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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 eLPF explained  | Reviewing e-capabilityeLPF tools  | eLPF examples and resources  | School stories  | Discussion  | Māori medium eLPF

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, from the Te Toi Tupu consortium, explains the e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF). She describes its purpose and how it is supported by content on the Enabling e-Learning website. 

In this EDtalk, Karen Melhuish: e-Learning Planning Framework , Karen explains the elements of the framework and how it can be used. She outlines the supporting materials, examples and resources for principals and school leaders, examples and resources for teachers, and a possible approach for using the framework.

Phases of the e-Learning Planning Framework

A series of phases in the e-Learning Planning Framework , from Emerging through to Empowering, describe how technology is adopted and integrated into teaching and learning within each dimension of the framework.

Understanding why you are reviewing e-capability

Assuming you are the person (principal or e-leader) who is instigating the school’s use of the tool. Consider:

  • Why is your school wanting to use it?
  • Why is it going to be of value to your school? 

We encourage schools to:

  • provide support for your 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 overtime within the five dimensions of the eLPF.

This video outlines why you might conduct a review. It could be used with staff, in parent meetings, or to inform any users of the eLPF in printed or electronic versions.

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).

eLPF examples and resources

Each strand within the five dimensions of the e-Learning Planning Framework is supported by a page of examples and resources for principals, school leaders, and teachers.

School stories

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). By creating a matrix the school and Board were able to carry out a self-review and identify areas for improvement. Their focus is on including a Māori perspective across the curriculum and in their approach to with engaging parents/whānau.

Matata School

This article, First-time principal embraces Blended e-Learning , in the Education Gazette describes how principal Angelique Bidois is leading change. "Being on the Blended e-Learning (BeL) contract has focused our thinking more intentionally on utilising e-learning tools and technologies, along with effective teaching strategies, to improve learning outcomes for our students,” says Angelique. Staff are using the e-Learning Planning Framework to scaffold their learning and development in e-learning. The framework covers five dimensions: leadership and strategic direction; professional learning; teaching and learning; technologies and infrastructure; and beyond the classroom. It enables schools to identify where they are in terms of e-learning capability, and plan their next step. The tool is in the form of a rubric with supporting resources, examples, and a possible approach for using it. Schools blend e-learning tools with traditional classroom practices. This curriculum support is offered by the Ministry of Education via the provider Te Toi Tupu.


Using the e-Learning Planning Frameworks
This Enabling e-Learning group in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) 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 you might use the e-Learning Planning Framework to plan and review progress
This Enabling e-Learning webinar using Blackboard Collaborate 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.

The Māori-medium e-Learning Planning Framework 

The Māori medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF) has been developed to support Māori medium settings 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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