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This time last year, OtagoNet, CantaNet and SILC began the process of forming NetNZ. A lot has happened in a year so it would be worth staking stock and reflecting on where we are at. This is part one in...
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I found Steve Wheeler’s discussion on the concept of “Distance Education” in this blog post rather timely. Without answering himself, he raises the question of whether the term “distance education” is rather anachronistic in a modern world in which connectivity...
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Knowledge Building: Why? For the past three years I have been part of a project on knowledge building – an emerging approach to learning in a 21st century context. I don’t often use that term, but the reality is there...
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  Yesterday, while chatting with Derek Wenmoth, something he said resonated with me.  While this isn’t unusual, I like the way he put this particular issue.  In reference to schools’ adoption of blended learning and online programmes of learning (currently the...
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I’m an eDean in a large rural secondary school and this year I have 31 eStudents in 14 different online classes.  I am also a Teacher Librarian and I’m lucky that my students study in a special space in our...
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Scholarship mentoring is in its second week and some technical hitches have started to settled down. We have made a significant shift away from traditional video conferencing units tucked away in a room somewhere, to the use of desktop video...
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Why develop communities of schools? Benefits to the learner Broad subject choice and greater personalisation of learning as a result Flexibility. Students are not confined to a classroom for a certain number of hours on a given day, they can...
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We never seem to completely move to a position where we don’t need reminding of this, so here it is… This is about far more than just providing broader course options for students. That is the bottom line for many...
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One of our eTeachers shares the experience in the video below. Points I took out of it? You need to be keen and interested The practice of teaching online can be beneficial to your face to face teaching You are...
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The question of sustainability has been one that has vexed all elearning clusters and the VLN community for sometime now. Ever since the Ministry of Education stopped the funding designed to build clusters to a sustainable position, uncertainty has been...
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