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University Community Engagement: Lessons from the US

How can universities use their resources, knowledge, and student skill and passion to address real-world issues and challenges in their communities?

World-wide, academic service-learning and other forms of university-community engagement help students learn academic content, develop civic and professional skills, and apply their knowledge to real-world problems. In this Prestige Lecture, Visiting Canterbury Fellow Dr Paul Matthews (University of Georgia, USA) shares the key components, best practices, and research around academic service-learning, with examples from a range of disciplines and partnerships.

This lecture will be of interest to anyone involved in delivering courses, programmes and activities that encourage and support students’ engagement within their communities.


When: Tuesday 6 August, 4pm – 6pm
Where: Community Engagement Hub, Rehua 108
Find out more at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/events/active/uc-events/university-community-engagement-lessons-from-the-us.html 

Moodle & Online Teaching Workshops

If you’ve got an idea about your course, want to build it with student’s engagement features, or simply interested in finding out more about Moodle, these recurring workshops are designed to respond to the academic staff requests and focus on four areas:

Tuesdays    @ 9:00am        Online Assessment
Tuesdays    @ 12:00pm     Online Course Design
Thursdays @ 9:00am        Increase engagement & interaction
Thursdays @ 12:00pm     Drive Moodle like a “PRO”

All four workshops are practical and hands-on sessions facilitated by Mushtak Dawood, Flexible Learning Advisor,  eLearning Support Team. Sessions will take place in the DEN, level 2 Puaka-James Hight building (except sessions on 26 Sept and  5 Oct).

URL: http://canterbury.libcal.com/calendar/teaching_online for session schedule. Meanwhile, please post your questions to our live virtual forum here.

Explosions and colour entertain

Visiting Erskine Fellow Mark Turnbull did a Magic of Chemistry show to over 300 people in early June in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry in conjunction with UC Chemistry and ChemSoc.

There were plenty of explosions and colour changes to entertain and
educate the mainly school age audience, and it was great to see our Erskine visitors engaging with the wider community.

170621-chemistryMark is a gifted orator and held the audience captive with his pet ‘chameleon’ (a colour changing solution in a large conical flask) that needed to be watered at regular intervals so it didn’t get too red and angry, and exploding hydrogen balloons! With a story for each demonstration, he entertained and educated, and had most of the  audience down the front at the end with multiple questions and requests for photos.

From the Department of Chemistry Newsletter Issue #505