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Web-based education system a world first

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New Zealand Tertiary College 7 June 2007

Web-based education system a world first for ECE training sector

A New Zealand made, web-based learning system is putting a group of early childhood education teacher trainees at the forefront of world education.

Students in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are studying through the world’s first web-based learning system built specifically for the early childhood training sector.

ecelearn’s developer, the Auckland-based New Zealand Tertiary College, currently offers degree courses over the system and plans are in place to expand to additional programs.

The system is based on international distance learning standards and guidelines.

ecelearn enables students to go onto the web to access course reference material (including one of the largest online collections of early childhood education research and articles); research, write and submit essays; keep written notes and diaries; and communicate with tutors and other students via messages and online forums.

ecelearn also lets teaching staff administer all aspects of a student’s progress.

ecelearn is fully customisable for different institutions to use their own learning and teaching styles. ecelearn also offers a curriculum provision service. NZTC has high hopes for export sales of the system.

“We are not aware of any other system that offers the depth of experience that students find on ecelearn,” said NZTC and ecelearn chief executive Selena Fox.

“The feedback we have had from overseas gives us confidence that ecelearn will be as valuable to United States and European students as it is to New Zealand student learners.”

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