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New-to-Distance workshop

This two-hour session is for people who have not taught a distance course previously or have not had to develop one. The New-to-Distance workshop introduces you to how distance learning happens at Otago. It explores five areas of critical importance to effective distance courses and provides a brief and easy introduction to them.

This workshop will provide opportunities for you to:

  • consider and discuss a number of issues to be aware of as you develop and then teach a distance course;
  • develop foundational knowledge of what works, in each of the five areas, to ensure effective distance learning occurs; and
  • note a number of sources for ideas and resources about distance course development and teaching.

Register for the New-to-Distance workshop

DISTAID workshop sessions

The DISTAID programme supports your professional development as a:

  • Distance Educator through your
  • Investigation of how
  • Services and support,
  • Tools and technologies,
  • Assessment and evaluation,
  • Interactions, and
  • Design work within distance courses and papers.

DISTAID is made up of five workshops which address ideas about the five areas of distance education courses that are critical for success:

  1. Course design for distance papers.
  2. Engaging your students and interacting at a distance.
  3. Choosing and using tools and technologies in distance education.
  4. Supporting learning and teaching through assessment of distance student work.
  5. Get them and keep them! – supporting distance students (and you).

All sessions are offered via Zoom. Minimum group size is six.

Register for the DISTAID workshop

If dates are not suitable, contact Sarah to arrange a tailored workshop, either face-to-face on any campus (barring changes to Alert Levels), or via Zoom:

Dr Sarah Stein
Tel +64 3 479 5809

Supervising postgraduate research students from, or at, a distance

This workshop will help you to make decisions about the best ways to use interaction possibilities to facilitate the supervision of your research students when you, your co-supervisors and/or your students are at a distance. We will discuss reasons for using real-time and asynchronous technologies; review techniques to make interactions with your students work and consider ways of finding out if the approaches you adopt are working.

By the end of this workshop, you will have had an opportunity to:

  • discuss your own supervision contexts;
  • consider student and supervisor needs for establishing and maintaining supervisory interactions;
  • engage with some strategies for interacting at a distance with your co-supervisors and your research students; and
  • reflect on how the various interaction strategies may work in your distance supervision context.

Register for the Supervising Postgraduate Research Students from, or at, a Distance workshop


Dr Sarah Stein
Tel +64 3 479 5809

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