NZQA is looking for consultation on micro-credentials

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Micro-credentials and digital badging are things that I’ve been thinking about for a while. There have been some great discussions over recent months about this.

I’m currently looking at learning more about how digital badging might work in a range of contexts including foundation learning.

NZQA is looking to join the conversation. They are asking for consultation about recognising micro-credentials within NZ’s regulated education and training system.

I have mixed thoughts about this.

On the one hand, it could be great if established tertiary education organisations could recognise and use high-quality micro-credentials from industry or business. For example, what if you could get credit for your Microsoft certificate as part of your degree in computer science or similar.

On the other hand, micro-credentials represent, to me at least qualities like staying agile, creating dynamic training, having systems that evolve and learn, and possibly leveraging cutting-edge tech like blockchain. And this all seems like the opposite of how NZQA operates historically.

In my experience, anyway.

Perhaps this is all changing. Excellent if it is.

However, if you’ve got something to say about micro-credentials, if you have any kind of skin in the training game, if you could see yourself benefiting or being harmed by NZQA regulation of micro-credentials you should read the white paper and do the survey.

Or at least chime in below with your opinion.

The link is here:

How Do I Give My Feedback On The New Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education Unit Standards?


If you are involved in foundation focused tertiary education in New Zealand, we need you to give us your feedback on the new Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (ALNE) unit standards.

These new unit standards replace US21204 and many other unit standards used for the NCALNE (Voc) and related qualifications.

From my side, I’m biased… Full disclosure: I’m in the working party redesigning these standards. I’m only interested in the standards for the new NZCALNE (Voc) qualification. This is eventually going to replace the existing NCALNE (Voc).

And I’m more interested in the standards for the new NZCALNE (Voc) qualification. This is eventually going to replace the existing NCALNE (Voc).

This is the biggest upgrade to the qualification since it changed from the original NCALE.

I think the new standards are pretty good. But NZQA wants your feedback now. So here are the questions you should be asking yourself:

  • How do I give my feedback on the new standards?
  • What do I like about the new standards?
  • What improvements could we still make?
  • What challenges, if any, will these create for people delivering the training?

Here’s what to do in four simple steps:

1. Read the new standards

  • You can access all of the new standards online from this page.
  • Or you can access the links to the four new standards that that will get used for the 40 credits required in the NZCALNE (Voc) here on my blog.

2. Download the response form

3. Provide your comments and feedback

  • You have to do that yourself… If you think we can make them better please say so.
  • If you think they are OK, then please let NZQA know that as well.

4. Email to NZQA

Consultation on draft Adult Education and Training (including ALNE) unit standards


For those that are interested, the NZQA is now inviting people to give feedback on the new suite of unit standards leading to these newly revised certificates:

Consultation on the unit standards is open from the 12 April till 2 May 2016 and involves standards from Adult Education and Training, Generic Education and Training, and Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

The feedback will be used by review panels to further develop the standards to ensure that they meet the needs of the sector.

Unit standard documents, the consultation document, and feedback forms are available at:

For further information please see the review page.

TEC Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy Refresh Consultation


Greetings all…! The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) are doing a refresh on their Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy. This has implications for you if you work with foundation level learners in tertiary education in New Zealand.

I’d like to encourage you to read the consultation document and respond with your ideas and feedback. Specifically, the TEC is looking for feedback on what we need to do next to strengthen literacy and numeracy skills in the adult population as well as achieve national goals relating to social and economic outcomes from foundation level education.

I’ve pasted in the blurb from the TEC below, but the web link is here if you want to click through. We’ve all got until 27 February 2015 to respond.


The TEC is refreshing its Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy (Strategy). The refreshed Strategy will guide the TEC’s work in adult literacy and numeracy from 2016 to 2020.

What is the Strategy?

The Strategy sets out the TEC’s work streams as well as future strategic directions for the TEC’s work in lifting adult literacy and numeracy. The current Adult Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy (PDF, 512 Kb) was adopted by the TEC Board and publicly released in September 2012.

Read more about the TEC’s current literacy and numeracy work.

Consultation Paper

The TEC has drafted a Consultation Paper to seek your feedback on the TEC’s proposed future priorities within a refreshed Strategy. This paper reflects findings from the TEC workshops held in late 2014 with key stakeholders, as well as the TEC’s initial thinking.

What do we want feedback on?

We want your feedback on what needs to be done more, and done better, to lift adult literacy and numeracy skills, achieve the government’s goals, and improve economic and social outcomes from foundation-level education.

We want to know what you think are the most important areas to act on, as well as other areas of action we haven’t yet considered.

How to provide feedback on the Consultation Paper

There are two ways to give written feedback that will help us refresh the Strategy.

  1. Fill out the feedback forms that appear throughout the Consultation Paper, OR
  2. Read the Consultation Paper without feedback forms, and then fill out the separate consolidated feedback form.

NOTE: You don’t have to fill out all sections of the feedback form. It is fine if you only want to comment on some aspects of the Consultation Paper.

When is feedback due?

Please send your completed feedback form to by:

  • 5pm, Friday 27 February 2015

We may contact you in March to follow up or learn more about your feedback.

If you have questions about the paper:

If you have questions or require clarification about the Consultation Paper, contact David Do – Advisor, Literacy and Numeracy at

If you would like to discuss the paper and give face-to-face feedback:

We are happy to meet with organisations in the tertiary sector associated with adult literacy and numeracy where possible during this first consultation period.

Meeting requests should be put through to

What happens after this consultation period?

We will consider all the feedback we receive during this first consultation period and we will use it to develop a full draft Strategy to be released for further consultation by April.

We will consider the April feedback and expect to finalise the Strategy by June 2015.