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Important information you need to be ready for online learning in Term 2

As we reach the end of our first week in lockdown we hope you’re doing ok, and have settled well into what will be your new normal for the coming weeks.

Just before the lockdown, we sent a survey to all UC students, which has become a useful source of information as we prepare to move learning online.  

Importantly, the survey enabled a number of students to access devices prior to lockdown and highlighted areas of concern we will soon address, including assessments and access to software and data. ​

Technological needs
We know many of you have experienced a change in circumstances during the lockdown and as we turn to online teaching for all, it’s important for us to know how we can continue to support you.

To ensure all students can successfully participate in online learning this semester, we want to hear from you. Please complete this 5 minute resources form if you think you:

  • have any issues with access to software needed to complete your online learning
  • don’t have access to hardware that will facilitate online learning, and/or
  • think access to data will restrict your online learning.

If you’re not affected by any of the above, you don’t need to complete the survey.

Data needs and software
Thank you to those who have been in touch with data and/or software concerns. We are looking into options that can help. The survey aims to give us precise information about these issues so please make sure you complete it.

Students who have software issues can log an Assyst ticket through UC IT Services.

LEARN support

The IT team have launched a new button in LEARN.

‘e-Learning Help’ will provide quick access to LEARN user guides, information on Echo360 and services like AskLive. Find it here>

Library
UC Library’s online services, including AskLive, will be closed over Easter (10-14 April), reopening Wednesday 15 April, however you’ll retain access to all electronic resources throughout that time.

Remainder of Semester 1
Semester 1, term 2 commences on 20 April and will be taught online. This means students can continue to study from their current location, regardless of any change in the COVID-19 Alert Levels. 

Assessments
We know many of you have questions about remaining assessments following the change to term dates, and the move to online learning.

All programmes have been working to adapt the assessments to ensure you get the best learning possible. Please check LEARN for any changes to your assessments. All changes will be finalised by Thursday 16 April.

UC’s academic staff are hugely grateful to the UCSA for their invaluable feedback in developing procedures to ensure assessments (including assignments, tests and exams), will be available online for Semester 1 and will positively support students’ online learning and outcomes.

Key dates:

  • Teaching for Semester 1 will end on 29 May
  • Study Week will run from 2-5 June as planned and no assessments will be due or conducted in this period.
  • The examination period will run from 8-20 June.

There will be a maximum of one assessment activity per course in the examination period and these may include assignment submissions, online tests and exams.

Note: some programmes operate under dates that may be outside those mentioned above, but you will hear from UC directly if this applies to you. This includes postgraduate thesis students. 
For additional information specific to your studies, please continue to check LEARN.

It’s important to remember that we are all finding new ways to do things during the lockdown, and it’s ok to not feel ok. 

Te Hāpai Ō | Facebook Live Speaker Series 2020 is special online event that will see UC academics sharing their expertise, guidance and advice on a number of different kaupapa, allowing us an opportunity to keep connecting while nourishing our perspectives, insights and intellects while we hunker down at home.

Join us on UC Facebook this Friday (3 April) at 11am as Professor Julia Rucklidge talks about ‘Maintaining your mental wellbeing in lockdown’. A Q&A session will follow the presentation during which you can ask your questions about nutrition and nutrients, managing anxiety and stress and maintaining good routines in uncertain times. Read more>

Please keep talking to us – our support team is here to help.  Individual, academic, financial – whatever support you need, just ask.

For anything else you need us to address, keep using ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz – we are listening.

And, as always, be kind: we are all in this together. Thank you for everything you are doing to look after yourselves and each other.  We look forward to being together on campus again soon.

UC Connect Public Lecture: A cross-examination of rape myths

Despite more than 40 years of law reform aimed at improving the experience of giving evidence for adult rape complainants, Ministry of Justice research in 2018 re-confirmed that the process remains distressing and re-traumatising.

In the recent UC Connect public lecture A cross-examination of rape myths, UC Law Professor Elizabeth McDonald presented an overview of the findings, some reform proposals and an outline of future work.

Missed this session? Watch the video here:
Note: you may be asked to confirm your age and/or sign in to view.

2019 End-of-year Examination Results/Graduation

End-of-year examination results

Congratulations on completing the year here at UC. Your final grades for 2019 will be available online from 7pm today, Friday, 29 November. You will be able to access these by logging into myUC and selecting the link “Internal Transcript”.

If you haven’t already done so, please check that your myUC log-in is working before 4pm today. The IT Service Desk will be available until 8pm this evening on (03) 369 2223.

This is a period of high activity for the website and you may experience slower than usual performance. If a final grade does not appear on your transcript, please contact the department concerned during their normal business hours (typically 9am-5pm). Further information about results and appeals is available on the Results and Appeals webpage.

If you are returning to study with us in 2020 and have yet to re-enrol, you can do so now via the easy online re-enrolment process. If you have any questions about how your grades affect your study plans, please speak with the appropriate College adviser.

Graduation

If you’ve been confirmed as a graduand for the December graduation ceremonies, you will receive further instructions about a week before your ceremony. We will advise you if you are not eligible to graduate. Information about the April 2020 graduation ceremonies will be available on the Graduation web page in January.

Academic Progress Reviews

At the end of each semester, the University checks the academic progress of all students and the next check-up is about to take place.

At the end of each semester, students’ academic transcripts are reviewed to make sure they are on track to succeed in their studies and meet the professional requirements for their chosen degree. If you are not heading in the right direction you may have restrictions placed on your enrolment, or be excluded from your Award/UC.

If you are not on track with your studies, you may receive an academic progress letter between 10 and 13 December. Please check your student email account regularly to ensure you receive any important information relevant to your future study at UC.

For information on who can help you with the Academic Progress process and to find resources to help you get awesome results in your studies, check out the Academic Progress website.

Applying to graduate April 2020

Students, who are eligible to graduate at the April 2020 ceremonies, are invited to apply to graduate on-line via myUC  from 1 February to 8 March 2020.  Those students who are eligible to graduate and have indicated that they will be completing their degree/diploma this year will be sent further information in early February. If you do not receive this information, please visit Graduation or contact us for guidance.

You can choose to graduate in absentia rather than in person at a ceremony. The diploma is then mailed to you. Applications to graduate in absentia should also be submitted via myUC.

If you have any enquiries about graduation, please contact graduation@canterbury.ac.nz

Regards,

Barbara Albertson
Examination Arrangements Senior Co-ordinator
Records, Examinations & Graduation
University of Canterbury