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.
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.