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NZTC�s Chief Executive Represents PTEs on Advisory e-Learning Group

New Zealand Tertiary College Chief Executive Selena Fox is serving as a representative of private tertiary education (PTE) providers in a reference group on tertiary e-learning and e-teaching. 

The Tertiary e-Learning Reference Group, or TeLRG, was established to assist the Ministry of Education and Ako Aotearoa (The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence) in the research, planning and future development of e-learning systems for the tertiary sector in New Zealand.  

The group comprises experienced e-learning advisors, researchers and practitioners from universities, PTEs, polytechnics, institutes of technology and training bodies, and also includes Maori, Pasifika and student representatives.  Ms. Fox, who was nominated by the New Zealand Association of Private Education Providers, will work alongside Dr. Tom Prebble, the Interim Director of Strategy for Ako Aotearoa; Roger Smyth, the Manager of Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis for the Ministry of Education; Dr Stephen Marshall from Victoria University of Wellington; John Milne from Massey University; Dr Andrew Higgins, a consultant; Associate Professor Gordon Suddaby from Massey University; Professor Niki Davis, Professor of E-Learning from the University of Canterbury (representing the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ)); Dr. Stanley Frielick, the Director of Learning and Teaching at AUT University (representing the Higher Education Research and Development Society Inc (HERDSA)) and Mino Cleverle from the Pacific Training Institute. 

The work of the group is primarily informed by the government’s 2006 policy “Government Directions and Priorities for Information Communication Technologies”, and Ako Aotearoa says it will operate under the principle that “decision making in tertiary e-learning is best led by learner benefit, not driven solely by technological innovation”. 

The first task for the group is to assess the current state of tertiary e-learning research. 

It will advise on funding to support e-learning and will develop approaches to priority projects in co-operation with relevant parties. 

TeLRG will also assist the Distance Education Association of New Zealand to develop “The 2016 Scenario”. This project will provide a view of what tertiary education may look like in New Zealand in 2016. 

Ms. Fox will be leading a new proposed project entitled “Raising the ‘e’ bar: Reviewing, and implementing the New Zealand e learning Guidelines (eLGs)” on the redevelopment of the guidelines that support tertiary institutions in the provision of quality teaching and online learning. This project is to be supported by Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, New Zealand. 

Ms. Fox, along with a project team including Dr. Andrew Higgins, Dr. Stephen Marshall, John Milne and Associate Professor Gordon Suddaby will be undertaking this project over the next 12 months. 

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