The changing role of the teacher in the 21st Century

Derek Wenmoth
Director, eLearning, CORE Education Ltd, Christchurch

Summary of key points for the presentation

Key challenges facing tertiary education:
  1. Changing nature of tertiary education
  • Growth of mass education and international markets. Increased participation and access.
  • Alongside the unprecedented rise of ICT and web2.0 technologies
  1. Changing student, institutional and national expectations
  • Variable practice across programmes and the student journey
  • Minimum standards, quality assurance

The future...
  • The top ten in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004
  • We are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist
  • Using technologies that haven’t been invented
  • In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

Our young people are growing up...
  • In a world that is increasingly globalised
  • Where interactions with other cultures, other languages and other ways of doing things will be the norm
  • Where the ability to move smoothly between and among these contexts will differentiate those who are successful.

Link to world population growth graph:

  • The existence of ICTs does not transform teacher practices in and of itself…
  • However, ICTs can enable teachers to transform their teacher practices.

What we want for our young people
  • Positive in their own identity
  • Motivated and reliable
  • Resourceful
  • Enterprising and entrepreneurial
  • Resilient
  • Able to relate well to others
  • Effective users of communications tools
  • Connected to the land and environment
  • Members of communities
  • International citizens
Actively Involved
  • Participants in a range of life contexts
  • Contributors to the well being of NZ
Lifelong Learners
  • Literate and numerate
  • Critical and creative thinkers
  • Active seekers, users and creators of knowledge
  • Informed decision makers
Source: NZ Curriculum, 2007

Link to US report on
  • Online education is more effective than face-to-face learning;
  • Online learning combined with some face-to-face learning (blended learning) is the most effective;
  • Face-to-face learning alone is the least effective method among the three types studied.

Link to the create-debate debate regarding online vs face-to-face learning

Link to the Big6 debate
In a Learning 2.0 world, where learning and performance solutions take on a wider variety of forms and where churn happens at a much more rapid pace, what new skills and knowledge are required for learning professionals?

Ten things I've learned:
  1. Teaching online is a lot of work
  2. Students appreciate regular communication and timely feedback on their progress
  3. Many great tools exist but aren’t always necessary
  4. Assignments and activities take more time online
  5. Students need extrinsic motivation
  6. Give deadlines
  7. Online courses are not right for all students
  8. Ask students what works and what doesn’t
  9. Share ideas, collaborate and commiserate about the online teaching experience
  10. Teaching online can inform what you do in the classroom if you have opportunities to teach both online and face-to-face.


  • What do we think it means to prepare students for the 21st century?
  • What skills do students need to survive and thrive in this new era?
  • Is it possible for a teacher to be an excellent teacher if he/she does not use technology?
  • What implications does this have for our current way of doing things? Do we need to change? If so, how?


  • What will we do next?
  • What are some concrete actions that we can take in the near future?
  • Who will you make yourself accountable to?

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