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December 12, 2017

December Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers.

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December Update 2017
Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan
Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan, by Maria Heron
CoOLs or Not CoOLs? A sustainable future for online learning in NZ primary schools by Rachel Whalley
The VLN Primary continues to grow in leaps and bounds every year, yet we are still not quite there in terms of becoming a recognised and fully supported part of our education system. This year we had 870 learners in the VLN Primary School network! What will next year bring? Read more
Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

When the rush and excitement of the last days of the school year has passed and you have time to come up for air, please take some time to read through our latest newsletter which is packed full of our good news stories from 2017.

Our leading story highlights the current challenges we are grappling with around reduced funding and growing numbers of online learners. There is uncertainty over future support of online learning including the possibility of Communities of Online Learning. Concerns about sustainability are not unfamiliar territory to us, as our long term schools will be well aware of. However we ask that you use your collective efforts to help us advocate for increased resources and support for the VLN Primary.

We share our 2017 Yearbook created in Hail, showcasing the highlights of the year that has been. Students share their work and stories from our Rural & Remote Schools project, our visual arts class and our Tagalog tuakana from Rosmini College.

We farewell the wonderful Ginette and introduce three new members of staff who will be teaching with us next year. Best wishes to Lisa Wang, our Chinese teacher who is away on maternity leave next year; and big congratulations to Sofie Jacobs and her husband Will, who recently welcomed their new baby Jack into the world. It is great to see our VLN Primary family growing! Sofie will continue in her teaching role next year, working in the flexibility of being an eteacher with the demands of being a new mum.

A big thank you to our teachers, governance group, partners and supporters for enabling us to extend learning opportunities for our children.

Ngā mihi mō te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa



Meri Kirihimete
Meri Kirihimete – 2017 A Year in Review

Another successful year for the VLN Primary and online learning in NZ schools. We wish all our school communities, whānau, students, teachers, partners and supporters a very Meri Kirihimete and a safe and enjoyable summer break. Read more to browse the highlights of the year that has been… Read more

Rural Schools are special schools!
WOW – Webpages – Rural Kids

WOW – stands for Work of the Week – a tradition shared in the Rural & Remote Schools project. This term they share their webpages, made with Google sites, that showcase their cool schools and the unique places they live. Read more

Tauriko School Visual Arts students 
Tauriko students learn Visual Arts online

Tauriko School children share their experience of learning visual arts online with Sofie, and proudly share their favourite work. Read more

Students helping students to learn - Filipino
Talking Tagalog and Tuakana Teina

Rosmini College Student John Yap talks about his Filipino language experience with VLN Primary School. John has been teaching other students the Filipino language, Tagalog, online with the VLN Primary School for 2 years. Read more

Nicki, Olivia, Ginette - eteachers VLNP
Farewell Ginette

The VLN Primary team, eteachers and trustees would like to thank Ginette for her support of our students, teachers and schools over the last three years. Read more

Rick Whalley - eTeacher in Action
Rick Whalley – Digital Technologies

Previously our extension maths teacher, Rick returns to teaching online with the VLN Primary. He will be teaching our Digital Technologies programme. Read more

Campbell Potter
Campbell Potter – learning through Minecraft

Campbell is a  part time teacher, farmer and family man. He is an experienced, digitally fluent teacher specialising in outdoor education and social studies.  Read more

Su Yang - Mandarin 
Mandarin eTeacher: Su Yang

Welcome to Su who will be relieving for Lisa Wang who is on maternity leave for Semester 1 (2018). Read more

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Recommended Courses For You

None below that I believe are specifically focused on K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning.

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We combed our catalog and found courses and Specializations that we think match your interests. Browse our recommendations below, and start learning something new today!

Learn English: Intermediate Grammar

University of California, Irvine | 4 Course Specialization
Starts Jan 01, 2018
Academic Skills for University Success

The University of Sydney | 5 Course Specialization
Starts Dec 18, 2017
Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes

The Museum of Modern Art
Starts Dec 11, 2017
e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Starts Dec 11, 2017
Lesson Planning with the ELL in Mind

Arizona State University
Starts Dec 25, 2017
Learning Mindsets & Skills

High Tech High Graduate School of Education
Starts Dec 18, 2017
Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task Based Approach

University of London, UCL Institute of Education
Starts Jan 01, 2018
Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms

Relay Graduate School of Education
Starts Dec 18, 2017
Social Entrepreneurship

Copenhagen Business School | 3 Course Specialization
Starts Dec 18, 2017
Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology

University of London, Bloomsbury Learning Environment
Starts Dec 11, 2017
ART of the MOOC: Public Art and Pedagogy

Duke University, Creative Time
Starts Dec 18, 2017
ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students

The State University of New York, The University at Buffalo
Starts Jan 01, 2018
Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences

UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales)
Starts Dec 11, 2017
Orchestrating Whole Classroom Discussion

University of Pennsylvania
Starts Dec 11, 2017
Become a Journalist: Report the News!

Michigan State University | 5 Course Specialization
Starts Dec 11, 2017
English for Research Publication Purposes

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | 5 Course Specialization
Starts Dec 18, 2017
TESOL Certificate, Part 2: Teach English Now!

Arizona State University | 4 Course Specialization
Starts Dec 25, 2017
Critical Issues in Urban Education

The University of Chicago
Starts Dec 18, 2017
Engaging ELLs and Their Families in the School and Community

Arizona State University
Starts Dec 11, 2017
Disability Awareness and Support

University of Pittsburgh
Starts Jan 01, 2018
Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Starts Dec 11, 2017
Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes that Stick

Match Teacher Residency
Starts Dec 25, 2017
iMOOC102: Mastering American e-Learning

The State University of New York
Starts Jan 01, 2018
Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Match Teacher Residency
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A Look At What’s Coming Up In Early 2018

From yesterday’s inbox…


Master the art of online teaching and design an effective learning environment within your field of interest with one of eight Mastery Series topics. If you see a topic of interest to you, join an upcoming program:

Instructional Design Mastery Series | Starts January 17, 2018
Leadership in Online Learning Mastery Series | Starts February 7, 2018
Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice | Starts March 14, 2018


Facilitator Dena Coots


JANUARY 8 – 14, 2018

Through online discussions, student-student and student-content interactions increase, and both faculty and students collaborate in the learning process as they explore unique perspectives. Join Dena Coots, an expert facilitator from the OLC Institute, in this seven-day asynchronous workshop to learn strategies for engaging learners in effective discussions as well as tools that can be employed to foster learner engagement and improve learning outcomes.


LauraAPasquini_circle.pngFacilitator Dr. Laura Pasquini


JANUARY 8 – 14, 2018

Scholars are using online networks to share syllabi, ask questions for research needs, solicit support for peer review, and be part of the sharing economy for research impacts. In this workshop, we will explore meaningful ways to craft an active, online persona that includes using social media and other digital resources for teaching, service, and research in academia. Read an article where workshop Facilitator Dr. Laura Pasquini explains Why Academics Need a Digital Persona.







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[OLJ] New Online Learning Journal Issue Published

Note the K-12 online learning item below.

Dear Readers:

The latest issue of Online Learning features a special section of high quality papers presented at the American Education Research Association’s (AERA) 2017 Annual Conference.  Founded more than a century ago, AERA is the premier organization for educational research in the United States with more than 25,000 members, 12 divisions and numerous special interest groups.  The Association’s Special Interest Group on Online Teaching and Learning (SIG-OTL) is a multi- disciplinary community of scholars focused on the creation, use, and evaluation of online learning environments.    Through a collaboration between the Online Learning Consortium and AERA this issue highlights 11 papers selected from more than 100 original submissions to the SIG-OTL.

These papers include research on online collaboration from the perspectives of minority students and instructors, how perceptions of communities are influenced by course length and discussion facilitation, and on the relationship between self-reflection and achievement in online K-12 math courses. The issue also contains 6 articles from our regular submission process addressing vital issues related to online learning processes, motivation, satisfaction, and performance.

We invite you to review the issue here

Thanks for your continuing interest in Online Learning,


Peter Shea, PhD
Editor, Online Learning

Online Learning
Vol 21, No 4 (2017)
Table of Contents

Special Conference Issue: AERA Online Teaching and Learning SIG
Karen Swan,     Jennifer Richardson
Online collaborative learning activities: The perspectives of minority
graduate students
Alex Kumi-Yeboah,       James Dogbey,   Guangji Yuan
Care, Communication, Support: Core for Designing Meaningful Online
Collaborative Learning
Heather A. Robinson,    Whitney Kilgore,        Scott J. Warren
Student Actions and Community in Online Courses: The Roles Played By Course
Length and Facilitation Method
Carrie Demmans Epp,     Krystle Phirangee,      Jim Hewitt
Self-Reflection and Math Performance in an Online Learning Environment
Jinnie Choi,    Alyssa Walters, Pat Hoge
Describing K-12 online teachers’ online professional development
opportunities for students with disabilities
Mary Frances Rice
Best Practices Framework for Online Faculty  Professional Development: A
Delphi Study
Sandra Coswatte Mohr,   Kaye Shelton
Examining Distance Learners in Hybrid Synchronous Instruction:  Successes
and Challenges
Enilda Romero-Hall,     Cristiane Rocha Vicentini
Hybrid Education: The Potential of Teaching and Learning with Robot-Mediated
Benjamin William Gleason,       Christine Greenhow
Live Synchronous Web Meetings in Asynchronous Online Courses:
Reconceptualizing Virtual Office Hours
Patrick R. Lowenthal,   Joanna C Dunlap,        Chareen Snelson
Wherefore Art Thou MOOC: Defining Massive Open Online Courses
Stephanie J Blackmon,   Claire H. Major
How Much Does Student Engagement with Videos and Forums in a MOOC Affect
Their Achievement?
Fernanda Cesar Bonafini,        Chungil Chae,   Eunsung Park,   Kathryn Weed Jablokow

Section II
Introduction to Section II
Peter Shea
Student Predisposition to Instructor Feedback and Perceptions of Teaching
Presence Predict Motivation Toward Online Courses
Andrew William Cole,    Christopher Anderson,   Thomas Bunton,  Maura R.
Cherney,        Valerie Cronin Fisher,  Richard Draeger, Jr.,   Michelle
Featherston,    Laura Motel,    Kristine M. Nicolini,   Brittnie Peck,  Mike Allen
A Critical Analysis of Characteristics that Influence the Effect of
Instructor Discussion Interaction on Student Outcomes
Rebecca Simon Hoey
Pre- and inservice teacher satisfaction with online collaborative mentoring
for technology integration: Applying the Kano quality attributes
Helga Dorner,   Swapna Kumar
Correlation between Grades Earned and Time in Online Courses
Lin Carver,     Keya Muhkerjee, Robert Lucio
Navigating Turn-Taking and Conversational Repair in an Online Synchronous
Yvonne Earnshaw
Thematic Patterns in International Blended Learning Literature, Research,
Practices, and Terminology
Kristian J Spring,      Charles R Graham

Online Learning (OLJ)

[AECT] News & Notes – December 11, 2017

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

December 11, 2017

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

2018 CALL FOR PROPOSALS. The call for proposals will be out soon for the 2018 AECT Convention, Learning for All, Kansas City, MO, October 23-27, 2018. Check the website and watch your inbox.

NEW PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY. AECT and Routledge are excited to announce the Key Issues in Learning Design and Technology series. Books published in this series may be individual books or edited volumes that translate cutting-edge research from developments in instructional design and technology into approachable, cross-disciplinary volumes for academic professionals and students. Each book in this series is poised to provide expert perspectives and principles on evolving areas of research, from personalized learning to data and analytics to visual design and beyond. To learn more about the possible topics and proposal guidelines, visit Questions about this opportunity may be directed to the series co-editors, Linda L. CampionCindy S. York, or Tonia A. Dousay.

CALL FOR CHAPTERS. The Division of Emerging Learning Technologies (DELT) is sponsoring a special issue of TechTrends related to current trends, issues, and research involving emerging learning technologies and their effects on the teaching and learning process. Both research and practitioner proposals are welcome, however, all submissions should include collected data. Additional information can be found in the Call for Chapters.

CALL FOR PAPERS. AECT’s International Division sponsors a Special Issue ofTechTrends with the theme, “Educational Technology Research with International Perspectives and Cultural Contexts.” Additional information can be found in the Call for Papers.

CUBA TRAVEL ABROAD. AECT Guest Program to Cuba is on schedule. Watch your inbox for more details or visit  Did You Know?… Cuban Spirit “The Cuban people are true entrepreneurs, often creating something from nothing. This aspect of Cuban culture is visibly evident when experiencing paladares or privately-owned restaurants. Farm-to-table is not a trend but a way of life. With limited resources, chef’s and restaurant owners use urban spaces, such as roof tops, to grow fresh produce to use in their daily menus. Owners care about the product they are presenting and it shows on the plate.”

SIX NEW PUBLICATIONS. Six new publications have been added as member benefits to an already extensive publications library found under the Publications link on AECT’s website.  The new publications are: ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing RegionsEmerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational ThinkingInstructional Design Standards for Distance Learning,Leading and Managing e-Learning: What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know;Visualization Tools for Learning Environment Development, and The 7 Transdisciplinary Cognitive Skills for Creative Education.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!

Association for Educational Communication and Technology
320 West 8th Street, Suite 101, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Toll Free: 877-677-AECT Phone: 812-335­-7675 Email:

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