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Information for Otago Summer School Staff

Do you want to develop a paper for Summer School 2023?

Contact the Summer School Director in the first instance: 



  • Call for papers made in late February for papers to be offered in the following year
  • Proposals must be submitted in time for Divisional Board meetings in March or April


Please note that the Form 7 Proposal for a new Summer School paper has been updated, as has the Process for Approval of Papers being offered in Summer School.

New paper proposed for the first time in Summer School: Form 3 and Form 7

Existing paper converting to Summer School paper: Form 6 and Form 7

Existing empty shell Special Topic proposed new content: Form DIV St and Form 7

Forms 3, 6, 7 and DIV St

Carpe Diem | Kia tū, kia maia

A two-day workshop for people planning to (re)design a paper to be taught at a distance and/or in Summer School

Are you teaching in Summer School and/or by Distance? The Distance Learning and Summer School Offices are offering a two day workshop for people planning to (re)design a paper to be taught at a distance and/or in Summer School.

About nine years ago in the UK, a process for helping staff redesign teaching programmes to take greater advantage of digital technologies was developed by Professor Gilly Salmon. She developed a two-day workshop, which she called “Carpe Diem”.

Following her example, we are holding a similar workshop this year. It is designed for those of you teaching in papers and/or programmes where the consensus among teaching staff is that a pedagogical redesign is due. The catchphrase for our workshop is “Kia tū, kia maia”. Let your redesigned paper make a strong and confident statement about what and how you teach!

The workshop aims to provide you with an opportunity to redesign your papers in order to gain maximum teaching and learning benefit from the core digital environment that the University provides for staff and students. The workshop will focus strongly on rethinking how teaching and learning occur in a primarily digital environment in your programme and its constituent papers. It will involve staff from the Library, ITS e-Learning team, instructional design expertise, Summer School and Distance Learning.

We welcome your participation

We can cater for a maximum of 30 participants, so registration is essential.

We have some expectations. They revolve around participation in the following:

  • A preliminary meeting with each participant.
  • A two-day meeting – workshop format – all participants present for the full workshop.
  • A follow up meeting with individual participants.

Commitment to these expectations is essential.

Our goal is for each participant to leave the workshop with:

  1. A detailed, programme-oriented, (re)designed framework for your Summer School/distance paper, enabling focused, on-going development;
  2. At least two well-structured technology-based learning activities that you have designed;
  3. A framework for building additional activities to ensure student engagement and learning;
  4. An understanding of the basics of learner-centred design and its implementation in the development of your paper.

Workshop dates

The dates of the next workshop are 20–21 October 2021

Register now

For more information about the workshop, contact the Distance Learning Office at