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Ross Alexander: eLearning Capability Framework

Session Overview

There is growing evidence to show how the effective use of ICT in learning and teaching can contribute to a broad range of positive outcomes for students.

It has the potential to support the teaching approaches outlined in the New Zealand

Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa by:

  • Providing opportunities for new learning experiences that students may not currently experience
  • Making learning more accessible to students with special educational requirements
  • Supporting engagement, motivation and independence - all of which can contribute to student achievement
  • Supporting effective literacy teaching and learning, especially for under-achieving students
  • Including Māori cultural practices, such as whakawhānaungatanga, that may facilitate better student engagement.

To achieve this, schools and teachers need a ‘road map’ – a way in which they can identify where they are through self or peer review, to show the practical steps they can take, and the connections to relevant information or services.

The development of these frameworks involves the over-sight of a group of New Zealand and international experts, and consultation with teachers, principals, and facilitators involved in the e-learning.

This session will provide you with:

  • An overview of the frameworks
  • The opportunity to be part of the consultation process
  • How you can use them in your schools and clusters to identify areas of focus to build e-learning capability
  • Information about the Enabling e-Learning website and links to resources and services to support you on your journey.


Ross worked as a primary school teacher in Wellington for 13 years, including five years as deputy principal at Houghton Valley School.
His involvement in the first of the 23 ICTPD cluster schools fuelled his interest in the role of ICT in education – particularly the way technologies influence and challenge teacher practice.

Ross has been involved with Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) for over ten years – firstly as site manager, technical services manager, and then as a contract project manager working on various TKI upgrade projects.

His current work with CORE Education involves the development of the draft e-Learning Planning Frameworks, and as project lead for the new Enabling e-Learning website.

Ross also teaches two days a week at Owhiro Bay School in Wellington – working with teachers, principal, and students using ICT in maths and science. 

In his spare time Ross enjoys gardening, cooking, travel, and motorcycling.

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