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

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Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 08 Sep 2014 10:50am () Replies (5)

This is the second in a series of 3 discussions focusing on a New Zealand e-Learning pedagogy.

  1. What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like? (please continue to contribute to this discussion)

  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?

This second discussion is focused on the teacher.

Our first discussion asked What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like?

From this discussion we could see that one size does not fit all:

  • We have a very diverse, multi-cultural society. Janet McQueen highlighted that “One in every four New Zealanders (25.2 per cent) on Census day was born overseas.” This brings about challenges including a growing number of students who do not speak English.

  • Children develop and learn at different rates. MeganCroll1 suggested that the parent-child relationship may have an impact on self-direction in learning.

  • LEAST highlight that students can appoint champions amongst themselves to which they can go and get help.

Knowing what a New Zealand student in 2014 looks like, but does a New Zealand teacher in 2014 and beyond need to look like?

  • What do they need to be able to do?

  • What skills do they need?

  • What would make them successful as a teacher?

Here are a couple of videos to help your thinking.

A fun one:

And a slightly more serious one:

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


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 17 Sep 2014 11:09am ()

    Loving this Twitter image from . 

    Expert teachers demonstrate the following five dimensions of teaching (John Hattie) http://www.eosdn.on.ca/docs/In%20Conv


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 16 Jul 2015 11:12am ()

    Just read another one of Steve Wheeler's blog posts today. He always writes about effective learning pedagogies in a digital age with such clarity. In his post on True Pedagogy he challenges us to think about pedagogy as something beyond 'teaching or delivering the curriculum. He goes on to say teaching is one key aspect but, "Pedagogy focuses on the learner and what they are capable of achieving."

    What does this mean for 21st Century teachers?

    "Pedagogy, when practised appropriately, is about creating environments in which students can learn for themselves, and pursue their curiosity. Pedagogy is about ensuring that students are motivated to succeed in their learning, and it is about providing them with the best possible tools, resources and contexts in which this can be realised."


    "Inspirational teachers are catalysts for lifelong learning, but they cannot do the learning for their students." "As teachers, we need to appreciate the diversity of learning opportunities that now afford themselves, and adapt our practices accordingly. That will mean standing back and letting students discover for themselves, monitoring their progress, and intervening when necessary.

    Steve also talks about the power and potential of digital technologies to help make learning opportunities authentic, real and personalised.

    So what does this mean for us? If we walked into a classroom...

    • Where would the teacher physically be?

    • What kind of conversations would take place between learners and the teacher?

    • What kind of activities would we observe that would encourage diverse learning?

    • What role would technologies and digital resources play?

    • Is this your classroom?

    Related posts from Steve Wheeler:

    Flipping the teacher and Power Sharing 

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