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NZQA now offer more online learning options and workshops to help assessors with the assessment of internally-assessed standards. These are available on our Learning Management System, Pūtake, via the Education Sector Logon.

There are a wide variety of e-learning modules available, including subject-specific, bite-sized modules focusing on a variety of subjects and standards, several online Best Practice Workshops, and other generic modules. We will continue to expand the range over time in response to sector feedback.

Watch the Assessment and Moderation Spotlight videos showing the kind of content that is available, and how to access it.

Bite-sized modules and short courses

Subject-specific, self-enrol, self-paced modules focusing on a variety of subjects and standards.

Bite-sized modules are intended to be short bursts of information and activities focusing on particular aspects of achievement standards. The modules can take up to 60 minutes to complete, but assessors can access the materials and activities as many times as desired.

Our short courses contain more content, and can take up to 120 minutes to complete.

These modules can all be paused and resumed and completed at the learner’s own pace.

Online Making Assessor Judgements Workshops

Online Making Assessor Judgements Best Practice Workshops are introductory workshops that provide assessors with support to make and justify assessment decisions confidently and reliably by examining real examples of student work.

The workshops are divided up into modules which comprise a variety of different activities and resources, focusing on key aspects of making assessment decisions in the chosen achievement standards.

  • The activities can be completed at any time. However, we recommend that they are done in the order provided which aims to provide a meaningful progression through the material.
  • The modules each take approximately 120 minutes to complete, and the activities can be repeated as many times as necessary.
  • Additionally, participants are able to learn, reflect, practice and then go back to complete the content.

Users can self-enrol and work at their own pace, and there are multiple instances throughout the year of our workshops in order to allow users to choose the one that best fits their schedule.

Transforming Assessment Praxis (TAP) programme

Transforming Assessment Praxis (TAP) is an online workshop, aimed at providing assessors with strategies to modify existing resources to meet the needs of learners, and to explore different and valid ways of collecting evidence.

The workshop features activities, videos and professional readings, and encourages feedback from colleagues via formal and informal collaboration. The content is geared towards practical, research-based ideas and resources.

TAP is designed to use the self-reflection and discussion of participants as an important catalyst for change. This workshop allows for participants to learn and then trial assessment strategies that they can easily implement with their learners.

Aims: To raise assessor confidence in recontextualising assessment resources to better meet the needs of students, while exploring different ways of collecting student evidence.

As you participate in this online workshop you will:

  • look at ways to change existing resources to better meet the needs of your learners
  • explore strategies to enable you to create a variety of new assessment resources; and
  • explore diverse and valid methods of collecting assessment evidence to meet the varied needs of learners.

You will work collaboratively with other assessors learning how to write resources that cater to the needs of your own learners. By the end of the workshop you will have your own assessment resource.

This workshop was initially piloted during 2015 with a number of participants from all over New Zealand (including one from the Cook Islands). Since then a number of workshops have been delivered, with very positive feedback from participants.

Comments made about Transforming Assessment Praxis (TAP) Programme

"Helped to review my own knowledge and great to share ideas"

"Having time to challenge my thinking in assessment"

"Web meetings were great, being able to listen and take part in a range of activities with other teachers from all over"

"Sharing ideas with colleagues and doing a cross curricular assessment that will hopefully cover three different subjects"

"It was great to talk to teachers from other subject areas. Lots of exciting new ideas and learning came from this. It gave reassurance that I am on the right track as well as renewed enthusiasm to try new things"

How to access these online resources

These resources are available on NZQA’s Learning Management System (LMS), Pūtake

You will need to use your Education Sector Logon (ESL). The Delegated Authoriser in your school will need to assign you a NZQA LMS Teacher role for you to be able to access Pūtake, or they can invite users to enrol who are not on your current school list.

You can self-enrol, choose which resources or activities are of most relevance to you, and then work at your own pace to do as much as you need. 

Pūtake is found at   

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