The Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit 2014 (ITES 2014) was held on 5 and 6 June 2014 at the Auckland Museum and was hosted by Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. There were around 220 attendees and the Summit featured a line-up of internationally recognised speakers with experience in new innovations in tertiary education.
Purpose of the Summit
The purpose of ITES 2014 was to start a national conversation about innovative new ways of delivering tertiary education; the opportunities and challenges these present, and the future of tertiary education. It is clear that such a conversation was timely, and that there is a need to facilitate ongoing dialogue about how New Zealand can capitalise on the opportunities of new delivery models.
The decision to hold this Summit followed the release of the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) 2014-19, which noted that “technology-driven changes will require New Zealand’s tertiary education sector to advance its thinking quickly on new delivery models”. The Summit also responded to the release of the joint Ministry of Education/Tertiary Education Commission report Massive Open Online Courses, and wide-spread activity in this area throughout the sector.
The impact of technology in the tertiary education sector will extend far beyond the five year horizon of the TES and, consequently it is important to start to identify now how best to support the tertiary education system of the future. Government agencies will continue to work with the sector to develop and refine these ideas to work towards the best model for New Zealand.