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  • From the Golden Bay Weekly last week: "... Principal John Garner invited the secretary to visit Collingwood earlier this year when he found out that coming from England she had little knowledge of area schools.During her visit the secretary was...
  • Rachel Whalley published a blog post Temperature Check
    I have finally gathered all the data together from the students surveys completed at the beginning of term two and shared them below.  I have included last years' results at the top so you can cycle through and compare.  There is one new...
  • Darren added a new discussion topic Modular Courses
  • Darren added a new discussion topic Monitoring your online programme
  • Janak added a new discussion topic Establishing Communities of Practice
  • The Virtual School massive online open course (MOOC) entitled Introduction to K-12 Online Learning Research will be held from 10 September-07 October 2012. This MOOC will be designed to provide a broad overview of the field of K-12 online...
  • DEANZ webinar: Blended teaching and learning in New Zealand schools: A case study of a rural secondary school. Wednesday, 25 July 5-6 pm online http://connect.canterbury.ac.nz/deanz/ Free - please pass to others who may be...
  • Rachel Whalley commented on the blog Communications Group Meeting
    Hi Carolyn Great that you bring up COPs, if you dig down into the notes from our meeting - the next step was to engage the community in discussion about this - so you have taken the initiative on that. Absolutely - go ahead with coordinating this...
  • Carolyn Alexander-Bennett commented on the blog Communications Group Meeting
    NEWSLETTER:  I like the idea of a newsletter once a term with each cluster contributing to.  What we have been doing this year for FarNet and HarbourNet is one of the three in our leadership team has the responsibility of setting the...
  • Rachel Whalley published a blog post Communications Group Meeting
    Key points from communications group meeting
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    • Carolyn Alexander-Bennett

      NEWSLETTER:  I like the idea of a newsletter once a term with each cluster contributing to.  What we have been doing this year for FarNet and HarbourNet is one of the three in our leadership team has the responsibility of setting the newsletter up as a shared document, but the other two are expected to proof it and to add a section to it.  Could we aim to have a newsletter set up with an area for each of the clusters to complete by a set date.

      COPS - I was waiting to hear about your discussion around the COPs, because I have a number of language teachers from our clusters who want to meet to share strategies for language acquisition in an online environment and I didn't want to go ahead and try to coordinate this with an invite to all language teachers if you have already set something up.  Are you happy if I go ahead and do this?

    • Rachel Whalley

      Hi Carolyn

      Great that you bring up COPs, if you dig down into the notes from our meeting - the next step was to engage the community in discussion about this - so you have taken the initiative on that.
      Absolutely - go ahead with coordinating this one, one of the challenges with everything we do is stepping up to do the work to get things going and moving them along. Things never happen by themselves, somebody needs to drive things.

      The next challenge though is to get potential COPs to be self directing without having to be continually organised. We put a lot of work into this a few years ago but I don't think any of those groups went onto do more under their own steam. Which is why some of our discussion was how to support existing COPs through the VLN & online environments, rather than setting up new COPs. Also to look at some of the great teachers and elearning leaders such as those coming through the VPLD and the role they can have in supporting and developing COPs.

      Newsletter - the idea behind asking for contributions to the VLNC blog, or even twitter feeds as discussed on the listserv lately, wasn't only that we could have a regular stream of news coming through but that we could also collate the information that has been shared through our network and disseminate more widely in a formal newsletter. I don't know that there is a need to set up a shared document and coconstruct a newsletter, but rather to have someone take responsibility once a term to collate the news (that we have already shared amongst ourselves) & write a brief editorial to go with it.

  •   The  first issue of Computers in New Zealand Schools for 2012 is now ‘live’!  Go to http://education2x.otago.ac.nz/cinzs/ Computers in New Zealand Schools has been reporting on the use of computers and...
  • Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective "This research project draws together findings from new data and more than 10 years of research on current practice and futures-thinking in education. The report discusses...
  • Rachel Whalley published a blog post Hidden Gems in the VLNC
    What great things are happening out in the VLN Community - research, practice, stories? Share them here.
  • Rachel Whalley replied on the discussion topic Communication
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  • Darren added a new discussion topic Communication
  • Darren created a page VLNCommunity Meetings information
    The Virtual Learning Network Community Monthly Meeting (for 2016 will be the second Tuesday of every month) Tuesday 3.30-4.30pm - Details to join: Via Video Conference - Course ID # 3184401 Password #112016 By Audio 0800 693...
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    • vicki

      Hey Eddie

      i have done this for you now (everyone) but please feel free to add things to the agenda at any stage

      anything that is not covered in the time can move to the next meeting or the discussion can be continued in the google space as well :)

    • Anton

      How many are going to be in the Google Hangout? I might try that if it is going ahead. Send and invite my way :)

    • Janak

      Cannot get in via Audio, service not available i am being told!!!

  • Rachel Whalley published a blog post VLN Community AGM 2012
    From our recent AGM in Wellington last month. Welcome to new VLNC Council members - Robin Ohia, Niki Davies & Gary Pasco. All documentation and reports from the AGM can be found here. Thank you to our special guests Honorable Minister Hekai...
  • The Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning is a refereed journal published at least twice annually by the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (www.deanz.org.nz). It publishes articles relating to primary research investigations,...
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The VLN Community - Home of the Learning Communities Online (LCO)

The Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) is a network of school clusters who collaborate to provide access to curriculum and learning opportunities for students through online learning.