As a group, distance students have a range of motivations for studying. One thing you all have in common is a need for good information to support you through your studies. This booklet is designed to make that information available, or to tell you how to access it elsewhere. Our aim is to provide you with a variety of ways to connect with the University, and to ensure your learning experience at Otago is as full and satisfying as possible.
A large part of your experience at Otago will arise from your connections with lecturers and your fellow students. If you are a doctoral student, you will have a special relationship with your Supervisors. Your Department will provide considerable support.
When you must move beyond the relative familiarity of these groups, this handbook can tell you who to turn to for help and direction. The University’s administrative and support staff will provide timely and useful advice that will help you toward success in your study.
Best wishes for your study this year!
Dr Sarah Stein, Director, Distance Learning