Welcome to the Experimenter module of Extend NZ: Professional Learning for Educators.
Extend is grounded in the belief that the impact of learning should be the primary motivator for creating technology-enhanced and online learning experiences. It aims to empower educators to explore a range of emerging technologies and pedagogical practices for effective online and technology-enhanced learning and teaching.
Extend explores key skills, knowledge, and attributes required to extend and transform our learning and teaching practices and to enrich our professional development. The programme is designed to contribute to the digital fluency of educators and to support decision-making for the appropriate use of digital tools. The intent of these modules is also to provide the basis for more deliberate course design and digital pedagogical practice.
The modules are designed to be self-paced or used as a customisable component of learning and teaching programmes for educators within their institutions.
This programme is adapted from 'Ontario Extend', a professional learning programme developed by a team at eCampus Ontario in Canada. The Extend framework has grown out of the work of Simon Bates (2014) and his ‘Anatomy of 21st Century Educators’ . Many academic staff across Ontario, Canada, and elsewhere have engaged with the Extend material and found it to be an immersive and dynamic programme. We have worked closely with the Ontario team, and we are all excited about the New Zealand iteration of these modules.