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Ethos Consultancy NZ


We believe that by helping learners and education practitioners keep alive their joy of learning we can contribute to the important cultural work of challenging the current status quo in results-driven education.

With its flexibility and rich wealth of resources, technology (when informed by education principles that recognise human learning as social and contextualised), can empower learners to collaborate fruitfully, using new information and ideas to build on what they already know.

In turn, education practitioners can use rich multimedia resources to create opportunities for transformative learning experiences, to give learners of diverse needs, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds a voice, to enable students with various life commitments to study, and to find new ways of enabling learners to reach their desired goals.

The aim of this site is to share effective practice, resources and ideas by encouraging discussion around the design, facilitation, assessment and evaluation of online communities and how they impact learning in all education sectors. We are also sharing resources and ideas around ePortfolios and Green ICT in Education.

Because collaboration and openness are two of our guiding principles, we choose to use this Ning as the forum for projects in which we are involved.

Blog Posts

Performance inquiry: A paradigm shift from performance management and appraisal

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 22, 2016 at 13:30 0 Comments

The project that Mary Wilson was involved started by creating a really big dynamic, as a space was developed ready for the learning to happen for 59 children and 12 staff. By 2008, they were staring down the barrel down a system that they had tried to avoid. ERO was on the doorstep.…


Building the Network for Learning: Commentary by Niki Davis

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 21, 2016 at 11:00 0 Comments

You may, or may not, be familiar with the Network for Learning (N4L) that is being developed in New Zealand. The potential of such a network is huge, but it requires a collaborative effort to actually make it work. It's not so much about the infrastructure, it's more about the people, the connections...the opportunities to collaborate, share, and build. How can you get involved, if…


Thoughts - Cultures old and new

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 20, 2016 at 8:30 0 Comments

students and social networks

Image by Will Lion via Flickr

Joel Dodd was a teacher of mathematics, and is now a researcher, and statistician.

I recently revisited a post by Joel where he discusses traditional…


Story of change: From Digital Doubter to Tech Guru

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2016 at 12:00 0 Comments

The Edsurge team always have nuggets of news, and links to often thought provoking articles and opinion pieces. One item in a recent newsletter caught my eye. Often educators are seen as either tech savvy and eLearning focussed...or not. …


Perspectives on Online vs Offline Education

Posted by John S. Oliver on May 19, 2016 at 7:20 0 Comments

This interview is rich with practical insights.


This woman began as a wedding photographer. Other wedding photographers came to her to teach them. She conducted seminars for 5 to 20 people. Then later she taught online course at an established education host site. She talks about her resistance and fears to go in that direction.




Does ESOL teaching pay?

Started by Adon Kumar in Learning (e.g. preferences, styles, requirements). Last reply by Lorraine Makutu Jun 10, 2015. 1 Reply

I want to share my exciting…Continue

Tags: PrivateTutor, Sociolinguistics, ESOL

Online glossary

Started by Sylvia Hach in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Allanah King May 1, 2015. 7 Replies

Hi everybody,I teach a first year blended, flipped Anatomy & Physiology paper at a tertiary institution in Auckland, New Zealand and we have struggled to find a good platform for an online…Continue

Tags: Glossary

Ethos and exploitation

Started by Adon Kumar in Theories and principles. Last reply by Hazel Owen May 1, 2015. 4 Replies

I recently attended a meeting where the key topic of discussion was the exploitation of migrant workers by their migrant employers. The plight of some migrants both on shore and on the oceans was…Continue

Tags: Exploitation, Students, International, Migrants

E-Learning: It's Not Just About Technology!

Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles Aug 8, 2014. 0 Replies

As a technology-integration-in-education advocate and co-founder of learning management system, I had the opportunity during the past few years to research the main hindrances to e-learning…Continue

Tags: LMS, e-learning


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