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Term 4 NZ Sign Language Course

The Disability Resource Service is offering an introductory course in NZSL, each Thursday of Term 4, 4.30 to 5.30pm.

Learn the finger-spelling alphabet, basic phrases and grammar, some uni lingo and about Deaf culture. Open to staff and students, the cost is $60.00.

Spaces are limited so be in quick as this is the last course for the year. For more info visit: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

Course Coordinators can review notes from Peer Notetakers

Along with other changes this year, the Disability Resource Service (DRS) has swapped to using Learn as a hub, where students receiving peer notetaking can download their lecture notes. A page called ‘Disability Resource Service – Peer Notetaking’ has been set up for this purpose and Course Coordinators now have access to this page.

Ensuring that students with disabilities receive access to high quality lecture notes is a priority for DRS. Course Coordinators are invited to review the notes from their course/s in Learn and provide feedback on the quality to: disabilities@canterbury.ac.nz.

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Peer notetaking at UC

Tim Rowe discusses the rollout of peer notetaking at UC.


The rollout of peer notetaking at UC has been a major undertaking for the Disability Resource Service (DRS) in 2016.

Fortuitously, this innovation has coincided with the introduction of UC’s new Co-curricular Record programme, and getting peer notetaking counted as one the activities connected with CCR has been fantastic from our point of view.

Among other benefits, the CCR programme offers a way of making peer notetaking more attractive to students who might be contemplating applying. Beyond the small monetary incentive DRS can offer and the knowledge that their notes help other students with disabilities succeed in their studies, CCR recognition of DRS notetakers provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate qualities like empathy, community engagement, and an enterprising spirit to potential employers. This is a significant benefit and could make all the difference to them when they graduate and enter the competition of the job market.

As a nice ancillary, connecting peer notetaking with the CCR programme helps broaden acceptance of differences and promotes the work that DRS does to assist students with disabilities achieve their goals at UC.

Click here for an example of a CCR Work readiness skills / Graduate Attributes matrix.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

NZSLW2016_Website_LogoIt’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week this week – a celebration of one of our country’s official languages.

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner encourages all New Zealanders to take part in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week to celebrate one of the country’s official languages and its role in developing a strong Deaf community.

NZSL Classes

UC runs regular sign language classes, which are open to staff and students. These classes fill up very quickly, so if you’re interested in learning NZSL please email disabilities@canterbury.ac.nz about upcoming courses in Terms 3 and 4 or visit www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability

You will learn finger spelling (alphabet), basic communication and signs, including some university-related ones, and a little about Deaf culture.

More about New Zealand Sign Language Week

The week runs from 9 May to 15 May. For more information on what is happening around the country, visit: http://deaf.org.nz/nzslw-2016-events