Frequently Asked Questions

R e s e a r c h a n d A d v o c a c y a t t h e N e x u s o f E q u i t y a n d E d u c a t i o n

What is a short course?

We offer bespoke courses that are flexible and can be designed to be:

· Blended (face-to-face and/or online)

· Inquiry-based (focusing on practice)

· Linked to community of learners - COLs (to networking to share resources and practices)

· Long or short (duration co-constructed according to need)

· Self-directed (tailored to suit participants learning goals)

How long is a short course?

Short courses can be as long or as short as you like. For instance, they can be as short as one day face-to-face ... or 12 weeks online ... or any combination of the two.

One effective approach is to engage in a 12-week course aligned the course with the school term, beginning with a face-to-face in Week 1 and ending in the following school holidays (which gives participants a bit of time after the term to curate the resources they will want to keep).

What is the time commitment for participants?

Typically, there is an emphasis on co-constructing knowledge and skills in a Community of Practice and on applying new knowledge in our fieldwork. As such, participants might spend 2-3 hours a week. Some of this will be reading through the online material, but equally the time is spent sharing resources and ideas, trying new techniques/strategies and reflecting with others on new learning.

Are they typically face-to-face or online?

Either is fine, and most of the courses are provided in a blended format. We usually begin with a face-to-face session, to spend time on whanaungatanga and getting everyone confident with the online environment. The remainder of the course is typically online, although students might get together face-to-face as part of their engagement with the course.

Is there an assignment?

Each course has different expectations, in regards to an "assignment". Typically, participants receive a digital badge each time they complete pre-determined activities such as posting to the forums, sharing X number of resources and/or engaging with the content. At the completion of the course, they receive a certificate of completion as well.

In some courses, participants have been asked to summarise the ways new learning has been applied in their casework, next steps for their practice, etc.

When do they start?

Again, the Massey team can work around your team's/cluster's needs. They can start at any point in the year, and as soon as permitting (depending on how much content needs to be created).

What topics can they cover?

The breadth and depth of the content can also be negotiated, as each course is created specifically for your group.

To date, short courses have been created on:

· Behaviour, with an emphasis on Functional Behaviour Assessment/Situational Analysis

· Behaviour, with an emphasis on well-being and post-traumatic growth

· Key content from the L&B course, for professionals who trained years ago/ in the former RTLB training

· Mentoring & Supervision

· Dynamic Assessment

· e-Portfolios

· ASD

· Gifted and Talented

· Learners who are Twice Exceptional

How much does a short course cost?

This is negotiated for each course, as it depends on the length of the course, the number of face-to-face days, the number of participants and the extent to which new content has to be written specifically for the course.

Who do I get in touch with if I'd like to know more?

Please email any of us - Mandia, Alison or Wendy - with any inquiries. We'd love to talk with you.