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O'Hara appointed director of teaching, learning and distance education


Duncan O’Hara

Duncan O’Hara has been appointed director of Massey University's National Centre for Teaching and Learning and its Distance Education Learning Futures Alliance, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic and Enterprise Professor Brigid Heywood has announced.

Professor Heywood says Mr O'Hara, who was acting director last year, has been instrumental in the University’s transition to digitally-enhanced learning and teaching, established a wide-range of professional development programmes and led several strategically important projects that contributed to student support.

"Duncan is committed to the transformative nature of education and is passionate about enriching the educational experience through the development of contemporary curricula," she says. "He is particularly interested in the role that technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning and the development of models of tertiary education that will place this University at the forefront of global education.

"Duncan will lead the merger of the national and campus-based centres for teaching and learning and the Student Success Unit, with the goal of delivering a suite of cohesive, relevant and modern services and support to staff and students."

Mr O'Hara says he is looking forward to developing the connections that the Centre for Teaching and Learning has with other areas of the University. He will drive forward plans to cement Massey’s place as an innovative and future-focused provider of high quality tertiary education nationally and internationally.

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