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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

    Student and Teacher Perceptions of Online Student Engagement in an Online Middle School

    Posted by Nathaniel Louwrens on July 31, 2015 at 7:30 0 Comments

    student engagement

    Cross-posted from teaching at the end of the earth.

    I'm feeling pretty excited today because I've just had my first article published, co-authored with Dr Maggie Hartnett, in the Journal of Open, Flexible…


    Are you planning to flip your classroom?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on July 25, 2015 at 13:30 0 Comments

    Having done some reading and thinking around Flipped classrooms, I found this rather thought-provoking blog post by Jackie Gerstein entitled Flipped classroom full picture: An example lesson. Jackie quotes Harvard…


    Email - a help or a hindrance at work?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on July 22, 2015 at 14:00 0 Comments

    Arriving, somewhat ironically perhaps,  via email Jedd Bartlett's recommendation "The Impact of E-mail Communication on Organizational Life" highlighted many of those tendencies about…


    Scaffolded integration of Web 2.0 in tertiary teaching: First year pharmacy students

    Posted by Trudi Aspden on July 19, 2015 at 15:30 2 Comments

    As educators, we have a “moral and ethical obligation to … model use of digital media in a socially responsible way, and maintain a participatory and inclusive attitude in pedagogy and in learning environment design” (Alam & McLoughlin, 2010). 

    Web 2.0 use in…


    Mobile learning in the classroom...sound odd to you?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on July 15, 2015 at 19:30 0 Comments

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    Culturally responsive design: Pacific peoples

    Posted by Hazel Owen on July 14, 2015 at 17:30 0 Comments

    I would like to thank Diana Ayling, who put together these suggestions and links to resources (the original from which the below has been adapted can be accessed …



    Does ESOL teaching pay?

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