Learn­ing Post in­tro­duces a new path­way to learn­ing

Central Leader - - Sport -

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.

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