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Knowledge hub

Click on the filters or search by keywords to find the resources you need. Have an item for the knowledge hub? email admin@foodandfibrecove.nz

Google Meet

A learning platform that allows you to hold meetings, with features like video calling and screenshare.

Best Practices: Online Pedagogy

General advice on a variety of course types, and additional tips for learner engagement.

The Fundamentals of Video and Audio for Teaching Online

What you need for online teaching to ensure it is clear and effective.


User-friendly graphic design platform perfect for presentation, posters, documents and visual content.


A video platform that includes meetings, chat, phone, webinars, and online events.

Microsoft Teams

Run online meetings, and have your calendar and cloud storage all in one place, for free.

Google Classroom

An easy-to-use virtual classroom where classes, assignments and grades can be created and managed.

GCF Global

Provides online digital skill courses for popular apps including Microsoft Suite, Mac, social media, email and more.

Northstar Digital Literacy

Tests your computer skills and identifies gaps in your knowledge, to build your skills.

Blackboard Learn

An online Learning Management System that provides learners with content, grades and communication.


A Learning Management System that is configurable, highly flexible and feature-rich.

Broadband Map NZ

A detailed, interactive map that shows what type of broadband connections are where across New Zealand.


Compares different types of broadband connections and what type of online activities each connection supports.

Broadband Compare – Rural Broadband NZ

Compares companies that offer rural broadband connections, allowing you sign on to a suitable plan.

Online Learning Can Still Be Social

10 ways to build a supportive digital community of learners.

Engaging learners remotely

Find information on best practices and available tools.


Send texts, images, documents, user locations, voice and group messages, as well as voice and video calls.


Online messaging app that you can use to send messages when connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.


Message, video call, group chat and group call on your desktop or mobile.

Google Forms

Create a quick poll, collect email addresses for a newsletter, create a pop quiz, and much more.


Flashcards, in-class games, study sets and an AI Learning Assistant to help with engagement and retention.


Game-based learning platform that uses multiple-choice quizzes that can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app.


Create presentations or copy in PowerPoints to create interactive presentations with fun quizzes .

eLearning Engagement: A Formula for Success

An in-depth guide for delivering engaging tech-enabled learning.


Learner wellbeing tool that gives learners an outlet to describe their feelings and provides tutors with real-time data.


Information and advice on life as an international learner in New Zealand.

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Helplines that offer information and advice including suicide prevention, and how to improve wellbeing.

Diversity Works NZ Aotearoa Inclusivity Matrix

Allows organisations to identify their diversity, equity and inclusion practices across seven components.

Cultural Trails app

Storytelling platform that allows you to unlock authentic stories at places of cultural significance.

What is culturally responsive teaching?

Why teaching that responds to different cultures’ needs is important and how to do it.

Genealogy and Critical Family History

Read about different culture’s histories to deepen your understandings and perspectives.

Teachers as learners: Improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika students through inquiry

Learning materials that increase cultural responsiveness and improve outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners.

TEC Recorded learning webinars to assist tertiary teaching online in New Zealand

Series of recorded webinars where experts share their knowledge to help enhance your online teaching.

TEC Specific support for online teaching in New Zealand

Resources and tools to support tutors as they move to tech-enabled learning.

Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice

This guidance informs tertiary education providers and schools enrolling international students of their responsibilities as specified in the code to support the wellbeing of tertiary and international learners.

Hūtia Te Punga (lift up the anchor)

A project to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for Māori learners.

Unteach racism – Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

An app, resources and conversations to help identify, confront and dismantle racism.


Pre-record audio or audio-visual content.


Record, edit, and share videos.


Real-time insights into learners’ understandings through interactive lessons, videos, games, and activities.

Google Translate

Translate one language into another. Speak with someone who speaks a different language.

Microsoft Translator

Translated conversations across devices, for one-on-one chats and larger group interactions.

Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals

A free suite of easy-to-use tools that provide a foundation for learning, collaboration, and communication.

Digital Learning Tools from Microsoft Education

Techniques for improving learners' reading and writing skills—regardless of age or ability.


Elevate your teaching with standards-aligned training and resources.


A collection of resources and tools to help learners develop their critical thinking skills.

Khan Academy

Courses, practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalised learning dashboard that empowers learners.

Microsoft Onenote

A digital notebook that allows you to type, draw, organise, record audio notes, add videos and more.

Tātaiako - cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners

Personalise learning for and with Māori learners, to ensure they enjoy educational success.


A free, fun, and effective way to learn a new language.


Uses the camera in your phone to instantly translate objects into te reo Māori.

Māori Dictionary

English-Māori dictionary, to support learners of te reo Māori.

The Māori Language.net

An online Māori Language learning system that is in development.

Kauwhata Reo

Collection of content, tools and resources to support those teaching and learning te reo Māori.

Tiki Te Kete Ipurangi

Guides for tech-enabled learning, and resources to support Māori, Pasifika, and diverse learning needs learners.

Māori Learner Success – Cultural Capability Resources

Resources to support Māori learners’ success, educational outcomes, literacy and numeracy skills.

How Māori Distance Students can have a Sense of Belonging

Investigates how support that’s culturally appropriate for Māori can be developed through online peer-to-peer mentoring that uses kaupapa Māori principles.

Microsoft Math Assistant

Automatically generates simple equations for learners to solve using a random number generator.

Microsoft’s Immersive Reader

Tool that supports Microsoft's Read Aloud function, text and reading preferences, and grammar options to assist learners.

Microsoft’s learning tools compatibility table

A handy guide on what assitive tools are available on Microsoft software and devices.

OpenDyslexic font

Free-to-use font designed to combat some common symptoms of dyslexia.


Free text-to-speech reader which instantly reads text, pdfs and e-books out loud.


A free online writing assistant that helps learners identify grammatical errors and strengthen their writing.

C-Pen Connect

A Bluetooth digital highlighter that highlights text which then instantly appears in the C-Pen app.

Neo Smartpen

Smartpen and app that captures and transfers handwritten notes and drawings into a digital format.


Smart pen which photographs your hand writing and you write, and uploads it into a digital format.


A visual thinking tool that can be used to present ideas in visual ways.


Capture audio, text and slides in a single note-taking workspace.


Improves notetaking by recording audio notes.

Dragon Professional

Speak aloud and Dragon Professional will create written reports, emails, forms and more for you.


Reads text out loud, helps you understand unfamiliar words and proof-read written work.

Assistive technology

Purchase assistive technologies on this New Zealand website.


Purchase assistive technologies on this Australian website.

Inclusive Education

Recognise, plan for, and meet the learning and wellbeing needs of diverse learners using this website's practical guides.

Dyslexia-friendly Quality Mark

Find out about the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark and access guides for supporting people with dyslexia.

Dyslexia resources

Information and resources on how to teach adults with dyslexia.

Neurodiverse and dyslexic learners online/remote learning

Some tips, tricks and strategies to assist diverse-needs learners with real-time and remote learning.

How to make learning interventions which support dyslexic trainees in classroom and workplaces

How Primary Industry Training Organisation trainees with dyslexia can be supported in classroom and workplace environments.

Information on Invisible Disabilities

Information on disabilities that are not immediately obvious and how you can assist people who have them.

Universal Design for Learning approach

The benefits, principles, planning, barriers, tools and resources for teaching in a way that accommodates all learners.


Digital lesson plans designed by tutors and given to learners.

HyperDocs tutorials

A course on effective teaching methods, how to use time effectively and ways to meet learners’ needs.

Zoom annotation

Learn how to draw and/or hand-write on your screen during Zoom calls for easy brainstorms and collaboration.


Collaborative whiteboarding tool with unlimited space and fantastic working templates.

Miro and Teams

Learn how to integrate the Miro whiteboard tool into Microsoft Teams.

Zoom polling

Learn about Zoom’s polling feature so you can create polling questions to increase learner engagement in class.

Teams quizzes

Learn how to send a Forms quiz using the Assignments feature in Microsoft Teams.

Jamboard (Google)

Interactive, collaborative whiteboard tool. Images, drawings, text and sticky notes can be added to the board.

Developing learning community in online asynchronous college courses: The role of teaching presence

Learn about a model that describes what is needed to create quality tech-enabled learning environments in tertiary education.

Create an online forum

The benefits of creating a café forum in Moodle and how. The forum should build and sustain an online learning community for learners.

Culture Content LMS: Prepare for eLearning Success

An ebook that provides an overview of the key elements involved in transitioning to or expanding upon current tech-enabled learning practices.

Technology-Enabled Learning Implementation

Helps institutions adopt, implement and assess tech-enabled learning practices.

COVID-19 response – remote learning strategy

Examples of how different approaches to tech-enabled learning during the pandemic, the challenges faced and a checklist of what to consider when implementing tech-enabled learning.

Universities need to train lecturers in online delivery, or they risk students dropping out

Tips on how tutors can improve online learning and emphasises the importance of tutors having tech-enabled learning training.

VET in a time of crisis: Building foundations for resilient vocational education and training systems

Examines the effect Covid-19’s had on vocational education and training systems (VET), how VET are responding and what governments can do to build strong VET.

Skills development in the time of COVID-19: Taking stock of the initial responses in technical and vocational education and training

Shares the lessons learned from technical and vocational education and training providers (TVET) during Covid-19 and discusses how to strengthen TVET systems.

Best online learning platforms of 2022

Information and ratings of a range of online learning platforms to assist people in deciding what platform they should use.

Guides to e-Learning

A collection of useful guides for tech-enabled learning to help people understand online education and what platforms to use.

The Best Learning Management Systems

A list of the best LMS and an article about the ‘Top Things To Consider When Choosing An LMS’.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Zoom

Assesses Zoom’s advantages and disadvantages.

Best Virtual Classroom Software

Compares virtual classroom software and allows you to filter software based on features you’d like.

Google Classroom Review: Pros and Cons Of Using Google Classroom In eLearning

A Google Classroom review, with eight advantages and disadvantages, to help you decide if you should try Google Classroom.

Teachers’ Essential Guide to Google Classroom

Learn about the Google Classroom and how to use it with your learners.

Teach Remotely: Technology and Tools

Guides for using Zoom, Canvas, and other technologies that support online teaching.

The Pros and Cons of Microsoft Teams

Find out about some of the pros and cons of Microsoft Teams.

Tutorial on using Zoom

Watch a video tutorial on how to use Zoom.

eLearning Authoring Tools

Find, choose and compare the eLearning industry’s top tools for creating tech-enabled learning content.

The Best eLearning Authoring Tools, Platforms & Software (2022 update)

Authorings tools are pieces of software that enable the creation of digital learning content. This could be as simple as a Microsoft Word document, or as complex as a graphic design tool. Read this review of the 12 best tech-enabled learning tools.

Cutting edge technology boosts nursing students’ learning

With Microsoft HoloLens, nursing students at the Southern Institute of Technology are interacting with virtual patients in a more natural way.

From designer fish to virtual reality: How technology is changing the future of farming

As the fisheries industry looks to become more sustainable, the Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada is investing in gene-editing technology.

Holograms help SIT Nursing Students Prepare for Possible Covid-19 Patients

Southern Institute of Technology nursing students are learning how to recognise and manage Covid-19 thanks to Augmented Reality.

Next best thing: Virtual reality aids learning in College of Ag Sciences classes | Penn State University

Using a GoPro, Penn State University has recorded 360-degree videos to be watched via Youtube or a virtual reality headset.

Teaching and learning in VET: Providing effective practical training in school-based settings - OECD

How vocational education and training programmes can deliver practical training online through simulators, and augmented and virtual reality.

Virtual biosecurity refresher training

Cutting edge technology designed to simulate biosecurity threats has been created by two Hamilton companies.

Virtual reality is transforming agricultural education

Creative technologies and new virtual reality programs are proving useful for teaching learners how to safely navigate high-risk situations.

VR keeps students safe while learning livestock skills

Virtual reality is helping learners at the University of Adelaide develop livestock handling skills and confidence, without being in a cattle yard.

Designing Your Courses for Online Instruction: Principles and Tips

Tips on what to consider when designing online courses.

Designing eLearning Courses for Adult Learners: The Complete Guide

Guidebook of tips, tricks and facts to help you create effective online learning spaces for adults.

Emergency Online Learning in Low-Resource Settings: Effective Student Engagement Strategies

Research that explores what online teaching methods most engage learners.

Fighting Zoom Fatigue: Keeping the Zoombies at Bay

Methods for stopping learners from getting tired when learning online such as activity switching and small group work.

How to Teach Online Courses

Explore a range of free online courses that help tutors improve their connections with their learners.

Insights from Asynchronous Lecture Viewing Behaviour

Research on the viewing behaviours of learners’ who do self-directed learning and ways to improve self-directed learning content.

Integrated online team-based learning: Using synchronous engagement and asynchronous flexibility to implement TBL online

How teaching that combines real-time and self-directed learning can engage learners.

Learner satisfaction, engagement and performances in an online module: Implications for institutional e-learning policy

Analyses the relationship between learners’ course satisfaction, engagement and overall performance.

Length of Online Courses and Student Satisfaction, Perceived Learning , and Academic Performance.

Explores how course length affected learners’ results, satisfaction with courses and how much they thought they’d learnt.

Massive Open Online Courses Completion Rates Revisited: Assessment, Length and Attrition

Compares course enrolment numbers versus completion numbers in Massive Open Online Courses.

Remote Teaching Good Practices: Beyond the Tech

What to consider when making the transition from face-to-face teaching to online teaching.

Structural Relationship of Key Factors for Student Satisfaction and Achievement in Asynchronous Online Learning

Looks at the relationship between learners’ satisfaction with online courses and their results.

Student Actions and Community in Online Courses: The Roles Played by Course Length and Facilitation Method

Explores learners’ sense of community when learning online and how tutors’ facilitation methods affect this.

Student Participation with Asynchronous Online Lectures for an Electric Networks Summer Course in the COVID Pandemic

Analyses learners’ patterns of engagement with self-directed learning and how this relates to their course results.

The effects of online course duration on graduate nurse educator student engagement in the community of inquiry.

Explores the effects of course length on learners' learning experiences in a graduate online nurse educator course.

Top 11 Factors To Consider While Implementing eLearning

11 important factors to consider when creating tech-enabled learning content.

Zoom Exhaustion & Fatigue Scale

Looks at the five dimensions of fatigue and discusses the Zoom Exhaustion and Fatigue Scale.

4 Ways To Increase Practical Participation in Online Learning

Four ways for teaching a practical skill through tech-enabled learning.

A New REALM: IFSEL’s Tips for Distance Learning

Solutions for the social and emotional needs that arise when distance learning.

Avoid Zoom Fatigue, Be Present and Learn

Why learners struggle with tech-enabled learning and strategies for creating better learning experiences.

Instructional Strategies for Online Teaching in COVID-19 Pandemic

Explores delivery strategies that can help with implementing tech-enabled learning at a tertiary level.

Teaching practical and clinical skills remotely

Describes University College London’s approach to online learning and pastoral care for medical students during Covid-19.

The #1 Way to Engage Adult Learners? Be Relevant

How to keep adult learners engaged in tech-enabled learning.

The impact of Online Forum Use on Student Retention in a Level 1 Distance Learning Module

In a Level 1 Distance Learning Module, this article Investigates how self-directed online forums can help retain learners in a course and promote engagement.

The Teacher-Learner Relationship: Considerations for Social Work in the Digital Age

Discusses how tech-enabled learning can affect tutor-learner relationships.

5 ways to keep human connections when moving learning online due to coronavirus

Five ways tutors can keep human connections and meaningful interactions in focus when learning online.

Conducting guided, virtual homework sessions to support student success during COVID campus closures

How to use a virtual homework sprint to bring learners together and encourage peer-to-peer support.

Exploring connections in the online learning environment: student perceptions of rapport, climate, and loneliness

Reveals how good online facilitation can create a sense of community and help learners feel less lonely.

Gratitude intervention optimizes effective learning outcomes in Filipino high school students: A mixed-methods study

How Facebook-based gratitude exercises can increase learners’ learning outcomes, feelings of support and motivation.

EI Pulse

A system that asks learners regular questions so wellbeing and engagement data can be collected.

Re-Constructing the Tutors-Tutees Relationships for Better Academic Performance in Universities Amidst Covid-19 New Normal

Investigates the relationship between tutorial sessions and learners’ performances, and details learners’ tech-enabled learning needs.

Teaching to Connect: Community-Building Strategies for the Virtual Classroom

Explores the strategies used to help learners develop a sense of community in real-time online classes.

Wellbeing Manager

Allows you to record, monitor and manage learner concerns and wellbeing

8 Sites with Free Digital Literacy Courses and How to Use Them

Eight of the best online courses to help with digital literacy.

The impact of COVID-19 on student equity and inclusion

Describes some initiatives used to address the different needs of vulnerable learners during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Learning Through Lockdown

Examines effective online teaching practices to ensure success for, especially, Māori and Pasifika learners.

Tātou Tātou/Success for All: Improving Māori student success

Explores the non-lecture teaching activities that complement traditional forms of teaching and boost Māori learners’ success.

Tuakana-teina e-Belonging Report

Presents an example of what can/should be encompassed in a culturally relevant online space for Māori.

Tutor practices that increase completion for Māori PTE students

Identifies the key tutor practices that produce successful results for Māori learners.

Guidelines - Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Online

Guidelines to address the challenges around online teaching for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Digital Inclusion Research

Links to a range of research on digital inclusion and digital literacy in Aotearoa.

How to Use Technology to Support ELLs in Your Classroom

Guide for finding the best tools for teaching learners where English is their second language.

10 strategies to support students and help them learn during the coronavirus crisis

Ten teaching strategies to support learners during times of uncertainty.

Schooling disrupted schooling rethought How the Covid-19 pandemic is changing education - OECD

Analyses worldwide teaching conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Presents a checklist to create consistent teachings practices.

The potential of online learning for adults: Early lessons from the COVID-19 crisis

Discusses how tech-enabled learning could increase adult learning opportunities and be more inclusive.

How can I create culturally inclusive online classrooms?

9 tips and tricks to raise educational outcomes for all learners and how to create culturally responsive learning environments.

How can I connect learners with each other in tech-enabled learning?

7 tips and tricks for assisting peer-to-peer connection - a challenge for learners on farms or with few opportunities to break from work.

How can I keep learners engaged in real-time learning?

10 tips and tricks for getting learners to participate in video-conference classrooms.

How can I provide pastoral care in tech-enabled learning?

6 tips and tricks for pastoral care for food and fibre sector learners.

How can I support diverse abilities in tech-enabled learning?

12 tips and tricks for learners with diverse learning needs and how to provide them with effective TEL.

How can I support learners with English as a second language in tech-enabled learning?

7 tips and tricks to support learners with English as a second language in tech-enabled learning.

How do I support self-directed tech-enabled learning?

8 tips and tricks for self-directed learning to make sure learners stay engaged and motivated.

How can I set up my online classes for success?

10 tips and tricks for real-time learning. Many food and fibre learners are ‘hands-on’ learners, so it is important to make real-time learning as interactive as possible.

How can I personalise teaching for Māori learners?

Personalising your teaching for Māori learners is important to make sure they are comfortable and engaged in your classroom.


App that allows teachers and families to message each other. Automatically translates messages into English from other languages.

Compare video and learning platforms

Compare the top platforms in terms of features and pricing.

Good internet connectivity locations in NZ

Do you learners have good connectivity? Use the map to see what is available where.

Good internet connectivity locations in NZ

Do you learners have good connectivity? Use the map to see what is available where.

Skinny Jump - subsidised broadband

The Skinny Jump initiative is for those who don't have a broadband connection at home because cost is a barrier. Skinny Jump is a subsidised, flexible, prepaid broadband.

Top tips for video conferencing 2022

Some high-level tips from the Mind Lab on setting up video sessions including Zoom and Google Meet benefits and limitations.

E-learning companies in New Zealand

These companies can help you develop e-learning courses, customise content, choose an LMS solution or develop mobile apps.

E-learning companies in New Zealand

These companies can help you develop e-learning courses, customise content, choose an LMS solution or develop mobile apps.

Digital Strategy for Aotearoa

The Government’s strategy and action plan for 'enabling all of Aotearoa New Zealand to flourish and prosper in a digital world'.

Digital Strategy for Aotearoa

The Government’s strategy and action plan for 'enabling all of Aotearoa New Zealand to flourish and prosper in a digital world'.

Digital Strategy for Aotearoa

The Government’s strategy and action plan for 'enabling all of Aotearoa New Zealand to flourish and prosper in a digital world'.

20/20 Trust

A charitable trust working to achieve digital inclusion in NZ communities – runs family, Kāinga, Pacific seniors and refugee connect programmes.

Supporting Autistic Tertiary Learners: Top Tips

Tips to help tertiary educators and staff better support autistic learners.

Walking the talk videos about web accessibility

These videos explain why web accessibility is important, and how to ensure online information and services can be used by disabled people (including why PDFs are a problem).

Digital Boost - Free training for New Zealand small businesses

Sign up to this free Government-backed training and support programme to improve your digital skills, with access to over 500 how-to videos.

Map of libraries with free internet connection (APNK)

Find your nearest Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa (APNK) service on this Google map.

Literacy Aotearoa free digital literacy courses

Free beginner-level digital programmes run over 10 weeks covering the basics of computers, software, and email; using a smartphone or laptop, Microsoft Word, Google docs, and Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets.

Online Social Connectedness: A Grounded Theory

Social connectedness is a critical factor in online learning and is associated with wellbeing, and with educational performance such that people’s ability to think intelligently drops when they feel socially excluded.

Student Expectations of Peers in Academic Asynchronous Online Discussion

To encourage and understand what students want from each other, try these three simple behaviours: active participation, direct address, and brevity.

Free PLD - Pacific cultural centredness pathway

Learn about core values and participation for Pacific learners and get practical tools with these seven interactive modules based on different Pacific nations: Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu.

How can I get the most out of learners in a post-pandemic era?

7 tips and tricks around the openness to real-time online learning that has emerged since the Covid Pandemic.

How can I support learners to be more ‘present’ in a post-pandemic era?

These tips and tricks for building a sense of online community go beyond the basics of forming a discussion group, to a space where learners feel connected and engaged.

How long should an online lesson be and what is microlearning?

5 tips and tricks on the ideal duration for different components of your tech-enabled learning.

Muku Tangata: Successful Māori-centric learning practices and models

Information on successful practices and support on how to develop your own systems that work better for Māori ākonga (learners) and kaimahi (staff).