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Alexander-Bennett, Carolyn – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This think piece by Carolyn Alexander-Bennett is a reflection of her keynote speech at DEANZ2016 conference, which was held from 17-20th April at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In her speech Carolyn revisits the issues, developments, and technology trends that led to the birth of FarNet (an online cluster of schools catering for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Tilton, Jo; Hartnett, Maggie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
As digital technologies develop and change, so do the ways these tools are integrated into classrooms. In particular, as mobile digital technologies become ubiquitous there is a need to investigate how teachers engage with these tools--both personally and professionally. Research has consistently shown that teachers' underlying beliefs and…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Educational Technology
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Jeurissen, Maree – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
Despite some gains in the regeneration of te reo Maori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand, its long-term survival remains threatened. One avenue for regeneration seldom considered is the English-medium secondary school. This article reports on a case study where students in one such school chose te reo Maori as an option and, and,…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Case Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, Language Maintenance
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Louwrens, Nathaniel; Hartnett, Maggie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
While our understanding of student engagement in the compulsory schooling sector is well developed in face-to-face contexts, the same cannot be said for online and distance learning environments. Indeed, most of what is currently known about online engagement has come from research with older students in tertiary education contexts. This study…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Barbour, Michael; Bennett, Carolyn – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2013
The Virtual Learning Network (VLN) provides schools, particularly those in rural and remote areas, with the opportunity to cooperate to expand curricular offerings for their students. Each school that participates in a VLN cluster contributes at least one course delivered by an e-teacher, allowing member schools access to any course offered…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Rural Areas
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Zaka, Pinelopi – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2013
This paper reports on the findings of a case study that investigated how blended teaching and learning was implemented in a New Zealand secondary school. An ecological perspective was taken to clarify the complexity of blended teaching and learning implementation by researching the roles of students, teachers, school leaders and other educational…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students
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Bennett, Carolyn; Barbour, Michael K. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
This case study investigated the perceptions of Maori students in the Virtual Learning Network of what constituted effective strategies for engaging them in online learning. In the FarNet cluster, about 63 students from the four secondary and five area schools access the VLN, and approximately 80 percent of those students are of Maori descent.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders
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Redd, Jennifer; Schmidt-Crawford, Denise – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This study focused on the potential for building 25 high-school students' word knowledge by using a mobile learning device and gaming app. Using a game as an instructional tool is a portable way for students to engage with content. The amount of vocabulary mastered after using the app on the mobile device was examined in relation to a pre-test and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Vocabulary Development, Courseware, Handheld Devices
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Owen, Hazel – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
Research, such as that collated as part of the New Zealand Ministry of Education's (MoE) Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis (BES), indicates that regular Professional Learning and Development (PLD) for educators can have a positive effect on the quality of teaching and, in turn, on outcomes for diverse students. PLD, though, needs to offer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Individualized Instruction, Pilot Projects