Online or Distance Learning

BTI have taught distance education for almost 20 years and we do it well.
Through a dedicated student platform BTI Online, staff share presentations, questions, research topics and reading materials. 

BTI also uses tools of remote working to enable discussions, class hui and seminars.

“Studying by distance really lends itself well to my own personality but also to the work that I am passionate about,” Uria says. See more in our Postgraduate Studies video series on our YouTube channel.

Study by distance and learn in your community

Teacher Education

Our excellent teacher education programmes offer flexible study schedules to suit your lifestyle, including full distance study options, field-based learning for ECE as well as part-time or full-time options. 

Postgraduate courses in Responding to Trauma or Professional Practice & Leadership

Designed for working professionals, all of our postgraduate courses are available wholly online with teaching and learning through BTI’s dedicated online learning platform, and using tools of remote working.

Social work and counselling

All social work and counselling students studying by distance are usually required to come onsite to BTI campus for two intensives each year. The remainder of the time you can study from within your community, and we support flexible part-time options as well. Our programmes have a strong work-integrated learning component, which can be completed around Aotearoa, to complement the learning undertaken online.

Study Professional Practice & Leadership online from anywhere in the world

Our Master of Professional Practice and Leadership is now available to study anywhere in the world, so you could be in London or Mumbai and part of our BTI student whānau. 

BTI Online

BTI Online is the student portal. For new students, your BTIonline username and password will be emailed to you prior to your study beginning.

If you’re new to BTI and still working your way around BTI Online, or wondering where to start with it all, this helpful video introduction may be just what you need.

Our Academic Support team are keen to support your learning and make sure you’re on the right track. You can email them or book an appointment through BTI Online.

Online learning help

If you have forgotten your username or password, click on the link on the right-hand side of the page.

Then you can go into your Profile and change your password to something you can remember.

Your username and password is sent to you by BTI after you’ve completed your enrolment.

Don’t forget to keep this secure and please don’t share your password with anyone. Our staff will never ask you for your BTI Online password.

When you enrol in a course, the course will then appear on your ‘Dashboard’, which is the screen that appears when you log into BTI Online. If the course does not appear, you will need to contact your course administrator (Marcoline Schlecter for Counselling and Social Work, Sue Hardgrave for Teacher Education and the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation,
and Joanne Barnes for postgraduate courses). If your fees have not been paid after two weeks into the course, an email will be sent to you and then access to BTI Online will be cut
off until your fees are paid.

Having your forum and email settings configured correctly is important, because if they’re not set up properly, you can find the constant emails from BTIonline very annoying! To get to them, click on your name and select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Now you’ll see a list of preferences: look for the “forum preferences” link, and click on that. 

When you “subscribe” to a forum (an area in BTIonline for discussing a topic), BTIonline sends you emails to let you know whenever someone has shared something in that forum. If this user profile setting (“Email digest type”) is set to “No digest (single email per forum post)”, this means that you will get an email every single time anybody posts anything to the forums. In a big class with lots of activity, this can result in your getting dozens of emails every day (even hundreds, potentially)! For this reason a “digest” is a good idea: this is a single email that you receive at the end of the day, summarising what’s been said in your course forums.

For full details, see (via BTI Online)

For help with BTI Online, contact the Academic Support team