Course Proposal

Risingholme Community Centre employs a range of people with great skills to tutor our courses. We are looking for talented, empathetic and inspirational tutors to deliver courses for adults.

The following information will help to familiarise you with our processes for setting up courses in our programme.

The Community Education Calendar
Risingholme’s programme follows the traditional four term calendar. Courses are typically run during school terms. 

Please click here to get the latest information on term dates.

The progamme is planned for the year ahead and posted as such on the website but up to date information is published on the courses page on a term by term basis.

New courses can be added throughout the year.

Who selects the courses?
The Director selects the courses.

This is done, taking into consideration

  • current funding requirements (where applicable)
  • the needs of our community
  • currently offered courses
  • requests for new courses as indicated by students
  • the tutor’s educational and occupational experience in the topic
  • the proposed market for this class

 Who determines the course content?

Typically the tutor sets the course content, upon discussion with the Director.  Tutors need to keep in mind why people take community education courses and be flexible in their approach to setting the curriculum.  Tutors will present their proposed course outline to students at the first class and answer questions from students in relation to the course.  This could mean that the class could decide together on a course outline which may differ from what was advertised – to suit the learning needs of the students.

How long does a course have to be?
Risingholme is flexible in its approach to course length. 

Courses can range from a one off seminar, one day workshops to up to 8 weeks in length.  You as the tutor will decide what time period best suit your objectives and potential learners.  This may have to change due to venue availability.

Risingholme aims to offer a flexible programme i.e. a good combination of short one day courses to longer courses. Our experience shows that the 8 week model of 2 hours per week is most popular but this is not set in concrete.

Courses are planned so that there is room for a catch up week during term time – in case of interruptions.

What is the best time for a course and who determines this?
Course times are determined by the tutor, upon consultation with the Director.  Risingholme aims to offer a spread of classes during the day, evenings and during weekends.  Risingholme also aims to offer a spread of classes city wide.  Course times will also depend on venue availability.

Who sets minimum and maximum enrolment numbers?
The Director in consultation with the tutor.  This will take into account the type of course offered, the space and venues available, the tutor requirements.

Minimum Requirements to Teach
Risingholme Community Centre require tutors to have knowledge of the particular subject being taught. For many classes, this knowledge may be the result of your own particular work experience, formal education or training, or self-directed knowledge.

Our current tutors are artists, business people, teachers etc.  They are people like you who either have a special talent, skill or set of ideas that can be passed on to others through teaching.  The basic requirements are simple: a love for your subject and a desire to share this expertise with others. 

The following qualities will help:

  • strong interpersonal skills
  • a good sense of humour
  • flexibility
  • a desire to share ideas with people regardless of sex or cultural background
  • a good subject knowledge
  • ability to communicate ideas at different skill levels
  • professional presentation and instructional skills
  • good writing and speaking skills
  • willingness to prepare before class
  • punctuality
  • a willingness to meet administrative and reporting requirements
  • participation in professional development opportunities
  • professionalism in working relationships
  • a willingness to reflect on course feedback from students and taking action as a result of this

The Hiring Process
Tutors are hired in two ways: 

  • a course is proposed by a tutor or
  • a course is created and a tutor is hired to teach in the programme.

Submitting a course proposal
If you are interested in creating a new course or even re-designing your current course, please submit a course proposal to the Risingholme office.

We require the following information from you:

  • a short resume (if a new tutor).  A short one page summary will suffice.  We are interested in your education, teaching experience, training and achievements related to your proposed course.
  • A short course proposal – please provide a  brief outline of information to be covered in the course; the main learning point of the course and who you expect your target audience to be.
  • Your availability to teach

Email to info@risingholme.org.nz

Things to consider before you submit your course proposal

  • Please check the Risingholme website to see if your proposed class is already being offered.
  • Are you considering teaching this course elsewhere?  Do work on not competing against yourself as this can lead to low enrolments resulting in cancelled classes and disappointed students.  
  • Commercial businesses can offer Community Education Classes provided the class is educational, not promotional. 

Procedure upon submitting a course proposal

  • Submitting a course proposal does not guarantee that the class or activity will be accepted or added to the Community Education programme.  If added, no guarantees are made that the programme will automatically continue to offer the class.
  • You will receive an email from the Risingholme office confirming that your course proposal was received. 
  • All proposals will be reviewed.  Only those selected as candidates will be contacted and invited to interview. 

Course acceptance and contract

  • Once interviewed and a decision has been made to offer your course, you will contacted to provide details.
  • A course information sheet for students will be prepared and your course information will be uploaded onto the Risingholme website and/or included in the brochure or newsletters.
  • Once the course is advertised, you will be provided with regular updates on enrolments.
  • Once your course has reached enough enrolments to proceed, you will receive a tutor handbook (if a new tutor); an employment contract and relevant documentation.

Course Evaluations
Upon course completion, Risingholme issues course evaluations to both students and tutors according to a set plan for each term. 

Tutor Pay
Due to its long association with schools that provide Adult and Community Education, Risingholme Community Centre follows the Adult and Community Education (ACE) Staff in Schools’ Collective Agreement 2016-2019

The link above provides information on tutor pay rates.

Tutor payments are made at the end of the term (for longer courses) or upon course completion.  Risingholme follows a fortnightly cycle for payments and tutor payments will be done on the next pay day in the cycle following the end of a course, provided we have received the signed and dated register by the Friday preceding the next week’s pay day.

Tutors are paid for contact time only. 

What do we offer to our tutors?

  • an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with others
  • part-time tutoring opportunities to help build your resume
  • a tutor discount on attending other classes in our programme
  • professional development