About Pathways Awarua
Our vision is to provide a resource that is free, fun and available to any New Zealander who wants to improve their reading, writing or numeracy for work or life.
Pathways Awarua is developed by the Tertiary Education Commission to support adult and young adult learners to strengthen their literacy and numeracy competencies in contexts that are relevant to New Zealanders.
Our pathways and modules
The 400+ learning modules are presented in sequenced pathways that are linked to the steps of the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy and Numeracy. As you progress along the pathways the modules introduce more complex skills and strategies.
Six pathways or collections of modules focus on literacy and numeracy:
- Numeracy – with versions for general (everyday), trade and service industries
- Reading – with versions for general (everyday), trade and service industries
- Number facts
- Word fit - for vocabulary building
Three pathways deliver content for driver licences and health and safety requirements for the workplace, while at the same time strengthening learners’ literacy and numeracy competencies:
- Car licences
- Heavy Vehicle licences
- Health and Safety
Each module includes a sequence of screens, which engage the users in learning tasks. The learners interact with the content through drag and drop, multi-choice, highlighter, draw, video and open-answer question types. Learners receive immediate and customised feedback on their answers. Learners accumulate points and certificates for questions answered correctly.
Any adult or young adult can register and use Pathways Awarua whenever and where ever they like. Many join through a tertiary education provider or employer but they can also join and learn by themselves.
Tertiary educator registration
Tertiary educators, trainers or tutors are able to create classes for their learners. This allows the educator to view the progress of learners and to encourage their learning.
Selecting your tertiary organisation from the list at registration connects the class to the wider organisation.
Employers can set up groups for their employees by selecting their company from the list at registration. It is easy to get a company added to the list if it isn’t already there.
The New Zealand Transport agency supported the development of the pathways that help learners understand the content for the learner, restricted and heavy vehicles licenses.
The Industry Training Federation and Worksafe New Zealand contributed to the development of the health and safety pathway that provides an opportunity to educate learners on the principles of the Health and Safety at Work Act and their role in workplace safety.
The Ministry of Education
From 2016 the Ministry of Education has supported the use of Pathways Awarua in state and integrated schools with years 9 to 13 students.
About our name
Awarua is the name of a pattern which is used in rāranga - Māori weaving. In the learning context Awarua reflects the connections that often occur between literacy and numeracy as they "weave" through programmes and courses to increase the quality of learning engagement and skill levels.