Category Archives: Learning & Development

Techniques for Building on Participants’ Prior Knowledge

Techniques for Building on Participants’ Prior Knowledge
Elizabeth Lochhead and Jessica Ritchie, UC Academic Skills Centre
Wednesday 22 August, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Room 210, Puaka James Hight Building, Ilam Campus

Have you ever wished you could use what your participants already know to help them learn more effectively?

Prior knowledge is important for learning new skills. This workshop covers techniques for building on prior knowledge in learning sessions. As a participant you will explore how prior knowledge is relevant to your learning contexts and practise applying these techniques.

Elizabeth Lochhead and Jessica Ritchie are Learning Advisors at the University of Canterbury Academic Skills Centre. They have run tutor training sessions for the Pacific Development and Student Care teams, in addition to training advisors in their own team.


You will find more professional development offerings  at Learning and Development.

Outlook Tips: Email management, calendar wrangling, etc

If you are looking for Outlook tips, you have come to the right place. Email management, calendar wrangling, typing using Macrons, emailing files in effortless ways… it’s all in this Outlook compilation from the Tech Tips Archive:

Outlook Tech Tips

Enjoy!


For more great time-saving tips, look up our Archive of Tech Tips or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website.

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You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

25 Great Efficiency Tips

If you haven’t seen these yet, you are in for a treat:

25 Great Tips To Help You Get Your Work Done

Each one only takes a moment to implement, but can save you hours each month.

And remember, if you can’t find something, look up our Archive of Tech Tips or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website.


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You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

Calling all early career Academics

Planning Your Career Advancement is a 2-day workshop for Early Career Academics that’s interactive and reflective and is designed to give you time and space to identify your career goals, give context to your position in UC and provide information on support services available to you.

The workshop runs over two days, from 9am – 4.30pm Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 September, 2018, with a networking event from 5-6pm on Wednesday evening.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend.
Only one course is run per year!

To find out more about the course and instructions on how
to register, visit the  intranet site here.


Visit our intranet site here if you are interested in what other
Professional Development Opportunities Learning and Development has available?

or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

So you are looking for data?

Here are some sources at the UC library and from the internet that can inspire you, if you’re looking for data.

Being able to analyse data is an important skill. So the chance is high that at some point in your academic career you will be asked to analyse or find interesting data. 

If you are in that situation and you need data for one of your courses or just you need some inspiration for an interesting research assignment, then check out the new Library guide with lots of links to interesting data-sets.

Here are some examples of what is included:

  • If you are looking for data on economic, environmental, health, political or sociological topics, you can find millions of data points in the Gallup World Poll or the Pew data-sets. 
  • For financial data of companies worldwide, you can dive into the Bloomberg terminals or visit the Orbis database.
  • If you are interested in NZ statistics, you can get access to NZ Stats’ Integrated Data Infrastructure (a room with dedicated computer is now available at the UC business school).
  • And the official statistics of almost all countries can be found in the World Bank’s data archive .

Check the whole list of what is available, here.

Keeping UC staff informed