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ERIC Number: EJ1079853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1179-7665
OtagoNet: One Region's Model for Virtual Schooling
Pratt, Keryn; Pullar, Ken
Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, v17 n1 p1-11 2013
Virtual schools are increasingly common in New Zealand and internationally as schools are challenged to meet the needs of their students. This article presents a description of the distance-learning model used by a group of schools in rural Otago for the last decade. The leadership team and roles are described, and the funding model, which is based on reciprocity, is outlined. The most common teaching and learning practices are described, and support mechanisms identified. Finally, a summary of the research conducted since OtagoNet's inception is presented. This research shows that this model is generally effective for teachers and learners although, as is the case for other models of virtual school, a number of factors affect this.
DEANZ: New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning. Open Polytechnic, 3 Cleary Street Private Bag 31914, Lower Hutt 5040, New Zealand. Tel: +64-3-345-8246; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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