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What is your profession?
Education administrator, teacher/tutor
What is your interest in ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching?
Wrote dissertation for Master of Indigenous Studies on a project combining adult learners of the Māori language on Facebook and Skype. Keen to work more in that area.
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Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

Posted 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

New online course just started - Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started - from FutureLEarn

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 9:43 1 Comment

Just started this course. Truly is state of the art online course - can't recommend it highly enough. Here's the link:


Ngā mihi - John

Commentary -"Why technology will never fix education"

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 14:58 3 Comments

Toyama says that technology amplifies the benefit of good education, but does little for mediocre educational systems - "rigorous research fails to show much educational impact of technology in and of itself, even when offered…


"Degree of Freedom - doing a BA in a year using MOOCs

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 20:00 2 Comments

Kia ora koutou

This is Jonathan Haber's blog on his personal learning journey - gaining a degree in a year through MOOCs. He writes well, and it makes fascinating reading.

Ngā mihi

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At 18:50 on July 23, 2012, Hazel Owen said…

Tēnā koe, John, and thank you for your greetings and best wishes. I must admit to being very much a beginner with te reo Māori, but I have a keen interest, and try to do as much mahi kāinga as I can :-). I also feel it's essential for anyone working in education in NZ to be culturally responsive and open.

It was great to receive your feedback too - much appreciated. Kia pai to pō.

Hei konā rā.


At 9:39 on July 22, 2012, Hazel Owen said…

Kia ora, John. Nau mai haere mai. It is superb to welcome you to the Ethos online community. Please make yourself feel at home, and feel free to have a good look around, as well as to leave comments, make posts, ask questions and share resources.Hei kōnā mai. Hazel


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