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eVision training

eVision is the University Student Management system and the eVision training modules are provided by the SMS Support Office. The modules include both eLearning and face-to-face training modules. Recommendations for the modules required by an individual staff member are based on job roles/positions and are available as AskSMS FAQs.

The modules are designed to be informal and self-paced with examples, exercises and open discussion. Training modules are scheduled throughout the year and presenters are able to provide one-off sessions for departmental requests, or one-on-one sessions when the need arises.

Te Rito

Te Rito is an e-learning programme supported with wānanga (discussion workshops) for increasing bicultural knowledge, skill and effective cultural competence.

Te Rito is designed to help people develop their own bicultural competencies and gain a better understanding of Māori perspectives through deep reflection as well as action.

The programme is free for University of Otago staff. Register and find more information:

Te Rito e-learning programme

Financial Services training

The financial training modules provided by Financial Services cover all aspects and levels of financial administration and financial management to assist University staff members in their respective financial administration roles. The modules are designed to be informal with examples, exercises and open discussion, and FSD will be pleased to receive feedback from staff.

Financial training modules

Training modules are scheduled throughout the year and presenters are able to provide one-off sessions for departmental requests, or one-on-one sessions when the need arises.

Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC)

HEDC supports the University community in sustaining and improving the quality and effectiveness of teaching and other academic activities.

Services provided include:

  • Professional development of Academic Staff
  • Evaluation of teaching and courses
  • Development of Educational Technology
  • Student Learning assistance and development
  • Research in Higher Education
  • Other professional and academic activities

HEDC also offers several postgraduate qualifications in Higher Education:

Learning and Development

The Learning and Development Programme covers a wide range of professional and personal skills.

Learning and Development Programme

The Workplace Fundamentals programme is designed to offer a broad range of foundational skills and can also be used as a refresher.

The Skills for Team Leaders programme is designed for team leaders or people who are aiming for this role.

The Essential Management Programme is targeted toward managers and team leaders.

Essential Management Programme

The Mentoring Programme provides staff with an opportunity to reflect on their professional development, and also provides an opportunity for experienced staff to share their experiences.

IT Training and Development

IT Training and Development provide computer training courses ranging from basic keyboarding skills to advanced technical subjects.

Courses usually are 1 or 2 hours, most are free for staff, and you can book a place online. Individual tuition or group sessions are also available.

IT Training and Development courses

Occupational Health and Safety Training

The following courses are available to all staff:

  • First aid training
  • Computer health and safety
  • Fire wardens
  • Back care
  • Laboratory health and safety

Occupational Health and Safety training

Staff development policies and processes

Academic development

Find out more about academic development, including confirmation of appointment, scholarship development process, and research and study leave.

Academic development

Study assistance

The professional development of our staff is important to us here at the University, and study assistance may be available to you. Study assistance may be a fees subsidy, and/or time to attend classes for staff who wish to study both internally and externally. Distance learning is a further option for staff who may wish to study around their work commitments.

Study assistance

Professional Development Review (professional staff)

The annual Professional Development Review gives professional staff an opportunity to discuss and plan their professional development with their manager/supervisor on a confidential basis.

Information for professional staff

Women in Leadership at Otago (WiLO) programme

This programme is offered to women, both professional staff and academic staff, from all Otago campuses, and aims to explore the qualities and skills associated with leadership and management.

The WiLO programme is held annually, and entry is by application. Visit the WiLO page for more information.

Women in Leadership at Otago (WiLO) programme

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