The Volcancis eLearning Community is an group of schools that share a common mission:
Through collaboration we aim to grow elearning opportunities that meet the needs in our community.
What this means is that each Volcanics school pools resources so that the options we have collectively are much broader and more flexible. Volcanics is an ever evolving community that is driven by meeting learners needs. Most of our schools are in the Central North Island. Schools can choose on an annual basis to be a part of our community.
Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain
This whakatauki is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable. It is also about being persistent and not letting obstacles stop you from reaching your goal. This is a very fitting and symbolic whakatauki for what we stand for and work towards in the Volcanics eLearning Community.
How does it work?
Each Volcanics school provides at least one programme of learning to the reciprocal learning exchange. These courses are delivered online. Schools also contribute resourcing to the funding pool. These contributions allow students in each school to enrol in online courses from other schools. These course offer students the opportunity to take subjects not offered in their school or timetable clashes can be resolved through taking an online course.
Each school has an eDean that is responsible for supporting the students in school with their online study. The eDeans are the key contact in the school. They provide important connections for teachers, students and parents.
Volcancis employs an ePrincipal, Sara Field who leads the elearning community and ensures the there are thriving learning opportunities in the schools. An Assistant ePrincipal, Jan Collier works two days a week for Volcanics ensure the operational systems are robust.
Volcanics works reciprocally with other clusters in the Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC). The VLNC is a network of school clusters who collaborate to provide access to curriculum and opportunities for students through online learning. Online classes are brokered through the Ministry of Education Learning Exchange. This enables Volcanics schools to access courses nationally. Conversely, non-Volcanics schools can apply to enrol their students in Volcanics courses.
To learn more please contact Sara Field - 021246618.