Our Progress 2019

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