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    Ethos Consultancy NZ


    We believe that by helping students and teachers 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, Web 2. 0 (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 Web 2.0's rich resources (see this glossary) to create opportunities for transformative learning experiences, give learners of diverse needs, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds a voice, enable students with various life commitments to study, and find new ways of connecting learners with content and each other, empower learners to create their own content and enable them to reach their desired learning goals. It can also empower education practitioners to engage with students more, moving away from the front of the room to a shared space where they too become learners.

    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.

    The models underpinning Ethos Consultancy's work are:

    Blog Posts

    Now out: Latest issue from the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning

    Posted by Hazel Owen on August 19, 2014 at 20:56 0 Comments

    Always packed full of great articles, the latest issue of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning is now available, having been shared by Niki…


    Relationships, literacy and team spirit: Janey Nolan talks about her work with Te Kura

    Posted by Hazel Owen on August 18, 2014 at 15:30 2 Comments

    Janey Nolan, has crafted a wonderfully engaging read that looks into the importance of building relationships, how animals can…


    Mind the gap: A digital repository of resources to support reflective teaching and learning

    Posted by Hazel Owen on August 17, 2014 at 12:00 0 Comments

    In 2011 the Ako Aotearoa Southern Educational Developers’ Group  invited folks to join them in developing a repository (funded by Ako Aotearoa’s Southern Hub) - Mind the…


    Tangible Benefits of e-Learning

    Posted by Hazel Owen on August 16, 2014 at 9:00 2 Comments

    The question often asked is...where is the evidence that eLearning makes a difference?

    In 2008,  JISC infoNet, the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and the Higher Education Academy worked together to attempt to help answer this question. They supported the development of "37 detailed online case studies available...supported by an…


    Practical guides rolling off the press

    Posted by Clive Shepherd on August 15, 2014 at 22:30 1 Comment

    Over on the Onlignment blog, I've been posting up a series of practical guides for digital learning content designers. These guides are not really meant for those who design content full-time, but for the increasing numbers of learning professionals who are occasional designers.

    Anyway, so far I have completed the following guides:…


    Infographic on Decline in Confidence in Public Schools

    Posted by John S. Oliver on August 14, 2014 at 19:00 0 Comments

    This infographic relates to the public schools in the USA. But I expect that the reality is similar all over the globe.


    It is helpful to click on the graphic to cause it to enlarge and then used the slider to move around it. You can find the sliders at the bottom and side of the computer screen.




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

    Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles Aug 8. 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

    Anatomy Resources

    Started by Liz Huff in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jul 7. 5 Replies

    One of the core objectives of Anatomy Warehouse is to educate medical students about the best resources in updating their knowledge about the human anatomy. Beginning our series about online…Continue

    Tags: resources, education, anatomy, human

    Flipping classrooms

    Started by Peter Breach in Theories and principles. Last reply by Leigh Hynes Jun 26. 3 Replies

    Hello all I'm heading off on leave in a few days.  I was going to be lazy and just post a question, but decided that Search was worth a visit - and it was.  There is a lot of interest in flipped…Continue

    Anatomy Resources:

    Started by Liz Huff in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jun 19. 1 Reply

    Continuing our series of anatomical study aids, we’re excited to introduce, a site full of exciting games to help…Continue

    Tags: games, anatomy



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