Alongside flexible delivery models, Muka Tangata is also supporting providers to use assessment methods that are suitable to a wider range of ākonga (learners). We are exploring whether assessment provisions can allow for multiple and diverse methods of presenting evidence that cater for different learning needs, such as videos, photographs and work evidence.

Key steps:

Delivery and Assessment for the 21st Century is a joint project between Muka Tangata, Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence and Te Pūkenga. The project will look into

  • Delivery methods, reasons for change, and implications for learners of various different models;
  • Assessment methods - do existing methods still have currency? Is there a case for modernisation? Is assessment a barrier to qualification completion; and
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) - complete a critical assessment of RPL, the real or perceived need, the barriers, and the benefits.

Project milestones:

  1. Complete a national and international literature review around best practice delivery and assessment, with a focus on work-based, work integrated, and online learning.
  2. Develop an excellence rubric that differentiates Work Integrated Learning and Work-based Learning.
  3. Complete a deep-dive into Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  4. Engage with industry, employers, providers and ākonga (learners) to identify successful models, and to better understand barriers and challenges to delivery and assessment.
  5. Evaluate how well current models meet the diverse needs of learners and employers in the identified industries.
  6. Based on the findings, develop exemplars in delivery and assessment and/or guidance on how to better leverage existing practices, to government and providers.
  7. Develop an excellence rubric for programme delivery.
  8. Run a series of pilots with Te Pūkenga to test models of:
    • Delivery
    • Assessment
    • RPL

Next steps:

The project is being scoped with potential vendors providing proposals. The project is due to start in December 2023.