Category Archives: UC News

Global awareness and the Gallup World Poll

Global awareness is one of UC’s graduate attributes ,and just one way you can become more globally aware is to take a look at the Gallup World Poll as it allows you to see how well Aotearoa New Zealand does relative to other countries on a wide variety of indicators.

Some examples of such comparison can be found in Associate Professor Tom Coupe’s latest column for interest.co.nz, here.

In the column, Professor Coupe discusses  Aotearoa New Zealand’s performance in terms of housing affordability, public transportation infrastructure, gender relations, satisfaction with education, life and government.

For all this and more, check out the Gallup World Poll Database.

Get ready for a new enrolment experience – course selector

Enrolments for 2019 are now open. Get ready for a new enrolment experience – course selector – the interface is different and designed to be easier to use.

We hope you like it. We would love to hear your feedback on the enrolment process, good or bad.

Contact  studentfirstfeedback@canturbury.ac.nz

Background

Earlier this year the Student First Programme completed User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for our new Course Selector, a new feature available in myUC which helps students select their courses with an easy to use ‘shopping cart’ interface.

As planned, the Course Selector is now live and immediately visible to new students enrolling for courses in 2019. It will be visible to returning students from late November.

Through search and filter capability the tool helps students select courses quickly and with confidence – giving them a faster and more certain enrolment experience, which is one of the key benefits of the Student First Programme. It’s the next phase of an improved student administration experience which will help UC to grow student numbers and better respond to customer expectations.

UC scientists mix technology, art and roleplay to show teens the earth’s power

UC geologist scientists have developed an exciting hi-tech game to help high school students understand the power of the earth.

The game, called ‘Magma Drillers Save Plant Earth’ was developed by UC Volcanologist Associate Professor Ben Kennedy and geological 3D visualisation expert Dr Jonathan Davidson with help from artists, digital experts and educators.

Ben Kennedy creating magma in their lab

The game integrates storytelling, 3D software, video technology, holograms, comic art and geology to teach secondary school students about the inner workings of volcanoes and the role of geologists and engineers.

Dr Kennedy, who last year won

a New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for his inspiring and engaging teaching, says he is always looking for ways to make learning fun and more engaging for students.

“We can’t keep teaching the way we’ve always taught and expect our students to stay engaged – not when we’re competing with gaming technology and Hollywood special effects. As teachers we need to keep up and stay relevant – this game is just one of the ways we’re doing that.”

The project received $30,000 in funding from the Unlocking Curious Minds 2017 funding round, administered by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. UC provided in-kind support through staff time, use of equipment and facilities.

The UC scientists hope to share the game with other schools, museums and educational centres around New Zealand.