Former govt CIO to advise on 21st century learning

Laurence Millar has a role in the parliamentary inquiry initiated by National MP Nikki Kaye

Former Government CIO Laurence Millar has been retained as an advisor to the Parliamentary inquiry into 21st-century learning, says National MP Nikki Kaye, who persuaded the Education and Science Select Committee to conduct the inquiry.

Live hearings of submissions started last week and are likely to be extended nationwide to give the chance for live input reflecting what Kaye says is a “massive diversity” of views in the written submissions.

"There will be quite a lot [of submissions heard] in Auckland,” Kaye says. Some of the material is “quite specialist”, reflecting the input of teachers and educationalists and those with a technical background.

There is a submission from chief science advisor to the government, Sir Peter Gluckman, on the potential for experience of online learning to “rewire” the brain, with possible positive or negative effects.

Once views have been gathered, work can profitably be done on appropriate new learning strategies for New Zealand and potentially the world, Kaye says. This country, with its relatively small number of schools and straightforward governance structure in the education sector, could come up with “trailblazing” ideas which can positively influence other nations educational practice, she suggests.

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