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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…


  • Andrea Robertson (View all users posts) 09 Jun 2015 1:32pm ()

    Thanks for sharing your interface article Claire, it was reassuring to read through your questions and reflect on where my school is at.  A practical, simple guide for all schools and very helpful for schools that may be unsure about where to start.   

    It is interesting after many years as a teacher, to look at e-learning resourcing and direction and where we are today.  When I started teaching in 1997 there were a few computers in schools and the MOE was starting to fund schools to buy computers.  This was followed a couple of years later by the original ICTPD clusters.  I always thought back then that they had the order wrong.  The devices came before the PD, so by the time the PD started schools already had outdated devices.  I was fortunate to be an ICTPD faciliator for a few years before becoming an e-learning advisor (back when we had school advisors)  My school is currently a part of a LwDT cluster and so the cycle of PLD and resourcing continues 18 years on.

    Having a clear ICT, technology, digital tools, e-learning (the list goes on) vision with students at the heart is crucial.  Revisiting this vision often is also important.  I look at where we were 3 years ago - school lab of laptops (don’t ask) and 2-3 desktops per class. We then worked on vision and had a  big spend to bring ipads 4-5 per class and laptops into the class.   PLD to support teachers in using ipads was a big focus.  Then last year getting rid of lab (YAH!) and 80 chromebooks and more ipads purchased. This was followed by staff attending GAFE summit and ongoing PD in google apps.   This has all been within 3 years.  The ongoing cost of keeping up with infrastructure, purchasing digital tools, PLD etc is huge.  

    At the Hui I was motivated and challenged by Jane Glibert’s presentation.  When schools are looking at resourcing “ widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities,”  some of Jane’s ideas around the increasingly fast changing world may help guide schools decisions about spending/resourcing. We need to be building capacity for learners to be problem solvers - there may not be ‘jobs’ for all people in the future - what skills, capacity, knowledge do learners need? She talked about “jobs we can’t imagine today - few people in paid work and the ‘robotification’ of current jobs education for non work” (Gilbert NAPP Hui 2015)  we are facing a future filled with uncertainity, unpredictability and complexity.  Therefore,  investing in digital tools, PLD for teachers and a clear plan for ongoing resourcing will support our learners in gaining the experience, skills and knowledge that they need for the future. We need to be future focused and as best we can future proofing, so that our financial investment lasts more than 12 months.


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