Distance education for New Zealand technician surveyors: a review of the options

Dowling, David and Taylor, Robert (2004) Distance education for New Zealand technician surveyors: a review of the options. In: 4th Trans Tasman Surveyors Conference, 13-16 Oct 2005, Auckland, New Zealand.


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Up until 1996 the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand offered the New Zealand Certificate in
Surveying by distance education. Since the demise of that programme, the only surveying
programmes offered in New Zealand are the Bachelor of Surveying at Otago University in
Dunedin, and the National Diploma in Surveying offered through UNITEC in Auckland. There
have been repeated calls by sections of the industry for the National Diploma in Surveying to be
available throughout New Zealand by distance education. This paper begins with a discussion of
the need for the proposed programme, the likely market, and the advantages and disadvantages
of offering such a programme. It then discusses the major issues that need to be addressed, and
the obstacles to be overcome if such a proposal was to become reality. In doing so it draws on
the University of Southern Queensland's experience of offering surveying and GIS programmes
by distance education in Australia, and, in partnership with the Open Polytechnic of New
Zealand, the Bachelor of Engineering Technology programme in New Zealand. The paper
concludes by exploring some models that could be used to implement the proposal.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Publication of New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and approved for deposit into ePrints by Institute 2005.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:18
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance education programmes, surveying technicians, New Zealand
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/259

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