Tertiary e-Learning Reference Group
The lead advisory group for tertiary e-learning in Aotearoa, New Zealand
The Tertiary e-Learning Reference Group was first established in 2005 by the Ministry of Education to support the action areas in the 2004 Interim Tertiary e-Learning Framework. The group was re-launched in 2010 to ensure a more focused approach; with its main purpose being that of an expert group that provides advice on tertiary e-learning to its co-sponsors the Ministry of Education and Ako Aotearoa.
The group's objectives are to:
Presented by Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Phillips, Academic Consultant, Australia.
This presentation will investigate factors beyond the successful conclusion of an e-learning development project.
Monday, 5 October
Auckland University of Technology - City campus
- To assess the current state of tertiary e-learning.
- To assist with the development of New Zealand’s future tertiary e-learning priorities.
- To provide advice for central agencies/organisations and the sector on relevant work programmes/initiatives.
- To provide advice on current and potential funding streams to support e-learning.
- To assist agencies and the sector to take a coordinated approach to priority projects and where appropriate, co-develop these with the relevant parties.
The TeLRG is first and foremost an expert advisory group. Membership consists of people who have been nominated by e-learning or other appropriate professional associations and peak bodies, including: HERDSA, DEANZ, ASCILITE, ACODE, ITENZ, and PITPONZ. Experts from outside these associations will also be included to ensure that there is an appropriate perspective across the breadth of the tertiary sector.
- Dr Peter Coolbear (co-sponsor of the TeLRG) - Director, Ako Aotearoa
- Roger Smyth (co-sponsor of the TeLRG) – Manager, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education
- Mark Nichols - Executive Director, Faculty – Open Polytechnic. Representing the New Zealand Association of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ) and the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).
- Stephen Marshall, Victoria University (Senior lecturer, Education Technology) representing the Australasian Council for Open, Distance and E-Learning (ACODE)
- John Milne – Teaching and Online Consultant, Massey University. Representing the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA).
- Selena Fox - Chief Executive, NZ Tertiary College. Nominated by the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ)
- Fred Hardy - Strategic Business Manager, AgITO. Representing the industry training sector)
- William Apa - E-learning Manager, Best Pacific Institute. Representing Pacific Islands Tertiary Education Providers of New Zealand (PITPONZ).
- Peter Guiney (TeLRG Secretariat) – Research analyst specialising in tertiary e-learning research , Ministry of Education
TeLRG activities and projects
A collaboration project through DEANZ, funded by Ako Aotearoa through its National Project Fund. The online resource provides an interactive system-wide view of what tertiary education might look like in New Zealand in 2016. Tertiary education managers and leaders can use these scenarios to plan future organisational and programme development.
- Stock-take on work to date in e-learning (ACER).
- Annotated bibliographies on aspects of tertiary e-learning.
These Ministry of Education annotated bibliographies provide an overview of the research literature published (or publically available) between 2004 and up to 2014 on tertiary e-learning. They also provide important findings and identify the major strengths, limitations, and gaps of the particular literature sub-set. Bibliographies to date have covered learners and tertiary sector organisations. The TeLRG plays a critical role in the development of these bibliographies including input into the methodology, bibliography categories, literature list, and a formal peer review.
- Redevelopment of New Zealand’s e-Learning Guidelines for the tertiary sector.
A project led by New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC), supported by TeLRG and other tertiary advisors, and funded by Ako Aotearoa has resulted in the updating and expansion of the existing tertiary sector guidelines (first established in 2004). This relaunch ensures better up-to-date support for eteaching and elearning decision-making in the tertiary sector. Launched at NZTC on 15 April 2014, the new guidelines are accessible on the new eLg website; an interactive platform for people interested in engaging with the comprehensive material, and those keen to contribute to its future development.
Fox, S and Kelly, O. (July 2014). Raising the ‘e’ Bar: Reviewing and implementing the New Zealand eLearning Guidelines. Presentation at the Ako Aotearoa / Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Tertiary Research in Progress Colloquium IV, Wellington. (5.87Mb PPTx)
The Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit (ITES) has been endorsed by the Minister and is being organised by the Ministry of Education assisted by TEC, NZQA, Education New Zealand, and Ako Aotearoa. Its purpose is to start a conversation among key stakeholders (including providers, business, and agencies) about the implications of emerging technologies on the delivery and operations of tertiary education. It is being held in Auckland on June 5 and 6.
TeLRG’s involvement in this critical event is through two of its members being part of the organising committee. The members have also provided input into the drafting of the programme and the invitee list. They will also have a role in the major post-summit outcome the development and dissemination of a paper which draws together the key themes and discussions targeted at the key audiences.