Otago Polytechnic



As an off-campus learner, you have the flexibility and choice over where, when and how you learn. 


When you have family and work commitments, online learning gives you the freedom to gain a qualification in your own time. Our online learning platforms let you talk to your facilitator and your virtual classmates and access all your course material from wherever you are.

You will have access to online student support services to develop your learning and academic writing skills – and to support your health and wellbeing, help you plan your career, give you IT support and access to library resources.

Some of our programmes are fully online and some have a mix of online learning, face-to-face learning in block courses and work placements. You might have to travel to block courses and placements.

We’re not just limited to teaching sites in Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland; we deliver programmes in locations throughout New Zealand, such as the Bachelor of Midwifery, Occupational Therapy and Veterinary Nursing programmes. 


Capable NZ 

If you've gained significant knowledge and skills from your work, whether paid or unpaid, Capable NZ can help you convert your experience to a formal qualification.

Capable NZ provides an alternative way to gain an NZQA-recognised tertiary qualification. It is a world-leading service that aligns your experience and knowledge with the outcomes of tertiary programmes. We provide two unique pathways to people who are seeking a qualification to validate what they know and what they can do. The first option is an Independent Learning Pathway (ILP), which blends an assessment of your prior learning with an exploration of new knowledge and understanding to develop a Professional Practice Framework. The other option is work-based learning  (WBL) through one of our work-based qualifications. 

Independent Learning Pathways (ILP)

ILP is an internationally-recognised and academically valid way to quantify your learning, skills and knowledge.

Skilled facilitators help you explore your own experiential learning, taking an holistic, integrated view of the expected outcomes in the graduate profile of the target qualification. In the innovative ILP process, you will identify, demonstrate, articulate and reflect upon the understandings and skills you’ve developed through your work and other relevant learning experiences. This is an opportunity to explore all aspects of work (paid and unpaid) and shape these into a Practice Framework.

Our ILP process provides you with an opportunity to grow professionally in competence and confidence. The process of reflecting upon experience can also offer valuable personal development as well as enabling you to gain a qualification.

Work-based Learning

Work-based learning is learning at and for work. The workplace is the classroom and workplace issues and problems act as the curriculum for your programme. This makes it perfect for those wishing to advance their qualification while also working and addressing strategic issues in their organisation. Programmes offered through Capable NZ, including the Graduate Diploma and Master of Professional Practice, are predominantly achieved through work-based learning. To find out whether other Otago Polytechnic qualifications can be achieved through work-based learning, please check the individual programme information pages.

For more information about Work-based Learning or Independent Learning Pathways, please visit Capable NZ or contact: info@capablenz.co.nz



eCampus is a flexible online learning service that works with your lifestyle to help you achieve your study goals.

Brought to you by several of New Zealand’s major tertiary education providers, eCampus is leading edge, responsive and puts your needs first. Using innovative student analysis and research, we regularly review and adapt our online systems and communications – so the way we work and our exclusive learning portal performs at its best.

All qualifications gained through eCampus are awarded by one of our providers. This means any qualifications you complete online through eCampus are industry recognised, NZQA-accredited and internationally accepted. All graduates of eCampus receive their qualification from the institute at which they enrol.

Programmes are currently offered on the eCampus platform by:

  • Otago Polytechnic (OP)
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
  • Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT).

Find out more about eCampus here


Open Education Resources university (OERu)

OERu allows users to access learning materials through WikiEducator, the openly licensed platform. It is coordinated by the OER Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Students worldwide can freely access high-quality learning and research material online from a network of recognised universities, polytechnics and community colleges from five continents. An open-source approach to learning makes it possible for students to share, collaborate and contribute to online content through WikiEducator and other open platforms.

Pathways to achieve formal academic accreditation are provided by Otago Polytechnic to the learner through assessments, if desired. We also offer academic consultation. Assessment and consultation services are cost options; specific costs will vary depending on the individual service.

For more information, visit the OERu website

For more information about support services for off-campus students, visit our Student Support pages.