Derek has been involved with CORE since its inception in 2003. Derek, Nick Billowes, and Vince Ham set up Ultralab South (now CORE), which was to embody their vision of an e-learning research and development centre.
Following the various educational roles of teacher, principal, and lecturer in educational technology, Derek took up his role as director of e-Learning in April 2003. The role allows him to be involved in a wide range of e-Learning activities from exploring innovative use of the latest technologies and researching e-Learning practices, to helping establish policy and strategies to guide the implementation of e-Learning, both nationally and overseas.
Derek’s role at CORE perfectly combines his passion for teaching and learning along with his long held fascination with the use of technologies in education.
'I’m an educator at heart, and driven by a deep personal belief in the public good of education. I see education as the pathway to self-improvement, and a fundamental right of every human being. I also see our current school system as past its ‘use-by’ date, having remained fundamentally unchanged since it was set up in the industrial age. But I am also an optimist. I believe it is possible to bring about change, big change, fundamentally significant change, if we set our minds to it and work collaboratively and cooperatively towards that. And we must, for the sake of our children and grandchildren.'
Minister of Education, Hekia Parata's Ministers Forum; member
Associate Minister of Education, Nikkie Kaye's Digital Literacy Reference Group; member
Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ); currently vice-president
Baptist Assembly of New Zealand; elected member
UNESCO (NZ) Communications sub-commission; member
Christchurch Digital Learning Trust; member
Horizon Report – Australia-New Zealand Advisory Board; member
“The future’s not what it used to be” - keynote address I gave at the ULearn09 conference focusing on the future of education, and the role of emerging technologies as identified in the Australia-NZ version of the Horizon report, and the developments around the advanced network in NZ.
“Challenges, change and trends in 2009” - Keynote presentation to the Adult Literacy Practitioners Association (ALPA) in Wellington on Friday 22 may, 2009.
“The link between effective learning, ICTs and the new curriculum”, - presented at a variety of cluster conferences from February to April, 2009 (link)
"Ensuring our students are learning in the midst of all the excitement” keynote at the ULearn conference, Christchurch, October 2008
“Holding a mirror to our professional practice” – online keynote for the K12Online conference, October 2007
2008 Edutopia’s Global Six Award (George Lucas Foundation) For an international educator making a difference in education, special recognition for work in the area of distance education. Ref: http://www.edutopia.org/node/5344
2001 Peter Brice Award (Pacific Circle Consortium) In recognition for achievements in fostering inter-cultural understanding.
1993 Ian Stewart Memorial Award (Christchurch College of Education) For innovation and leadership in distance education.
Wenmoth, D., & Coogan, P. (2008) “Tomorrow’s web for our future learning” in Langley, J. (Ed) Tomorrow’s Schools 20 years on. Cognition Institute
Wenmoth, D., & Eckstein, J. (2008). Educational Technologies in New Zealand. In M. Orey, T. Amiel, J. McClendon, & M. K. Barbour (Eds.), The world almanac of educational technologies.
Ham, V and Davey, R, Wenmoth D (2007) “Teachers Doing IT For Themselves: Action Research as Professional Development” in Transforming Classroom Practice: Professional Development Strategies in Educational Technology – ISTE 2007, still in publication.
Wenmoth, D (2007) “Embedding Web2.0 tools in Practice” in Coming of Age 2.0, Terry Freedman (Ed) - still in publication.
Wenmoth, D; Trewern, A; Gilmore, H (2005) “Towards a Professional Community of Inquiry: Report to the MoE on the T4T4T pilot” Published by CORE Education, available online: http://tinyurl.com/cr9yrp
Wenmoth, D (2005) “The New Zealand Correspondence School and the Video Conferencing Cluster Schools Network” – in “Open Schooling Models” published by Commonwealth of Learning (COL) for the International Conference on Open Schooling, Goa, India, Jan 23-25 2005.
Wenmoth, D (2004) “SchoolNets in Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands” – in “Emerging Trends in the Development of School Networking Initiatives” part of the Perspectives on Distance Education series, Commonwealth of Learning, 2004