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A NZ e-learning think tank - why?

A number of leaders in schools and tertiary education in New Zealand recognize that massive shifts underway are changing the 'landscape' of schooling in New Zealand and abroad with potential for more effective education for schools students provided by a range of organizations including a home school, other schools, tertiary organizations and services within New Zealand and abroad. We also recognize that this change may be turbulent and it will be challenging to achieve the gains envisaged with the Ultrafast Broadband in Schools (UFBiS) initiative etc. The UFBiS team has indicated that more independent views would be welcome.

The simultaneous visit by two overseas experts (Bacsich & Barbour) to the University of Canterbury e-Learning on 5th April 2012 provides the stimulus for a think tank to share views and develop a statement to inform developments in the nation and, in particular, the Canterbury region as it develops new strengths and moves forward following the ‘shaking up’ of Christchurch.

“Ki ngā whakaeke haumi” (join those who can join sections of a canoe) (Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua, 2003)

Outcomes & Actions after 5/4/12

Respond to Parlimentary enquiry

See New Zealand Parliament (2012). Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy. http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/f/9/7/50SCES_SCF_00DBSCH_INQ_11275_1-Inquiry-into-21st-century-learning.htm

Niki has started a Google document and shared it publicly here please join us in editing it.

Communiqué to guide vision nationally and regionally

Working on this too

Plan for further action, where relevant ... 

Agenda for 5/4/12

  • 2.00 Introduction to the day (Niki, Trevor & Derek) + 2 breath introduction by all, including one key idea or concern
  • 2.30 Group work (3-4 with mixed school and tertiary sector groups). Envisioning 2020 following UFBiS completion in 2016 and successful introduction of N4L ...

              Identify strategies and potential, with concerns where essential on one document.

  • 3.00 Feedback from facilitators (Niki, Trevor & Derek)
  • 3.10 Groups merged into 2 big groups (6-9 people): Combine views of what can happen using the themes emerging from the Parliamentary enquiry into 21st century skills just announced

              Identify strategies and potential, with concerns where essential on one document.

  • 3.30 Plenary feedback and identify key phrases and illustrations for Communiqué, plus actions
  • 3.50 Review and agree further actions
  • 4.00 Close of think tank

5th April 2012 Think Tank hosted by the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab

Thursday 5th April 2012 2-4 pm
Prompt start at 2 pm, a little refreshment available at 1.45 pm in the same room.
Please prepare to start with a brief introduction including one key point - with two breath limit ;)
University of Canterbury College of Education, Dovedale Avenue, Christchurch: Otakaro building - Otakaro 201
Online attendance is not recommended, but possible if essential: UC Adobe Connect room may be opened (details to follow if requested and agreed)
Only invited participants 
maximum number 24
Free - no charge will be made for the use of university facilities.
Niki Davis, Director of the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab in collaobration with Trevor Storr and Derek Wenmoth


Leaders in the schooling sector and those they may network with to enhance the education of young people in New Zealand.

Please edit descriptions provided below to indicate expertise and interests, including relevant web links:

Paul Bacsich, Canterbury Fellow 2012 with University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab, ... UK, VISCED e-campus international review
Michael Barbour, Wayne State University, USA, ...

Ray Burkill, Linwood College DP, GCSN Moodle Champion, postgraduate student with e-Learning Lab

Nicholas Crossan, Kaiarahi, Southern Region, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (The Correspondence School)

Nicki Dabner, University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab, leader UC course best practices in online teaching & learning, primary art teacher educator, supporter of e-learning PD

Niki Davis, Director of the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab, teacher educator and supporter of e-learning PD, SCD BLP, member of UFBiS Governance Board, Member of VLNC Council, ...

Julie Mackey, Senior Researcher University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab, teacher educator and supporter of e-learning PD

Margot MacKeegan, GCSN http://www.gcsn.school.nz/

Carol Moffatt, GCSN http://www.gcsn.school.nz/

Charles Newton, Chairperson the Nelson Malborough Loop

Bridget O'Regan, Regional Manager, Southern Hub, Ako Aotearoa, National Centre for Teaching Excellence
Ken Pullar, OtagoNet ePrincipal

Sam Hegarty, CPIT

Linda Tame, Principal, Lincoln High School, UFBiS Principals Reference Group

Herbert Thomas, University of Canterbury ELM team leader

Trevor Storr, CantaNet, SCD BLP and Waimate High School, VLN Council member, champion of moodle, networked and distributed learning, thinking big from a small start! 

Darren Sudlow, CantaNet and SCD BLP

Derek Wenmoth, Core Education, GCSN

Pinelopi Zaka, Research Assistant, postgraduate student with e-Learning Lab 


Jacqui Land, ICT co-ordinator Papanui School, GCSN Moodle Champion, postgraduate student with e-Learning Lab

National Library



Vision move to 2025 to link with Chch counil, OECD, ...

Some examples:

Scholarship mentoring between and among rural netowrks of schools, GCSN and the university ...

Learner voice about 2025 including precursors. Role modelling using social networking ... aim to review with research base ... Waikato TTT

Awareness raising of e-learning skills/literacy/study skills, e.g. Peerwise social networking support (Mackey et al project);


  1. Create a shared Google doc for participants to add bullet points under the response that we will edit as a response and may be useful to others.
  2. Link to NZ curriculum values, "connected,

Reference materials

Please edit in relevant materials and web sites using APA style referencing in alphabetical order of author.

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