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

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““Don’t limit a child to your own Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in a learning, for she was born in a different time”different time”

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Industrial to InformationalIndustrial to Informational

“In the industrial age we went to school… in the information age school comes to us”

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What is the VLN?What is the VLN?


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What is an online Learning What is an online Learning Community?Community?

Why might schools form one?

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Connecting Learners through Video Connecting Learners through Video ConferencingConferencing

Student-Teacher face-to-face contact enables the

distance to dissolve

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Adobe ConnectAdobe Connect

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NZ VC in Education – Key StagesNZ VC in Education – Key Stages

Early 1990s The Correspondence School begins trialling telecommunications technology

1994 – Cantatech – audiographics classes 2000 - KAWM 2001 – OtagoNet 2002 – initiation of Project Probe 2002 – establishment of VLN (within TCS) 2002 - MOE funding for VC bridge 2003 – eLearning schools clusters mushroom nationally 2004 – TCS drops VLN – picked up by MOE 2006 – expansion of VLN 2007 – further budget allocation for Cluster Leadership

funding (VLN)

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Common Characteristics of eLearning Common Characteristics of eLearning VC ClustersVC Clusters

Ad Hoc nature of development (grass roots) Funding has come from sources that are not sustainable

◦ Community Trusts◦ ICTPD◦ Collaborative Innovations Funding◦ EHSAS (Extending High Standards Across Schools)

Learning/Teaching model similar Staffing – most follow contributed staffing model Similar goals & issues National support from the VLN

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Common Goals & OutcomesCommon Goals & OutcomesMore choice & opportunity for senior students

in subject selectionStudent retentionHigher level of support than is possible through

the Correspondence SchoolTeachers – able to teach in their areas of

specialityIncrease confidence & capability in elearningIncreased collaboration between schools

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Common IssuesCommon IssuesLogistics of a shared timetableTechnical barriers (particularly in the earlier

years)High workload for eTeachersStaffingNeed for onsite student supportOpportunities for face to face Sustainability

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Success FactorsSuccess FactorsLeadershipVisionCluster cultureStaffingSupport

VEN Report on ELearning Communities

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eLearning Cluster Leadership FundingeLearning Cluster Leadership Funding

Birth of the ePrincipal!!!???Birth of the ePrincipal!!!???

Mahi TahiMahi Tahi

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What is, and who are, the What is, and who are, the ePrincipals?ePrincipals?

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• Southern Regional Health School

• OtagoNet

• WELCom

• Cantatech

• Volcanics

• TaraNet

• CoroNet

• AorakiNet

• Cantatech

• Baylink

Cluster WebsitesCluster Websites

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Formal and informal discussion


Spaces catering for different interests Tools for managing


Online Learning Environments

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Online Learning Environments

Spaces catering for different interests

Tools for managingparticipation


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Digital ConversationsDigital Conversations

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Teacher PD Opportunities

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Common IssuesCommon Issues

Logistics of a shared timetableTechnical barriers (particularly in the earlier

years)High workload for eTeachersStaffingNeed for onsite student supportOpportunities for face to face Sustainability

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Looking to the FutureLooking to the Future• Opportunities provided by implementation of

the New Curriculum• ICT strategic framework• Convergence• What will the VLN look like? – Self sustaining in

terms of governance and finance?• Development of a National Education Network• National plan for specialist music tuition.• How will School + impact the education

landscape?• Adult and Community Education opportunities• Satellite schooling provision [proposal in

development for WestNet - in practice through Westmount]

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ConclusionConclusionParadigm Shift – is this achievable for

education? Challenges

◦Infrastructural constraints.◦Financial constraints◦Time constraints◦Competitive model promoted over collaborative

model.◦Teacher training

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AcknowledgementsAcknowledgementsThanks to the following people whose input and prior work formed part of this presentation:

◦ Conor Bolton◦ Rachel Roberts◦ Derek Wenmoth◦ Eddie Reisch◦ Chris Allott McPhee

◦ 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.


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ICT Strategic Framework for ICT Strategic Framework for Education - MOEEducation - MOE

Focus Work underway

Connectivity: Improving access

•Providing access to online resources across agencies (Education Sector Authentication and Authorisation (ESAA))

•Scoping what would be needed for a National Education Network to support regional initiatives

Content: Sharing Resources

Making media-rich learning resources available online:•The Hive project •Learning Federation objects•Education Sector Federated SearchDeveloping a digital archive of resources for teaching, learning, research and administration (National Digital Heritage Archive).

Confidence & Capability: Increasing information literacy skills and competencies

•ICT Professional Development Clusters•The Digital Technologies Framework (Year 11-13)•Multi Literacies and key competencies working group

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Trends – Convergence Trends – Convergence (Derek Wenmoth)(Derek Wenmoth)

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