New online learning platform to launch in NZ

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09 May 2016

Ara's new online learning platform TANZ eCampus will increase improve education in remote locations.

Ara Institute of Canterbury along with several of New Zealand's other leading tertiary institutes is launching an innovative new on-line learning platform – TANZ eCampus.

The exciting collaboration between Ara Institute of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic, Universal College of Learning Palmerston North, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Eastern Institute of Technology enables the institutes to offer first-rate online education to students across New Zealand.

Kay Giles, Chief Executive of Ara, says offering programmes through on-line learning creates new opportunities for potential students who can now study at the time, place and pace of their choice.

"As a big institution with a wide range of offerings over a large geographical region, the TANZ eCampus will help Ara realise its vision of becoming more accessible to students regardless of geography or work and family commitments.

"The services provided by the TANZ eCampus will ensure that students receive a comparable level of support to if they were studying face-to-face at a physical campus, with the eCampus therefore not just improving access but also increasing the likelihood of successful completion for remote learners."

A qualification from Ara undertaken through TANZ eCampus is industry recognised and accepted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and students may attend the graduation ceremony of any of the partner institutes.

Initially, students will be able to access more than 40 courses through the TANZ eCampus service, including a significant number of business-related courses and qualifications.  

Pamela Simpson, Executive Director of TANZ eCampus says that study through TANZ eCampus will be of particular interest to workplace learners looking to extend their job prospects or gain a new business-related skill, for example in project management.

"With a good level of business-related courses available online through the TANZ eCampus portal, workplace learners should see a real benefit to the flexible and supportive online environment.

"A lot of work has gone into the design of the portal. We will be using innovative student analysis to keep a finger on the pulse of student needs – adapting with students so that the learning platform performs at its best. In addition, students will be well supported by real people. They will each have a personal advisor who will follow them through their learning journey, as well as access to experienced course facilitators who are dedicated to helping them achieve their study goals," Simpson says.

A TANZ eCampus Facebook page and LinkedIn page will provide additional student support and answer study and portal related questions.  For all student registrations or enquiry please visit

The Facebook page can be found at and LinkedIn at