DISTAID programme

Those of you involved with distance teaching may be interested in the DISTAID programme, an opportunity for you to engage in an extended professional development experience. The programme takes place over 12-24 months, focused on a small investigation into your own distance teaching.  Northern campus staff are welcome to register for the programme as the facilitators use both video and audio conferencing.

DISTAID works by supporting your investigation of:

Distance Education through your
Investigation of (your understanding of)
Services and support,
Tools and technologies,
Assessment and evaluation,
Interactions, and

Programme components and modules

The DISTAID programme is made up of a preliminary module, five compulsory modules and a series of optional modules.  These are listed on the teaching workshops page.

Upon completion of the DISTAID programme you will receive a Certificate of Completion. To be eligible to receive a certificate, you must:

  • Enrol in the programme
  • Complete the preliminary module
  • Complete 5 compulsory modules
  • Complete 3 optional modules
  • Undertake a small investigation into a topic from your own distance teaching
  • Write a report and make a presentation on your investigation (as part of the HEDC seminar series.)

NB: Not all staff will wish to undertake the entire programme.  A staff member can enrol in any module without the need to complete the entire series.

Semester one covers the following modules:

  • Preliminary module – making a change in distance teaching
  • Interactions – engaging your students – interacting at a distance
  • Learning goals and content – getting the course design right

There are also workshops for staff new to distance teaching.  These are offered in Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch.

Semester two covers:

  • Assessment – assessing student work: supporting learning and teaching at a distance
  • Tools and technologies – choosing and using tools and technologies
  • Learning via video/web conferencing
  • Services and support – get them and keep them: supporting distance students (and you).