Online learning allows students to:
- interact with each other and their teacher in a password-protected online classroom
- collaborate with other students
- communicate with their teacher online or by email
- access and participate in online learning activities
- use CD, DVD, flash drive and MP3 files in addition to booklets and other online material
- record their learning in digital formats.
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.
Equipment needed for online learning
See our checklist of recommended equipment to work out what your student will need to study effectively online.
Support for online learning
If you’re stuck or need assistance with online learning, the Hub can help.
The Hub is available for students, whanau and schools to provide help with online learning. You can contact the Hub on 0800 65 99 88 ext 8712 from 8am to 5pm on weekdays, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staying safe online
The internet and other digital technologies offer plenty of educational and social benefits to students. However, it’s important to be aware of the risks. We encourage supervisors to talk to their student about the safe use of the internet on a regular basis. Being aware of the risks enables children and young people to make safer decisions when they are using digital channels.
Being a responsible cybercitizen involves:
- protecting personal information online
- behaving responsibly towards others online
- managing potentially risky situations
- being able to judge the credibility of material found on the internet.
There is more information about cybersafety and online behaviour in our OTLEHUB course and on the Netsafe. Websites like Vodafone’s digi-parenting site are also a good source of information and ideas for families. Hector's World is a good resource for teaching cybersafety to young children.