Category Archives: Learning & Development

Open PowerPoint Directly Into Presentation Mode

Want to make a good impression when giving a PowerPoint presentation in front of an important audience?

Open your PowerPoint file directly into presentation mode!

Here’s how:
1. Access the file on a USB/memory stick or in File Explorer
2. Right-click the file
3. Select Show rather than Open

Your PowerPoint file then opens directly into presentation mode.

Thanks to ACE computer training for this tip.

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Display the Weather on your Outlook Calendar

Should you wish to, you can display the weather in Outlook above your calendar.
  1. Open Microsoft Outlook
  2. Click the File menu (at the far left end of the Ribbon)
  3. Click Options (at the bottom of the File menu)
    The Outlook Options dialogue box displays.
  4. Click the Calendar tab (in the upper left corner of the dialogue box)
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the dialogue box, to the check box / tick box: “Show weather on the calendar”
  6. Check/tick the check box
  7. Select Celsius or Fahrenheit
  8. Click the OK button to save the change.

The weather now displays above your calendar.

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INTRODUCTORY DATA ANALYSIS WORKSHOP USING R

The Statistical Consulting Unit is having another run of its popular `Data Analysis Using R´ workshops.

The workshops are free and directed primarily at postgraduate students and members of staff, who need to improve their data analytic skills.

The next Introductory Data Analysis Workshop will take place on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 February between 10am – 4pm, and will cover fundamental statistical concepts, such as sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, p-values and confidence intervals, as well as introduce linear regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA). No prior knowledge of R is required.

To register or for further information, please write to Daniel Gerhard at daniel.gerhard@canterbury.ac.nz.

Health & Safety Training Courses 2019

The 2019 H&S Training Schedule has been finalised and enrolments are now open for the H&S Core Training.

  • Comprehensive First Aid (Unit Standards 06400, 06401, 06402)  – If your role requires that you have First Aid Certification please enrol onto this course. Enrolments for General First Aiders are reviewed, and approved based on the level of cover per area. If you have several First Aiders in your area your enrolment may not be approved.
  • First Aid Revalidation – If you are a First Aid Certificate holder please check you expiry date (can be found here), and book onto a corresponding Revalidation course. You have 3 months from the expiry of your certificate to revalidate, otherwise you will need to take the 2 day Comprehensive course. 
  • Field Activities Training – If your role requires you be a Field Activity Leader or Deputy Leader, you will need ensure that you have attended the Field Activity Training.  If you have not attended the training in over 2 years, now would be a good time to refresh your training. Should anything happen on any Field Trip that you are leading the investigators will be looking at your training record to ensure that you have met your obligations.
  • Fire Extinguisher and Evacuation Training – This course is relevant to all staff, particularly named Building and Floor wardens, but as important to any staff who work in areas that are ‘First to Armband’ such as teaching spaces. It is facilitated by Fire Fighting Pacific, and includes a practical Fire Extinguisher use, which increases your confidence to pick up an extinguisher and use it to clear your exit if needed.
  • Risk Management – This course should be attended by all staff who identify, control, and monitor hazards and risks in their area of work (that is possibly everyone).
  • Health and Safety Rep Training – Please contact Angie Willington for information relating to your H&S Rep training.

Please discuss your training requirements with your manager and complete any enrolments via UCPeople.

If you have any questions regarding enrolling in a course please contact learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone Marjorie Blake.

Configuring Out of Office Reply for a Shared Mailbox

Do you manage a shared mailbox in Microsoft Outlook?

Now that it’s Christmas and you may be thinking about switching on Automatic Replies (Out of Office), doing so for a shared mailbox can be a real battle. Christmas is all about The Good News and there’s good news here too: there is an easy way to do this.

The easiest way to switch on Automatic Replies (Out of Office) for a shared mailbox is to do so through Outlook Web App.

This is actually pretty quick and straight forward, so don’t be put off by all the steps in the instructions below. Just forge on!

  1. Log in to Outlook Web App (OWA)
    – by following these steps
    – or by clicking this link

Now you are logged in to OWA, all you need to do is access the shared mailbox and switch on Out of Office.

2. Access the shared mailbox
Click your name in the upper-right corner of the OWA window
(a dialogue box appears titled Open Other Mailbox)
    –
Enter the name of the shared mailbox you’d like to add the Out of Office reply to, then click Open (the shared mailbox opens)

3. Switch on Out of Office
Click options in the upper-right corner (just below where your name was before you opened the shared mailbox)
Click set automatic replies
Set up your Automatic Reply, ensuring you consider replies to senders inside the organisation and outside the organisation
(to get started, click the radio button titled Send automatic replies)
– you can set an automatic start and end date/time if required
Click Save in the lower-right corner (it has a green tick next to it).
When you are finished, click sign out  in the upper-right corner.

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