Posts filed under: Why?

In 2016, Madison Flavell, a year 12 student from Kaikoura High School, studied L2 History through NetNZ. It was the first time she has ever taken an online course, but she flourished in the environment finishing the year with straight...
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As mentioned in an earlier post, we are taking a slightly different approach to our Scholarship Mentoring programme this year. We have introduced a second tier of mentoring that involves connecting students through online subject communities. These largely sit as...
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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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  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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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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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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