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Set Your Out Of Office Today

It only takes a moment to set up your Out of Office message in Outlook. Whether you’re leaving the office today or in two weeks, you can do this now so that it’s one less thing to remember to do.

Set Your Out of Office now.


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When is Windows 10 coming to teaching spaces?

A number of teaching spaces have a computer installed in the lectern, for teaching staff. This is known as the ‘Resident PC’.

With Windows 10 having been around since mid-2015 – and by now well bedded in – it is time to take advantage of this operating system, within live teaching activities. The physical PC will stay the same. And an upgrade of the install on Resident PCs, from Windows 7 to Windows 10, will be for Semester 1, 2018.

What does this mean for teaching staff?

It means a pretty similar looking way of working with a PC, a few slightly different ways of doing things, and some enhancements.

What is different?
  • A new look start menu, with ’tiles’ to assist finding programmes. A folder icon is there, for accessing files, such as on a plugged in USB memory drive.
  • There are more programmes for easy access, on the task bar, at the bottom of the screen.
  • Office 2016 will be opening presentations and documents, so you may just want to test existing materials out beforehand.
How about accessing the internet?

All the usual web browsers will be available, with each now having  a consistent set of UC teaching-specific favorites/bookmarks appearing in the toolbar.

How about accessing presentations or documents?
  • It is still recommended files be on a USB memory drive, or by having them on LEARN for access.
  • For those that really have to log out, and log in, the existing process will take longer. Much quicker to use a new ‘Remote Desktop’ programme on the task bar.  For this make note of your computer ID, found on a white UC label on your PC/laptop.
When can I try this out?

From Friday 8 November. Just check Timetable Reports, to ensure spaces are available, before heading over to:

  • Engineering Core E5
  • Jack Erskine 101
  • Jack Erskine 111
  • Jack Erskine 121
  • Undercroft 101 (seminars)
  • Dovedale  DD02 (meetings/video conferencing)
  • Wheki 104

For more guidance on Resident PCs, and teaching space technologies, head to LEARN, with teaching staff login.

Ngā mihi,

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SharePoint 2013 Drop-In Session Scheduled for Next Week

Are you using SharePoint 2013 and have questions or need to know how to do something?

Then come to our first ever SharePoint Drop-In Q & A session. UC’s SharePoint experts will be on hand to answer all your questions and provide hands on training or demonstration.

When? Next Tuesday (5th December), 9.30 – 11.30 am
Where? The old ITS building, room 312

Remotely access your email and calendar

It is easy to access your email and calendar from outside UC using the Outlook Web App.

On your mobile device or computer, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open a Web browser, eg, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc
  2. Open the University of Canterbury website:
    www.canterbury.ac.nz
  3. Click Staff, in the top centre of the webpage window
    – this takes you to the Information for staff webpage
  4. Click Current staff
    – taking you to the UC Staff Intranet webpage
  5. Click Exchange Email, beneath the heading My Tools (on the left side of the webpage)
    – 
    the Outlook Web App window opens
  6. Select This is a public or shared computer if you are logging in from a public place such as a cafe, shopping centre, airport, hotel, etc.
    Alternatively, select This is a private computer if you are logging in from home.
  7. Select Use the light version of Outlook Web App if you are connecting via a slow internet connection
  8. Enter your username and password
  9. Click the sign in button
    – The Outlook Web App displays, showing your Outlook account.
  10. Use your Outlook account as you would normally

NOTE: Outlook Web App is not as fully featured as Microsoft Outlook, so some features may not work as usual.

If you need to set Out of Office (eg, if you are at home sick), click options in the upper right corner and click set automatic replies.

When you are finished, click sign out  in the upper right corner.

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Find your computer program answers here

If you have a how-do-I question with a computer program, what are the fastest and simplest ways you can find answers?

  1. Your Answer is in a Google Search
  2. Find Your Microsoft Office Answers Here

And ask a colleague to share their knowledge.

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