New Zealand online expertise

New Zealand online expertise

Last updated 13 July 2020
Last updated 13 July 2020

Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) with expertise in online delivery offer resources and support to help you build and enhance the quality of your teaching resources and practices.

Sharing your expertise, resources and tools with other TEOs

If your organisation has expertise in this space which is not reflected below, and you would like to share resources, tools or guidance with TEOs, please let us know via with ‘EDUMIS – organisation name - Resources and advice for teaching online’ in the subject line.

We will continue to update this page as resources, tools and guidance are shared with us.

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TEO tools, resources and contacts

New Zealand has considerable expertise in delivering online learning, with some TEOs having a long history in this field. The TEOs below are offering these tools, resources and support to help your organisation transition to online learning.

Please note: We have gathered the resources on this page to make it quicker and easier for you to find information to support your transition to teaching online. While we have made every effort to ensure sources are reputable, inclusion of content does not indicate endorsement from the Tertiary Education Commission.

LearningWorks – interactive learning to engage your learners

LearningWorks, a subsidiary of Wintec Limited, design, develop and deliver quality teaching and learning. He whakairo, he whakatū, he whakaputa akoranga. They support TEOs to embed what’s worked well and improve what hasn’t during the COVID-19 Alert Levels when getting your training online.

Engaging your learners. It’s not just a band-aid fix.

To support you LearningWorks have made freely available this interactive learning resource. Complete the form to sign up.

Massey University: Resources for students and staff, with new materials added weekly

Massey University are offering the following resources for students. They are available in English and te reo Māori. Please request a copy to modify the resources for your own institution.

Staff resources are also available to view. New materials are added weekly.

Open Polytechnic – Online teaching course, support and free iQualify, international best practice podcasts

Online teaching course 

This course is a free resource provided by the Open Polytechnic, New Zealand’s largest online distance learning provider and is all about advice for those new to teaching online. You might be looking to shift online quickly to meet the immediate needs of your learners or you might be looking into a more long term solution for how to facilitate learning online. Either way, we hope we’ve got something in this course to support you.

The Open Polytech have taken a tiered approach so you can make choices about where you'd like to start. The tiers are:

  • Building blocks - This tier is focused on the basics of what you'll need to teach online - Instructions, Resources, Communication.
  • Support - This tier adds the next level of support to help your learners in the shift to online - Wrappers, Social elements and Technical support.
  • Extension - This tier focuses on maximising online learning - Agency, Contributions and Collaboration.

To access this course, please simply fill in the form via this link and the Open Polytechnic will get you started.

Offer of support and free iQualify

The Open Polytechnic are offering their learning management system platform iQualify to all TEOs free of charge during the Covid-19 crisis. iQualify is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) developed by the Open Polytechnic.

The benefits of this approach for organisations engaging in unplanned online delivery (i.e. replacing classroom, lecture, training, or workshop type learning) is having access to easy authoring and publishing tools to help your teachers and trainers deliver day-to-day learning activities and assessments.

iQualify records a range of evidence around assessment and activity outcomes and makes it easy to transition back to existing delivery later. The platform makes it easy to plan and share lessons a day or a week ahead for this use, without the need to pre-author courses, and provides templates and video training to assist teachers and trainers doing this.

In a face-to-face replacement scenario, a teacher or trainer can create and share video, other learning content, and learner activities quickly and easily with nothing but a mobile phone, and can see and respond to learner work in a similar way.

To take up this offer please complete this form. The Open Polytechnic will then set up your organisation with its own iQualify environment and support you to quickly transition your students onto the platform so you can deliver your courses and programmes online.

Once on-board, the Open Polytechnic support team will provide online training to make this transition process as smooth as possible. Alternatively, you can contact the Open Polytechnic’s Commercial Manager, Cameron Turner for more information.

International best practice podcasts

The Open Polytechnic’s Executive Director for Learning Design & Development, Mark Nichols has made available a wide selection of online learning audio podcasts on industry best practice. In these informative and inspiring podcasts online learning experts share their perspectives and provide an ongoing commentary of ideas that will expand your appreciation of online education.

Otago University: Study at home guide

University of Otago has kindly given TEOs permission to use and or adapt this Adjusting your study habits for learning online (PDF, 130 Kb) study at home guide.

TANZ eCampus: Online learning resource exchange; guide to moving online swiftly, online resource repository

TANZ eCampus is a 100 percent online learning service platform. Programmes are currently offered on the platform by: Ara Institute of Canterbury; Otago Polytechnic; Universal College of Learning (UCOL); Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT); Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT); Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and NorthTec.


Hoko is a resource-exchange service designed to help tertiary organisations and individual educators across Aotearoa connect and collaborate as they move towards online delivery.

As a management tool, the Hoko Portfolio Dashboard allows organisations to review their own preparedness for online provision by auditing their digital infrastructure at a course level.

The Hoko Online Learning Resource Exchange enables users to connect, collaborate and share resources with other subject-specialists across Aotearoa. Watch a short video about how the Online Resource Exchange works.

Both individually and in combination, these tools enable a swift transition to high-quality online teaching and learning. Organisations and educators, if would like to be contacted with more information, please complete this form to register your interest.

Tere: A Guide to Moving Online Swiftly

TANZ e-Campus has also developed Tere: A Guide to Moving Online Swiftly. This interactive digital resource supports the development of an online learning environment, helping educators integrate e-learning tools and strategies into their practice efficiently and effectively and preparing learners for the transition to an online learning environment.

Online Resource Repository

TANZ eCampus services a network of LMS-users with access to a digital learning resource repository of over 5,500 quality resources. With an ability to link to standard LMS systems, the repository allows users to search, find and embed resources into their teaching programmes.

In addition, the repository can be configured to allow organisations to establish their own collections, and with our support ensure they meet quality and copyright compliance standards.

To enquire, please complete this form to register your interest and TANZ eCampus will be in touch directly.

University of Waikato – free e-books, resources for online teaching and to support student learning

Free ebooks published by University of Waikato staff

  • Bonk & Khoo (2014). Adding some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ activities for motivating and retaining learners online - this e-handbook gives online lecturers ideas of different ways (100 online pedagogical activities) to meaningfully engage students across different disciplines. Online lecturers can start by referring to the summary table in Chapter 15 for the list of 100 activities and go back to any of the earlier chapters for more explanation on how to use them. Each activity is rated according to duration required, time it takes to set up, risk level, cost, level of learner centredness. More helpful resources and websites at the end of the book.
  • Wright & Forbes (2015). Digital Smarts: Enhancing learning and teaching - an edited text comprising chapters authored by University of Waikato staff, this e-book can be downloaded in full or as single chapters. The book regards digital technologies as the servants of learning, and shares diverse perspectives and practical implications. Useful chapters for online delivery include those focused on guidelines for online discussion; assessment; distance students’ library engagement, and workload solutions for online teachers.

University of Waikato Centre for Tertiary Teaching & Learning publicly-available web resources for online teaching

  • Keep teaching - an online resource for adapting teaching for online environments in emergency situations, including COVID-19.
  • e-Learning at University of Waikato - a curated collection of resources for best practice in learning technologies.

Resources to support student learning