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UC Careers are open online

A reminder that  we are open online for you  – online appointments, online interactive career development resources and guides, jobs and an online STEM Careers Event,  May 20.

Many students have accessed appointments and resources during this period; seeking assistance to clarify where they are heading with their studies, finding out how to explore job options, sharpen up applications and how to enhance their employability.

We have been getting  great feedback from them on services provided!

So please  book an appointment or email us with any questions, using your UC email address.

Live Chat

UC Careers is excited to introduce a new “Live Chat” feature – a great way to get questions answered or concerns addressed – Accessed online and available Tues 10am-12pm, Wed 2pm – 4pm, Thurs 10am – 12pm . Looking forward to seeing how this works for you.







Academic Integrity is important in being a successful student

As you are now completing your assessment items online, we wanted to give you a timely reminder of the importance of academic integrity and being honest in your studies and assessments.  Academic integrity is a principle at UC whereby both staff and students agree to act honesty, fairly, ethically and with respect for each other in teaching and learning.  You can learn more by reading UC’s Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students.

For some students, there may be increased temptation to cheat and engage in dishonest academic practices such as:

  • Plagiarism/Self-plagiarism – using someone’s ideas and information without acknowledging them as the source or self-plagiarism where someone attempts to submit their own writing to two different assessments to gain credit twice;
  • Collusion – copying the work of someone else or allowing someone else to copy your work without disclosing this with the intent to deceive;
  • Impersonating/Ghost writing – having another person or commercial organisation impersonate you and complete an assessment item on your behalf; and/or
  • Fabrication – ‘inventing’ data for example in a lab report or from a publication.

Cheating and academic dishonesty will not be tolerated at UC.  We are committed to upholding the principles of academic integrity, especially in an online teaching environment, and UC has ways to identify dishonest practices such as the use of Turnitin.

If you are suspected of engaging in a dishonest academic practice this will be thoroughly investigated by either a Head of School/Department or a University Proctor and could ultimately result in disciplinary action being taken against you such as receiving a fine or being suspended/expelled from your studies.

Online assessment checklist: Preparing for online assessment

Internet speed

You should check your internet speed here https://www.speedtest.net. If the download result is less than 5Mbps there are a few things that can help.

Internet speeds can vary due to how many people are on the network at the same time. This can impact on the internet speed and service. The internet speed could be effected by:

  • Downloading large files
  • Watching Netflix
  • Viewing content on You Tube
  • Gaming

Tips for improvement

During the assessment weeks, you may want to talk to family or flatmates. Let them know when your assessments are occurring so they can help ensure you have the bandwidth and speed you need. Some things they can do to help is to avoid live streaming Netflix. It may be best for them to download the program or film and watch later and reduce resolution on YouTube to 320.

Internet speeds can fluctuate during the day. Traffic on networks peak in the morning around 9am, in the afternoon when school finishes and at the end of the work day. If you are able to, take your assessment outside these peak times to improve your connection experience.

If the broadband seems slow, reset the modem by turning it off for a couple of minutes, then turning it on again.

If you normally experience issues with Wi-Fi, connect the computer to the modem/router by using a Ethernet cable during your assessment. This provides a faster connection.

Devices and appliances like baby monitors, cordless phones or microwaves can interfere with the modem’s signal. Don’t keep them directly next to the modem.

Place the modem in a central part of the house, preferably in a high place. Hiding it under a desk or in a cupboard may block its signal.

Keep your browser up to date.

Make sure to use an up-to-date antivirus software. Viruses can slow the internet down.

Check monthly data usage. Exceeding this may mean reverting to dial-up speed for the rest of the billing month.

If you are concerned about their internet speed they can contact their Internet Service Provider

A few things we are doing at UC to assist whilst you are taking your assessment

The ITS and eLearning team will be monitoring all systems used for assessment.  If an issue is identified with any of our IT systems, for example UC Learn, we will provide an update on the ITS Website.  https://status.canterbury.ac.nz/

We will also send a message via this blog.

What will happen if your connection drops part way through a test?

Quizzes save when you click to go to the next page.

Both Learn and the assessment server keep sessions for 2 hours, meaning that you can get back to where you were so long as they don’t close your browser.

If you experience an issue whilst taking an assessment please advise your Course Coordinator immediately.

Helpful links:

Please continue to check the Course LEARN pages for assessment details.