Derek has been involved with CORE since its inception in 2003. Derek, Nick Billowes and Vince Ham set up Ultralab South (now CORE), which was to embody their vision of an e-learning research and development centre.
With a background as a teacher, principal, teacher educator and education policy advisor, Derek’s role at CORE, as Director of e-Learning, perfectly combines his passion for teaching and learning together with his long-held fascination with the use of technologies in education.
Derek is regarded as one of New Zealand education’s foremost future-focused thinkers, and is regularly asked to consult with policy makers and government agencies regarding the future directions of New Zealand educational policy and practice. He coordinates the development of CORE’s annual Ten Trends that are widely referenced by educators and educational leaders.
He is a regular speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally, and maintains a blog on matters relating to e-learning and other aspects of interest to educators: Derek's Blog.
In recognition of his work in this area, Derek was designated one of 2008’s “Global Six” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, which recognises individuals making a difference in education: Daring Dozen 2008.
- Whole-school review and development — using a range of strategies and frameworks to enable school leaders to lead change around their schools.
- Future-focused education — building a vision of education in and for the future.
- Modern learning practice — exploring the principles and practices of effective pedagogy for modern learning environments.
- Strategic planning and policy development — assisting schools and governments to develop effective plans, procedures and policies.
- Virtual learning and teaching — with expertise in instructional design, online teaching and blended learning approaches.
- Eastland Community Trust (2013) – Community consultation project leading to a future-focused view of education provision in the Gisborne Region.
- Eastland Institute of Technology (2012) – Development of an innovative initial teacher education programme in partnership with local schools.
- e-Learning audits – For various primary and secondary schools throughout NZ, involving consultative process with staff, community and students, asssiting schools in their planning for investment in ICT-related projects and professional development.
- Modern Learning Environments – Chair of the Cross Sector Forum working group on MLEs (for Minister of Education) charged with developing a national framework and set of principles to guide the development of Modern Learning Environments.
Professional body memberships
- Minister of Education, Hekia Parata's Ministers Forum; member.
- Associate Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye's Digital Literacy Reference Group; member.
- Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ); executive member.
- UNESCO (NZ) Communications sub-commission; member.
- Christchurch Digital Learning Trust; member.
- Horizon Report – Australia-New Zealand Advisory Board; member.
Conference presentations, seminars and workshops
- “The future’s not what it used to be” — keynote address at the ULearn09 conference focusing on the future of education, and the role of emerging technologies as identified in the Australia-NZ version of the Horizon report, and the developments around the advanced network in NZ.
- “Challenges, change and trends in 2009” — Keynote presentation to the Adult Literacy Practitioners Association (ALPA) in Wellington on Friday 22 May, 2009.
- “The link between effective learning, ICTs and the new curriculum”, — presented at a variety of cluster conferences from February to April, 2009 (View the link between effective learning slide presentation).
- “CORE’s 10 Trends for 2009” — presented at Learning@School conference, Rotorua, February 2009 (View the Ten Trends slide presentation).
- “Reaching for the Stars” — keynote presented to the MEC Curriculum day, Ringwood, Melbourne, February 2009 – (View the Reaching for the Stars slide presentation).
- "Ensuring our students are learning in the midst of all the excitement” keynote at the ULearn conference, Christchurch, October 2008.
- “Holding a mirror to our professional practice” — online keynote for the K12Online conference, October 2007.
Awards, fellowships and scholarships
- 2008 - Edutopia’s Global Six Award (George Lucas Foundation) for an international educator making a difference in education, special recognition for work in the area of distance education.
- 2001 - Peter Brice Award (Pacific Circle Consortium) In recognition for achievements in fostering inter-cultural understanding.
- 1993 - Ian Stewart Memorial Award (Christchurch College of Education) - For innovation and leadership in distance education.
- Wenmoth, D., & Coogan, P. (2008). “Tomorrow’s web for our future learning” in Langley, J. (Ed) Tomorrow’s Schools 20 years on. Cognition Institute.
- Wenmoth, D., & Eckstein, J. (2008). Educational Technologies in New Zealand. In M. Orey, T. Amiel, J. McClendon, & M. K. Barbour (Eds.), The world almanac of educational technologies.
- Ham, V and Davey, R, Wenmoth D. (2007). “Teachers Doing IT For Themselves: Action Research as Professional Development” in Transforming Classroom Practice: Professional Development Strategies in Educational Technology — ISTE 2007, still in publication.
- Wenmoth, D (2007) “Embedding Web2.0 tools in Practice” in Coming of Age 2.0, Terry Freedman (Ed) — still in publication.
- Wenmoth, D; Trewern, A; Gilmore, H. (2005). “Towards a Professional Community of Inquiry: Report to the MoE on the T4T4T pilot” Published by CORE Education, available online: http://tinyurl.com/cr9yrp.
- Wenmoth, D. (2005). “The New Zealand Correspondence School and the Video Conferencing Cluster Schools Network” — in “Open Schooling Models” published by Commonwealth of Learning (COL) for the International Conference on Open Schooling, Goa, India, Jan 23–25 2005.
- Wenmoth, D. (2004). “SchoolNets in Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands” — in “Emerging Trends in the Development of School Networking Initiatives” part of the Perspectives on Distance Education series, Commonwealth of Learning, 2004.
I’m an educator at heart, and driven by a deep personal belief in the public good of education. I see education as the pathway to self-improvement, and a fundamental right of every human being. I also see our current school system as past its ‘use-by’ date, having remained fundamentally unchanged since it was set up in the industrial age. But I am also an optimist. I believe it is possible to bring about change, big change, fundamentally significant change, if we set our minds to it and work collaboratively and cooperatively towards that. And we must, for the sake of our children and grandchildren.