Massey University

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Massey University (Massey) is New Zealand's only national university, with roughly 36,000 students. It has multiple campuses in Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North and is considered to have a rich, 50-year history as a leader in distance ('extramural') learning.

General information about the University can be found at

Distance learning

In 2009, 18,000 enrolled students were distance learners.

Massey provides distance students with a blend of print-based and electronic learning activities and resources and recently adopted Moodle (rebranded Stream) as its official Learning Management System. Massey has a long history of innovation in teaching through new technologies and was the lead developer of the open source Mahara eportfolio system, now being used throughout the world.

Further information about distance education is available from

The Director of Blended and Distance Learning, Mark Brown, who stated that "Massey University is investing in the use of new technology to provide students with a vibrant digital learning culture." can be contacted for additional information.


Massey currently runs WebCT (now owned by Blackboard) as its operational VLE but is gradually moving over to Moodle - locally called Stream - in a three-year programme during 2009-2011. For more details and up to date information see


Massey's 2007 Annual Report can be found online at

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