Arts e-learning and the online specialist teacher: Increasing opportunities for quality student outcomes

Funding year: 
2 years
Victoria University of Wellington
School sector
Project start date: 
January 2009
Project end date: 
January 2011
Principal investigator(s): 
Jan Bolton and Dr Joanna Higgins
Research team members: 
Jan Bolwell, Delia Baskerville, Melody Craw, Michelle Hall, Jay Smock, Sheree Drummond, and Richard Lloyd
Research partners: 
Victoria University of Wellington, with Manutuke School, Gisborne Intermediate, Ormond School, Whakarongo School, and Rangikura School

Project Description

The project researched the potential of an arts (dance and drama) e-learning environment to provide quality arts teaching and produce successful learning outcomes for students. It involved the implementation of an innovative, web-based programme that makes possible the expertise of dance and drama specialists online in years 6, 7, and 8 classrooms where such expertise would not normally otherwise be available.

A project team comprised researcher/specialist practitioners and classroom teachers in documenting the changing process of multiple implementations of the programme and producing insights into the potential ongoing viability of such models to make a positive difference to students’ arts learning opportunities.

Project Outputs



Baskerville, D.  (2012).  Integrating on-line technology into teaching activities to enhance student and teacher learning in a NZ primary school.  Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 21:1, 119-135


Presentations, conferences and workshops

Baskerville, D. (2009). The Arts e-learning project:  The pedagogical influences underpinning the design. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association of Research in Education Conference, Rotorua, 3 December 2009.

Bolton. J. (2009). Expressions of Culture. Keynote address at the Teachers' Refresher Course Committee Conference, Wellington, October 2009.   

Bolton. J. (2009). eMotif: arts e-learning facillitates creativity. Workshop and presentation at ULearn conference, Christchurch, October 2009.   

Bolwell, J. (2009). Arts e-learning and the online specialist teacher: Increasing opportunities for quality student outcomes. Keynote presentation at Learning through the Arts Conference, Christchurch, July 2009.