Otago Polytechnic

Train the trainer


Central Otago

13 weeks
This programme has been developed specifically for international students. It will develop their skills in delivering horticulture training and enable them to gain a deeper understanding of the New Zealand horticulture industry.

The programme is delivered over 13 weeks.

During this time, students gain knowledge through tuition, practical workshops, visits to local industries and industry placement days. See the Programme Schedule below for more details. 

Students are able to focus on an industry of their choice during the programme and intern placements are available during the harvest season. Weekly work placements are also available during the cherry and export harvest.

Some limited online study is required.

There will be English tuition every day, which will continue until the student has an appropriate level of English skills. Learners will complete their portfolio of evidence within the English programme. Students should have some English prior to arrival (IELTS Level 4.0 is preferred). Spanish speaking staff will be used to assist learners during the programme.

Field trips

One to two field trips per week are organised to provide exposure to a wide range of industries related to horticulture in New Zealand:

  • Central Otago horticulture trip
  • Central Otago viticulture trip
  • Plant and Food Research
  • Cherry export harvest field trip
  • Dairy farm milking and farm operations
  • Central Otago High Country Farming trip
  • Sheep and beef operations, southern field days
  • Familiarisation of the region – three times
  • West Coast New Zealand
  • Dunedin – Otago Polytechnic
  • Mount Cook
Learning outcomes

Graduates of this programme will gain:

  • improvement in spoken and written English
  • an understanding of the rural industries in New Zealand
  • skills for programme and course design and development
  • exposure to new concepts in teaching, delivery and assessment
  • an understanding of the differences in education between NZ and Chile
  • learner support on and off campus during their study period
  • skills in reflective practice. 
Programme schedule

Week 1 - Welcome

  • English immersion and familiarisation with Otago Polytechnic and the programme
  • Industry field trips begin - learners are assigned a peer Lecturer as a mentor
  • Begin portfolio of evidence for courses in the programme
  • Local visits – Plant and Food research
  • Background to the New Zealand horticulture and agriculture industry

Week 2 – English and introduction to Otago Polytechnic Learning Systems.

  • NZQA – New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • NQF – National Qualifications Framework
  • Programmes at Otago Polytechnic and Central Campus
  • Programme design and development
  • Course design
  • Work based learning
  • Assessment strategies
  • Moderation and consistency
  • Programme management and regulations

Tour of the region – fruit and viticulture industry

Week 3 and part of week 4 - Christmas and New Year holiday break

Week 4 - English and Program Design at Otago Polytechnic – Developing a program using the ‘Design for Learner Success D4LS’ process – including development, moderation, assessment, consistency.

  • Programme development workshop
  • Course workshop
  • Blueprinting
  • Integration workshop
  • Development workshop
  • Resource development

Visit industry placements and Semillero Rural scholars. Examine the export cherry harvest. Learners will spend 1 day per week placed in industry during the cherry harvest and export season.

Week 5 – English and Otago Polytechnic Online

  • Online learning – what is it?
  • OP Online
  • Issues relating to online courses
  • Choose and begin development of a course for face to face delivery – course to be chosen by the learner.

Visit Mt Cook and examine New Zealand alpine plants

Industry placement day

Week 6 - English and Introduction to ‘Moodle’ online learning. 

  • Introduction to Moodle online programme and using the system. Limited tuition only.
  • Continue course development project for face to face delivery

Visit new hi tech Dairy farm and be involved with milking operation

Industry placement day

Week 7 – English and continue development of face to face course – delivery in week 11/12

  • Continue course development project
  • Tertiary education in NZ
  • Cultural competence
  • Maori culture

High Country farming experience

Industry placement day

Week 8 – English and delivery techniques

  • Classroom delivery techniques
  • Online delivery and issues relating to using online learning
  • Use of electronic support tools for delivery
  • New technology for delivery to distance students
  • Support of students in class and distance learners
  • Continue course development project

Visit Dunedin – 3 days

Week 9 – English and Work based learning, assessment and mentoring in the workplace

  • Work experience and internships in New Zealand
  • Managing students in the workplace
  • Visit students in the workplace
  • Support for students in the workplace
  • Assessment in the workplace
  • Mentoring
  • Continue course development project

West coast visit – NZ Native forest – 2 days

Week 10 – English and communication with students using various techniques and social media

  • Communication with students using social media – the role and use of facebook, twitter, Lync, Skype, Blogs, Instagram etc.
  • Use of smartphones etc for assessment and communication
  • Continue course development project

Field visit – Southern Agriculture Field Days and sheep and beef farms – 3 days

Week 11 – English and deliver a course to a group – DELIVERY OF A COURSE

  • Prepare and deliver the course to a group of New Zealand students – with mentor support. Deliver the course using all resources.
  • Go live with the online component of the course

Central Otago wine industry and viticulture trips

Week 12  - English and deliver a course to a group – DELIVERY OF A COURSE

  • Prepare and deliver the course to a group of New Zealand students – with mentor support. Deliver the course using all resources.
  • Go live with the online component of the course

Week 13 – Reflect on delivery and develop a plan of improvement.

  • Evaluate and reassess the course/review the programme in New Zealand 

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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