In order to support yourself and your team through change, take the time now to preview the change resources and webinars. Change impacts individuals differently and everyone will have different needs in managing their way through change. The Change Support Toolbox provides a range of practical tools, tips and learning that will prepare and support you to take care of your wellbeing, be engaged through the process, maintain optimism and a positive attitude for the change opportunities, and support each other.

Some important reminders: you have until 30 May to submit an abstract for the 2023 Neuroability Symposium in October, see here.  Please complete the annual online training modules for Health & Safety Warrant of Fitness, De-escalation, and Fraud Prevention. Access these modules through this link.  

Find out all you need to know about planning your Professional Development at OP.
Check each event below for more details and enrolment.

* please check with your formal leader to be able to use your PD funding to engage with these. 


Tertiary Teaching and Learning

Hui Tūhoto 2023
Join this OP community to kōrero about learning and teaching practice.
Weekly online forum

Teaching Excellence Symposium
29-30 June 2023
Online and onsite at Otago Polytechnic

Neuroabilities Symposium: Ministry of Super Powers
12-13 October 2023
Otago Polytechnic 

Ako Aotearoa Professional Learning*

Short online courses and workshops that provide knowledge and skills to develop Māori and Pacific cultural capability, address racism, develop literacy and numeracy skills, provide support for neurodiverse learners and online learners, learn about bullying and de-escalation skills, and explore mentoring and leadership. 

Topics coming up in June and July include a series of one-hour neurodiversity & supporting learner success workshops, and sessions covering equity, teaching through technology, Le Va cultural distancing, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and applying Maori cultural capability. 

Visit our Ako Aotearoa professional learning page for more information and to register for specific events*. 

Te Ao Māori

Tikanga Māori in the Organisation
next short course starts 6 June

Te Reo Māori for the Workplace
next short course starts 19 July

Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi Workshop (2 day workshop)
next workshop: 5-6 July (if this is full, book for 2-3 October)

Bicultural Competency - the final reflective course after completing the other 3 courses  
next short course starts 1 June

These short courses contribute to completing the Certificate in Bicultural Competency.


Performance Management Training for Leaders
Tuesday 13 June, 10am-12pm

ATEM Workshops*
BOLD Conversations: Crossing the streams
Navigating Your Career through Menopause
Middle Managers Residential Program (New Zealand)
Introduction to the NZ Higher Education Sector

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Works NZ*
Embracing a Systems Change Mindset
Improving Cultural Intelligence
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Management Essentials
Understanding Unconscious Bias

Diversity Session: Breaking the Cycle of Workplace Harm - 31 May
1 hr Online, FREE for members

Digital Skills

How to use Microsoft Teams  
Step by step guides on how to get the best from MS Teams  

Safety & Wellbeing

Using Vault
Thursday 25 May

How to use Chemwatch
Thursday 29 June

GoodYarn Workshop
Tuesday 25 July

Evacuation (eVac) Chair Training
Thursday 14 September

Hazard Management
Thursday 5 October

Fire Warden/Building Warden Training
Online training course

Harassment and Bullying Prevention Training for Staff
Online training course

Open Minds e-learning for people managers (Mental Health Foundation NZ)
Online Modules

Professional and Personal Skills 

Privacy Courses from The Office of the Privacy Commissioner

HR Institute of NZ (HRNZ) Webinar Schedule*

  • Burnout to Brilliance - 31 May
  • Simple Steps to Support Dyslexic / Neurodiverse Staff at Work- 14 June
  • Leadership for Women - 5 July
  • Guidance for HR students or those looking to start their HR career (Panel Discussion) - 18 July
  • Activating Allies - 20 September
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome - 1 November

Business South events & training*

Topics include leadership, project management, communication, presentation skills

 * Please get approval from your formal leader to use your PD funding for external events. 


Online self-directed modules & tutorials

Professional Boundaries

Fraud Prevention and Response

De-escalation Training

Time Management

Stress Prevention and Management

Communication Skills Series

Performance Reviews for Individuals - what do they mean for me?

Career Planning


Safety & Wellbeing Warrant of Fitness 2023

Computer Health & Safety

Introduction to Computer Security

Working Under the Rainbow - LGBTTIF Awareness Training

Copyright and Open Educational Resources (Moodle Training Suite | Start Up Series)

Free self-paced courses from LinkedIn Learning

Managing a diverse team

Teamwork essentials - stand out as a valuable team member

Balancing Work and Life

More information

Professional development is an essential element of performance and improvement at Otago Polytechnic. My
Learning on Tuhono brings together many of the PD opportunities offered at OP. These opportunities can assist
you to keep up to date with education and professional requirements, enhance your skills to be effective in
your role and ensure you have the capabilities to achieve your individual and team performance priorities.
More information about Professional development at OP
List of past PD events posts 


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Published on 23 May 2023

Orderdate: 23 May 2023
Expiry: 1 May 2025