To achieve the happy place where content and the way it's taught and connected with the real world adapt as new ideas come on stream is a tough ask. And to be honest, it’s only going to happen if we all sign up to working together differently; and by ‘we’ we’re talking about learners, education organisations, business, community organisations and local and national government.
We need to get moving. Learners and employers need to be involved at the centre of the design and development of education services to ensure the end product delivers useful outcomes like life skills and jobs.
Ed. Collective like to think we can do our bit to nudge New Zealand towards 21st Century learning by using what you say and what we do to create a bit of a light house effect.
Using our digital footprint we can collect and spread messages that in turn have the power to create momentum and, ultimately, change.
In other words, the stories you tell us, the experiences you share with us, the data we collect, and the ideas we all come up with together can influence and evolve the learner experience in every way. We really believe that.
Ask questions, start conversations
Also known as research, Ed. Collective carries out surveys and focus groups of learners to find out what you want, what you like, what you don’t like and what you think. We use this to help educators and others understand you better and deliver a better experience.
Advocacy and representation
We’re on your side. No really, we are! We work with you, and the people from the education organisation that you’ve chosen to study at, to help you navigate your way through any challenging situations you find yourself in. We help you put your case together to ensure your voice is being heard and a solution is found.
We also help establish and support learner voice for organisations – you can hear about an example here.
Learners hit the ground running when they take part in our Orientation events. Designed to map the campus, introduce who’s who in the zoo and let you know exactly what you’re in for… like the mega opportunities now available to you, where they are and how to get them.
Experience New Zealand
Ask anyone at Auckland Unitec who has been on ExperienceNZ and they will tell you Ed.Collective can definitely deliver good times. ExperienceNZ is just one example of the experiences we create to run alongside your formal study programme. ExperienceNZ goes hard out to give you a chance to learn something about our incredible Aoteoroa.
Ed. Collective makes sure we get the message out! Through the website, social media, apps, magazines, people power (and more!) we make sure you’re always in the know with what’s going down.
Find your tribe
Love, love, love music? Spoken word poetry? Photography? Kapahaka? Sport? Saving the planet?… Whatever you’re in to, we’ll help you find others who share your zealot like passion. Even better, we can help you start up a group of your own!
Don’t be shy, get in amongst it. Grab the chance to meet good people and make a difference while you’re young, wild and free. It also looks great on your CV alongside your formal study.
We use ‘build-measure-learn’ loops to ensure everything we deliver at street level is designed for and with Learners. What that means is that every Ed. Collective service must have the following characteristics;
If the thought of developing your character alongside your brain sounds like a bit of you, we’d like to hear from you. We want to support you to make some interesting connections, learn some useful things and give back to your local community. Who knows what new experiences you could have to complement your academic achievements? They call that well rounded – we call that well pleased.
Who are you? Where are you coming from and where do you want to go? What’s important to you? Why? And how can your views, your needs, and your wants be hard wired into your learning experience?
That’s where we come in. Ed.Collective is using crowd-sourcing to understand the problems and create the solutions.
We’ll be constantly seeking and collecting insights from you on how to improve learning in New Zealand and then ensuring those message get through to the right people for actioning.
So have you got your smartphone, tablet, laptop close by? Of course you do! Take the plunge and send us an email with your ideas for making your learning experience more interesting, useful, and impactful. It can be around the content (what you’re learning), the medium (the way you’re learning eg classroom lectures, online forums, in project teams etc), how you want to connect with others who share your interests or get into meaningful work.
Luc is inspired by people who challenge the status quo and work to effect change. He loves connecting people, ideas and actions – working with great people on stuff that matters. Luc believes that Ed. Collective can influence real, tangible change for the better for New Zealand’s learners – wherever you run into him, he’s bound to be working on that.
You can contact Luc at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring a bag of your best home-grown fare when you meet Thoje and you’ll no doubt get him started on New Zealand’s big opportunity to educate and learn the basics of producing good food and drink and looking after our incredible environment. Spreading the best of hands-on life skills and knowledge throughout the community is Thoje’s life’s work and it’s that drive and energy, together with years of experience helping organisations succeed, that Thoje brings to the Ed. Collective table.
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Rebecca is a change agent and impact strategist and gets her energy from helping organisations set ambitious goals, develop strategies and roll them out. Rebecca has done all sorts over the course of her career and enjoys moving between corporate and community settings, working with people who want change for their organisations and their communities. She’s usually at the centre of the action, but when she’s not, Rebecca will be on a beach somewhere thinking about what-next.
Hit up one of the learners Curtis works with for a haircut and you’ll get more than a new look, you’ll also experience how hands-on trades should be taught in New Zealand. Curtis’s research into how educators can improve the learning experience using technology is highly sought after. Ed.Collective’s work with education organisations, private and public, is where Curtis’s vast experience has real impact. He just gets it. He knows educating and learning are intertwined – the educator learning how to adapt to the brave new world as much as the learner! As long as Curtis is creating forward movement he sleeps like a baby.
You’ll find Jo at her home in the Bay of Plenty creating and learning-by-doing with people of all ages and stages – those at the beginning their life-long learning journey, through to entrepreneurs applying what they’ve learnt to solve problems in new smart, sustainable ways. Seek Jo out if there’s something to do with learning you want to brag or bitch about, or a cool idea you want to share, particularly on twitter or snapchat (@jo_allum). Ed.Collective’s product and service design is her fav thing and she’s fully focused on creating solutions that are fit for consumption today and tomorrow (rather than yesterday). It’s always full steam ahead with Jo!
Mark is our award-winning resident design guru. Thoughtful and talented, Mark is responsible for making sure everything looks right, feels right and connects with all sorts of audiences.
Sue is a big believer in synergy; that better outcomes can be achieved by working together rather than by a series of solo acts. She’s also a fan of doing stuff that takes you forward in life. You will often find Sue out and about collecting feedback on what we do today and ideas for how we could do things better tomorrow. Getting the right team and support structures in place, doing a lot with a little and creating forward momentum is what Sue is charged with. Providing lots of support and encouragement along the way just comes naturally.
When Kathy’s on the job everyone breaths a little easier. She makes sure everything happens when it should and is constantly looking for ways to improve systems to make life simpler for everyone in the team. Every team needs a Kathy.
Never underestimate the power of a cup of coffee with your club mates, or crashing into people in Bumper Balls – social engagement can lead to a stronger network of friends to help support you through your study years and beyond. You’ll usually find Candice right in amongst it dragging BBQ’s around, setting up gazebo’s and coordinating helper outers on where to go and what to do to ensure every event runs according to plan. Planning out the full calendar, figuring out where every little piece fits, and then making it happen is all in a days work for our Candice!
It wasn’t that long ago that Kyle was living the student life himself to complete a Bachelor of Laws at AUT, so he understands the challenges you face while studying. Now, as a Student Advocate for Ed. Collective, Kyle helps students with issues and offers support in the form of advice, making recommendations and putting forward cases on their behalf. Basically, his role is to ensure students are aware of their rights and that they’re protected. When you meet Kyle, you’ll be able to tell he loves what he does, almost as much as he loves spending time with his son and catching up with mates.
From bullying to failed flats, Jamie helps learners understand their rights. Jamie knows the importance of developing positive relationships from study through to professional and personal life and wants to increase the opportunities for young students to grow, discover and pursue careers that have real meaning. In fact, this is exactly what you’ll find him doing most of the time.
And when we say involved, we mean right in amongst it; designing and developing solutions that achieve way better outcomes for learners, for employers and for the community.
In order to do that we’re developing a digital soapbox to connect, create and energise learner communities; acting as their polling booth, listening post and megaphone where necessary.
We’re also working on closing the gap between learners, industries, communities, and education organisations. We reckon if we can get some real world dialogue happening between these groups we can start to improve the link between qualifications and employment. That’s the money shot!
Feedback we’ve received to date tells us that a lot of learners think New Zealand’s education system is a bit out-dated (well that’s the polite version) and generally needs to change. One of the people that we talked to shared a great quote: “our education system is designed for 19th century living, delivered by 20th century educators, yet destined for 21st century learners”. Maybe a little harsh, but they have a point.
So guess what? It’s time for a bit of a shake up; and that change needs to be led from the people on the ground. We’ve assembled a team to help NZ learners consolidate and share their views, and ultimately convert their real world perspective into real world action.