Tag Archives: ICT

25th International Conference on Computers in Education

The 25th International Conference on Computers in Education was held in the Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch, 4-8 December 2017.  
The conference is organised by the Asia-Pacific society for Computers in Education (APSCE). The International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) is an annual conference series encompassing a broad range of issues related to using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for education at all levels, ranging from pre-school to life-long learning.
ICCE 2017 is organized as a meta-conference with seven subconferences focusing on specialized themes.
The conference received a total of 213 papers. After rigorous reviews, 173 papers were accepted for the conference (49 full papers, 78 short papers and 62 posters). The proceedings are open for access from the conference/society websites.
The conference attracted a large number of participants: more than 320 participants more than 30 countries from Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa and Australia. The biggest group was from Japan (96 participants). There were four keynote speakers: – Professor Mike Sharples, Open University, UK – Professor Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia – Professor Eric Klopfer, MIT, USA – Professor Tsukasa Hirashim, University of Hiroshima, Japan.
The local chairs were Professor Antonija (Tanja) Mitrovic and Dr Moffat Mathews, CSSE. University of Canterbury, the College of Engineering and Unitec were among the sponsors. The PVC of the College of Engineering, Professor Jan Evans-Freeman welcomed the participants during the opening session. There were several cultural events during the welcome reception (mihi presented by AVC Liz Brown and a performance by MYG, a Samoan group), and the conference dinner (four pieces performed by the Christchurch City Choir, and a Maori performance) Many participants commented that ICCE 2017 was the best ICCE conference ever!

Longest serving Network Technician retiring

Learning Resources’ longest serving Network Technician Peter Cook is retiring after 22 years on the job. Chances are Peter patched your computer to the network at some time – possibly several times.

Peter started work at UC on 30 May 1996.

Many of you will remember Peter for his participation in various multi-disciplinary athletic endeavours, which included road running, cross-country, back-country,  cycling, swimming and kayaking.

More recently Peter and his wife Gaylene purchased a lifestyle block in North Canterbury where they now live and will no doubt keep Peter occupied in his retirement.

Peter will be farewelled at a morning tea on his last day on 11 August. His Learning Resources’ colleagues wish Peter and Gaylene all the best for the future and would like to thank Peter for all the work he has done to keep our network connected.

Minister visits SIGNAL ICT

The Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Paul Goldsmith visited SIGNAL ICT Graduate School this week to discuss the School’s innovative and disruptive approach to IT education.


The visit included meeting SIGNAL staff and students, industry partners and representatives of the SIGNAL parent institutions .

During his visit the Minister equated current tertiary education approaches with test cricket and posed the question  “what does the Twenty20 version look like?”    The Minister was welcomed by Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Dr Rod Carr as the lead TEO in the SIGNAL collaboration with Ara, Lincoln University, University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic.

Follow You Printing update

IT Services rolled out Follow You printing to student-facing areas last year.  The staff from Ricoh and IT Services are currently working on a replacement plan to add Follow You capability to all current Card Scan Printers (also known as Multi-Functional Devices – MFDs).  Please note that departments will no longer need to create a Purchase Order for moving printers or Card Scan Printers, as this is now covered by ITS.

We have now updated the forms in our Self Service portal under the selection Print & Copy Services are:

Updated forms are:

  • Additional Print Service Request
  • Move printer/Card Scan Printers within a building
  • Print services no longer required

New forms are:

  • Printing Services Feedback
  • Problem with Printer / Card Scan Printers
  • Doctoral Printing Allowance

Removed forms are:

  • Unused Toner

Clive Keylard
Information Technology Services

SIGNAL ICT Grad School Open

SIGNAL – the ICT Grad School for the South Island  – opened its doors to sites in Christchurch and Dunedin on 27 February.

signalAfter two years of collaboration, hard work and complex challenges SIGNAL director, Stuart Charters, says it’s no mean feat to bring five institutions together in pursuit of an IT education disruptor.

SIGNAL is a partnership between Ara Institute of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Otago Polytechnic, the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago.

“This is a New Zealand first. We were charged with building an ICT grad school where we all worked together. And we’ve done it; all institutions are collaborating across a selection of industry-driven programmes committed to building the IT workforce of the South Island.

And with more than 40 students already signed up for SIGNAL’s programmes, the effort has been worth it.

“SIGNAL as an entity is both agile and disruptive – it has to be to meet the very real and urgent needs of industry. But it also has the experience and teaching excellence of the five institutes behind it.

“And the timing of the ICT grad school couldn’t be better – businesses all over the south are challenged with how they keep up with tech which continues to gather speed.”

SIGNAL’s four keystone programmes cover the range of IT needs:

  • Educate for school teachers
  • Shift for those from other backgrounds wanting to move into the IT sector
  • Accelerate to supercharge recent grads’ skill set
  • Xtend, working with tech leaders to ensure businesses are future-proofed.

Dunedin’s SIGNAL site at 123 Vogel St is hosting its first cohort of Shift students from 27 February, Christchurch and Dunedin sites will host introduction Xtend and Accelerate workshops in March and Educate has its first boot camp at 181 High Street, Christchurch in April.  SIGNAL will also offer short-form courses.

Enrolments are open for our second Shift cohort to start in Christchurch in June.

To find out more about SIGNAL, visit www.signal.ac.nz or read the article on CIO