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iNACOL Research Committee - Virtual Learning in New Zealand: Examining Systematic Change

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Barbour, M. K. (2013, April). Virtual learning in New Zealand: Examining systematic change. A presentation to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning’s research committee.

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iNACOL Research Committee - Virtual Learning in New Zealand: Examining Systematic Change

  1. 1. Virtual Learning in New Zealand:Examining Systematic Change Michael Barbour, Wayne State University
  2. 2. 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) o 67.6% European o 14.6% Maori o 9.2% Asian o 6.9% Pacific Peoples• three official languages: English, Maori & New Zealand Sign Language
  3. 3. Virtual Learning Network VLN Primary Te Kura Several tertiarys
  4. 4. Primary and Secondary e- Learning: Examining the Process ofAchieving Maturity
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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?
  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. 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.
  10. 10. Learning Communities Online Handbook, 2011
  11. 11. 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?
  12. 12. Common Obstacles• Lack of vision• Funding, resources and the role of the ePrincipal• Lack of inter-cluster and intra-cluster co- operation
  13. 13. 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?
  14. 14. Wenmoth (2010)
  15. 15. Pockets of Innovation• Changing teacher practice• Opening classrooms• Mentor teacher• Considering student learning space
  16. 16. Moving Forward• E-Learning Clusters – coordinate activities between clusters – examine the role of VLN leadership & whether there is geographic or like-minded rationalisation that can occur• Ministry of Education • continue services • create content repository • fund regional leadership
  17. 17. CORE EducationWhite Paper: TheFuture of VirtualLearning in New Zealand
  18. 18. LCO Handbook Proposal
  19. 19. VLN Business Case• Establish the VLN as a business unit within the MoE• Establish the VLN-C Trust as an independent business unit (company)• Establish the VLN Trust as a professional organisation
  20. 20. CORE Education White Paper Proposal
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. YourQuestions AndComments

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