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Rachel Whalley
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Our Canadian counterparts - very much like us, but way ahead with Government resource and support. Countering the challenge of small schools - falling enrolments, lack of specialist teachers, threats of closure.
'One of the most important and distinguishing features of CDLI is its substantial use of synchronous interaction between eTeachers and online students.' This has been a success factor for our students too. Learning is social and it makes a huge difference for our children to get to see their teachers and classmates and learn together.
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Food for thought - we need more time and resource for PLD & learning designers. We can't expect our eteachers to do everything on their own.
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A Research Agenda for Online & Blended Learning
With Communities of Online Learning coming closer on the horizon NOW is a good time to determine a research agenda that will inform regulations for CoOLs and best practice for online learning in NZ. There is a body of local research I have written about pre...
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WILL COOLS GIVE THE VIRTUAL LEARNING NETWORK A PERMANENT HOME?
In April I was quoted extensively in this article by Education Review on the VLN Primary & CoOLs. I discussed issues of sustainable resourcing, privatisation, competition & accountability. This article stemmed from a discussion with Jude Barback (Ed Review)...
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Effective networks = Collaboration
Collaboration is a key theme in my research question and in my reading I have found it is closely linked and underpins effective school networks.  Santiago & Fullan (2016) equate effective networks with collaboration that deepens learning, grows professiona...
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Do rural communities want to be connected?
A couple of weeks ago I was pontificating on a vision for connected rural communities and the benefits it would bring, even going so far signposting a Rural Renaissance! So it was interesting to read this article from the Taranaki Daily News about locals in...
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