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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!


 

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  • Kate Staniford (View all users posts) 02 May 2015 2:48pm ()

     

    I have read the Future Focused Learning Document from 2014 with interest. I'm in the lucky position at my school that there ar a majority of teachers who are digitally competent and who wish to take further steps into e-learning. Unfortunately we have issues with equity in our community and very few learners are BYOD ready, this factor is significantly reducing the e-learning opportunities in our setting. We have a number of devices at school for use (although not nearly enough - 30 tablets shared between 295 learners) but inevitably they are becoming rapidly outdated. It just isn't a sustainable method for getting devices in student hands, and it isn't a model that can be extended past the school gates.

    I agree with the Learning Document that the government shouldn't be supplying devices to every learner as I know some states in AU have done. I'm not sure that is a fair and equitable response to a perceived problem either!

    In the recommendation section (2) of the Future Focused Learning Document which refers to equity, the following statement is made: 

    1. That the Government establish an equity fund in 2014 in partnership with businesses, charitable trusts and philanthropists. The purpose of this fund would be to help establish future-focused learning programmes in regional clusters. The programmes should include subsidies for digital devices for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

    My questions for my fellow NAPPers are - 1). Has anyone had any success in contacting a charitable trust or philanthropist to obtain devices for specific learners or groups of learners? 2). What has been your best way to get devices in the hands of your learners? 3). Are there any organisations out there assisting with cost reductions to home internet connections for students in low socio-economic settings?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer :)

    Kate

     

     

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