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The Ethos community offers a place for anyone interested in learning to share conversations and ideas, and to build an online identity.

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Nau mai, haere mai - welcome

We believe that by helping learners and education practitioners keep alive their joy of learning we can contribute to the important cultural work of challenging the current status quo in results-driven education.

With its flexibility and rich wealth of resources, technology (when informed by education principles that recognise human learning as social and contextualised), can empower learners to collaborate fruitfully, using new information and ideas to build on what they already know.

In turn, education practitioners can use rich multimedia resources to create opportunities for transformative learning experiences, to give learners of diverse needs, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds a voice, to enable students with various life commitments to study, and to find new ways of enabling learners to reach their desired goals.

The aim of this site is to share effective practice, resources and ideas by encouraging discussion around the design, facilitation, assessment and evaluation of online communities and how they impact learning in all education sectors. We are also sharing resources and ideas around ePortfolios and Green ICT in Education.

Because collaboration and openness are two of our guiding principles, we choose to use this Ning as the forum for projects in which we are involved.

Blog Posts

OER: The quality vs credibility vs access vs pedagogy vs legitimacy vs money debate (Dave White)

Posted by Hazel Owen on April 25, 2017 at 14:30 0 Comments

The conversation around Open Educational Resources (OERs) , Copyright, Intellectual Property, fair use, and Creative Commons licensing is still rumbling along. The outcomes seems to be reasonably inevitable to me, with those organisations that distribute, for example music, using a system that is rooted in an now outmoded business model are looking at rather a sticky end - evolve or die as the saying goes.

A while ago …


Moodle and/or Google user? Try these Moodle and Google 'how to' Tutorials

Posted by Hazel Owen on April 22, 2017 at 17:00 0 Comments

If you are a Google fan or Moodle user in any way, shape or form, you are going to find these resources from Claire Amos invaluable (she shared them here originally) - thanks, Claire.

She writes:

"Here are some links that you…

Using 'magical questions' in coaching

Posted by Hazel Owen on April 22, 2017 at 11:30 0 Comments

Powerful questions are a cornerstone of coaching. These questions are sometimes called ‘magical’ because they can support a coachee to step around perceived barriers or familiar ways of thinking into a space where they are more creative. Their concrete context (i.e. resources, issues, etc) hasn’t changed, but the way the they are thinking can become more positive,…


Suffering from email fatigue? Here are some strategies to help...

Posted by Hazel Owen on April 21, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

I found this article via  The Learning Wave Blog , drawn by the promise of strategies for stopping email overload. I consequently followed the link to The Harvard Business review to read the entire post.

I felt that Amy Gallo presented some great strategies - backed up with examples and case studies, as…


"Better Digital Citizens" - NZ Law Commission on Cyber Bullying

Posted by Merryn Dunmill on April 20, 2017 at 9:30 1 Comment

"Better Digital Citizens" - Law Commission on Cyber Bullying August 15

This draft report defines harmful digital communication as forms such as threats, harassment, dissemination of…


Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

Posted by John Birnie on April 19, 2017 at 15:30 3 Comments

Tēnā koutou katoa

Many of you will have seen this; it was new to me.

Have a great Sunday.

Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education


E-Learning: It's Not Just About Technology!

Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles. Last reply by Paul Keown Mar 13. 2 Replies

As a technology-integration-in-education advocate and co-founder of learning management system, I had the opportunity during the past few years to research the main hindrances to e-learning…Continue

Tags: LMS, e-learning

Applying 'The Chaos Monkey' to your life

Started by Sarah Whiting in Professional Development. Last reply by Tessa Gray Mar 4. 1 Reply

I am currently completing the whole life challenge and every few days, I get sent emails around practices that support improving my life from the inside out. Most of the time, I just flick the…Continue

A quick reminder about passwords and how to create an awesome one.

Started by Catriona Pene in Facilitation Feb 28. 0 Replies

Got 3 minutes? Well worth a watch of this video to get some tips on creating awesome passwords.Continue

Does ESOL teaching pay?

Started by Adon Kumar in Learning (e.g. preferences, styles, requirements). Last reply by Lorraine Makutu Jun 10, 2015. 1 Reply

I want to share my exciting…Continue

Tags: PrivateTutor, Sociolinguistics, ESOL



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