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Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework?

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Started by Karen Spencer 15 Feb 2012 4:01pm () Replies (27)

You may have seen that the revised version of the e-Learning Planning Framework, with supporting examples, resources and possible way to use it, has been published on Enabling e-Learning on TKI, under Professional Learning.

Tessa and I also ran a workshop at the Learning@School conference last month, where we talked with many school leaders about the different ways they planned for the development and use of ICTs in their school. We looked at ways in which a principal or school leader might manage an audit or review, using the framework as a roadmap.

Several people at the session wanted to talk further about this, so here we are: are you using the framework? Have you got any suggestions for other schools about how it could be used as part of planning and review? 


  • Amanda OConnell (View all users posts) 24 Jul 2012 1:38pm ()

    Kia ora, Kathe

    Your explanation was particularly useful to me whilst easing into the process of using the eLPF with schools. To me the biggest value of the shared approach with staff is the matter of ownership so they don't feel as if something is just imposed on them, but rather seen as a tool to trigger their thinking and creativity.

  • Kathe Tawhiwhirangi (View all users posts) 24 Jul 2012 12:38pm ()

    Having now utilised the eLPF for the past year (while currently trialing the MMeLPF), I have found the following process really valuable....

    • an initial email that invites the school/teachers to peruse the eLPF, a teacher beliefs survey and view the eLPF video clip in the EEL website - prior to my first visit has been useful
    • on arriving at the school - and realising how busy teachers are - I plan to start at the very beginning (revisiting the above documentation) with the staff, while sharing back a cumulative teacher belief survey where teachers may see themselves in this survey feedback but can't see each other. This provokes initial discussion around the overall picture that is being presented in this form
    • from this, discussion usually comes around to why? This then presents further discussion around the eCapability of schools while highlighting each of the 5 diemsions as in the eLPF
    • viewing the video clip on EEL, sets a good scene for teachers to then address the eLPF.
    • the eLPF is separated into each of the 5 dimensions, it has been colour copied and zoomed up to A3 sizes for ease of reading, and spread around the room to encourage teachers to have conversations and pose questions with each other 


    • teachers are then invited to rove around the room and fill in this eLPF template table check . They indicate on the form whether they are a principal, staff or whanau - no names, and place themselves - through their eyes - on the framework. This encourages their reality - not their colleagues!
    • These individual forms can be used for individual goal setting/teacher inquiries, alongside the collective 'picture' that has been indicated from the cumulative feedback 


    • the feedback/analysis clearly indicates current positioning as well as some clear direction for next steps
    • the buy in for all concerned - I believe - is in the fact that all staff are involved, all have a voice, all have been part of the discussions and all are invited to have a voice on all aspects of the eLPF. In this manner, they are then all involved in the planning, delivery, expected outcomes and deadlines!
    • the next steps and co-constructiong actions to meet these, generates a collective develoment/action/strategic plan for the school
    • every schools addresses these differently too eg. one dimension may take priority or one action from each dimension may take priority or two-three dimensions may take priority. At about this stage the true meaning of personalised and/or tailored approaches, comes to the fore :-)
    • Suffice to say, after walking alongside this framework for the last year or so, I am owning up to being absolutely biased! The myriad of questions that are being fired at me as I put this on the table for consideration means I am constantly needing to "respond with clarity and precision" to ally any concerns


  • Moana Timoko (View all users posts) 09 Mar 2012 4:58pm ()

    Thanks Tessa - it would have taken me a while to find all of those links.  Muchly appreciated!!

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 08 Mar 2012 8:47pm ()

    Kia ora Moana, yes stickies are a great invention! There are a number of audits or surveys created to capture teacher/student knowledge, skills, confidence and ability when using ICTs - much like the one HERE>>>

    Some folk in the VLN groups space are already sharing ideas around data collection such as:


    Today's decision was to collect data from teachers about what e-learning tools, digital resources, websites, games they are familar with, the purpose for using these, as well as frequency - to support numeracy. This data could provide information of what goals to target in professional learning and for whom -  as part of evidence-based decision making.

    I'd love to find out what other teacher/student/community surveys people have used that could also support the e-Learning Planning Framework. Do you have one to share?

  • Moana Timoko (View all users posts) 08 Mar 2012 5:46pm ()

    OOOooooo Tessa, thanks for sharing!!!  Can you please explain what you mean by "staff and student audits" - What exactly is the plan with that?  I think I know, but really I'm not 100% sure.  I also like the idea of using stickies to identify tasks requiring immediate attention.  Actually I like it all!!!!  

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 08 Mar 2012 3:35pm ()

    Today I was lucky enough to work in one of my local schools using the e-learning Planning Framework - to help map e-learning direction in that school. Having worked closely with the framework,  I really wanted to see first-hand how this could work. It did work and was convincing for a number of reasons. 


    What did we do...

    The principal, e-learning leader myself worked our way through the eLPF highlighting the current position and adding stickies for those areas that needed immediate attention. We chose a few goals to focus on - 1) who to share this with and 2) staff and student audits 3) ways to use the framework to support the school’s focus on numeracy.


    Conversation around the framework...

    • opened the way for honest open discussion about their current reality
    • enabled discussions to go in any direction, based on the natural flow of conversation
    • affirmed the good things already happening in the school
    • indicated when decisions were made, whether they were made based on 'gut instinct' or hard data (stocktake, audit)
    • highlighted the need for e-learning references in the school vision and strategic direction
    • clarified any purchasing or precurement decisions need to be pedagogically driven
    • enabled the annual focus (numeracy) to have an e-learning lens - as 'something we do' rather than an extra or add on


    Where to from here...

    The next steps will be to create a couple of action plan goals (few) from the within the dimensions and have the e-learning leaders address some practical steps using the Examples and resources and How might you use the e-Learning Planning Framework? support material. I look forward to watching this progress. Smile

  • Moana Timoko (View all users posts) 28 Feb 2012 10:09pm ()

    I love the idea of posting the ELPF on the wall, attaching stickies, possibly getting teachers to plot where they think they're at and sharing the picture as a whole - a great visual...would also be able to identify individual needs and next steps.

  • Sean Lyons (View all users posts) 23 Feb 2012 10:53am ()

    Not sure if this quite counts as a "use" of the framework specifically, but I wanted to add to the conversation generally.

    We are ensuring that the re-develpment of the NetSafe Kit for Schools is aligned with the ELPF.

    With the Kit's role of  providing schools with a series of tools which help to support the integration of a digital citizenship philosophy and practice across the school, the Digital Citizenship strands of the ELPF provide essential benchmarks for schools using the kit to assess where they are 'at' in terms of integrating Digital Citizenship principles across the entire school community.

    It is providing us and schools with further validation of their Digital Citizenship processes.

  • liz Stevenson (View all users posts) 21 Feb 2012 6:46pm ()

    Here it is Allanah :-)

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 21 Feb 2012 6:27pm ()

    I wonder if you could share the doc publically as a read only so we can copy it and write on it as well??

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