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Committee for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT)

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The Committee for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching is a committee of Senate. Its purpose is to support and promote excellence in learning and teaching across the University.

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Terms of Reference

  • To develop new strategies directed at contemporary topics in teaching and learning, primarily through the establishment of thematic subcommittees and working groups.
  • To initiate, create and advance policies and guidelines on teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation.
  • To recognise, support and promote excellence and innovative developments in teaching and learning, and the effective use of information and communication technologies.
  • To work with University bodies and external agencies to disseminate information on innovative practice in teaching, learning and assessment, including the Internationalisation Committee.
  • To administer, evaluate and award the annual Otago Teaching Excellence Awards and to select nominees for the national awards.
  • To foster and facilitate research and scholarship into university teaching and learning, including disbursing, administering and reporting on University funds.
  • To encourage applications for externally funded grants for the development and support of excellence in teaching and learning.
  • To serve as an Advisory Group to the Higher Education Development Centre.
  • To discuss and, where appropriate, act upon regular reports from the Higher Education Development Centre and Information Technology Services.
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Composition of the Board Member Expiry date (if applicable)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Convener) Professor V A Squire Ex officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) or nominee Professor R J Blaikie Ex officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Commerce Dr J Williams 31 December 2020
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences Associate Professor R Braund 31 December 2019
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Humanities Dr Z Weber 31 December 2020
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Sciences Professor S A Skeaff 31 December 2021
Director, International Mr J Cushen Ex officio
Director, Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) Professor A Harland Ex officio
Director, Distance Learning Dr S Stein Ex officio
Director, Student and Academic Services Ms K Thomson Ex officio
Director, Summer School and Continuing Education Dr E Webster Ex officio
OUSA representative Mr W Dreyer 31 December 2019
Director, Quality Advancement Ms M A Morgan Ex officio
Information Technology Services Division representative Ms N Walmsley 31 December 2019
Library representative Mr H Amos 31 December 2020
Co-opted Dr B Daniel 31 December 2019
Associate Professor R Zajac 31 December 2019

Committee Secretary
In attendance

Mr M Angel (

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

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2019 Meeting Dates

  • 31 January
  • 28 March
  • 30 May
  • 25 July
  • 26 September
  • 28 November

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University Teaching Development Grants

The primary purpose of University Teaching Development Grants is to foster active and scholarly development of teaching in order to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the University.

Grants are to be used for scholarly project work such as planning, implementing and evaluating a curriculum intervention of some kind (e.g. new course design, further development of an existing course or programme, incorporating the use of technology in teaching etc.).

Applications for 2019 close on Monday 1 October 2018.

University Teaching Development Grants - 2019 information and application

Past recipients of University Teaching Development Grants

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CALT Awards for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology

The primary purposes of the CALT Awards for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology are to recognise the pedagogically-sound use of technology at Otago and sustain existing efforts in advancing teaching and learning with technology.

Winners will be awarded: NZ$5000 (1st); NZ$3500 (2nd); or NZ$1500 (3rd) to be used towards personal academic development.

CALT Awards for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology

Past recipients of CALT Awards

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