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Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015

Kia ora koutou, talofa lava and welcome to this kōrero 6, 2015 on, Resourcing and e-Learning.


Just to set the scene, it is important to have a common understanding of what e-learning is as well as the purpose and potential of e-learning before school leaders commit to resourcing decisions.


E-Learning is defined by Enabling e-Learning as, “learning and teaching that is facilitated by or supported through the appropriate use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Whatever the technology, however, learning is the vital element. e-Learning is not simply associated with modes of delivery or the functionality of a particular technology, but forms part of a conscious choice of the best and most appropriate ways of promoting effective learning.

If, best practice e-learning enables accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities that improve student engagement and achievement”, how might resourcing decisions define processes required to ensure e-learning capacities get the best chance to grow – e.g: establishing priorities across all school resourcing, confirming a process for teacher capacities to grow, confirming processes for inclusion of student voice and community voice and involvement?


Smart tools like the e-Learning Planning Framework (available online) can help schools to support self review about how well ICTs and e-learning are currently being used to support learning, as well as next steps to work towards desired goals so that technologies can be used, “....effectively across the curriculum to connect schools and communities and to provide accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities so that every student is better able to achieve their full potential.”


Image taken from LIVE webinar | Using the e-Learning Planning Framework online tool and analysing your data, 25 March, 2015, Greg Carroll


The key questions for us are:

  • Why do New Zealand Schools need to resource “widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities”?

  • How do principals lead “resourcing widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities”?


This kōrero is supported by, WEBINAR: Resourcing e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6, Wednesday 10 June, 3.45- 4.45pm. Join us as we discuss the implications of effective e-learning with NAPP participants and invited guests (e-Learning Planning Framework, Connected Learning Advisory). Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!


Some resources to kick start this kōrero…


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 06 May 2015 1:07pm ()

    Thanks everyone smiley. Lots to think about here, enough to make my brain hum!

    Stephen, I enjoyed reading your ideas about, ‘starting with the end in mind'. What do we want our young people to do/know/be before they leave school – helps to define the school’s vision for learning, which can then drive the implementation/action plan, as Claire says.

    There’s one key idea that pops out for me with all of this is - once the vision and infrastructure is in place, the importance of helping the teachers/leaders to ‘evolve’ and understand how to best utlise e-learning tools and pedagogies to better meet the needs of the learners. This is complex and there is a lot for educators to consider/understand/know/do in regards to Modern Learning Pedagogies.

    Claire, your comment about engaging through the 'Teaching as Inquiry' process is a powerful one, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing you back to yourself below? And like Damien says, the power of reflective practice and teachers sharing ‘what effective practice can look like’ is also valuable PLD.

    Using teaching as inquiry to guide an eLearning action plan from EDtalks on Vimeo.

    Hannah, your comment about “same old, same old approach” speaks volumes to me too. I think we still have an elephant in the room and that is…’the way we’ve always done things round here’ – from both an individual view and institutionalised perspective. We now have the added layer of technological influences. Does that mean we use e-tools to substitute old things in new ways?

    For example…

    Are we still preparing students for exams and standardised testing that are recognisable in terms of pass/fail grading for further education and job/career classification? Or are we challenging these norms and creating a responsive curriculum with assessment practices that enables our students to develop deeper thinking (critical, creative, metacognitive), so that,processes can be applied to purposes such as developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions or constructing knowledge”? (NZQA and assessment online) Or is it a mixture of both?

    Just throwing something out there…

    In How schools kill creativity: Forget standardized tests, here’s how we really engage our kids, Dr Ken Robinson comments on our current perceptions of the dominant education system where,

    Young children go to elementary school mainly to learn the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. These skills are essential so they can do well academically in high school. If they go on to higher education and graduate with a good degree, they’ll find a well-paid job and the country will prosper too.

    He elaborates on this a little more in terms of intelligence and challenges us that these are dangerous myths and that,

    The revolution we need involves rethinking how schools work and what counts as a school. It’s also about trusting in a different story about education.

    So with that in mind, it’s exciting to read about collaborative approach to PLD from Suzanne with thought leaders like Jane Gilbert helping to guide, ‘new ways of thinking'. And like Geoff says having, ‘pedagogy at the center’ is vital. If we don’t challenge our current perceptions of education or the knowledge structures within it, ICTs or e-learning tools, will over ever be an add-on – when in reality, they could be the catalyst for transformative change.

    What do you think? Already happening? Possible? Or, not that simple?


    Media Galleries


    If you can’t get access to external thought leaders like Jane Gilbert, another great ways to encourage further conversations about effective e-learning leadership and teacher practice – is sharing short video clips from schools around New Zealand from the Enabling e-Learning Media Gallery. These have an e-learning focus and are archived in alignment with the dimensions of the e-Learning Planning Framework.

    NZQA has just released three YouTube videos in their 'Going Digital' series with schools sharing some excellent examples of effective e-learning practice in secondary schools.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 09 Jun 2015 10:58am ()

    Hi Cherie, re: Modern Learning Environments. This Google presentation might be of interest to you. This resource (primarily for secondary schools) focuses on Modern Learning pedagogies and Modern Learning environments. 

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 15 Jul 2015 4:35pm ()

    I'm really enjoying all of these practical and theoretical conversations in this thread, as well as the resources shared. Thank you everyone. I'll be clicking on these links for days to come. smiley

    The driving elements for discussions around resourcing e-learning are made clear in your post too AnnaB, which also highlights how to involve all the key stakeholders in a collaborative decision making process. 

    Sustainability will result from common understandings about how e-learning is funded (supported), implemented and why. 

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 05 Aug 2015 11:25am ()

    Thought this group might be interested in the following:

    smiley WEBINAR: e-Learning leadership, what does it take?​ 26 August, 3.45-4.45pm


    Future-focused schools acknowledge the important role of technologies as we prepare our students for a world beyond school. What does it take to be an e-leader in a future-focused educational secondary environment? What needs to be taken into consideration when resourcing and supporting all learners within and beyond the school? How can we help each other, as e-leaders to support the work we do in school? Come join Richard McLaren (Assistant Principal, Shirley Boy’s High School, Christchurch) as he shares his experiences of e-leadership in a secondary school. 

    Audience: Secondary teachers, leaders, e-leaders interested in e-leadership in a secondary context. This webinar will be supported with thread in the Enabling e-Learning Leadership group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 21 Sep 2015 10:45pm ()

    Hi Fastpaddy, we've got several recordings of the Napp and EEL webinars. You can find them here @ /groupcms/view/187012/webinar-recordings smiley

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