If you are teaching foundation education at any level, you need to be qualified and on a continuing professional development journey.
You need to start this journey through the Teach Better Now programme available on Pathways Awarua.
At the heart of this is the new New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) – the NZCALNE (Voc).
There is a cost for assessment and gaining the credential. But it’s free to register on the website and you’ll have access to all of the course content.
Here’s what you need to do to kickstart your foundation learning professional development journey for this year:
- Register on Pathways Awarua if you haven’t already.
- Join our virtual classroom.
- Enrol in the qualification.
- Get started on the coursework and first assessment.
FIRST: Register on Pathways Awarua
1. You need to register on http://www.pathwaysawarua.com as a tertiary educator. If you are already registered, then go to step 5 below and join our virtual classroom.
2. Enter your details in the form including a username and password.
3. If you start typing the name of your organisation or employer it should appear in the box. Then add a name for your class, accept the terms and conditions and click Register. If you are an independent contractor please use the code 8888.
4. Once registered you should see a screen like this below. Ignore the code on the right. This is for you to use with your own learners later. Right now you just need to click the link on the left for the new NZCALNE (Voc).
SECOND: Move yourself into our virtual classroom
5. Now you should see the main NZCALNE screen below. Next, you need to join our virtual class. Click the head icon to go to your account settings. If you’ve already done this you can go to step 8 and enrol.
6. Enter the join code 1622DD to join our virtual class. Then tick the box to move to this class.
7. Save your settings and return to the main NZCALNE pathway.
Third: Enrol in the NZCALNE (Voc)
8. Now you can enrol in the programme. Make sure that the enrolment module is selected. Then click start. If you’ve already enrolled and you’ve also moved into our virtual classroom, you can go to the last step.
9. Read through the enrolment information.
10. Fill in the enrolment form with as many details as you can. Then save and move to the next screen.
11. If you can’t fill in everything, you’ll see a screen like this below. But you’ll still be able to move forward. Just click the arrow on the right. Or click Retry to add more info.
12. From here, you need to show that you understand some of the conditions of enrolment. And you need to let us know if you have access to learners of your own and whether you’ve done other study at level 4 or above.
13. Nearly done… Add your employer and supervisor’s details.
14. Complete the self-assessment. There are two pages.
15. If you are an experienced TESOL teacher please add details here. Likewise, if you are a very experienced trades or vocational trainer with existing evidence and you want us to consider this please add details here.
16. Add your timeframe
17. Review the summary of your enrolment and save
18. Drag the box ALEC1 Admin to submit for comment
19. You’re done…! Click the link for the new NZCALNE (Voc) to return to the main course pathway.
FOURTH: Get started on the course
20. Get started…!
Greetings friends of ALEC and Pathways Awarua…!
We need some people to test the three new Collections we launched for the start of the new NZCALNE (Voc) online.
That means we need people who are happy to have a look through this new content and try it out. And hopefully, give us some feedback.
Steve Jobs never launched a perfect iPhone. And while we’ve proofed the material, we wanted to get it out into cyberspace as fast as possible.
That means there could be a few bugs. Also, if you can provide us with some feedback now, it’s likely that this will help us as we design, write, and launch Collections 4 to 7.
Do I have to be enrolled as a student to test the new NZCALNE (Voc)?
No, you don’t have to be enrolled. Of course, if you are enrolled then that would be even better. Here are the criteria:
- As long as you’re someone with an interest in this professional development you can test the new Collections and their modules.
- You need to register on Pathways Awarua as a new tertiary educator if you don’t already have an account.
This means that you might be:
- A graduate of the older NCALNE or NCALE.
- A tutor or manager who has an interest in foundation learning including literacy and numeracy.
- Someone who is looking at this training as an option for staff.
Shortly, we’ll be looking to shift all of our existing ALEC students onto the new NZCALNE (Voc) with this new material.
What if I already know all this stuff but I don’t have the qualification?
We’ll also be launching our Portfolio+ version of the NZCALNE (Voc) which is a hybrid training and credentialing process for experienced tutors who have existing evidence.
If you’re interested in beta-testing this process then let us know as well.
How do I contact you?
Through the usual channels: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Graeme on 0800-ALEC-1-2
Need to join Pathways Awarua so you can access the NCALNE professional development and training? This process is now streamlined.
These instructions are current as of May 2016.Think of this as part one of a two-part process for enrolling. Please read these next bullet points:
- Part 1 below will register you on the Pathways Awarua website.
- Part 2 of this process is here. In part 2 you’ll need to move into our ALEC virtual classroom and complete the ENROL module.
1. Click the Tertiary Educator Registration button on the main Pathways Awarua landing page
2. Fill in the form with your details
3. Fill in your organisation details
- Start typing the full name of the organisation and it should appear.
- If you are an independent contractor and don’t belong to any particular organisation, please use the code: 9998 or contact us (email@example.com).
- If your organisation is not listed you can email Pathways Awarua for support
4. Type in a name for your class and accept the terms and conditions
5. Click the Register button
6. Find the NCALNE Course
- At this point, you should see a screen like this below
7. You should be able to click on the NCALNE (Voc) link. This will open up the course and you’ll see the main NCALNE page below.
- Well done! You’ve now completed part 1.
- From here you need to complete part 2. That’s where you will move into our ALEC virtual classroom and then fill out the enrolment form and share it with us.
Last year saw the demise of the Adult Literacy Practitioners Association (ALPA).
This means that people like me who occupy this obscure niche of education don’t actually have a professional body to belong to.
This doesn’t bother me. But I’ve decided to join the New Zealand Association for Training and Development (NZATD).
I think it’s much better to situate literacy and numeracy professional development in the larger universe of teaching and training. It can be a bit isolating otherwise…
Anyone have any experience with these guys? Let me know your thoughts or recommendations.
Here’s a question that we get from time to time… Where are the NCALNE modules in Pathways Awarua?
You might already have an Educator login for Pathways Awarua. Or you might have just set one up (see here for instructions on how to create your login if you haven’t).
But, if you’re new to Pathways Awarua it might not be immediately obvious where the NCALNE course is located. Here’s how you find the course.
1. Go to PathwaysAwarua.com. The landing page should look something like this.
2. Enter your Pathways Awarua username or email and password at the top of the screen and press Login
3. Once you’re logged in you should see a new landing page like this. These modules on the right are not the NCALNE course. They are modules that teach you how to use Pathways Awarua.
4. If you don’t see this screen, check that the following are in the left-hand sidebar:
5. Click the hyperlink for NCALNE (Voc). This should take you here.
6. Now you have access to the NCALNE course including introduction, enrolment form, study modules and assessment templates.
7. Some things to remember:
- If you haven’t been able to see any of these screens it might be because you’re registered as a learner, and not as an educator.
- You can access all of the content, in other words, the NCALNE study modules 1 to 7 and the first two assessments for free.
- If you want to join the course as an official enrolled NCALNE candidate you’ll need to complete the online Enrol module. It’s just a form to fill out with your details. After you’ve completed the form, you’ll need to share it with us. From there we’ll be in touch to complete your enrolment application.
- Any questions? Email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org