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Ako Anamata: EdTalk on August 10

Ako Anamata | Future Learning and Development is excited to invite UC staff to the next instalment of our monthly Ako Anamata: EdTalks – which this month will be given by Dr Carmen Weaver from Ako Anamata and Dr Matthew Hughes from the College of Engineering.

Date: Tuesday 10 August
Venue: University of Canterbury Club (Ilam Homestead)
Time: 4pm – 6pm

The session includes:

  • 4.00pm: Welcome and Introduction– Dr Brad Hurren, Kaiwhakawhanake Akoranga | Academic Developer (Ako Anamata | FL&D)
  • 4.05pm: An Update on the AKO|LEARN Upgrade Project – Dr Carmen Weaver, Poutoko | Team Leader (Ako Anamata | FL&D)
  • 4.20pm: DLTP Scholar Presentation – Humanitarian Engineering: Flourishing in the Anthropocene – Dr Matthew Hughes, Pūkenga Matua | Senior Lecturer (Civil & Natural Resources Engineering)
  • 4.55pm: Close, followed by networking with colleagues

AKO|LEARN upgrade project

In conjunction with representatives from across the university, Future Learning and Development will be upgrading and redesigning the Learning Management System (LMS), AKO | LEARN. The need for this work is guided by:

  • Adherence to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines
  • Response to student feedback (need for consistency)
  • The support of te taiao ako (the learning environment)
  • A need to address accessibility concerns and possible upcoming legislation
  • A clear framework to allow for quality assurance of courses, and
  • A need for consistent data from the LMS to better support students

We look forward to sharing current progress and the continued conversation over the coming months.

DLTP Scholar Presentation – Humanitarian Engineering: Flourishing in the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is a new geological age characterised by industrial civilisation’s rapid expansion, accelerating from the 1950s, to consume and transform ecosystems and landscapes, a development marked indelibly in Earth’s biodiversity and rock record that will persist for aeons. Despite significant improvements in human wellbeing in recent centuries, the benefits of global development have been unequal, and consequent environmental degradation threatens to undermine progress. This project contends that Humanitarian Engineering is a useful transdisciplinary approach to support human flourishing in the Anthropocene. One definition of Humanitarian Engineering is “the artful drawing on science to direct the resources of nature with active compassion directed toward meeting the basic needs of all — especially the powerless, poor, or otherwise marginalised”. This project is developing a collaborative teaching programme to support and expand the delivery of Humanitarian Engineering based on: acknowledgement of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and mana whenua, harnessing established iwi relationships, and acknowledging Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori in weaving new understanding; reciprocal, resilient and sustainable partnerships with Pasifika communities; essential conceptual and theoretical approaches to development; deeply considered ethical frameworks; meaningful and demonstrably beneficial community engagements; and recognition of social-cultural and geopolitical dynamics in a COVID-19 world.

This presentation will give an overview of the project, but the intention is to provoke discussion with attendees on how to approach inclusive pedagogies, how to meaningfully engage students on potentially controversial topics, and how to ensure students harness and maintain their humanitarian instincts in the face of civilisational risks.

DLTP monthly talks
Our DLTP (Distributed Leadership in Teaching Programme) Scholars have been successful in applying for the opportunity to secure both time and funding to explore their interests in teaching and learning. More information on the DLTP can be found here.

These monthly talks provide an exciting opportunity for DLTP scholars to showcase their work, as well as to give you a brief update on what’s happening in the wider teaching and learning areas at UC. The Ako Anamata: EdTalk is also time for colleagues and friends to get together and network in an informal setting. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Dr Brad Hurren.

Join us for the next Ako Anamata: EdTalk on 13 July

Te Ako Anamata | Future Learning and Development is excited to invite UC staff to the next instalment of our monthly Ako Anamata: EdTalks, which will be given by Dr Rosie Cameron from the College of Engineering.

Date: Tuesday 13 July
Venue: University of Canterbury Club (Ilam Homestead)
Time: 4pm – 6pm

The session includes:

  • 4.00pm: Welcome and introduction– Dr Brad Hurren, Kaiwhakawhanake Akoranga | Academic Developer
  • 4.05pm: An update from the Vice-Chancellor – Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor
  • 4.20pm: Key presentation – Adaptive Learning Technologies in MATH101 – Dr Rosie Cameron, Pūkenga | Lecturer
  • 4.55pm: Close, followed by networking with colleagues

Key Presentation – Adaptive Learning Technologies in MATH101

Over recent years, the cohort of students in MATH101 has included many students who lack the foundational mathematics skills that they need to succeed in the course. Many students also have low mathematics self-efficacy and are apprehensive about studying mathematics.

The initial stage of the project will be to explore different tools and teaching methods that have potential application to a redesigned MATH101. One such tool is adaptive learning which provides students with targeted remediation and automated support. This provides them with the opportunity to master initial, prerequisite content and then build on these acquired skills as they encounter content that is more complex. It also gives students experience of success in mathematics learning which will hopefully improve their self-efficacy and confidence.

DLTP monthly talks
Our DLTP (Distributed Leadership in Teaching Programme) Scholars have been successful in applying for the opportunity to secure both time and funding to explore their interests in teaching and learning. More information on the DLTP can be found here.

These monthly talks provide an exciting opportunity for DLTP scholars to showcase their work, as well as to give you a brief update on what’s happening in the wider teaching and learning areas at UC. The Ako Anamata: EdTalk is also time for colleagues and friends to get together and network in an informal setting. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Dr Brad Hurren.

Ako Anamata: EdTalk

We are excited to announce that the first Ako Anamata: EdTalk will be given by Associate Professors Cheryl Brown and Sara Tolbert, who are two of our 2021 DLTP Scholars.

Principles and Praxis for Pedagogies of Care in a Postdigital University

Date: Tuesday 15 June
Venue: University of Canterbury Club (Ilam Homestead)
Time:  4pm – 6pm (talk will begin at 4.15pm)

 In addition to this talk from Cheryl and Sara, we will also hear updates and insights from Prof Catherine Moran (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic) regarding the exciting work being done in the DVCA office.

Echo360 Pop-up Resource Center for Instructors

In Echo360, you are now presented with a new pop-up resource designed to help get you oriented with the Echo360 platform.  When you are in your library, you will see a question mark icon.  If you click on this your will see 4 options.:

  • Announcements – What’s New in Echo360
  • Webinars – Current and Past Echo360 Webinars
  • Walkthroughs – A step by Step Guide to Echo360s most common features
  • Documentation – Search for Help Articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about this please contact the Learning Design & Technology Team or log an Assyst request.

Café Style Workshops

The Academic Development Team are planning to run Café Style Workshops over the coming months.

The plan is that these workshops will be held in cafés (dates and times to be arranged) where we will get a chance to share our experiences of what has worked and not worked in a number of different areas. It may be that after a first workshop relating to a topic, the participants choose to continue meeting into the future.

Suggested topics at this stage are:

  • Technology for engaging students in large lectures
  • Designing effective assessments that are not invigilated exams or tests
  • Engaging distance students in synchronous face-face lectures
  • Creating communities of learners amongst distance students
  • What did we change for delivery during lockdown that we have continued with and why?

If you are interested in any of these topics or have any other suggestions, please contact Trevor Nesbit via trevor.nesbit@canterbury.ac.nz so that we can starting putting them in place.

Semester 2 course shells now available in AKO | LEARN

Academic staff can now see their Semester 2 course shells in their course list in LEARN | AKO. Course details (the name of the course, the course description, and assigned teaching staff) are generated through an integration with the course information system (CIS). If this information appears incorrect in AKO | LEARN, it should be updated in the CIS as soon as possible. You may view the CIS entry for your courses by clicking here.

Please follow the step-by-step directions linked below to locate your new course shells in AKO | LEARN and import the content you would like to have for your Semester 2 courses.

Importing Content into AKO | LEARN

A new way to get ‘Instant’ help 

Do you have a question about LEARN | AKO or Echo360? Have you tried our new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Search yet? If not, this may be the help you you’ve been looking for! 

FAQ Search Icon

We have recognised that there are often a number questions we receive over and over again. To give you the opportunity to find quick answers we have developed a searchable list of these questions using a LEARN | AKO Glossary. You will find the link to this, (icon shown above) by going to e-Learning help for staff. You can get there from anywhere in LEARN | AKO by clicking on your name and then e-Learning help for staff. The link to the FAQ Search is at the top of the front page. 

Upcoming events – watch this space!

Beginning in June, we will be showcasing one of our DLTP Scholars in the FL&D newsletter each month about the research projects they are undertaking. In the June newsletter we will also give the details of a new monthly event that will take place, where the profiled DLTP Scholar will present a short ‘Ako Anamata: EdTalk’ at the University of Canterbury Staff Club about their project.

Before and after these showcase talks there will be an opportunity to network in a casual and friendly setting – where we can talk all things teaching and learning with like-minded colleagues and experts in the field. We are very excited about this initiative, and hope that it will grow into a monthly ‘must-attend’ event for those interested in the innovative work being carried out by our DLTP Scholars.

More to follow soon…

Online teaching tip of the month

With AKO | LEARN sites being one of the most important ways that your students access information about your course – try to break down a daunting overall semester timetable by providing a weekly ‘mini-timetable’ with updates and expectations for each week. This can help by acting as a checklist for students – making time management (especially when undertaking several courses at once) a skill that can be developed and encouraged in an authentic way.

Weekly timetables like these can also be delivered as a quick video – allowing the students to see you and your engagement with keeping them up to date with important aspects of the course, and breaking away from the usual format of a text notice. It is also a way to inject some of the reality of who you are as a person – you can make it relevant with your perspectives on what is going on with the course, your research or what is going on in the wider world to have a real-time effect on engagement levels.

Preparing for COVID: Zoom class meetings

While we all hope that COVID alert levels do not rise, we want to make sure you are prepared in case they do. 

One of the tools you might find most helpful if the COVID alert levels were to rise again, would be a Zoom meeting room where you can meet synchronously with your students. When set up through LEARN | AKO recordings of these meetings can be uploaded automatically into the Echo360 block for a chosen course site.

There are instructions for setting this up on this page from the Echo360 support site. If you would prefer to see a demonstration of how this can be set up, you could watch this video.

For any queries regarding this, please log a support request through the Assyst system.