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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.”

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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…

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  • Kate Dare (View all users posts) 03 Jun 2015 7:58pm ()

    There is plenty of literature (be it written or digital) expounding the use of e-learning and developing digital citizens - importantly it is found in the 'Effective Pedagogy' section of the NZC. There are many reasons why resourcing e-learning needs to be done "widely and wisely". For example, possible pitfalls:

    • Ending up with a lot of 'bling' technology that does not enhance learning for students - they become mere consumders of information;
    • Ending up with lots of technology that teachers don't use because they don't know how - all the whizz bang, but lack of pedagogical knowledge;
    • Buying lots of wireless devices without a robust wireless infrastructure so these run reliably;
    • Unreliable ICT system - it is always breaking down;
    • Lots of money wasted on the wrong devices that don't do what teachers want them to do.

    I could go on with list, but focusing on the positive...a wide and wise resourcing of e-learning will ultimately lead to 'Student-centred, authentic, higher-order, collaborative learning, and digital literacy, is enhanced by ubiquitous digital technologies.'

    Principal's need to be strategic in resourcing "widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities". An e-learning strategic plan is essential; this should sit underneath the school strategic plan 'fleshing out' this area.

    For example at Ruahine one of our school strategic aims is that: "Technologies are used effectively to integrate e-learning across the curriculum to enhance teaching and learning." This is expanded on in our 3 year e-learning strategic plan that sets out goals in line with the different dimensions of the e-learning planning framework (Beyond the Classroom; Teaching and Learning; Professional Learning; Leadership; Technologies and Infrastructure). How we plan to work towards these goals in then broken down over three years. At two different schools I have develop e-learning strategic planning and have found the e-learning planning framework very useful to guide this. It is: "A ‘road map’ that enables schools/teachers to identify where they are, the practical steps they can take to improve their practice, and connects them to relevant information or services to support them in doing this. The framework provides processes and practices that internationally have been shown to be critical factors in lifting schools’ e-learning capability." 

    Our e-learning strategic planning is allowing us to resource widely and wisely; we are developing different aspects of our e-learning capability and keeping our spending focused on our priorities. To be able to lead this, principals need to keep up-to-date knowledge of this area (although it is not essential to know everything, it is important to know where to find guidance). 

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