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Students Experiences of Learning in Virtual Classrooms (2008-2009)

This project researched students' experiences of learning in virtual classrooms (VC). Virtual classrooms were established to enable secondary schools in New Zealand (particularly those in rural and remote areas, and small schools) to overcome issues of distance and resourcing which might otherwise limit the breadth and quality of the curriculum offered to their students. In these classes, students learn through video-conferencing with teachers, and often other virtual classmates, who are at another location. Other information communication technologies (ICT) such as emails, content management systems, and relevant websites may be used to support learning throughout the week. This research provided an opportunity to go beyond previous smaller studies to investigate the experiences of large sample of students learning in virtual classrooms across New Zealand.

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"This set of three PowerPoint presentations is based on findings from NZCER's 2008-2009 research on Students’ experiences of learning in virtual classrooms.

The presentations have been designed to suit different audiences and can be used to support and promote professional learning and conversations about virtual and e-learning in schools. 

The first presentation helps school leaders think about how their  schools can foster and support e-learning and virtual learning. 

The second presentation helps e-teachers to think about how they can foster and support e-learning and virtual learning in their classes

The third presentation is designed to help students to get the most out of their virtual classroom experiences"

The VLN Community - Home of the Learning Communities Online (LCO)

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.