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Funding to Support E-Learning Announced

16 July 2002

Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education) Steve Maharey announced today that targeted funds would be made available to increase e-learning capability throughout the tertiary education sector.

Labour will provide $37.8 million over four years for this purpose, as part of the Strategic Development Component of the new integrated funding framework. $28 million over four years will be allocated as capital funding through a Collaborative Development Fund. A further $6.3 million for operating and $3.5 million for capital will be used to build capability and create a tertiary education portal.

Steve Maharey said the portal and fund were the primary recommendations of the E-learning Advisory Group’s report, Highways and Pathways: Exploring New Zealand’s E-learning Opportunities.

“We set up the Advisory Group because the Government is committed to developing e-learning with tertiary education providers. E-learning refers to the use of the internet and associated web-based applications as the delivery mechanism for the learning experience.

“We want to help tertiary education providers to work in partnership to develop e-learning, to improve access to tertiary education and to ensure that New Zealand remains competitive at an international level.”

“Labour will provide $7 million a year for a contestable Collaborative Development Fund. This will be used to provide capital to tertiary education organisations to enable the purchase of both hardware and software. The criteria of the fund will be designed to reduce duplication and encourage co-operation between tertiary education providers and commercial entities.

“The tertiary education portal will facilitate the distribution of e-learning information in New Zealand. It will help people to access digital learning objects, as well as encourage people to work together to develop expertise.

“The shared portal will reduce the overall implementation costs and allow quality branding of e-learning provision,” Steve Maharey said.

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