Breakfast: Effective e-learning – where do we start and what are we looking for?

Speaker: Karen Melhuish Spencer
Event date: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 07:30 to 12:30

About this breakfast seminar

Whether it’s BYOD or the next big thing, it can feel hard to stay focused on what is important for our learners in this ever-changing digital landscape. We cannot future-proof ourselves but we can ensure we have approaches in place to feel confident to meet the challenge of change.

This CORE Breakfast and workshop will take a practical look at ways in which teachers and school leaders can use existing tools and approaches to stay focused on what’s important for our learners, and ourselves.

The breakfast session will explore:

  1. The e-learning ‘big picture’ through school stories of practice from across New Zealand
  2. How we might harness the technology to design engaging and inclusive learning
  3. Overview the use of tools such as the e-Learning Planning Framework to support the appropriate integration of technologies in classrooms and across schools
  4. What success might look like within digitally rich classrooms and schools.

The workshop

This session will offer an opportunity to unpack and explore an e-learning-related inquiry or context that is relevant to your school. This might be a learning experience for the classroom or an aspect of strategic planning.

We will discuss practical approaches for using technologies appropriately, and share real-world experiences and stories in which schools use tools like the e-Learning Planning Framework and Enabling e-Learning for review and planning.

Workshop participants will need to bring with them a laptop, an e-learning-related learning experience or aspect of planning that they would like to explore further and a readiness to develop it during the morning.

Please note: places will be limited to 25

About our presenter Karen Melhuish Spencer:

Karen Melhuish Spencer is an e-Learning consultant with CORE Education. With over 18 years in education in New Zealand and the U.K., she brings a wealth of curriculum, pedagogical, and assessment knowledge to her role. Previously an HOD of English, Karen now works across a range of projects supporting effective teaching and learning within a digital context.

Some of her recent projects have included:

She is currently completing her Masters thesis on the impact of online social network design on teachers' professional learning.

It is no surprise that Karen spends more time online than is probably healthy—you can catch up with her for a chat on Twitter via @virtuallykaren, in the Enabling e-Learning communities, or her educational blog, At the Virtual Chalkface.


Thursday 28 February 7.30am


Breakfast $35 + GST
Breakfast and workshop $130 + GST


Essential Resources (upstairs)
165B Spey Street, beside Metalon