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Beyond the ICT PD contract - what does sustainability look like?

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Started by Tessa Gray 27 Mar 2012 11:06am () Replies (5)

This is the final year of the ICT PD project as we know it. Each year we have asked schools to consider what key lessons have been learned and how might these findings drive sustainability? Some guiding questions could include:

• What has worked well on the ICT PD contract?
• What do we want to sustain beyond the contract?
• What are the barriers?
• How can we overcome these barriers?

What is your school doing now to address sustainability of e-learning (beyond the contract)? We'd love to hear from you Smile


  • Diane Mills (View all users posts) 30 Mar 2012 9:20am ()

    Sustaining momentum at the end of an ICT PD contract is a challenge that faces all clusters.  At the end of the contract, time allowances, facilitators, accountability can all disappear and suddenly schools are left to make their own next steps.  For me, leadership is crucial and Jo has touched on this point when he commented that the principals in their cluster made the decision to keep key teacher meetings going.  Tamara so rightly points out that reliance on external facilitators throughout the full 3 years can put schools at a disadvantage, with no sense of ownership. I agree with Chrissie too that e-Learning needs to be factored into strategic planning and what better place to start than by using the E-Learning Planning Framework to ascertain the ‘where are we now?” and ‘where do we want to go” and this to be done with community input.  Of course the next step is the ‘how are we going to get there?’ and certainly support via professional learning communities face to face and online via the VLN and through other online means is crucial.  Not to be forgotten of course is that it is e-learning for a purpose and that purpose is to lift student achievement, motivate disengaged students and to create lifelong learning opportunities for all,- staff and students.  In order to do this a regular cycle of reflection needs to be built into programs to consider whether actions are meeting these needs.

    So my top drivers for sustainability beyond the contract would be:

    • Leaders committed to keeping the momentum going
    • Strategic planning that involves all stakeholders  - use the ELPF
    • Contextualised solutions – what e-learning works in our school/cluster to lift achievement?
    • Professional learning communities/clusters to provide support face to face and online
    • Reflection points along the way – with opportunities to show and tell, celebrate and to consider is this ‘doing what we thought it would?’
    • And finally evidence – ‘How do we know we are there?’

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