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Terms of Reference

Within the context of distance education, which includes formally approved Distance Learning papers and programmes as well as the systems, processes and practices integral to all 'virtual' models of teaching and learning, the Terms of Reference of the Distance Learning Advisory Committee are:

  • To advise the Committee for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) on policy and strategy relating to Distance Learning
  • To assist the Director, Distance Learning to ensure that Distance Learning operates in accordance with policy and to provide guidance for the ongoing development of Distance Learning
  • To promote the University of Otago as a centre for excellence in Distance Learning
  • To promote Distance Learning in Divisions and Departments, in accordance with the Strategic Direction for the University approved by Council
  • To promote Distance Learning as a means to further the University's commitment to internationalisation
  • To recommend guidelines and provide advice to those responsible for the administration and technological support of Distance Learning, particularly on the academic dimensions of these facets of Distance Teaching
  • To promote and coordinate engagement with external stakeholders on improved alignment and synergy of Distance Learning programmes with professional development needs
  • To consider any other matters relating to Distance Learning and Teaching referred to it


Composition of the CommitteeMemberExpiry date (if applicable)
Dean of Learning and Teaching (Convener)Professor Tim CooperEx-officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of CommerceDr Sarah CarrEx-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences (Dunedin)Dr Steve GallagherEx-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences (Wellington Campus)Associate Professor Rob GriffithsEx-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences (Christchurch Campus)Dr Bronwyn Lennox ThompsonEx-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of HumanitiesAssociate Professor James HardingEx-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of SciencesAssociate Professor Andrew TrotmanEx-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Director (or nominee), InternationalMegan SmithEx-officio (appointed by the Director)
Director (or nominee), Student ExperienceDaniel MacshaneEx-officio
Senior Operations Services RepresentativeDr Cherie McConville (Head of Divisional Services and Administration)Ex-officio
Director, Distance LearningDr Sarah SteinEx-officio
Director (or nominee), Information Technology ServicesJeffrey OrmandyEx-officio (appointed by the Director)
University Librarian (or nominee)Jacinda BoivinEx-officio
Head of Department (or nominee), HEDCProfessor Joyce KohEx-officio (appointed by the Head, HEDC)
Nominee of OUSAIbuki NishidaDecember 2024
Te Rōpū Māori Students’ Association RepresentativeGemella Reynolds-HatemDecember 2024
University of Otago Pacific Islands Students' Association RepresentativeJosephine RipleyDecember 2024
Māori Staff RepresentativeTo be advised 
Pacific Staff RepresentativeAssociate Professor Katharina Blattner 
Co-opted MembersMemberExpiry date (if applicable)
Previous Chair, Distance Learning Reference GroupProfessor Paul TrebilcoEx-officio
College of Education RepresentativeDr Keryn PrattEx-officio

The Committee has the power to co-opt as required.

Serviced by: Academic Committees and Services, Michelle Bennie

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