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July 8, 2019

New Zealand – Proposed Technical Changes To The Education Act Regarding Online Learning

An item that may be of interest to my Kiwi readers.

Tēnā koe,

As you may know, the Government intends to replace both the Education Acts 1964 and 1989 with new legislation through an Education and Training Bill (the Bill). The Bill will consolidate, restructure and update material from the Education Acts 1989 and 1964. It will also implement the proposed reforms identified through the education work programme to date.

We are proposing to use the Bill to make technical changes by updating language to recognise developments in technology, and the impact this has had on teaching. We also want to make it easier for schools to work together using digital technologies to broaden learning opportunities for students.

We know that there are other issues associated with distance education that would not be fixed by these proposed law changes. At a later date, we will work with you to better understand these other issues, and how to better support the use of distance education in the education system.

Updating the language in our education law

Legislation would be amended to replace the term “correspondence education” with the term “distance education.”

This change would better reflect current practice which has changed as digital technologies have developed and evolved. While distance education may use some element of correspondence, it also includes a range of additional learning tools such as online classrooms, video and study groups.

Making it easier for multiple Boards of Trustees to work together

Under the current legislation, two boards may agree in writing for one board to acquire materials for, and supply them to, the other and / or to do work for the other.

We propose amending the legislation to allow multiple boards to enter into one agreement to work together (such as an agreement to operate as a Virtual Learning Network).

We are seeking your views on the proposed change, before the Government makes a decision on including it in a Bill.

Recognising that schools can collaborate together to deliver learning online

Under the current legislation, a student enrolled at a State school may receive education at, or from, another specified school, subject to the board of trustees’ agreement.

We propose amending legislation to clarify that this includes education resources offered online or delivered using digital technologies.

How to have your say

Please email any feedback you have on these proposals to by 18 July. We would also be happy to arrange a phone call or skype conference to discuss this proposal, so please let us know if you would like us to do so.

Feedback will inform advice to the Minister on final proposals that would be submitted to Cabinet and, if approved, would be reflected in the wording of proposed new education legislation. Feedback and documents associated with the engagement process meet the definition of official information, and are therefore subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Ngā mihi,


Ben O’Meara
Group Manager, System and Schooling Policy,
Education System Policy

July 7, 2019

Need Help Building Cultural Capabilities?

Another one for my Kiwi readers.

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Need help building cultural capabilities?

Kia ora Michael

What does good culturally responsive practice look like?

As you head into a well-deserved change of pace, we thought it could be a good time to pose a very topical question and share some helpful resources.

Building cultural capability in learning communities contributes to equitable educational practice and, in turn, equitable educational outcomes. When te reo Māori and te ao Māori are valued and actively revitalised, all ākonga can be secure in their identity.

But what does good culturally responsive practice look like? And what could you do to build it?

We’ve created some resources that can help you answer these questions, so you can build cultural capability in your learning community – ultimately giving mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and empowering Māori learners to be successful as Māori.

Ngā mihi nui

What could I see, hear and feel in your learning community? (PDF, 916KB)

How do you give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi? (PDF, 30KB)

Rachel McNamara’s blog discusses becoming culturally courageous and what educators can do to grow cultural capabilities.

Janelle Riki-Waaka talks about giving mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in this EDtalks video.

What’s the Treaty got to do with it? This recorded CORE Breakfast explores practical ways that future-focused learning communities can grow their understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Explore more resources on culturally responsive practice
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Term 2 Update 2019

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.


Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

July 4, 2019

July Newsletter: What’s On In Term 3, Pick Your Path At uLearn19, Stories Of Impact From The Ten Trends & More

An item for my Kiwi readers.

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Kia ora Michael

The winter holidays bring a chance for a change of pace. Hopefully you’ll have an opportunity to have a break and sit down with a cuppa – we’ve got you covered for reading material in this month’s newsletter!

Read on for information about professional learning opportunities in Term 3, picking your path at uLearn19, culturally responsive practice, real-time reporting stories of impact and more!

What’s on near you in Term 3

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The term ahead brings lots more opportunities to grow your professional learning. How about committing to a half-day workshop, or diving deeper with a 5-10 week online programme?

Select your location or check out the online option for convenient learning no matter where you are in Aotearoa.

Auckland >

Wellington >

Christchurch >

Dunedin >

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Choose your learning pathway at uLearn

The uLearn19 conference provides an abundance of learning and networking opportunities. With an easy online booking system, you’re able to pick your path through the professional learning focus areas and select the workshops that suit your learning needs. Explore the options on our A3 guide, and register to join us.
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Building cultural capabilities

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What could I see, hear and feel in your learning community? How do you give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi? Explore answers to these questions with these very helpful infographics.
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Ten Trend: Real-time reporting

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Three schools have kindly shared stories about their approaches to Real-time reporting and the drivers influencing these. They also include examples of how digital platforms are being used to help deepen the learning conversations. Read what they have to say in the Ten Trends group in edSpace.
Read the stories of impact >

From the blog

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Deep Learning – stories of impact
Margot McKeegan and Derek Wenmoth discuss schools creating change through New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) frameworks.
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The continuing consequences and impacts of colonisation
Whare Isaac-Sharland shares her personal journey of revitalising Māori language and traditions in her whānau.
More >
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Upcoming learning opportunities

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AUCKLAND: 9-10 July
WELLINGTON: 3-4 August
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Future ready? Explore the 2019 Ten Trends
DUNEDIN: 11 September
Te Reo Puāwai Māori
Online programme
ONLINE: starts 22 July
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Implementing mentoring and coaching
WELLINGTON: 13 September
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Play-based learning
Online workshop
ONLINE: 21 August
Educational conference
ROTORUA: 9-11 October

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback. Please feel free to email us.

Wherever you are in Aotearoa, if you are looking for specific professional learning, our consultants can tailor PLD to suit you or your educational setting. Find out more.

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[JOFDL] New Notification From Open Journals On Ako Aotearoa

An new issue announcement.

Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
You have a new notification from Open Journals on Ako Aotearoa:

An issue has been published.


Alison Fields

The actual issue included:

VOL 23, NO 1 (2019)


General Issue



Taking Stock of Our Journal’s Journey: A Statement of Impact
Alison Fields, Maggie Hartnett


Designing for distance learning in developing countries: a case study
Jimena De Mello Heredia, Lucila Carvalho, Eleonora Milano Falcão Vieira


Using Online Lectures to Promote Engagement: Recognising the Self-Directed Learner as Critical for Practical Inquiry
Robin Henrikson
Source Use by Second Year Psychology Students in Online Distance Learning
Nancy Evans Weaver, Estelle Barnard
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