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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…


  • Kerry Maxwell 2015 NAPP (View all users posts) 17 May 2015 2:04pm ()

    Hi Damian,

     I agree that there is a lot of focus on devices and the technology rather than a focus on building greater teacher capacity within an e-learning framework and developing e-learning pedagogy. The development of robust infra-structure is of course important however without the development of teacher pedagogy then there will be little benefit for the students. Sharing quality, contemporary pedagogy is powerful and developing systems within schools and within learning communities can build on this- working within and between schools as was mentioned in a previous post.

    Deciding that E-learning is the focus for a school and then committing to outlaying resources towards developing this needs to be done in a strategic and planned way. Deciding what is wanted, why it is wanted and how to achieve it must be outlined clearly. This needs to be shared clearly with all stakeholders- whanau, teachers, students, community. From there identifying areas for concentrated attention- i.e. teachers who may need personalized training/PD; addressing equity issues- who gets what when and how? then resourcing can be assigned to those identified areas. At the centre I believe there needs to be a greater focus on shifting teacher practice and pedagogy through targeted PD.

    However in the end, all decisions in regards to resourcing/e-learning/future focused learning need to affect positive learning outcomes for our tamariki- the future  for our learners is an unknown quantity; however if we are just going to substitute new technologies to teach in the same old way then perhaps we are missing the point and opportunities to do things differently.  

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