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NZ e-Learning pedagogy: What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like?

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Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 27 Aug 2014 1:37pm () Replies (7)

There have been some conversations in Enabling e-Learning recently that have brought up the topic of teaching practices and what is required in the 21st century. There are, understandably a range of opinions on this.

Over the next few weeks it might be interesting to have a discussion focusing on a New Zealand e-Learning pedagogy. These will focus on:

  1. What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like?

  2. What does a New Zealand teacher in 2014 and beyond need to look like?

  3. Can we develop an e-Learning pedagogy or a list of teaching practices that are specific to teaching in New Zealand’s multi-cultural, ever-changing society in 2014 and beyond?


In this first discussion the focus is on the student.

Many of us know what the research/experts say, so… From your own observations:

  • What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like?

  • What do they want from school?

  • What do they actually need from school?

If you can, include examples/stories from your experiences.

Here’s a short video clip to start your thinking:


  • Are New Zealand students the same? Different? In what ways?

There are also a range of resources about pedagogy and future-focused learning available on the Enabling e-Learning website.


  • Nathaniel Louwrens (View all users posts) 02 Sep 2014 8:14am ()

    Hi all!

    Thanks for your input so far.

    Janet, this is something I was thinking about when I started this discussion. New Zealand is very diverse (I didn't know the stats), but I think we still have a unique Kiwi-ness about us. But yes, there are a lot of challenges with our diversity (as you have raised).

    I agree Megan, that the parent-student relationship is also really important.

    It's great to hear where you are all at and some of what your students are experiencing and engaging with!

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