Delivery modes

Directed and self-directed learning

Our tauira are studying in almost every situation you can imagine.  You might be caring for tamariki (children) and kaumātua (elders), working, travelling, and busy with your community.  Because of this, we’ve created delivery options that give you choice – so you can take charge of your own learning, and do it in a way that’s sustainable for you and your whānau.

We know that the best learning happens when you drive it and you take responsibility for making it happen.  We provide every support we can – only you can build learning time into your days.

Here's more information about the kind of time and learning you'll need to consider and plan for.


Directed Learning

This is made up of 2 kinds of activities:

Kaiako directed learning hours, which is the time you spend:

  • face to face with your kaiako (tutor) or other presenters
  • scheduled learning sessions, which might be online, in a studio, or lab
  • revision, practice, and assessment sessions.

Activity directed learning hours, which is the time you spend:

  • doing activities your kaiako instructs you to do outside of class time
  • working through the activities in the programme resources outside of class time (like workbooks, audio, video, online activites)
  • working on assessments and doing required reading, practice, and research outside of class time (by yourself or in groups).

Self-directed Learning

This means the kind of things you do by choice as an adult learner, because you know it’s important, not because the kaiako or programme materials tell you to.  How you do self-directed learning is your choice. But doing it is a vital part of the programme.  It’s one of the differences between how you learned at school and how you learn as an adult – adults learn better when they can make their own choices.

Your self-directed learning will include things like:

  • self-improvement
  • personal learning development
  • wider reading
  • kōrero (conversations to deepen and embed your learning)
  • revision activities
  • self-practice.
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