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e-Learning Planning Framework

This section contains the e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) along with supporting information and resources. These resources are designed to support you, and your school, in assessing and developing your e-capability.

The e-Learning Planning Framework explained

The e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) and Māori-medium eLPF are tools to help schools and teachers reflect on, and evaluate, their e-learning capability. The eLPF is intended to support regular self-review and subsequent improvement of e-learning skills and knowledge, in ways that reflect our bicultural heritage within a multicultural context.

The dimensions within the eLPF/MMeLPF are derived from a synthesis of international research and from a range of e-capability frameworks; while the phases draw on professional learning frameworks such as the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM ).

All the dimensions of the eLPF/MMeLPF need to be "in play" if a school is to sustain its e-capability development over time, and in ways that reflect effective practice for educators and outcomes for learners.

The framework provides schools and teachers with:

  • a self-review tool for schools to gather evidence about practice
  • a "road map" for building e-learning capability
  • a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning programmes
  • resources and services to support schools as they build capability.

Karen Melhuish, explains the e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF). She describes its purpose, how it can be used, and how it is supported by content on the Enabling e-Learning website. 

Phases of the e-Learning Planning Framework

Phases in the e-Learning Planning Framework move from "Emerging" through to "Empowering". These phases describe how digital technologies are integrated into teaching and learning within each dimension of the framework.

The phases describe:

  • development in technology integration
  • pedagogical development, from teacher-directed to collaborative, co-constructed learning.

The phases – from Emerging through to Empowering – have been aligned with a number of international frameworks that describe how technology is adopted and integrated into teaching and learning.

Key characteristics of the phases

  • Pre-emerging: There may be little awareness of what e-learning is or the role it can play in teaching and learning. No deliberate actions may yet have been taken to explore e-learning. The use of technologies may be ad hoc, and there may be no reference to technologies in the school’s strategic planning.

investigating, raising awareness, and planning

  • Emerging: Your school may be focusing on investigating, raising awareness, and planning for ways to integrate technologies in your school's vision and curriculum. You may be finding out about particular technologies and their use across the dimensions. In the classroom, you may see technologies added on to teacher-directed tasks possibly as a substitute for non-digital approaches.

trialing and establishing

  • Engaging: Your school may be focusing on establishing and connecting planning across the school as well as trialing ways to use technologies appropriately to meet staff, community, and students’ needs. In the classroom, you may begin to see technologies used as part of higher-order (deep), collaborative teaching, and learning. The technologies begin to improve aspects of the learning experience.

effectively aligned processes and practices

  • Extending: Your school may have effectively aligned processes and practices across the school and community. The use of technologies is appropriate and allows significant adaptation of learning experiences to meet all learners' needs. In the classroom, teachers and students may work together to use technologies as part of authentic, higher order, co-constructed learning.

technologies make new ways of learning possible

  • Empowering: Your school and community regularly plan, review, and evaluate in partnership. Technology use is "anytime, anywhere", virtual, open, and equitable. It enhances needs-based, co-constructed learning within and beyond the school community. In the classroom, technologies make new ways of learning possible. It is collaborative, personalised, higher-order, and embedded in the real world.

References

International frameworks

Hall & Hord. (1987). The Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM): A Model for Change in Individuals. [Electronic version http://www.nas.edu/rise/backg4a.htm ]

Mishra & Koehler. (2006) Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK). [Electronic version http://www.tpack.org/ ]

Timperley et al. (2007). Teacher professional learning and development: Best evidence synthesis iteration (BES). [Electronic version http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/2515 ]

The e-Learning Planning Framework tools

The eLPF is accessible both as an online tool and as a hardcopy. Decide which is the best tool for your school.

You might choose the online tool because:

  • it is efficient in terms of gathering information from across your staff in a relatively short space of time – the survey takes approximately 40 minutes.
  • it gathers information from each individual
  • it offers flexibility in terms of access (time and place) – and inclusion for those who might not be able to attend a staff meeting, such as support staff.

You might choose to use the paper-based version because:

  • the school's browser/connection isn't stable enough for the tool to be used with confidence
  • it's a useful pre-cursor activity to using the online tool.

Download the revised e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF).

Decisions about how to support staff, support learners, purchase new technologies, and develop school infrastructure, should be made based on accurate information. The eLPF self-review will provide you with important data about your school's e-learning and e-capability. Use this data to inform your planning and decision making.

We encourage schools to:

  • provide support for staff on the nature of e-learning, effective pedagogy (in the NZC), and how to undertake a self-review
  • understand why they are participating in a self-review process
  • examine how the survey will inform the school's strategic plan and professional learning design
  • explore the ideas and thinking behind building the school's e-capability over time within the five dimensions of the eLPF.

An inquiry approach for using your e-Learning Planning Framework data to review current practice and plan your next steps.

Use this document along with the discussion starters, practical steps, and examples and resources  to develop your goals and plan steps for achieving them.

Use these discussion starters in conjunction with the e-Learning Planning Framework  to develop teacher inquiry into how effective teaching and learning can be enhanced with and through technologies.

Principals

"How do teachers inquire into their use of e-learning?"

  • Can you describe what professional learning and evidence-based practice looks like in your school? 
  • How, and to what extent, do teachers inquire into their use of e-learning?
  • How does your school support teachers to engage in new ways of thinking and new ways of working to improve identified student outcomes? 

Teachers

"What is the impact of e-learning on your students?"

  • What are your students' e-learning needs? What e-learning professional development do you need to help you support your students' learning?
  • What activities will be important for your e-learning professional development?
  • How will you deliberately gather information so you have evidence of how your professional learning is impacting on your classroom practice?
  • How will you evaluate the impact of e-learning on your students’ learning - in particular Māori, Pasifika, and students with special learning needs?

Principals

  • As a staff and community, discuss, develop, and share your values and beliefs. Explore ways to encourage openness, inclusive networks, and partnerships as you engage in professional inquiry into e-learning.
  • Select/develop resources and activities to help staff make connections between current research and their own practice.
  • Create and support opportunities to build knowledge, skills, understandings, and share effective practice.
  • Schedule regular opportunities for review and evaluation of e-learning interventions where data shows increased teacher effectiveness and improved student outcomes.

Teachers

  • Use a teaching as inquiry process to review students' needs, and set your own professional learning goals.
  • Find out about current e-learning thinking, in terms of practices that make a difference to students' learning, and make links to your own practice and context.
  • Undertake professional learning, both formal and informal, to enhance your understanding and skills.
  • Evaluate the impact of your professional learning on all your students, particularly Māori, Pasifika, and students with special needs.

Examples of the e-Learning Planning Framework phases in action

Phases in the e-Learning Planning Framework move from "Emerging" through to "Empowering". These phases describe how digital technologies are integrated into teaching and learning within each dimension of the framework as schools and teachers develop their digital fluency.

Scenario 1: Pre-emerging to emerging

"We haven’t ever really had a plan for the the use of ICTs in school, although we do have a computer suite and one or two desktop computers in each classroom. I’m not sure we really know what’s possible these days. We feel a bit out of touch but are keen to find out more so we don’t get left behind."

Possible next steps
  • Raise awareness of what e-learning is and what might be possible across the staff and community - connect with and visit other schools, explore stories in the Enabling e-Learning media gallery .
  • Set up small-scale pilots or investigations in teams or syndicates to feedback.
  • Identify strengths across your staff and community. Look at the data on students' needs to identify priority areas.
  • Explore effective pedagogy such as examples of collaborative learning in action or the use of SOLO taxonomy.

Scenario 2: Emerging to engaging

"One of our DPs and a small group who are interested in ICTs have been doing some research this year. One of them went to a large conference and brought lots of ideas back. Using Enabling e-Learning resources, we have started to explore the different dimensions in the the e-Learning Planning Framework. We have a number of trials in place across the teaching staff based on what the data tells us about our learners' needs."

Possible next steps
  • Clarify a shared vision and strategic direction.
  • Establish priority areas and design, conduct, and review trials. For example, a syndicate or team might explore the use of collaborative technology in writing for a term, focusing on their Māori learners.
  • As a staff, explore and begin to trial ways of designing activities that model effective pedagogy, integrating technology.

Scenario 3: Engaging to Extending

"I have just been given a set of iPads for my classroom which is very exciting but also a bit daunting. e-Learning is in our school's strategic plan and I have some support for my professional development (PD) from a facilitator. I’m also getting advice from people in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) groups. We have had a bit of a play with the iPads but I intend to trial their use quite deliberately – I am establishing students’ learning needs, selecting apps and their use according to those needs, and monitoring a small group quite closely to evaluate the impact of this."

Possible next steps
  • The intention is to move from pockets of strength to growing a shared understanding across the staff, whānau, and community. Explore ways to mentor staff based on their learning needs.
  • Ensure leadership is learning-focused and driven by the curriculum vision, graduate profile, and strategy.
  • Provide time for staff to grow understanding of effective learning design, both curriculum, and pedagogical knowledge so they can adapt and transform learning with increasing confidence.
  • Consider ways to create shared learning spaces so whānau, staff, and students begin to work as a learning community. For example, explore the use of e-portfolios, learning management systems, and social media.

Scenario 4: Extending to Empowering

"Our school has been exploring the way we use technologies for some time. e-Learning is integral to our annual strategic planning and we have a dedicated professional learning programme of inquiry. The infrastructure is reliable and supports the way we are using technologies with all learners. The community – family and whānau –  are increasingly involved in the conversations about how and why we use technologies. A focus for our teachers now is exploring ways to use technologies to personalise and differentiate the curriculum to suit all our students' needs. This is an on-going inquiry for all of us."

Possible next steps
  1. Moving towards sustainable growth – establish systems that allow for regular review, planning an evaluation of e-learning, based on evidence, including student data.
  2. Engagement with whānau and students should become routine.
  3. Explore ways to connect your staff and community to wider networks for learning, authentic tasks, and sharing knowledge.
  4. Focus on sharpening understanding of designing for all learners to succeed. Grow understanding of personalised learningUniversal Design for Learning , and the way technologies can enhance this.

Examples and resources to support progression through the phases, from "pre-emerging" to "empowering", across the eLPF dimensions

The Enabling e-Learning website is designed to support each strand within the five dimensions of the e-Learning Planning Framework. Each section of the site provides information, school stories, and resources for principals, school leaders, and teachers that will assist your development of e-capability.

  • Use the data from your eLPF survey to set your goals. 
  • Use the content on the website to help with planning how you will move through the eLPF phases (from pre-emerging to empowering) to achieve your goals.

In this dimension, you review how you engage with your community – and wider networks – with and about digital technologies.

Use digital technologies to engage with whānau/iwi and community in culturally responsive ways

Engage with whānau/iwi and community to help students learn effectively and safely online
Find ways to make digital technologies and digital literacy available to support home-school partnerships
Our school community uses digital technologies to connect for learning, locally and globally

In this dimension, you review how The New Zealand Curriculum is enabled by digital technologies, in ways that reflect our bi-cultural heritage. This includes e-learning within the whole school curriculum, digital literacies, learning areas, pedagogy, and assessment.

Embeddedness of e–learning across the curriculum
A clear focus on student achievement
Digital literacy embedded in the curriculum
Safe, responsible use of digital technologies
Using e–learning to understand curriculum learning areas
Control and choice
Culturally responsive practice/s
Addressing the specific needs of learners
Assessment

In this dimension, you review how teachers are building their e-learning capability within the school community and virtual networks, in ways that reflect our bicultural heritage. This includes how far the school is sustaining a professional e-learning community and supporting professional inquiry into e-learning.

Collaboration and sharing
Professional learning model
Opportunity for e-learning professional learning
Focus of e-learning professional learning

In this dimension, you review the way e-learning is integrated into school vision, the leadership of e-learning and how e-learning integrated into strategic direction and policy.

Vision statements and beliefs
Engagement with whānau
Focus of leadership
e-Learning Leadership
e-Learning plans and systems

Join the online discussions

The Enabling e-Learning Community in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) is a place to ask questions and discuss how you are using the e-Learning Planning Framework.

Using the e-Learning Planning Frameworks
This group is a place to ask questions about how to use the e-Learning Planning Frameworks, including: 

  • eLPF online survey tool
  • eLPF hardcopy
  • MMeLPF hardcopy

How to use the eLPF

How you might use the e-Learning Planning Framework to plan and review progress
This Enabling e-Learning webinar explores key ideas around the purpose and use of the framework, what this means for school's strategic planning, and where schools might integrate the framework into strategic planning (5 September 2012).

The webinar is supported by a discussion in the Enabling e-Learning: Leadership group – The e-Learning Planning Framework – how and why to use it.

e-Learning/ako-ē glossary of terms

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Developing the e-learning teacher inquiry process

Developing the e-learning teacher inquiry process

Deputy Principal, Vicki Trainor explains why teacher inquiry was used as a method of professional development at Holy Cross School following the development of their e-learning strategic plan. 

Strategic planning using the eLPF

Strategic planning using the eLPF

Kathy Moy-Low (past principal Holy Cross School) describes how she planned and implemented processes to ensure sustainability and capability of e-learning across the school.

Māori achieving success as Māori – setting up a framework

Māori achieving success as Māori – setting up a framework

Motu School principal, Paul Cornwall explains the process they went through to setup a framework for Māori achieving success as Māori (MASAM).

Using the eLPF to inform strategic planning at Waerenga o Kuri

Using the eLPF to inform strategic planning at Waerenga o Kuri

Principal, Richard McCosh explains how they used the e-Learning Planning Framework to identify strengths and areas needing development within their school.

Developing confident, skilled thinkers, and communicators

Developing confident, skilled thinkers, and communicators

Principal, James Petronelli explains Clearview School's collaborative learning approach operates links back to their school vision.

Using the eLPF to develop literacy learning goals supported by technologies

Using the eLPF to develop literacy learning goals

Brian Price, Principal of Breens Intermediate, shares how they used the e-Learning Planning Framework to develop their strategic planning.

Strategic planning for e-learning

Strategic planning for e-learning

Irene Cooper, principal of Hillcrest Normal School in Hamilton, talks how e-learning helps to engage differently with students.

Using Google Apps to facilitate communication

Using Google Apps to facilitate communication

Nikki Clarke, Deputy Principal at Breens Intermediate, talks about introducing Google Apps into the school.

BYOD – Planning your digital strategy

BYOD – Planning your digital strategy

Michael Williams, principal Pakuranga College, discusses some of the key questions they worked through when developing their digital strategy.

Strategic planning – A collaborative process

Strategic planning – A collaborative process

DP, Billy Merchant describes how the senior leadership team operates using distributed leadership model at Pakuranga College. Decisions are always based on improving student learning.

Professional learning – Teacher inquiry

Professional learning – Teacher inquiry

Pakuranga College principal, Michael Williams describes their intensive PLD programme.

10 tips for success

10 tips for success

CLA Advisor, Charles Newton explains ten key considerations for successful planning.

Professional learning – e-Learning coordinator role

Professional learning – e-Learning coordinator role

Allister Williamson explains his role as e-Learning coordinator at Pakuranga College, which involves overseeing their professional learning programme.

Strategic planning underpinned by pedagogy

Strategic planning underpinned by pedagogy

The senior leadership team at Hampden Street School explain how their e-learning plan supports their strategic plan in terms of planning for, developing, and utilising digital technologies to support learning and teaching. 

Engaging with parents

Engaging with parents

Parents from Hampden Street School share how the school’s open door approach gave them confidence that their children’s learning needs were being met in an innovative learning environment.

Building a reliable infrastructure

Building a reliable infrastructure

John O’Regan, e-Learning lead teacher, describes the important considerations for Hampden Street School to create reliable systems that meet the needs of their BYOD programme.

Introducing the strategic thinking roadmap

Introducing the strategic thinking roadmap

Connected Learning Advisor, Charles Newton explains how to use this guide to support developing your digital technologies action plan. 

Developing e-learning capability using the eLPF and teacher inquiry

Developing e-learning capability using the eLPF and teacher inquiry

e-Learning facilitator, Ross Alexander explains the importance of having a clear vision for introducing new technologies.

Charles Newton

Developing your digital technologies action plan

CLA Advisor, Charles Newton explains how to use the templates as you plan.

Planning for success – Taking your staff with you

Planning for success – Taking your staff with you

Pakuranga College DP, Billy Merchant explains taking staff with you on the e-learning journey is number one. Not all staff will move at the same pace and in the same way so they provide lots of different channels and different avenues for support.

Selecting a device for BYOD

Selecting a device for BYOD

Michael Williams and Billy Merchant from Pakuranga College, explain their change in pedagogy from telling students which device to purchase to being "device agnostic". 

Professional learning – Planning strategically

Professional learning – Planning strategically

Pakuranga College principal, Michael Williams explains their system for PLD. Using their rubrics teachers can identify their strengths and next steps. e-Mentors support teachers with their inquiries into using digital technologies effectively.

Effective technical support systems

Effective technical support systems

John O’Regan, e-Learning lead teacher Hampden Street School, describes their system for providing technical support to staff.

Why choose a BYOD approach?

Why choose a BYOD approach?

Wairakei School principal, Shane Buckner discusses why the school adopted a BYOD approach to enable their children to become connected, capable learners, using one-to-one devices to personalise learning.

BYOD - Impact on student learning

BYOD – Impact on student learning

Pakuranga College principal Michael Williams explains, learning has become more collaborative and students are more engaged.

Strategic planning – Digital technologies supporting effective pedagogy

Strategic planning – Digital technologies supporting effective pedagogy

Pakuranga College’s strategic goal is to provide students with the skills, values, and attitudes they need to be successful now and in the future. Principal, Michael Williams explains how they use digital technologies as a tool to support that goal. 

Impact of digital technologies on teacher practice

Impact of digital technologies on teacher practice

Michael Williams Billy Merchant, Pakuranga College, describe how their teaching staff have developed good pedagogy and are more confident in using digital technologies to support learning. 

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The Māori-medium e-Learning Planning Framework 

The Māori medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF)  has been developed to support Māori medium settings to gauge e-capability in their setting. The MMeLPF was scoped and developed in collaboration with Māori medium educators, then trialed in Māori medium settings in 2013.

Key elements for a Māori e-learning framework
This paper outlines some of the key elements for a Māori e-learning and e-teaching framework from the personal experiences of a Māori lecturer and e-educator. Concepts include:

  • Manaakitanga (caring, online pastoral care)
  • Atuatanga/Wairuatanga (spiritual synergy and spirituality)
  • Ako (reciprocal learning and teaching)
  • Kanohi kitea (visibility, to be seen)
  • Ahi Kaa (belonging)

Download the MMeLPF paper version. You can download the whole tool or each dimension separately.

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