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Virtual Learning Virtual Learning Network Network


“Supports the concept of classrooms without walls, where students have the flexibility to connect with their classes 24/7”

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A shared history' - Key EventsA shared history' - Key Events• Early 1990s The Correspondence School begins trialling

telecommunications technology• 1994 – Cantatech – audiographics classes• 2000 - KAWM• 2001 – OtagoNet, developing relationships with Tertiary & 3rd party

educational organisations• 2002 – initiation of Project Probe• 2002 – establishment of VLN (within TCS)• 2002 - MOE funding for VC bridge• 2003 – eLearning schools clusters mushroom nationally• 2004 – VLN moves to the MOE • 2006 – further clusters join the VLN• 2007 – further budget allocation for Cluster Leadership funding• 2008 – Primary schools participate in the VLN• 2010 - establishment of the 'VLN Community'• greater focus on blended learning, widening & diverse partnerships• 2011/16 - UFB rollout / managed national network ??

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VLNVLN Community – Organisation Community – Organisation

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Common Characteristics of eLearning Common Characteristics of eLearning  Clusters Clusters

• 'Self- organising' nature of development, driven from the 'grass roots',• Ad hoc funding has come from unsustainable sources (small &

emerging clusters more vulnerable),o Community Trustso ICTPDo Collaborative Innovations Fundingo EHSAS (Extending High Standards Across Schools)o eLCLF (eLearning Cluster Leadership Funding),

• Staffing – most follow contributed staffing 'reciprocal' model,• Similar goals & issues,• National support from the MoE VLN services.

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VLN Secondary Schools 200212 schools sharing classes

VLN Statistics 2010Schools:268

Teachers:170 Classes:258

Enrolments:1526 (inl.Primary)

VLN Enrolments - A pattern of Growth

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VLN – Key StatisticsVLN – Key StatisticsMarch 2011March 2011

• Video Conferencing: 16234 sessions, 5463 hours• Adobe Web Conferencing: 163 meeting rooms, 73 hours.• Asynchronous access:

o 20 MoE hosted Moodle sites o total 5145 unique visitorso approx 6000 hours totalo WestNet 800; EduCo 2783; WelCom 3,800 registered userso OtagoNet 2000+ Google Apps users 

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4 P’s of Learning Online4 P’s of Learning Online

• Participation in:

oProjects(Virtual fieldtrips, collaborative learning, connecting with authors)

oProgrammes (NCEA, tertiary courses, Y 7 & 8 Languages, expert tuition)

oProfessional Learning(online PD, working with experts)

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• Digital conversations• Connecting with

experts• Virtual field trips• Scholarship Mentoring

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• Cluster based• National collaborations• VPLD

Professional Learning Opportunities

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Cluster or Group of Schools

Participating in an online learning community requires commitment to a common vision and understanding:

• Moving away from traditional timetable based approach,• 24/7 learning,• Completion of work rather than attendance,• Flexibility to suit different learning styles,• Willingness to share resources (people and $).

Significant Shift in ThinkingSignificant Shift in Thinking

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97% of Schools to Access UFB by 201697% of Schools to Access UFB by 2016

• Opportunity for schools to connect and collaborate via online learning communities.

• What does this mean for –o Teaching in (and outside) the classroom?o Professional learning?o School administration?o Home school relationships?o Student-led learning?

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Benefits of Online Learning Benefits of Online Learning CommunitiesCommunities

• Maximises teaching resource and expertise,

• Wider choice of curriculum subjects,

• Flexibility - can personalise learning to suit individual learning styles and interests,

• Greater access to subject matter experts,

• More opportunity for learning outside the classroom and practical experiences eg virtual field trips,

• More opportunity for peer to peer mentoring and collaboration,

• Increased access to relevant and current learning resources,

• Greater professional learning opportunities for staff,

• Specialist staff retention.

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Students:• Multiple entry

points• How to work


‘‘Blended’ learning (teacher-led)Blended’ learning (teacher-led)

The expert

Teacheror teachers• Availability• How to facilitate

Whānau and community


Tertiary organisationsOther organisationsTe PapaCrown Ag research

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‘‘Blended’ learningBlended’ learning- student-led- student-led Students create their own learning


Invite the expert

Invite other students

“I am in control of my learning”

Invite whānau

Invite the teacher


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VLNS Collaborative Learning ToolsVLNS Collaborative Learning Tools

o Video/audio conferencingo ‘course’ booking/scheduling systemo Elgg group collaborationo Elgg Teacher and student led learning o Moodle (a learning management system or LMS), o Mahara (ePortfolio service) o LAMSo Tandberg Content Server (video streaming)o Adobe Connect web conferencing.

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VLN siteVLN site1. VLN Communities: •Supports online Communities of Practice (closed or open )•More than 141 groups currently active. •To register : www.vln.school.nz/pg/groups/world/

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VLN siteVLN site2. Learning Exchangehttp://pol.vln.school.nz/search •Coordinates all programmes and projects offered over VLN.

•Around 300 programmes offered each year including NCEA, primary languages, Te Papa, Tertiary etc

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LAMS Kura ProjectLAMS Kura Project

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LAMS Kura ProjectLAMS Kura Project

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LAMS Kura ProjectLAMS Kura Project

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ELLINZELLINZ • ELLINZ (ESOL) pilot demonstrates how students can help

other students develop English language skills in a virtual environment.

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ELLINZELLINZ• Supporting environments

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VLN – Prim


VLN – Prim


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Adobe ConnectAdobe Connect

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Virtual Professional Learning Virtual Professional Learning DevelopmentDevelopment


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LCO handbookLCO handbook

• Resource for schools in online learning communities to enable effective online collaboration for teaching and learning

• Based on ten years of knowledge and experience of VLN cluster schools

• A work in progress

• Available online at:


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• Technical barriers including bandwidth• Changing work patterns for eTeachers (career

pathways)• Shared staffing and resources• Need for onsite student support• Sustainability, growth & development (scalability &

costs)• Changing models of education - doing things


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Future FocusFuture Focus

• What is our future focus as an organisation?

• Where do we see ourselves in 5 years time?

• Articulating a vision for student outcomes?

• How do we work in partnership with the MoE to achieve that? Joint co-ordinated policy and planning?