2020 Year in Review

eCampus NZ Annual Review

eCampus NZ Annual Review: Growing, cultivating relationships, and supporting success in a year like no other. 

eCampus NZ’s 2020 annual review celebrates a 46% growth in realised enrolments, positive feedback from learners, and the cultivation of relationships with Te Pūkenga subsidiaries and their employer and industry connections. 

Ross Butler, Independent Director and Chair at eCampus NZ, says the organisation’s first priority in 2020 was minimising the impact of COVID-19 on learners studying via eCampus NZ, and throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

“While we are obviously pleased that we were able to reach more learners in 2020, more important to us is that we were able to provide them with the support they needed to succeed in what was an exceptionally difficult year. We are proud of the role we play in strengthening New Zealand’s workforce by helping learners to build relationships, discover their strengths, gain confidence, upskill, and progress their careers,” said Butler. 

“In addition, we were pleased to be able to offer our support across the sector throughout 2020, developing and sharing award-winning resource Tere: Your Guide to Moving Online Swiftly to help educators during the first lockdown, transitioning learners to our platform when they couldn’t learn on campus, and improving access to online learning opportunities. We also developed new ways to share resources across the sector using eCampus NZ’s Digital Repository and resource-exchange service, Hoko,” said Butler. 

In the 2020 calendar year, 5056 learners from Ara, NMIT, Toi Ohomai, NorthTec, UCOL, EIT and Otago Polytechnic enrolled to study online via the eCampus NZ platform.  

Many learners using the eCampus NZ platform complete multiple courses, bringing the number of realised enrolments to 9341, excluding transfers and cancellations. 

“This is up 46% on 2020,” said eCampus NZ Chief Executive, Pamela Simpson. 

“Year-on-year, an increasing number of learners are choosing online learning with their regional institute, attracted by the flexibility of online study, our regular start dates, the ability to move easily between on-campus and online learning, and our supportive learning environment, both on the eCampus NZ platform and through the online and on-campus support services at each regional institute,” said Simpson. 

Simpson also credits the growth in enrolments to the innovative, high-quality programmes offered via eCampus NZ. 

“Online study on eCampus NZ is designed to spark curiosity, keep our learners engaged, and equip them with knowledge and skills that will help them in the world of work” said Simpson. 

“In 2020, we worked with EIT to develop an online version of the Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services). Learners on this programme achieved an 88% learner success rate last year, and the programme was awarded Gold in the 2020 International Learn X Awards for its innovative approach to eLearning design,” said Simpson. 

“We prove that it’s possible to equip learners with practical skills in an online learning environment.” 

In 2020, eCampus NZ worked with Te Pūkenga subsidiaries and their employer and industry connections to develop and deliver innovative work-integrated learning opportunities, including NZQA-accredited programmes and micro-learning courses tailored to their needs.  

“We are increasingly focused on supporting our partners and their employer and industry connections by developing and delivering bespoke learning opportunities that can be delivered within the world of work. This kind of learning helps employers to close skill gaps, flex with market demands, and remain responsive,” said Simpson. 

Click on this link to take a tour through a year that was marked by growth, resilience, and the cultivation of relationships with industry, employers, and Te Pūkenga subsidiaries across the network. 

Important information for new learners

eCampus NZ as a business unit of Open Polytechnic, is now part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

From 1 January 2023, eCampus NZ will no longer enrol new learners into study plans delivered on the eCampus NZ learning platform.

However, all courses/programmes will still be available for online study through Open Polytechnic - Te Pūkenga.

The eCampus NZ team is here for you. If you are still experiencing ongoing issues related to Cyclone Gabrielle, please contact your advisor or facilitator so we can work with you to get you back on track.