Learning Post introduces a new pathway to learning
Auckland distance learning provider Learning Post has introduced a new mobile learning service designed to help motivate learners studying for NZQA qualifications at home, by bridging the gap between their assignments and tutor assessment and support.
A brand new MercedesBenz van, equipped as a mobile tutor room and complete with laptops, will allow Learning Post’s Toru Team to visit students on the NZQA level 3 programmes offered in Business Administration and Computing.
Tutors will be able to check students’ progress and provide on-site assessment of their work on neutral ground, while students will be able to seek help on assignments which are troubling them, as well as enjoy closer contact with the tutor who is working with them on their programme.
Backed by Te Whanuau o Waipareira Trust, the Toru team of tutors Jo Nicholson, Nina Seakens and Willem Van Rensburg, and administrators Merepaea Dunn and Kerry Watkins, believe the new resources will provide vital reinforcement to distance learners who are working away in their own time, trying to fit their studies into their lifestyle.
Learning Post was established to provide National Certificate qualifications to people who had not found school study relevant to them; to people wanting to return to the workforce from the dole or redundancy; to parents of young children who are otherwise unable to study, qualify and get ahead while raising a family.
Established for over 10 years, Learning Post conducts National Certificate qualifications training for levels 3 and 4.
“For many, one of our courses is their first example of a meaningful education,” says tutor Jo. “For them, we teach a combined level 2 and 3 programme that is very much a beginner’s course - learning how to learn, before going onto the full blown level 3.”
“Fitting a course around your life requires motivation,” adds Merepaea. “It’s hard to do it alone, so we look to motivate them, phone and visit regularly. We are whanau/values based, treating them as people rather than just students.
“We’re their motivator, their friend, their line in the sand - we help make it their journey.”
The Toru team is a new team, operating for six months with new resources and revamped course materials that are already making a huge difference to the students’ lives.
“The material is very visual and easy to understand,” Jo observes. “We’re getting wonderful feedback from people saying ‘it’s so easy to follow’; and ‘I can sit down and do the whole thing in one sitting rather than struggling for weeks!’”
The mobile learning unit will be visiting Auckland students, but also able to visit the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
In time they hope to extend their satellite learning to other areas with significant Learning Post enrolments, such as Whanganui and Hawkes Bay.
Anyone 16 or over is eligible for the fee paying courses. Students loans are available, and there are both 22-week full-time and 50-week part-time study options - including a fair amount of flexibility for people juggling family and work commitments.
For more information call 0800 895 895 or go online to www.learningpost.ac.nz.
Ready to roll: The Toru team in Learning Post’s new mobile unit, from left: Jo, Nina, Merepaea, Willem and Kerry.