Our Progress 2019

Micro-credentials community of practice

9 July 2019

Egineering educators, trainers and others interested in trialling micro-credentials met as a community of practice at a workshop in July 2019.

They discussed developments with the policy and registrations processes, heard from each of the Engineering e2e pilots and Competenz which has recently received funding to deliver micro-credentials for the forestry industry.

The group also discussed how best to build on the progress made to date, particularly in account of the results of the graduate capability project and other innovative practice including degree apprenticeships. The group will meet at one more workshop later this year.

See two presentations from an earlier workshop:
Unitec civil engineering pilot
Otago fire engineering pilot

Microcredentials.online website

29 June 2019

Unitec’s pilot project on micro-credentials as an alternative pathway into parts of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) involves online learning.

Its new www.microcredentials.online site is open to anyone wanting to review the resources to find out what an online competency-based micro-credentials platform looks like, or to learn about the NZDE, civil engineering and highway engineering. Unitec invites any learners interested in participating in the (free) pilot project to contact them.

Degree apprenticeship to be offered in 2020

22 June 2019

Engineering New Zealand is endorsing the pilot degree apprenticeship programme – a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Asset Management. When formal confirmation has been received from Engineering New Zealand, the degree will be considered by the BEngTech Management Group and then the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

The new degree can be launched on completion of this formal process and will be offered at WelTec and Otago Polytechnic from the first semester in 2020.

Engaging students through iwi-based approach

21 June 2019

A Waikato-Tainui partnership with TEC aims to increase the number of Māori engineering graduates through an iwi-based approach. We have funded the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development to support student academic achievement with local polytechnics and a Waikato-Tainui wharekura (school).

The project is focused on supporting secondary school students to consider engineering as a career and involves designing maths and science-based ‘taster’ courses,  mentoring, and developing bilingual maths and science micro-credentials specific to engineering.

The WTRDC has also established links with local engineering employers through tribal development projects, providing a potential opportunity for secondary school students to observe and see engineering in practice.

Pasifika Pathways micro-credentials ready to roll

16 June 2019

The Pasifika Pathways Project pilot micro-credentials programme starts next month, with students from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and Tamaki College. 24 students (12 from each school) will attend ‘knowledge gap’ maths classes during Terms 2 and 3 holidays and following NCEA examinations.

They will come to MIT where a maths lecturer will deliver the course. The lecturer is currently working alongside the schools’ maths teachers to get to know the students participating in the project, and to ensure topics to be covered are well planned.

Research on girls’ attitudes to engineering

13 June 2019

An Otago Polytechnic research project on girls’ perceptions of engineering, part of its Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project, included a survey of school students. Most of the girls had already made a career decision by Year 12 or 13, and even though many were taking the necessary maths and science subjects they weren’t considering engineering study. This, say the researchers, suggests that information about engineering careers needs to be made available earlier rather than later.

The researchers also reviewed ITP pamphlets marketing Level 6 and 7 engineering qualifications, finding that most images were of men. Given that half of the students surveyed said they look for careers information online rather than through school, the project team is concerned that these marketing materials could reinforce stereotypes and deter women from considering engineering as a career.

IPWEA micro-credentials under development

11 June 2019

IPWEA NZ and iQualify (the Open Polytechnic’s learning management system) are collaborating to develop a sequence of micro-credentials that are authored by the industry. Credentialling is done through the Open Badge Standard 2.0, which means quality and relevance can now be underpinned by IPWEA NZ.

The four badges will cover the fundamentals of infrastructure asset management and are pitched at learners new to the profession. It is envisaged that they will appeal to a much wider market of learners than IPWEA NZ’s existing reach. The broader aim is to increase the learning pathways into infrastructure management.

The badges are scheduled to be launched in the next three months. Vaughn Crowther notes "The process we have gone through in getting an ITP collaborating with an industry body is of immense value in itself."

Degree apprenticeship progress

5 June 2019

Progress on a pilot degree apprenticeship – the Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Infrastructure Asset Management – is going well. As a new qualification, it is currently under formal consideration by Engineering New Zealand and will be submitted to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for endorsement.

EEA micro-credentials feasibility study

3 June 2019

The EEA (Electricity Engineers’ Association) 2018 feasibility study aimed to investigate and develop micro-credentials to enhance the uptake of professional development by engineers already employed in the electricity supply industry.

EEA is now working towards developing a Line and Cable Design Skills ‘Competency Framework’ (first draft to be published this month) and an aligned micro-credential course to be delivered in 2020.

Collaborating to increase Māori participation in engineering

26 May 2019

We funded Ngāi Tahu, Ara and Otago Polytechnic to collaborate on a 12-month project aimed at increasing the number of Māori engineering graduates at both institutions by 2021.

The partners worked together to implement initiatives, including: workshops on cultural responsiveness for engineering tutors; establishing Tables of Champions (representatives from various divisions in each institution and iwi); fees-free bridging programmes for Māori, Redesigning advertising campaigns, outreach programmes and information evenings.
See our case study about the project

Micro-credentials community of practice

19 May 2019

Engineering educators, trainers and others interested in trialling micro-credentials met as a community of practice at a workshop in April 2019.

They discussed proposed and current micro-credentials pilot programmes, noting that industry involvement is essential and that micro-credentials align with the collaborative approaches Government is seeking through reform of vocational education.

All agreed that the community of practice serves a useful purpose in bringing together a wide range of expertise and helping reduce duplication of effort. The group will meet at two more workshops later this year.

Using EduBits platform to deliver micro-credentials

7 May 2019

In their 2018 feasibility study, Otago Polytechnic researchers investigated the potential for the EduBits platform to deliver NZDE-related micro-credentials. They considered three possible pathways for micro-credentials – 1) in the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE), 2) developed with industry and 3) enhancing delivery of NZDE graduate attributes – and concluded that the platform can satisfy key criteria for good delivery and assessment.

Otago Polytechnic is currently developing micro-credentials in collaboration with the Institution of Fire Engineers New Zealand – aimed at upskilling people already in the industry and those working towards the new NZDE in Fire Engineering.
Read our case study about the EduBits feasibility study           

Micro-credentials pathway into the NZDE

7 April 2019

Unitec’s 2018 feasibility study investigated micro-credentials as an alternative pathway into parts of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) (Civil). Work on a pilot project to be offered later this year is well under way, with some people having enrolled early. Learners will be able to complete five online three-credit micro-credentials covering knowledge and competence in the design, construction and maintenance of urban roads. Those who complete all five will be able to sit the same exam as NZDE students enrolled at Unitec and have their micro-credentials cross-credited to the equivalent NZDE course.

Progress on I.AM micro-credentials

26 March 2019

Work on developing micro-credentials aimed at increasing the supply of infrastructure asset managers (IAM) in New Zealand is well under way. Employers and educators are working together to design six I.AM micro-credentials which will be offered later this year.

Pasifika Pathway Project

19 March 2019

Following last year’s micro-credentials feasibility study, the Pasifika Pathway Project – a partnership between MIT and AIMHI (Achievement in Multi-cultural High Schools) – is offering a pilot programme to two South Auckland schools. It’s aimed at developing an engineering education pathway for Pasifika students to progress into the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE); students who successfully complete the programme will have their NCEA credits and micro-credentials cross-credited to NZDE courses. MIT staff are currently talking to students and families, with the pilot set to go later this year.

Discoveries: What We've Discovered

11 March 2019

We’re continuing to add/update material on our website. The What We’ve Discovered section of Discoveries contains reports on research we’ve commissioned, and now includes the 2019 Canterbury Engineering Hub Proposal. This reports on last year’s feasibility study into a pilot regional engineering education hub and recommends the establishment of a Canterbury hub focused on electrical engineering.
Canterbury Engineering Hub Proposal

Farewell Angela

1 March 2019

We said farewell and thank you to Angela Christie yesterday. As Engineering e2e Programme Lead, Angela has been a vital part of the programme right from the start in 2014, when she helped set up the new initiative. We appreciate her insight, enthusiasm and commitment to the project and wish Angela all the best for the future - and hope she enjoys the week of rest before starting her new job!

Our final newsletter

12 February 2019

Issue 52, our final newsletter, highlights engineering enrolment trends and updates progress on our ongoing  initiatives. 

From 1 March, Engineering e2e becomes ‘business as usual’ for the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), with each of our significant projects finding a home within one of TEC’s new teams.

Communications about all Engineering e2e projects will continue on this website until at least July, and through general TEC communications.  Our email address will be live until February 28 and from 1 March you can contact TEC directly with any questions or feedback at sectorhelpdesk@tec.govt.nz  

Reminder for engineering educators to complete the ITP survey

22 January 2019

The Making Tertiary Studies More Relevant project is ticking along nicely; Project Lead Michael Edmonds will make a presentation about the project at the Joint NZDE/BEngTech forum in February.

However, the project team needs to hear back from more ITP engineering educators – their responses are important to inform the roadmap of key teaching and learning priorities for the sector – so please make sure you complete the survey.
Read our case study about the project

January newsletter published

11 January 2019

We’ve published Issue 51 of our newsletter in which we farewell Sir Neville Jordan, provide an overview of the five micro-credentials pilots running in 2019 and look at our latest hackathon. You can read it in the Newsletters section or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list:

She's been a super star!

8 January 2019

Our programme co-ordinator, Maryke Barnard, moved to Kuwait this month to join her partner who is working there. Maryke has done an amazing job managing the programme’s logistics. She’s been behind keeping Engineering e2e organised and is always a stickler for getting things done right and on time. We’re going to miss her! We wish her all the very best for her latest adventure.

The remaining Engineering e2e Team