Student learning

HEDC building front door

The Student Learning Centre

The Student Learning Centre provides free and confidential academic support to students studying at Otago. Whether students are working hard to get a pass mark, seeking to gain a top result, or catching up after a break away from study, all students can benefit from our services:

  • A range of skill development programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate students and great opportunities for students to develop their employment skills through helping other students.
  • Workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • One-to-one appointments with a learning adviser for undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • Online resources and self-study guides.

HEDC staff of the Student Learning Centre in Dunedin and on the Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill campuses are there to support Otago students to succeed. Here’s what students have said about the Student Learning Centre services:

“I so wish I’d known about SLC in my first year” – 300 level student
“…excellent workshop, very encouraging…improved my confidence level” – Postgraduate student
“I was at a point where I was rather desperate to improve my writing style, and the one-on-one service the learning adviser provided was perfect to meet that need. Concepts were well explained and I believe the help I received had a pivotal role in my entry into a Master’s programme.”- Postgraduate student

For further detail about our services for students please visit the Student Learning Centre website.

Services for University Teaching Staff

Our learning advisers are academic staff and active researchers in student learning and higher education. We provide a consultancy service for University teachers to discuss any aspect of teaching and learning. For example, assessing group work, developing a marking schedule, providing feedback, developing strategies to promote academic integrity. We also run the HEDC tutor training programme see for full details.

Research into Student Learning

We welcome opportunities to collaborate on discipline-based teaching and learning research projects. Our current funded research projects for 2015 include:

  • Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund (NPF14-008):Building an evidence-base for teaching and learning design
    using learning analytics data ($300,000). In collaboration with researchers from the University of Auckland, Massey University and Open Polytechnic
    Contact and Co-Principal Investigator: Dr Jenny McDonald
  • University Teaching Development (CALT) Grant for developing postgraduate peer writing pedagogy. ($20,000).
    Contact and Principal Investigator: Dr Vijay Mallan
  • University Teaching Development (CALT) Grant: Enhanced learning through virtual dissections ($8,128)
    Contact and Principal Investigator: Dr Rob Wass
  • Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication Grant. What’s the deal with Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)? ($5,000)
    Contact and Principal Investigator: Carole Scott

Please refer to our contact pages for further information about our research.