Category Archives: Learning & Development

If Your Macrons Stop Working

From time to time I find my macrons suddenly stop working.
This is almost certainly because I have accidentally hit the Windows key + space bar, which is the shortcut to switch the keyboard input method from the Māori keyboard that I usually use, back to the US keyboard.

To correct this:
Press Windows key + space bar to switch it back
or…

1. Click the keyboard input language button, located at the far right end of your taskbar (in the bottom right corner of your monitor/screen).
It looks like this:

 

 

2. Then click English (New Zealand) Maori keyboard.

To use Macrons, see my Tech Tip Type Using Macrons.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Putting the Development Back into Training & Development

NZATD Canterbury Branch invites you to their Event on
Thursday 22 August 2019:

“Putting the Development Back into T&D” – Practical Tips and a smattering of success stories.

Session Overview :  
Diane Edwards arrived at the Ports of Auckland back in 2011 at a time when leadership was in crisis.  She “inherited” staff who had been considered low potential and set about changing the leadership and therefore the culture of the Ports. Eight years on, all of her direct reports from that era have not only moved into the high potential category but have all gone on to be General Managers in their own right, leading high performing teams.

Event Plan

Date:     Thursday 22 August 2019

Time:      5.30 – 6.00 pm : Registration, Networking
6.00 – 7.00 pm : Presentation
  
Venue:    Ilam Homestead (formerly University Staff Club) , 87 Ilam Road, Christchurch 

Investment:
Members & Affiliates – $5.00 – (HRINZ, AITD, NSANZ, TechCommNZ, ICFA, IABC, NZOQ, CDANZ, DEANZ)

Non-Members – $10.00

To Register:  Registration Link

 

Are you sending emails to yourself?

We all do it. An idea for later. Something we must remember to do. Some ideas relating to a project.

For example, say you have an Outlook email folder containing email relating to a particular thing you are working on, and you’d like to save some thoughts of your own in the same folder…. So you send yourself an email containing those thoughts, which you then save in that work folder. Sound familiar?

There is a better way!
It is called
Post In This Folder, and it is a button in Outlook Mail.

To use Post In This Folder in Outlook Mail:

  1. Open the folder in Outlook that you’d like to post the note in
  2. Click the New Items button (at the left end of the Home Ribbon)
  3. Click More Items
  4. Click Post In This Folder
    – a blank note “page”  appears
  5. Add a subject line
  6. Write any notes you’d like to record
  7. Click the Post button

NOTE: if you use this button a lot, pin it to the Quick Access Toolbar so that you can access it quickly.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Do you want to undertake some Professional Development in 2019? Start booking your places & make the most of the courses available for the rest of 2019.

Spaces are available on the following September courses:

  • Leading Change – 17 September, 9am-3pm
    You will learn how to lead change by implementing changes quickly and effectively, creating an environment that is more nimble and conducive to improvements, turning resistance into engagement and commitment and taking proactive steps for keeping the initiative alive.
  • Creating Technical Materials – 19 September, 9am-4.30pm Practical exercises using participants’ workplace technical writing will target the ability to structure documents according to the audience, content and purpose, so information is conveyed with clarity.
  • Communication Skills – 24 September, 9am-4.30pm
    This customised one day workshop allows participants to reflect on their communication competence through interactive exercises and to employ practical tools they can integrate into their repertoire.

Do you need to get your First Aid Certificate revalidated? Remember you get three months from date of expiry to revalidate, or you will lose your certification. If you are due for renewal, join our First Aid Revalidation course on 13 September, 9am-4pm.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

Save Travel Time for Meetings

Some fresh air is great, but you don’t always have the time to travel to and from a meeting. There is an alternative.

Did you know that you can meet with your colleagues around the University, from your desk, using the teleconferencing and video conferencing* features on your computer?
(*video conferencing is available if you have a camera on your computer)

In Microsoft Outlook Calendar:

  1. Click New Skype Meeting on the Home ribbonNew Skype Meeting button
  2. Add your participants (as you would normally add recipients to an email) so that each recipient will receive an invitationNew Skype Meeting Invitation with invitees
    You’ll notice in the body of the meeting there is a link to Join Skype Meeting.
  3. Complete the other details of the meeting and Send the invitation as you normally would.
  4. When the meeting time is due: you, and each participant, click Join Skype Meeting and a conference between you and all the
    participants will be formed.

You can also use this feature for external meetings – eg, with people external to UC – even if they don’t have Skype!

For other ways to make the most of your Skype for Business tools, see these other Skype for Business Basic Tasks.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Got some suggestions? Please leave a comment below or let me know.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.