How online learning works
Te Kura’s online courses are delivered through our Online Teaching and Learning Environment (OTLE). This is a secure, online space accessed through an internet browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.
Students enrolled in an online course use a mix of text and other online resources as part of their learning. Online resources include quizzes, games, surveys, audio and video files. Topics or units of work are called modules. A module of work generally takes about two weeks to complete, depending on the course. In some courses students are able to choose the order in which they work through the online modules. In others the teacher will decide which module the student should complete next.
Instead of waiting for booklets to arrive through the post, students who are learning online can access their learning materials instantly. They can submit their assessments as soon as they are completed by uploading them to the course dropbox. Te Kura teachers then assess the work and provide feedback online. Students can also communicate online with their teachers and other students who are enrolled in the same course.
In addition to online resources and activities, most courses also include practical activities for students to complete away from the computer.
To study online with Te Kura you need access to:
- a desktop, laptop, tablet or other internet enabled device
- an Internet connection and a browser like Mozilla Firefox, Chrome or Safari
- word publishing software such as Microsoft Word or Open Office
- current email address (other than a Desire2Learn address).
For more detailed information on what students will need to learn online, go to Te Kura Computer Requirements.
Online courses in 2017
The following courses will be available as interactive online courses in 2017:
• Courses at curriculum levels 3−5
• NCEA Level 1
• NCEA Level 2 (these courses will be a mix of interactive online modules and PDF booklets).
In 2017, Te Ara Hou students will use a mix of online content and print-based resources, with some students doing most of their schoolwork online.
Te Kura is in the midst of moving to online delivery, so some of our courses are not yet in the same format, and some of the existing online courses at NCEA level look and function differently to others.
Courses at NCEA Level 3 will continue to be largely booklet-based for 2017. Te Kura aims to have most students learning online by the end of 2018.
Using the OTLE
From the Te Kura website homepage, go to the LOGIN link in the top right-hand corner of the page. When you are on the LOGIN page choose OTLE from the list of login options, and click the ‘Login to OTLE’ link.
Username and password
Your username and password to access OTLE for the first time are your student ID number. When you log in you'll be asked to set a new password.
If you have forgotten your password or want to change it, click on the "forgot password" link at the bottom of the login screen. A password re-set link will be sent to you via email.
The OTLE enables access to learning resources wherever and whenever they are required, so students can get on with their learning much faster and to communicate with teachers online as well as take part in group discussions with other students.
Tips for using OTLE
Printing PDFs from OTLE
Viewing video content
Uploading files to course dropboxes
Student and Whānau Service Hub
If you have any difficulties logging in contact our Student and Whānau Service Hub at email@example.com or telephone 0800 65 99 88 ext 8712 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Please include your name and student ID number in any emails you send us.
Talk to your learning advisor
To discuss your options for online study please contact your learning advisor.
Using the Internet safely and responsibly is called cybersafety. For your own protection, we recommend you learn how to:
- protect your personal information online
- behave responsibly towards others online
- manage potentially risky situations
- judge the credibility of material found on the Internet.
The Netsafe website www.netsafe.org.nz/ gives cybersafety tips for all ages.
Editing PDF files
If you are enrolled in an NCEA course with Te Kura you have the option to access your course materials via OTLE. While a number of courses are available as fully online courses, the majority are still booklet-based, with the booklets available as PDF files for you to download.
There are various tools you can use to edit PDF files, which means you are able to download the booklet you are working on from OTLE then annotate it using text, highlights, images and other cool features - depending on the software you are using. Once done you can save the file on your local drive and upload the document into the relevant dropbox folder for your teacher to mark. There is information about one of these tools - PDF Escape - in our Introduction to OTLE course in OTLE, or you can visit the website to check out how it works: www.pdfescape.com.
Scanning work to submit via OTLE dropbox
When scanning work to upload into an OTLE dropbox please have your scanner set to low-resolution and (wherever possible) scan multiple pages at once so they are saved in one document. It's also important to save the scanned work as PDF files rather than image files such as jpeg or png. All of these steps ensure a more speedy turn around for students receiving feedback if Te Kura teachers can easily download the scanned files.