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ACU Digital Now events: “Strategies for successfully moving courses online” and “Going Global 2020: From Global Goals to Global Learning”

Kia ora colleagues The following invitation has been received from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. These events are free as part of our membership.  If you want the information but the time zone doesn’t suit, register for the event and they will then send you a link to the recorded webinar.

Connect with colleagues from across the Commonwealth – attend an ACU Digital Now event.

International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work. ACU Digital Now is part of our commitment to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond. We are using digital solutions to cross borders, narrow divides, and create access to inspire change.

From free webinars offering practical advice and lessons learned, to virtual conferences exploring a range of key areas in higher education – ACU Digital Now marks a digital step change in how we collaborate with each other.

Get insights and perspectives from universities across the Commonwealth to advance your knowledge and support your work. Register online to attend an ACU Digital Now event:

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.

If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards,  The ACU

Tap CTRL to Locate your Mouse Pointer

Have you ever been in the situation where someone is showing you something on their computer, clicking menus and settings, but you can’t see where their mouse is? This is the solution, so you don’t cause other people the same problem!

Tapping the Ctrl key (on your keyboard) will show the location of your mouse pointer.

(But if it’s not working for you, I explain below what to do.)

This is useful any time you are demonstrating something on a computer – you could be sharing your screen on a Zoom call and pointing out parts of a picture or diagram…. or explaining which menus or buttons to click… or you could be running a training session or demonstration – or you could simply be having trouble locating your mouse pointer when you move it from one monitor screen to another.

Try it now. Tap your Ctrl/Control key while watching your mouse pointer: a series of circles should appear briefly around your mouse pointer each time you tap the Ctrl key.

If it is not working, there is a setting for it that you need to switch on: (there is a picture below if you don’t like reading instructions; if you can’t read it properly use Ctrl+scroll to zoom)

  1. Click the Search magnifying glass at the bottom left corner of your monitor screen (next to the Windows/Start button).  If you don’t have the Search magnifying glass, click the Windows/Start button and scroll down to Search (and while you’re there right-click the word “Search” and select More and then Pin to Taskbar – so that it is always on your Taskbar).
  2. In the Search box type Mouse pointer
  3. Click Change how the mouse pointer looks when it’s moving
    – the Mouse Properties dialogue box displays
  4. Click the Pointer Options tab
  5. At the bottom of the dialogue box, ensure there is a tick in the checkbox Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key
  6. Click the OK button

Dialogue boxes showing the Windows Search box and Mouse Pointer options

COMING SOON: LinkedIn Learning access is on its way

For 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.

LinkedIn Learning access is on its way

Do you need to upskill in a hurry? Are you a curious person with an appetite for learning? Haven’t got time for a face to face course? LinkedIn Learning might be the solution you are looking for.

LinkedIn Learning access is On its way to UC.

LinkedIn Learning is an award-winning industry leader in online training and learning, with a digital library of over 16,000 courses covering a wide range of technical, business, software and creative topics.

We are working on providing you with access and plan to have this all in place in a month’s time.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information as we get closer to launching LinkedIn Learn for staff.

Don’t forget about our face to face workshops which are a key component of professional development and we urge you to utilise these. Find more information on the Learning and Development website.


Vice Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards – Applications open next Monday

We are welcoming applications for the Vice Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards from Monday 15 June 2020, and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards from Wednesday 17 June.

Applications for both awards close on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Changes to the Awards and Ceremony

Please note there are some amendments to the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards, which are now in two categories. The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Recognition and Health, Safety and Wellbeing Initiative Awards, please see the H&S internet site for more information, there is also a change to the ceremony dates this year.

Awards winners will still able to utilise the award in the same way as last year, however, the ceremony to recognise the winners will be moved out to around November with dates yet to be confirmed.


Upcoming SMC free video workshops – Winter 2020

SMC’s awesome and free video workshops are online this winter via Zoom>

These workshops are to help researchers gain new communication skills and to think about gathering footage throughout their research journey so when it comes time to publicising the results (or how you got there), you already have multimedia at your disposal.

The workshops are free to attend, but the application process is competitive – the best applicants will be selected based on the video concepts provided in the application form.

Upcoming video workshops – Winter 2020

Learn how to how to shoot, edit and publish short videos on your devices – all via Zoom!

Each session will meet for four classes online, all one hour each. We are offering two sessions with different schedules.

Option 1: Once a week – 18 June, 25 June, 9 July, 16 July (all are Thursdays) – Last day to register is Friday, 12 June 2020.

Option 2: Twice a week – 3 August (Monday), 6 August (Thursday), 10 August (Monday), 13 August (Thursday)
Last day to register is Friday, 24 July 2020.

Click here to register for either session.