Otago Polytechnic

Off-campus learners have the flexibility and choice over what, when, where and how they learn. 

There are a range of off-campus learning options with Otago Polytechnic: 

Online learning

Online learning goes beyond traditional learning in the classroom and is an ideal option for people who are unable to attend a campus-based timetable, perhaps due to location or other commitments such as employment or family. Instead, your programme content and course material can be accessed via online learning platforms (eg Moodle) and other complementary technologies, and you will communicate online with a facilitator and other students. Often the timing of online learning is defined by you, so you can fit it around your own schedule. You will also be able to access a full range of online student support services. These services are designed to make your study an enjoyable experience, giving you access to high-quality resources such as support to develop basic learning skills, academic writing and creating assignments. Focusing on the other aspects of student life you can also access career services, IT support, the library services and information regarding your health and wellbeing.

Some programmes will be fully online and some off-campus learners will experience a mix of face-to-face engagement and block courses, work placements and online learning. Students may be required to travel to block courses and placements but will generally be able to study in their local area if we provide the programme there. Cross-region delivery programmes available include the Bachelor of Midwifery and Veterinary Nursing programmes. 

Capable NZ 

Capable NZ is a school within Otago Polytechnic and provides a world-leading service designed specifically for people who have gained significant learning, knowledge and skills from their work experience (paid or unpaid). We provide individualised support for people who are seeking a qualification through two unique pathways. The first option is an Independent Learning Pathway (ILP) blending an assessment of prior learning with an exploration of new knowledge and understanding to develop a professional Practice Framework. The other option is for those undertaking one of our work-based learning (WBL) qualifications. 

Independent Learning Pathways (ILP)

ILP is an internationally-recognised, academically valid way of acknowledging the learning, skills and knowledge that individuals have gained through their extensive experience. Capable NZ provides an alternative pathway to gain a formal tertiary qualification.

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 programmes 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

TANZ eCampus

Brought to you by several of New Zealand’s major tertiary education providers, TANZ eCampus is a flexible online learning service that works with your lifestyle to help you achieve your study goals.

Completely committed to supporting online services, TANZ eCampus is an alternative tertiary education service that 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 that the way we work and our exclusive learning portal performs at its best.

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

Programmes are currently offered on the TANZ 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 TANZ eCampus here

Open Education Resources university (OERu)

OERu allows users to access learning materials through the openly licensed platform, WikiEducator, and is coordinated by the OER Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Students worldwide can access high quality learning and research material freely 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 if desired through assessments. We also offer academic consultation. Both of these consultation and assessment services are cost options, and 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. 

For more information about open learning, please contact: Odette Murdoch at OP Online Learning