Vln Elearning

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

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  • Introductions - Objectives Inform educators about the VLN and the ePrincipals / eLearning clusters. Who we are, what we do and our vision for the future of secondary education. Expand our network of contacts amongst educators so that we can collaborate, share and learn from what others are doing in the field of eLearning and distance education. Supports the concept of classrooms without walls, where students have the flexibility to connect with their classes 24/7.
  • Vln Elearning

    1. 2. “ Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in a different time”
    2. 3. Industrial to Informational “ In the industrial age we went to school… in the information age school comes to us”
    3. 4. What is the VLN? www.virtuallearning.school.nz
    4. 5. What is an online Learning Community? Why might schools form one?
    5. 6. Connecting Learners through Video Conferencing Student-Teacher face-to-face contact enables the distance to dissolve
    6. 7. Adobe Connect
    7. 9. NZ VC in Education – Key Stages <ul><li>Early 1990s The Correspondence School begins trialling telecommunications technology </li></ul><ul><li>1994 – Cantatech – audiographics classes </li></ul><ul><li>2000 - KAWM </li></ul><ul><li>2001 – OtagoNet </li></ul><ul><li>2002 – initiation of Project Probe </li></ul><ul><li>2002 – establishment of VLN (within TCS) </li></ul><ul><li>2002 - MOE funding for VC bridge </li></ul><ul><li>2003 – eLearning schools clusters mushroom nationally </li></ul><ul><li>2004 – TCS drops VLN – picked up by MOE </li></ul><ul><li>2006 – expansion of VLN </li></ul><ul><li>2007 – further budget allocation for Cluster Leadership funding (VLN) </li></ul>
    8. 10. Common Characteristics of eLearning VC Clusters <ul><li>Ad Hoc nature of development (grass roots) </li></ul><ul><li>Funding has come from sources that are not sustainable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Trusts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICTPD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative Innovations Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EHSAS (Extending High Standards Across Schools) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning/Teaching model similar </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing – most follow contributed staffing model </li></ul><ul><li>Similar goals & issues </li></ul><ul><li>National support from the VLN </li></ul>
    9. 11. Common Goals & Outcomes <ul><li>More choice & opportunity for senior students in subject selection </li></ul><ul><li>Student retention </li></ul><ul><li>Higher level of support than is possible through the Correspondence School </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers – able to teach in their areas of speciality </li></ul><ul><li>Increase confidence & capability in elearning </li></ul><ul><li>Increased collaboration between schools </li></ul>
    10. 12. Common Issues <ul><li>Logistics of a shared timetable </li></ul><ul><li>Technical barriers (particularly in the earlier years) </li></ul><ul><li>High workload for eTeachers </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Need for onsite student support </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for face to face </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul>
    11. 13. Success Factors <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Cluster culture </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Support VEN Report on ELearning Communities </li></ul>
    12. 14. eLCLF <ul><li>eLearning Cluster Leadership Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Birth of the ePrincipal!!!??? </li></ul><ul><li>Mahi Tahi </li></ul>
    13. 15. What is, and who are, the ePrincipals?
    14. 16. Cluster Websites <ul><li>Southern Regional Health School </li></ul><ul><li>OtagoNet </li></ul><ul><li>WELCom </li></ul><ul><li>Cantatech </li></ul><ul><li>Volcanics </li></ul><ul><li>TaraNet </li></ul><ul><li>CoroNet </li></ul><ul><li>AorakiNet </li></ul><ul><li>Cantatech </li></ul><ul><li>Baylink </li></ul>
    15. 19. Online Learning Environments Formal and informal discussion areas Spaces catering for different interests Tools for managing participation
    16. 20. Online Learning Environments Spaces catering for different interests Tools for managing participation http://moodle.minedu.govt.nz/taranet/
    17. 21. Digital Conversations
    18. 25. Teacher PD Opportunities
    19. 26. Common Issues <ul><li>Logistics of a shared timetable </li></ul><ul><li>Technical barriers (particularly in the earlier years) </li></ul><ul><li>High workload for eTeachers </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Need for onsite student support </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for face to face </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul>
    20. 27. Looking to the Future <ul><li>Opportunities provided by implementation of the New Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>ICT strategic framework </li></ul><ul><li>Convergence </li></ul><ul><li>What will the VLN look like? – Self sustaining in terms of governance and finance? </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a National Education Network </li></ul><ul><li>National plan for specialist music tuition. </li></ul><ul><li>How will School + impact the education landscape? </li></ul><ul><li>Adult and Community Education opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Satellite schooling provision [proposal in development for WestNet - in practice through Westmount] </li></ul>
    21. 28. Conclusion <ul><li>Paradigm Shift – is this achievable for education? </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructural constraints. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive model promoted over collaborative model. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher training </li></ul></ul>
    22. 29. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Thanks to the following people whose input and prior work formed part of this presentation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conor Bolton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rachel Roberts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Derek Wenmoth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eddie Reisch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chris Allott McPhee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.virtuallearning.school.nz </li></ul></ul>
    23. 30. ICT Strategic Framework for Education - MOE Focus Work underway Connectivity: Improving access <ul><li>Providing access to online resources across agencies (Education Sector Authentication and Authorisation (ESAA)) </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping what would be needed for a National Education Network to support regional initiatives </li></ul>Content: Sharing Resources <ul><li>Making media-rich learning resources available online: </li></ul><ul><li>The Hive project </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Federation objects </li></ul><ul><li>Education Sector Federated Search </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a digital archive of resources for teaching, learning, research and administration (National Digital Heritage Archive). </li></ul>Confidence & Capability: Increasing information literacy skills and competencies <ul><li>ICT Professional Development Clusters </li></ul><ul><li>The Digital Technologies Framework (Year 11-13) </li></ul><ul><li>Multi Literacies and key competencies working group </li></ul>
    24. 31. Trends – Convergence (Derek Wenmoth)
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