Technology Enabled Learning The Focus Of New Food And Fibre Sector Website

A
new website, techenabledlearning.nz, is providing
technology-enabled learning resources and information to
educators and providers in farming, forestry, horticulture
and fishing, but is also a valuable tool to those of other
disciplines as well.

A new website
developed from the experiences of teaching staff and
learners in the food and fibre sector in New Zealand is
providing technology-enabled learning resources and
information to educators and providers in farming, forestry,
horticulture and fishing.

It is also a valuable tool
to those of other disciplines as well.

The website,
techenabledlearning.nz, is funded by the Tertiary Education
Commission (TEC) and supported by the Food and Fibre Centre
for Vocational Excellence (FFCoVE).

The threat posed
by COVID-19 to the primary sectors led to the formation of
the Technology-enabled learning – lessons from lockdown
research project, which was the start of a process that has
resulted in this website.

Research analytics
specialist, Scarlatti, was commissioned to run the project,
in conjunction with Dairy Training NZ, Wintec and the
Primary ITO.

The project was designed to capture the
experiences of the staff and students of training
organisations delivering Vocational Education and Training
for the primary sector. This was to better understand the
role of technology during Alert Level Four, their unique
needs, and how technology-enabled learning experiences could
be enhanced in future.

An original focus was to find
new modes of training and how to best support the attraction
and retention of workers displaced from other industries.
However, the direction and outputs of the project was
informed by the initial research and the managers, tutors
and learners interviewed who brought their own experiences
of the lockdown levels.

Paul Hollings, the General
Manager of the Food and Fibre CoVE, said the information
gathered during the project was too good not to use in a
meaningful way.

“There is a danger when a research
project is done that it ends up in a report that is not
widely circulated. The whole idea with this website was to
actually make that information accessible to those who
needed it.”

“What makes this resource special is
that, while it is designed specifically for New Zealand
Primary Industry tutors and providers, it is relevant to all
tutors and providers across the vocational education and
training sector. When people look for resources, generally
speaking they find overseas products that maybe don’t
quite fit the bill. This website does!” says
Paul.

“Given the rural setting of the industries
making it up, we have genuine problems around connectivity
in the Food and Fibre Sector and the site addresses that by
identifying areas of good and bad connectivity and providing
work around ideas. Again this applicable to any industry but
more specifically to food and
fibre.”

Techenabledlearning.nz offers trending
“tips and tricks” including creating culturally
inclusive online classrooms, setting up online classrooms
for success, personalising teaching for Māori learners, and
providing pastoral care in tech-enabled
learning.

Tutors have the ability to create their own
toolkit of resources that they feel are suitable to them. An
interactive dashboard is available to find out what the
research says about technology-enabled learning in the Food
and Fibre Sector. Education providers are also given
information on how to implement effective learning
solutions. There is also a calculator for return on
investments, a connectivity map highlighting areas of poor
reception, and practical tips for
infrastructure.

Links to the resource are on the
websites of the TEC, the FFCoVE, Ako Aotearoa and Te Kete
Ipurangi.

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