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The Online Teaching Hub

Overview

The Kōtuitui Hub centralises resources, article and videos on anything to do with Online Learning. Use it as a place to browse, search and explore different interest areas.

About Kōtuitui

Kōtuitui is a 'Network of Expertise' for those teaching online in New Zealand schools, who want to teach and collaborate online, and who support our online learners.

Our learning community extends beyond our own individual organisations and is a place where:

Through our network of expertise we can leverage our collaborative expertise, grow teacher leadership and capability, strengthen cross sector primary/secondary professional networks, and provide facilitation, support and leadership for online teaching and learning.

NEX is a collaborative network led by the VLN Primary School, NetNZ & supported by the Ministry of Education, through Networks of Expertise.

Connect, collaborate and share with others in our professional social network. Register here.

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Contents

Keep them 'connected': Advice for taking learning online

by Darren Sudlow

Some key points to consider when planning to take your face to face class / school fully online.

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Video: VLN Community PLD Series: Workshop Five - How do we ensure learning takes place?

Workshop Five: How do we ensure learning takes place?

by VLN Community

View our last workshop on how to ensure learning takes places. This explores how we can make learning visible, track it, and respond.

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Virtual learning in New Zealand - a research base

by Rachel Whalley

To mark 25 years of virtual learning in New Zealand we have compiled a collation of research and reports that focus on the policy and practice of online, flexible and distance learning in New Zealand schools.

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Video: Workshop four: supporting learner well being online

Workshop Four: Well-being Video

by VLN Community

How do we approach learner well-being online? View the recording of the workshop to fully explore this question.

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Video: VLN Community PLD Series: Future Focus Panel DIscussion

Future Focus Panel Discussion

by VLN Community

Access the full recording of the panel discussion exploring what we have learned from our recent lockdown and what opportunities that experience has presented.

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Video: VLN Community PLD Workshop

Workshop Three: Engagement Resources

by VLN Community

Access the recording and follow up resources from the recent Designing for Engagement Workshop

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Video: Workshop Two: Adapting Contexts Online

Workshop Two: Adapting Contexts Online

by VLN Community

Recordings from the workshop on how to adapt face to face contexts online.

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Video: VLN Community PLD Series: Workshop One: Emergent Design

Workshop: Emergent Design

by VLN Community

Full recording and follow up links for Workshop one from the VLN Community PLD series

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Classroom or Community?

by Darren Sudlow

What are we aiming for in online learning? Do we want to replicate a classroom online? Or do we want to develop a community?

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Editorial: What sort of experience?

by Darren Sudlow

As a parent and educator it has been very interesting to watch schools respond to our current lock down situation.

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Why learn online? Looking beyond curriculum

by Darren Sudlow

If we are to prepare our learners for an ever changing world we need to see online learning as more than a bolt on to our local curriculum

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Strategies: Netiquette

by Darren Sudlow

Netiquette is the term used to refer to etiquette, or rules of acceptable behavior, on the Internet.

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Korean and Kiwi kids meeting online

Strategies: The Video Conference

by VLNC

There is no definitive approach to a video conference/hangout lesson. Some teachers treat it like a tutorial, while for others it looks much more like a structured traditional lesson.

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Video: Kōtuitui Forum: Community Building

Strategies: Building Community

by Darren Sudlow

When we talk about community, then, we are talking about the feeling of belonging. This concept applies within the walls of the classroom (virtual, though they may be), as well as outside those walls. A major benefit that online environments have over traditional brick-and-mortar environments is that they allow us to easily negotiate connections within local, national, and global networks.

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Literature Review: Knowledge Building Research

by Professor Kwok-Wing Lai

Professor Kwok-Wing Lai, examines some of the key findings on Knowledge Building from the literature.

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Video: What is Knowledge Building?

What is Knowledge Building?

by Margaret Macpherson

The Knowledge Building (KB) pedagogical approach developed by Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter (2006) at the University of Toronto aims to support the development of young people’s knowledge-building capability.

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Video: Marlene Scardamalia - Learning to Live with Complexity

Why Knowledge Building?

by Darren Sudlow

The social, economic and political well-being of modern societies will rely on the capacity of their citizens to be able to innovate and work creatively with knowledge across all fields (OECD, 2008).

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How to Knowledge Build

by Philippa Mallinson

Philippa Mallinson draws on some of the key aspects of Knowledge Building highlighted by the literature.

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The Knowledge Building Principles

by KB Singapore

KB Singapore's excellent representation of the KB Principles

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VLN Primary eteachers 2020

Effective Strategies in the Video Conference Lesson

by NetNZ Teachers

Advice pulled together from teachers who teach online

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Video: Copyright Creative Commons 101

Copyright & Creative Commons 101 - Webinar Overview

by Rachel Whalley

Copyright and Creative Commons was the focus of the workshop on 3 September by Mandy Henk from Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons for NEX online teachers.

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Video: NEX Webinar: An introduction to Knowledge Building

Workshop: What is Knowledge Building?

by Darren Sudlow

Recording of a workshop on how to apply knowledge building approaches to learning

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Developing an online course: Getting started

by Darren Sudlow

Putting a course together that is clear, follows a logical structure, promotes student interaction and that develops engaging approaches to learning is no easy feat. The following section is designed to give you some ideas on how to do this.

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Learning Design Basics

by Darren Sudlow

How you design learning online is an integral part of enabling learning online. Design needs to be carefully thought through and implemented.

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Emergent Design

by Darren Sudlow

Traditional learning design can constrain. Emergent design refers to an approach to online learning that is learner centred and directed, flexible, and collaborative

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Strategies: Learner Centred

by Darren Sudlow

Learner-centeredness is about enabling the construction of knowledge based on goals that are important to the learner. It is the recognition of learners as diverse individuals with different interests, needs, and capabilities.

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Video: Engaging and motivating students

Engaging Learners Online

by Darren Sudlow

As mentioned in the vide, just putting together a series of resources online that you expect students to work through is not engaging for them. How you design the learning is important when trying to engage learners. Think about the following

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Video: eTeaching 101

eTeaching 101 - be ready to teach online

by Rachel Whalley

COVID19 is having a huge impact in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally. How are you preparing for when the impacts are closely felt in your school and community? NZ eteachers recently participated in an online workshop designed to support them with the basics of preparing to teach online.

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#connectedlearners

Online learning guidelines for school leaders

by Rachel Whalley

It is really important at this time for schools to prepare, plan, and practise for online learning in their schools.

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Video: Steve Wheeler: Connected Pedagogy

Steve Wheeler: Connected Pedagogy

by Darren Sudlow

The term 'online learning' is often used in its broadest sense to reflect any form of learning using the internet, but what form can learning take when moved into a barrier free, online environment? What are the possibilities for connected forms of learning over the next ten years? Join Steve Wheeler in an exploration of 'Connected Pedagogy'.

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Video: Puzzle of Online Teaching Practice - Madlen Kunath

Puzzles of Online Teaching Practice

by Madlen Kunath

How can we encourage our students to practise what they learned outside the online classroom and use more target language in our short online sessions?

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Video: NEXPuzzlePractice

Relationships and Learning

by Marina Krijgsman

How can we work together as eDeans and eTeachers to enable each student to build the skills and dispositions that allows them to be a successful learner?

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Video: Conducting effective online discussions

Promoting discussion: Problems and Solutions

by Darren Sudlow

All teachers fear the out-of-control classroom. In fact, it is a common belief that teaching online allows avoiding all of the discipline and classroom management issues found in face-to-face classrooms. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

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Video: NEX Intro - Angela Mitchell

Problems of Practice: Developing the Learner

by Angela Mitchell

How can I support my students to develop key learning dispositions in the online environment?

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Video: Philippa Mallinson - problems of practice

Problems of practice: Community

by Philippa Mallinson

How can community be developed in the online space and how can authentic learning be captured?

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