Digital Equity

An Exploration of Distance/Virtual Learning in Aotearoa New Zealand

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A conversation with Professor Michael Barbour, Touro University California, US and Derek Wenmoth, Futuremakers, Wellington, NZ

We recently hosted an interesting and wide ranging conversation with Professor Michael Barbour and Derek Wenmoth on their research into distance learning in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Michael visited New Zealand during March and April 2024, undertaking a national survey of, and interviews with, primary and secondary distance learning organisations. He and Derek are looking to identify trends found within the data collected from the distance learning providers and make recommendations to allow for a rationale growth of primary and secondary distance learning ain Aotearoa.

The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that distance learning within the school sector was possible, but it also highlighted much of the inequity within the system. The research will look to understand distance learning prior to the pandemic, the specific impact the pandemic had, and how it has emerged post-pandemic.  A critical part of the research is to examine the potential of distance learning to ensure equity of access and opportunity for our learners.

The video of this discussion is available here:

And we look forward to welcoming Michael and Derek back later in the year, once their research report is released. when we will host a live Q&A session to dive into their research, discuss possibilities, and look at next steps.

Jane Treadwell-Hoye
13 June 2024
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