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Distance Learning Advisory Committee

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 Senate 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 consider any other matters relating to Distance Learning and Teaching referred to it.

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Membership

Composition of the Committee Member Expiry date (if applicable)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Convener) Professor Helen Nicholson Ex-officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Commerce Dr Sarah Carr Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences (Dunedin) Associate Professor David McBride Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences (Northern) Dr Rob Griffiths Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Humanities Dr James Harding Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Trotman Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Director (or nominee), International Megan Smith Ex-officio (appointed by the Director)
Head (or nominee), Student Experience Daniel Macshane Ex-officio
Senior Operations Services Representative Cherie McConville (Head of Client Services) Ex-officio
Director, Distance Learning Dr Sarah Stein Ex-officio
Director (or nominee), Information Technology Services Jeffrey Ormandy Ex-officio (appointed by the Director)
University Librarian (or nominee) Jacinda Boivin Ex-officio
Head of Department (or nominee), HEDC Associate Professor Joyce Koh Ex-officio (appointed by the Head, HEDC)
Nominee of OUSA Sean Teow (International Students’ Representative) December 2022
Co-opted Members Member Expiry date (if applicable)
Previous Chair, Distance Learning Reference Group Professor Paul Trebilco Ex-officio
Director, Centre for Distance Education and Learning Technologies (CDELT) Dr Keryn Pratt Ex-officio

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

Serviced by: Academic Committees and Services, Michelle Bennie
Email michelle.bennie@otago.ac.nz

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Meeting dates for 2022

All meetings are at 2:00–3:30pm in Committee Room North.

  • Wednesday 9 March
  • Wednesday 11 May
  • Thursday 25 August
  • Wednesday 9 November

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