Rachel: The Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) is a network of school clusters and educational institutions who collaborate to provide access to a broad range of curriculum and learning opportunities for students through online learning.
Rachel: Key facts here - Project probe followed by a proliferation of participation in the VLN - new clusters. Predict this will be the case with UFBiS
Rachel: Represents the distinction between VLN Community as an organisation and the partnership with the VLN MoE services. Eddie: The VLN is a developing framework that is focused on networked schools. The VLNs has formed partnerships with the VLNC over the last 9+ years The VLNs has formed other partnerships through contracts and eLearning initiatives for example the ELLINZ pilot and the Kura LAMS pilot The VLNs framework consists of three components that have been mutually developed and enhanced with the eLearning communities : These are: Learning exchange/groups area A set of applications that allow the development of blended environments A number of Pilots/projects/contracts that are developed collaboratively and are focused on using technologies that have a focus on using technology to bring about greater outcomes for students and to solve real time problems for schools The development of networked schools and the construction of blended learning environments focused on co construction, co development and co teaching are corner stones of all the VLN communities and will allow the deeper and richer use of technologies and willl have an impact on student choice and outcome Targeted at the communities neeeds in consultation and collaboration.
‘ Identity ’ ( purpose and meaning ) diagram Ken - you have two minutes only!! Speak to the purpose & the values (removed next slides put here for notes) facilitate national level educational activities; provide national level ‘voice'/advocacy; address issues of the immediate and longer term sustainability; assume joint ownership and responsibility of on going development of the Virtual Learning Network sites and services; foster a culture of innovation and knowledge building which enhances and enriches learning; facilitate national and regional level collaboration and flow of ideas; facilitate/provide professional growth and mentoring; provide guidance and support. Values stuff here
Ken speak to this - 30 seconds
Rachel - enrolment figures in timetabled online classes, though just a part of the overall VLN participation, show huge growth over the last decade. 30 secs
Eddie speak to this (30 secs) VLN statistics represent the synchronous & asynchronous environment. Both are key to a blended learning environment. Synchronous environment quite often structured and timetabled but also can be on demand. Asynchronous available 24/7, finding that that environment is often being accessed after school hours. Real time learning sessions are just the tip of the iceberg for participation in the VLN - there is a lot more activity within the blended learning environments.
Rachel These figures we've discussed are part of the programmes of learning. Activities around the VLN are based on the 4 ps, as highlighted in the LCO handbook. 1 min (includes the next two slides)
Eddie (1 minute) The ability to explore new options, to address issues that could not be solved in the present system but can be addressed differently using technology. Real problems being addressed by technology Example: groups of schools addressing staffing, lack of curriculum choice schools working together 7 schools example
Eddie (30 seconds) The UFBis roll out and the SNUP project will open up increased opportunities and equity of access for all learners that we have never had or seen before. UFBis will allow teaching and learning to easily go beyond physical boundaries and allow us to collaborate with each other and other educational organisations not just regionally but also nationally and internationally It will open doors that we have not even dreamt of yet. Are there any opportunities that you can think of?
What are the benefits? Darren? - Otherwise Ken (1 minute)
Eddie (1 minute) The blended learning environment is a key concept to be understood.
Eddie (1 minute)
Eddie - refer back to slide 3 pic the 3 main components - Range of tools vLN website - groups/learning exchange Pilots and projects. Significant amount of schools don't know which tools to use, so in partnership with VLN community, Moe has been developing and supporting these tools on behalf of the community & recommended by the community. So when new clusters come onboard, they have choice of using their own environment or the MoEs for a period of two years. (1 minute)
Eddie - next two slides (1 minute) - invite them to spend more time looking at this - come back with any questions
Eddie - next 3 slides (1 minute)
Eddie - good example of working with other business units across the MoE
Rachel Supported by MoE 2010/2011. Aimed at further developing eLearning collaboration in the VLN with the Primary School Sector.
Eddie - 30 seconds Note the links - what we have shown are the links between the MoE VLNs services - applications, projects & pilots, 4 Ps Derek speak to - 2 minutes
Ken - speak to this (1 minute)
Ken - speak to this - then invite discussion. First for Karen to speak
Virtual Learning Network Community “ Supports the concept of classrooms without walls, where students have the flexibility to connect with their classes 24/7”
Whānau and community Learning collection Tertiary organisations Other organisations Te Papa Crown Ag research
‘ Blended’ learning - student-led Students create their own learning environment Invite the expert Invite other students “ I am in control of my learning” Invite whānau Invite the teacher Learning collection