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AERA 2013 - Virtual Learning in New Zealand: Examples of Networked Schools


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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.

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AERA 2013 - Virtual Learning in New Zealand: Examples of Networked Schools

  1. 1. Virtual Learning in New Zealand:Examples of Networked SchoolsMichael Barbour, Wayne State UniversityDerek Wenmoth, CORE EducationNiki Davis, University of Canterbury
  2. 2. New Zealand
  3. 3. • 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
  4. 4. VLN PrimaryTe KuraSeveral tertiarysVirtual Learning Network
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Research Visits
  8. 8. Research Visits• 9 current or emerging clusters• 3 VLN-related projects• 13 schools• 1 health school• Te Kura• 9 tertiary institutions
  9. 9. Learning Communities Online Handbook, 2011
  10. 10. Common Obstacles• Lack of vision• Funding, resourcesand the role of theePrincipal• Lack of inter-clusterand intra-cluster co-operation
  11. 11. Pockets of Innovation• Changing teacherpractice• Opening classrooms• Mentor teacher• Considering studentlearning space
  12. 12. Wenmoth (2010)
  13. 13. Davis (2007)
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. YourQuestionsAndComments
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