3 VLN-related projects, 13 schools, 1 health school, Te Kura, & 9 tertiary institutions – 12 video conferencing session – 10 asynchronous work locations• Document Analysis – reports, courses, data, school newsletter, cluster info, etc.
    • Learning Communities Online Handbook, 2011
    • Research Questions1.(a) What common barriers do e-learning clusters face in their development towards maturity and sustainability? (b) How have mature and sustainable clusters overcome those barriers?2.What are some examples of how networked schools are emerging in the New Zealand context?
    • Common Obstacles• Lack of vision• Funding, resources and the role of the ePrincipal• Lack of inter-cluster and intra-cluster co- operation
    • Research Questions1.(a) What common barriers do e-learning clusters face in their development towards maturity and sustainability? (b) How have mature and sustainable clusters overcome those barriers?2.What are some examples of how networked schools are emerging in the New Zealand context?
    • Wenmoth (2010)
    • Pockets of Innovation• Changing teacher practice• Opening classrooms• Mentor teacher• Considering student learning space
    • Davis (2007
    • Future Research• a national survey of distance education activity & processes – # of students – # of teachers – # of courses – which courses – resource model – technologies/software• include VLN clusters, Loops, Te Kura, health schools, tertiary groups
    • YourQuestions AndComments