Maintenance of Proficient Teacher accreditation
When you complete a Minds Wide Open course, if you have a proficient teacher accreditation in NSW you are eligible for hours to maintain that accreditation.
Everyone else outside of NSW can use the NESA accreditation to the course as evidence to support the validity and credibility of the professional development.
Minds Wide Open offer 3 different courses approved by NESA
QUICK GUIDE: NSW DoE Teacher PD Hours & MyPL
Here’s the process which occurs:
A Minds Wide Open human validates your hours in the NESA system for completing the course (eg 5 hours). This normally happens within a week of you completing training.
A NESA bot adds recognition of your professional learning hours completed to your eTams account.
You, the teacher, have to go into your eTams account and evaluate the course. (This is a NESA requirement. If you don’t do this online evaluation the process stops here and the bots are left twiddling their virtual thumbs.)
(After you’ve evaluated) a NESA bot officially ‘credits’ you with your hours within your eTams account.
At some stage the NESA bots will also add this completed PD to your MyPL record.
To see this, go into your MyPL and click on “My Learning Transcript” then “enrolments” . Where it says “course type” and “My PL” click on the down arrow to reveal the hidden option “Registered Programs and Courses”. Select it and you will see the Minds Wide Open course that you’ve completed. There is nothing else you need to do.
The entire chain can take a considerable amount of time. The bots are not instant and vary in time taken depending on the back catologe or things it doesn’t understand.
The rule of thumb is after you’ve followed your obligations and it’s been less than 2 months since the course, just wait a little longer.
If it’s been longer than 3 months, read below.
The process of getting your hours
Once you have completed in full your Minds Wide Open course, we go into the NESA database, cross-reference your name (confirming we have the correct person) and assign your course participation and validate it as you have attended and satisfactorily completed the course.
Once we have completed our process, NESA will send you an e-mail notifying you of this to your allocated e-mail address. Our process getting this into the NESA system varies from near instantly from the completion of the course to a month (or longer if varying third part factors occur).
Once we have entered in your information, to ‘finalise’ receiving your hours, you will need to complete the evaluation in your NESA account so your #-hours of PL will show in your PD Progress Report in your online account. Please go here to Manage your Accreditation with eTAMS: etams.nesa.nsw.edu.au. For a quick how to guide, scroll to the bottom of the page titled ‘How to evaluate NESA Registered PD’.
This is a requirement from NESA, not Minds Wide Open.
Frequent hurdles many teachers face
How do I know I’ve got my hours?
Until you’ve done that survey required by NESA inside their system, your hours are not in the system. NESA is a large government body with many moving parts, sometimes things take longer than we’d like them to. At Minds Wide Open we uphold our requirements as a provider, but sometimes the system we’re a part of moves slowly/has errors. Best to wait for an e-mail saying the course you completed is ready to be validated by you completing the survey.
What happens if I didn’t receive my e-mail?
There’s a few things. The First (not at all patronising, sorry) is most simple explanation - the failure of the e-mail itself. Sometimes it ends up in a junk folder, sometimes it could be sent to a wrong/old address and even sometimes you did receive it but the labeling was misleading and you processed it as ‘not relevant’. If you’re concerned the best way to check is to log on and see if the course is there in eTAMS: etams.nesa.nsw.edu.au
However usually e-mails do work as they should and may not have been sent yet - so what happens if you haven’t received the e-mail if that’s the case? Depends on when you did the course.
If you did the course in the last 30 days or less, this is normal to not have the e-mail yet, all you have to do is wait a bit longer.
If it’s 30 days to 60 days, NESA have expressed ‘due to sheer numbers’ they sometimes fall behind processing and that has been a valid reason in the past for course evaluations not showing up in your account.
After 60-75 days, check your eTAMS etams.nesa.nsw.edu.au the course may be there despite the lack of e-mail notification.
If it is not inside your account by that stage, something really is amiss and should be explored further. Read on.
Please note MyPL is not the same as eTAMS - MyPL is an organisational tool which many school communities and individuals use to help organise themselves and others. If a Minds Wide Open course is in your MyPL it is not automatically in NESA and vice versa.
Summary of Solution
If you’re having trouble, just wait a few months and it will probably resolve itself.
Escalate my problem
If you’re now needing to explore further, start by contacting Liz here.
Give her as much info as you can. Examples:
What school were you representing at the time?
What date did you start/end the course?
Have you paid/not paid for the course?
Could there be there any anomalies? Like;
leaving the course early?
were you in the system prior to attending the course?
doing the course in different parts (reverse order)?
have a history of name confusion/misspelling?
NESA contact information
How to evaluate NESA Registered PD
Log in to eTAMS to display your Dashboard
In the "Current tasks" list, click a "Course Evaluation" link to display the PD evaluation page or;
Expand the "Maintenance of Accreditation" link on the left, click "Registered PD” and select the course you wish to evaluate.
Complete the following fields:
a. Question 1 to 5 – select a value from the list to rate it from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest)
b. Question 6 – select Yes or No
c. Question 7 to 9 – enter optional comments
Click the "Save Draft" button at any time to save a draft of your evaluation
Click the "Submit evaluation" to complete the evaluation. A message is displayed "Your registered PD evaluation has been submitted successfully...”
The "PD Hours Summary" tile on your dashboard and your PD Progress Report will have been updated.
As a TQI (ACT) professional learning provider, our courses Minds Wide Open: Critical & Creative Thinking Across the Curriculum and Minds Wide Open Design Thinking Across the Curriculum: Deeper Learning through Real-World Projects are constantly in a state of flux regarding officially registered with TQI. This is because year on year you must re-apply for courses to be approved. Sometimes we will advertise and event before approval has been finalised however based on past experiences we eventually get approval, and always before providing professional development.
The TQI website is fantastic and there is nothing more we need to add, all of your questions will be answered here: