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Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces: Symposium

This symposium is an opportunity for the UC e-Lab to share and celebrate current research and development so we can learn more about the breadth and depth of e-learning research at UC and beyond.

Date: 25 Nov 2019
Time: 9.30am (for 10am start) – 3.30pm
Location: Rehua 103, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury (Zoom location for virtual participants TBA)
RSVP: by 20 Nov to

The theme is “Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces”, which we see as relating widely to all kinds of learning places and spaces including virtual and online blends.  The event will also be a celebration and acknowledgement of Distinguished Professor Niki Davis and her contribution to the Lab as its founding Director and leader.

Highlights include opening plenary by Professor Una Cunningham from Stockholm University who is speaking on Interlinked physical and virtual learning spaces as well as 13 Gasta presentations (short concise 5 min presentations) by students, staff and collaborators (including international expert on digital addiction Dr Olatz Fernandez Lopez from Monash University). It will be a thought provoking event with lots of opportunity for connection and discussion. The day will be concluded by Distinguished Professor Niki Davis reflecting on Co-evolving Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces.

For a more detailed program and brief descriptions of presentations see here>

Update on the release of the UC investigation findings: Media statement

Former High Court Judge Hon Kit Toogood QC, who is leading the independent investigation into the death of a student at Sonoda Village residential hall, has provided UC with this statement for media today:

“I would like to update the timeframe of expected delivery of my report. The investigation is still continuing and my updated expectation is for the report and recommendations to be finalised later this month.  While I appreciate that this delay will be frustrating for all involved it is important that a thorough and comprehensive process is followed and I have sufficient time to complete my report.” Hon Kit Toogood QC

We will continue to keep UC staff updated.

Support for students:

Support for staff and students:

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All University statements and media releases are accessible here:

Changes to LEARN on 10 November – What you need to know

Kia ora tātou,

I would like to let you know about some changes to LEARN on 10 November that you will need to be familiar with when teaching and supporting students.

What is happening?

On 10 November 2019 LEARN will be upgraded. This upgrade will include a change to how LEARN looks, as part of a project to modernise the appearance and navigation of LEARN. It will have a cleaner, contemporary interface and provide an improved experience on mobile devices. In addition, the upgrade will include improved forum management, a better messaging interface, and enhanced learning analytics.

Will my LEARN course change?

No. All existing courses and their activities and resources will remain unchanged. Logging in to the development site ( will allow you to see what your course will look like, although recent changes will not be visible on the development site.

What will change?

As well as the overall look and feel, some icons and processes will change to improve navigation.

How were staff and students consulted?

Staff and student focus groups, and a staff survey were carried out between March and July 2019. It was identified that while some were happy with the current look and navigation, many indicated that it appeared dated and in need of a refresh.

How will staff be supported?

Staff will be supported in multiple ways. These include:

I’m concerned as I’m running a summer course or will be using LEARN straight after the upgrade, so what should I do?

If after reviewing all of the resources mentioned above, you would like additional support or to discuss this further, please email:

Ngā mihi,

Alex Hanlon
Executive Director | Kaihautū Matua
Learning Resources | Te Ratonga Rauemi Ako


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in Aotearoa New Zealand, which is all about focusing on our wellbeing and making sure we’re looking after ourselves.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.

Talk and listen, be there, feel connected

Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

Remember the simple things that give you joy

Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood

Your time, your words, your presence

Support on campus
If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone about life at UC, getting help with managing your work, a personal matter or you just need someone to talk to, there is a range of free support available on campus.

Support for students:

Support for staff and students:

Support for staff:

Wider support

0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for free, 24/7, confidential support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Next week’s School Strike 4 Climate NZ

UC recognises the School Strike 4 Climate NZ event, which is the third such protest this year, on Friday 27 September. However, this time organisers are calling on universities, and everyone who is concerned about climate change, to join them.

As a learning institution we are committed to discovering and sharing the solutions that will contribute to a sustainable future. We understand that staff and students may want to attend this event in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Staff who want to take a few hours away from work on 27 September to attend the School Strike 4 Climate can take paid leave, providing that their line manager approves their absence request and that the operations of the University will not be impacted. Teaching staff who have lectures at the time will need to put the learning needs of their students first, as classes will continue as usual.

Please apply for your manager’s approval well in advance of the day and apply for “time off in lieu” within UC People.

Students have been advised by email “to make arrangements to catch up on any lectures or other work you may miss, as classes will continue as usual on the day at UC. You will only be able to miss assessments by prior arrangement with your lecturer. Please arrange this well before the day, as lecturers are not obliged to accommodate your absence”.

You can continue to take action after the School Strike 4 Climate – see the Sustainability pages of our website for ways to help create a more sustainable future.

Ngā mihi

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae