Special online self-paced learning modules (SPLM) have been developed to help people further their professional learning development (PLD) for Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC).
The modules can be completed at the time and pace that suits each individual, free of charge.
Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ), in partnership with the Ministry of Education, has created 10 learning modules to develop and support the understanding and implementation of the EOTC Guidelines: Bringing the Curriculum Alive (Ministry of Education, 2009).
The modules are designed to lead participants through the EOTC Guidelines, providing examples and opportunities for self-review and planning.
They are suitable for all teachers and leaders of EOTC, sport and EOTC coordinators, school leaders, providers, and Board of Trustee members.
Creating authentic learning experiences
The EOTC Guidelines: Bringing the Curriculum Alive is a foundation document, acknowledged as accepted best practice for schools and other educational organisations.
The EOTC Guidelines clarify schools’ legal responsibilities and provide guidance on the delivery of EOTC to meet safety and learning outcomes.
EOTC provides learners with authentic learning experiences, which bring learning alive. EOTC can enrich teaching and learning across the curriculum.
Learning beyond the classroom can develop a learner's sense of identity and connect them to the community, land and environment.
EOTC provides opportunities for learners to become lifelong learners and enhances the ability of all learners to realise their potential.
EOTC provides opportunities to develop positive relationships between teachers and learners – a key to engagement in learning and education.
When staff are confident and competent, EOTC opportunities are more likely to be positive, high quality, safe experiences for learners.
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One thing that I have found out when enrolling in the course is that the modules have yet to be finalised.
I have found an pdf that was sent out to all schools that informed schools that the modules would be available from November...
The Ministry of Education is also creating online, self-paced learning modules to build understanding and use of the EOTC Guidelines. These modules will be available from November 2012.
Considering a number of teachers would use the time over the holidays to work through the modules and do some PD I thought would have been the perfect time.