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Ethos Consultancy NZ


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

Cognitive computing: What is it and why should you care?

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 3, 2016 at 7:57 0 Comments

Information is unstructured, especially when it is en masse (think, for instance, the Internet). The amount of available content is doubling every 5 years, and we just don't have the time or the cognitive capacity to keep up with everything.

People have amazing ideas, but the computational abilities are often not ready. "At the…


Just another thought along the same lines

Posted by Leigh Hynes on May 3, 2016 at 5:30 4 Comments

Adding to thoughts in Hazel Owen's blog post about the quality of method of delivery of some presenters, I felt I have to add my 10 cents worth in.

Cross blogged from my personal opinion Hynessight blog, here it is.

Consider Meet Edgar if you seek to improve automation of your social marketing

Posted by John S. Oliver on April 28, 2016 at 1:54 1 Comment

Meet Edgar is a way to automate your social media marketing better than Hoot Suite or Buffer

You can load up 1000 or more in your library and schedule them well in advance plus to repeat.

By systematically tweeting and using Facebook them more will come to this community as you share the most popular blog posts and videos. 


interview of founder…


Some tools to have under your belt that will help protect your online privacy

Posted by Hazel Owen on April 27, 2016 at 21:00 0 Comments

Always an issue under discussion, privacy online and how concerned you need to be, is the focus of many a CIO, IT coordinator, teacher, and parent. No matter who you are, of what your views on sharing are, it is wise to keep up to speed with thinking about privacy especially if you are a regular user of social media.

The awesome team at…


From dreamers to critics: Making sure everyone has a voice

Posted by Hazel Owen on April 26, 2016 at 15:37 0 Comments

I sometimes work with coachees who will come up with a strategy, and then immediately add the tag “that won’t work because…”. This focus tends to result in some great ideas and strategies never getting off the ground as a result. 

The Disney Strategy was developed by the Neuro Linguistic Programme (NLP) practitioner, Robert Dilts. Dilts based the strategy on the approach Walt Disney…


What are the most important issues for students and parents when it comes to satisfaction with Higher Eduction?

Posted by Hazel Owen on April 26, 2016 at 8:30 0 Comments

What are the most important issues for students and parents when it comes to satisfaction with Higher Eduction (HE)? This infographic (based on US data) highlights important factors, as well as providing some guidelines for improving the overall college experience. I was particularly impressed that often neglected or unheard voice in education...are included - and…



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

Online glossary

Started by Sylvia Hach in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Allanah King May 1, 2015. 7 Replies

Hi everybody,I teach a first year blended, flipped Anatomy & Physiology paper at a tertiary institution in Auckland, New Zealand and we have struggled to find a good platform for an online…Continue

Tags: Glossary

Ethos and exploitation

Started by Adon Kumar in Theories and principles. Last reply by Hazel Owen May 1, 2015. 4 Replies

I recently attended a meeting where the key topic of discussion was the exploitation of migrant workers by their migrant employers. The plight of some migrants both on shore and on the oceans was…Continue

Tags: Exploitation, Students, International, Migrants

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

Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles Aug 8, 2014. 0 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


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