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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

Changing World (cross-blogged from

Posted by Monika Kern on June 27, 2016 at 19:00 0 Comments

"The future is unknown but not unimaginable" is a saying I have liked for a long time. Like many other future focussed educators I am trying to prepare the young people in my charge for an unknown future. There are different theories out there about what will be required to be successful in the future.

Our NZC's vision says:

Our vision is for young people:…

When rich and poor are too far apart there are real effects on health, lifespan, trust...and education

Posted by Hazel Owen on June 26, 2016 at 13:00 0 Comments

I listened to this presentation from the point of view of an educationalist working in a system that is currently broken. The education system in general is being blamed for not addressing (or even is seen as creating) many of the ills of societies and communities in a range of countries around the world.

However, what Richard Wilkinson presents tends…


Passion Learning for Teachers (cross-blogged from

Posted by Monika Kern on June 25, 2016 at 15:30 0 Comments

Having attended a number of PLD events over the last few weeks, I have been pondering my own 'passions'. While I thoroughly enjoy my current role teaching 'little people', I have found that one of my passions still endures: Supporting other educators to transform their practise. This starts with sharing information about PLD events with others, encouraging others to attend events I think they would find useful, with trying to make myself available for others who would like…


Managing summative assessment of student learning in online programmes

Posted by Hazel Owen on June 25, 2016 at 12:05 0 Comments

If you have online, interactive courses, how do you manage summative assessment of student learning? Lynette Steel describes two courses - Diploma in Conveyancing, and the Graduate Certificate in NZ Immigration Advice. They are both based in Moodle, supported by Adobe Connect sessions. Students are based in New Zealand as well as in other parts of the world.…


What has gender got to do with it? Reflections on coaching and mentoring

Posted by Hazel Owen on June 24, 2016 at 21:30 1 Comment

This is an extract from a blog that really caught my attention!

“I realize that I am more inclined to coach women. I have recently become aware that, although I have two sons and a great husband, all of whom I have close and cherished relationships with, I am not in a man’s life or a man’s body or brain. I…


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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