Open Distance Learning Resource Coordinator

National University of Samoa



Position Title: Open Distance Learning Resource Coordinator

Classification: Comparable Staff

Responsible to: Manager of Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education.

Salary Range: (Comparable Grade 1) ($57,790pa-$68,800pa)

Main Purpose of the Role:

The ODL Coordinator is responsible for the effective coordination of the ODL Instructional Unit and facilitate the development and quality assurance of ODL Resources to enhance the delivery and assessment of NUS courses offered via the ODL mode.



1. ODL Systems - Plan and integrate functions /roles of ODL within the NUS (Supportive; Administration; Instructional; Facilitative)

  • Mapping and Assessment of ODL systems within the NUS and status of Course / Programme Development and Resources in consultations with Faculties/Centres etc
  • Update and maintain database of NUS courses qualified to be offered as ODL Courses. ( Print-based and electronic self-instructional learning resources )
  • Maintain inventory of ODL resources and assets.

2. ODL Workplan - Coordinate the effective delivery of the ODL Unit objectives in line with the NUS Corporate targets/ deliverables.

  • Compile the annual workplan for the ODL Unit and update components in the Annual Management Plan ( AMP )
  • Ensure effective implementation of Open Distance Learning (ODL) trainings for the NUS and its key stakeholders
  • Regular monitoring of activities in line with priorities tasks and work schedules.

3. ODL Training - Lead training initiatives for NUS staff to guide curricula, maintain teaching standards, and evaluate the success of educational methods and programs.

  • Reviewing the latest educational technology tools and materials to improve curriculum and instruction methods to NUS staff and administrators.
  • Training Consultations to enhance effective educational content and delivery of educational methods and programs.
  • Lead consultations with NUS Faculties ( Content Specialists/ Course Lecturers ) on training workshops
  • Coordinating teacher training workshop and ensure student ODL materials – are in line with standard templates to encourage and support self-study/ to improve on the quality of modules

4. Quality assurance of ODL Learning materials in order to accommodate Learner Autonomy

  • Liaise with the relevant Programme/Course PD Team (OCPDCE) to ensure quality assurance of ODL materials etc
  • Maintain a Standard of Practice (SOP) for ODL systems.

5. Review and maintain academic credibility of ODL Self Instructional materials.

  • Review components of instructional design. for (i) the curriculum and assessment component with the focus on the evaluation and effectiveness of educational materials, (ii) curriculum and instruction component to focus on ways to maximize the effectiveness of teaching methods.

6. Developing and Uploading ODL materials (Online and Flexible Mode)

  • Provide technical assistance to the Editor and ODL Instructional Designer to convert training courses and resource packages to ODL and made available to users
  • Enhance center teaching and training materials using technology
  • Develop center database for trainees, programs and training courses.

7. Technical and policy advice to the Manager/ Unit/ Faculties on ODL systems/resources etc

  • Coordinate center video teaching conferencing to Savaii campus.
  • Assist with Uploads and update ODL resources for users/ video clips and teaching notes on OCPDCE page and Google for CAT and PCTVET Students. Etc

8. Administrative and Academic Support

  • Execute day-to-day administrative and operational matters. Assist with surveys at the end of every semester on the use of ODL resources.
  • Coordinate media with NUS ICT for center programs, trainings promotion and awareness.

9. Promote Collaborative Team Approach to Learning/Work

  • Better coordination and planning, greater consultation among colleagues, and adequate support services in instructional materials development for ODL

10. Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monitor progress of the ODL Unit and provide regular reporting for the team/VCC/Senate as required.
  • Budget expenditures/assets/ staff workload

11. Contribution to University, discipline or community

  • Attendance and participation in meetings and other activities as required.
  • Attendance and/or participation in any inquiry or hearing the university may lawfully instigate
  • Respond to requests for information on ODL development.
  • Contribution to policy development on ODL online or Face to face model.
  • Participation in committees that required center representative.
  • Involvement in professional activities
  • Contributions to community organizations relevant to Centre’s mandate.

12. Other duties as required by supervisor

  • Undertake any duties directed by the Center Manager promptly and efficiently.

This position required someone with a strong IT background, at least five years of teaching and has completed Certificate Level IV in Adult Teaching (CAT) or CAT 101 & 102. .



  • Bachelor’s degree in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction
  • Or relevant qualification(s) to degree or post-graduate level required.
  • Completed Certificate Level IV in Adult Teaching (CAT) or Certificate of Attainment (CAT101&102)


  • At least 5 years teaching experience in computer science or information technology.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Good diplomacy, organizational and computer skills.
  • Basic understanding of OER licensing requirements and copyrights
  • Think innovative and creative in utilization of software programs, ADOBE and Photoshop in teaching and learning
  • Student-centred focus when designing, developing and converting educational materials for Open Distance Learning.
  • A Team Player and able to meet program requirements on time.


  • Must be honest and ethical in approach to work and relationship with others.
  • Must have the initiative to perform duties within boundaries of given responsibilities
  • Must be able to work after hours when required.


Our Vision

A University of Excellence in Research, Samoan Studies, Quality Education and Training in response to national and regional development needs

Our Mission

To produce quality graduates from across all disciplines to meet the human resource needs of the nation and region

Our Values

Respect - We value efforts made in all conduct, operations and affairs for the ongoing development of our University.

Integrity We value transparency, honesty and ethical conduct in individual and collective actions and decisions.

Responsiveness –We value prompt response to the needs of Samoa and the region.

Pursuit of Excellence - We strive for excellence, seeking to apply the highest standards to benefit our communities.

Professionalism - We value a high level of work ethic, positive workplace conduct, behaviour and attitude.

Equity - We promote diversity in the University community — through our people, ideas and cultures. We create a vibrant, inclusive environment in which ideas flourish and future generations, regardless of background, are empowered. We respect our colleagues and work together for shared success. Sustainability - We acknowledge our limitations and strive to deliver and sustain our goals within our available resources

Engagement - We value the voice, opinion and involvement of the

community in our initiatives and everyday operation.

Goals and Prioritie s