The Report of the E-Learning Advisory Group

Steve Maharey Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education)

The Report of the E-Learning Advisory Group March 2002

Minister's Foreword

I am delighted to receive
this report by the E-Learning Advisory Group into e-learning. The Government
wants our learners to have the highest-quality teaching and believes that
e-learning has an important role to play in growing an innovative New Zealand.

The E-Learning Advisory Group was established by the government in July 2001
to provide advice to the Ministry of Education on innovative ways to achieve a
strategic direction for e-learning in New Zealand's tertiary education sector.
This group consisted of 10 sector representatives, with a wide range of skills
and experience in e-learning initiatives.

We must recognise our successes: there are a large number of e-learning
initiatives underway in the tertiary education sector. However, we must ensure
our e-learning environment evolves in a manner that delivers high quality
learning, has a sharp focus on the needs of the learner and can advance New
Zealand's economic and social development.

The E-learning Advisory Group's advice closely aligns with the Government's
framework 'Growing an Innovative New Zealand' and the draft Tertiary Education
Strategy 2002-2007, particularly in terms of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) where there is an expectation that New Zealand will leverage
some of its strengths. This advice also links with other government strategies
such as e-government and e-commerce.

I thank the E-Learning Advisory Group and, in particular, Shona Butterfield
(Chair), for undertaking the task presented to them with enthusiasm and
commitment. It was not an easy task in light of the time constraint, but the
group responded to the challenge by focusing on the key issues facing e-learning
for the tertiary education sector. Each member of the group is to be commended
for the time and effort they devoted to providing this advice. This report will
inform any future e-learning decisions by the Government.

Steve Maharey
Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education)