Barbour, M. K. (2011, May). Researching online distance learning in schools in New Zealand and North America. An invited presentation to the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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 used toassist and inform this development.
“Sites”• 9 current or emerging clusters• 3 VLN-related projects• 13 schools• 1 health school• Te Kura• 9 tertiary institutions
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.
Project Deliverables• Online artefacts – minimum of ten artefacts – minimum of three digital stories• Final report in print and digital formats – summary of observations, findings and recommendations
Common Obstacles• Funding and resources• Lack of vision• Lack of consistency between clusters• Lack of co-operation – inter-cluster – intra-cluster
Pockets of Innovation• Changing teacher practice• Opening classrooms• Mentor teacher• Considering student learning space
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, Te Kura, health schools, tertiary groups