Saturday, 7 August 2010

e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools: a literature review

The following literature review provides useful professional reading and discussion for teachers involved in ICTPD professional development.

e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools: a literature review
Report to the Ministry of Education
Noeline Wright
http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/77667/948_ELearnLitReview.pdf




The literature review backs claims that we are working in the dark when it comes to using e-learning to raise achievement. Claims for enhancing engagement and motivation resurface but there is a paucity of any reliable or valid evidence showing that e-learning is associated with enhanced learning outcomes.

"International Evidence: There is an international doxa about e-Learning’s inherent benefits to learners. It masks a relatively small amount of actual evidence about its relationship to improved educational and life chances for students."


The focus of the literature review seems dated - The report remains focused on literature around learning to learn well with technology. It fails to address the interest in many of our cluster schools in helping students learning how to live well with technology. A learning outcome that initiatives like SuperClubs Plus and CyberCitizenship approaches actively seek.

See what you make of it.

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