The Ara Institute of Canterbury, together with other New Zealand tertiary institutes, has created a new online learning platform called the TANZ eCampus geared toward offers business-related courses to those seeking to advance their employment via education.
Students will be able to access more than 40 courses through the service, most of which focus on the needs of the current economy and for related qualifications. More courses will be available in the future.
Ara Institute's chief executive Kay Giles said:
The services provided by the TANZ eCampus will ensure that students receive a comparable level of support to if they were studying face-to-face at a physical campus, with the eCampus therefore not just improving access but also increasing the likelihood of successful completion for remote learners.
According to Stuff, the TANZ eCampus participating schools include the Ara Institute of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic (OP), Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Palmerston North, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), and Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT). All the qualifications students earn will be awarded by one of these partners, and will be industry-recognized the same as any other degree, with quality assured by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. If they wish, students can attend a graduation ceremony at any of the institutes, reports Scoop.
Available course topics at this time include Retail, Business, Project Management, and Applied Management, in addition to other "short courses" like Digital Photography and Graphic Design. Students can receive two qualifications: New Zealand Diploma in Business– Leadership and Management Level 5, and New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) Level 3.
According to TANZ eCampus executive director Pamela Simpson, the platform and its content are designed to cater specifically to the needs of working learners looking to expand their abilities or gain a new skill. She said:
With a good level of business-related courses available online through the TANZ eCampus portal, workplace learners should see a real benefit to the flexible and supportive online environment.
Simpson also explained how the platform is designed to help students succeed, and how it's different than independently reading a static web page or watching a video. Part of the power is in interacting with educational support professionals. Students are assigned both a Personal Advisor to help with general issues that may affect completion of the course and/or degree, and a Course Facilitator to track progress in each individual course.
We will be using innovative student analysis to keep a finger on the pulse of student needs– adapting with students so that the learning platform performs at its best.
These courses are eligible for student loan support, and interested students can access more information by visiting the TANZ eCampus website.