This year, the Ministry of Education continues to drive projects that deliver better resiliency of foundation infrastructure and core services both for the education sector and for the ministry itself. Heightened priority has been given to strengthening disaster recovery strategies, virtualising servers, upgrading back-up facilities and improving regional telephone services as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes
Work is underway on the high-speed broadband network for schools, called the Network for Learning (N4L). “This will provide the platform for transformation of content and services to the education sector,” explains CIO Leanne Gibson.
An emerging area of interest for the ministry is in the area of e-Portfolios — which explore ways to lift teaching and learning outcomes alongside the N4L. E-portfolios are learner-managed digital collections of work, evidence, reflections, conversations, feedback, work-plans and more, with content in text, image, audio, video or link form. E-portfolios are more than passive repositories — they facilitate learning processes. Typical uses in an education context include supporting teaching, learning and assessment, presenting credentials and teacher professional development.
A major national project is underway to replace the teacher payroll system, which provides payroll services for up to 85,000 school staff. The ministry is also supporting all of government initiatives by adopting procurement services for desktops and laptops, printing effectiveness, alongside using One.Govt network services.