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Southern region: Leading Effective e-Learning Forum Reflection

Southern region: Leading Effective e-Learning Forum

Aurora Centre, Burnside High, Christchurch - 13 November 2013

Mark Maddren and Fionna Wright, Blended e-Learning facilitator’s in the South team, reflect on the Christchurch Leading Effective e-Learning forum.

The purpose of this day was to connect Canterbury educators and reinforce the goals for the Southern Region-Leading Effective e-Learning group. These are to act together to effect change for a sustainable common future by:

  • growing connections within and across eLPLD schools and beyond

  • sustaining e-learning development beyond finite eLPLD contracts

  • supporting teachers and leaders in growing sustainable blended professional learning communities

  • being responsive to the needs of learners, schools and their communities.

The participants of the forum also expressed a number of their own goals for the day:


The forum was a great success with 94% of participants coming away very satisfied with the programme design and content. Select this link to view the agenda and supporting resources. Participants were asked what they would like to make connections on prior to the day and this was presented visually during the forum. See the presentation here. This has since been posted in the Southern Region-Leading Effective e-Learning group space for ongoing reference. The backchannels used in Twitter and the Google shared note taking doc were very successful, with the hashtag #eleadersnzsth trending at number three in New Zealand on the day.

After the forum, participants were asked to reflect on:

  • an increase in personal or school skills, knowledge and understanding of e-leadership.

  • an increase in the development and participation of professional learning communities - online and face-to-face.

Feedback in their reflections included comments like:

  • “As a school about to embark on BeL, this was very helpful to focus where we might want to put our energy and attention for 2014.”   

  • “Amazing keynotes. I was blown away by Chrissie Butler she was amazeballs!!”

  • “I came away much more knowledgeable about e-learning, MLEs, in general and see that our school has a way to go yet.”

  • “I was excited to know that we will be able to network and learn from others.”

  • “It was great to hear Mark Osborne speak again. I took on more ideas hearing the information a second time.”

  • “Chrissie's Butler and Tessa Gray's breakout sessions introduced new ideas for consideration and gave links to websites for further learning.”

  • “It was good to connect with others.”

  • “Keynotes were interesting and breakouts extended from these.”  


Chrisie Butler Presenting UDL


Mark Osborne's Keynote

The tight timeframe during the forum catered for the large turnout, however, if the BeL South team were to do anything different in future forums, it would be to allow for further reflection, discussion and networking. Nevertheless, BeL, presenters and participants came together to make the forum a worthwhile event that accomplished it’s aims.


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