Tag Archives: IT Learning

Ready for Semester 1?

With the start of the semester only a few days away, what do I need to consider, before walking into a teaching space?

It could be one I have used before, or a new one to me.

Use the links below to LEARN, with teaching staff log in.

Upgraded teaching spaces

A number of spaces have been upgraded and enlarged over the summer period. Some building names have even changed.

There may be new lecterns, controls, annotation monitors, and microphones.

It may be worth viewing spaces well before teaching, rather than being surprised on the day.

Windows 10

We now have Windows 10 installed in Resident PCs – the PC in teaching space lecterns.

Common mistakes

It is easy to forget simple things, in the rush to get in and get started. And when finishing up.

Lecture capture

The new Echo360 has been in place since late last year. And more teaching spaces than ever, now have lecture capture installed.

Noting there is no backup, or just-in-case capture taking place. Semi-automated lecture capture only takes place in installed spaces, if requested and confirmed in advance. Consider this well in advance, for Semester 2.

Dealing with fire and emergencies

When teaching, be prepared for those rare situations.


This can be requested though a quick web form on Assyst Self Service, selecting Services on the left, and then the provider.

All the best for your first teaching activity.

8 great computer tricks

According to Stuff.co.nz, these are the best computer tips submitted by readers.

8 great computer tricks everyone should know

Tech Tips is away for February and will return in mid-March.

Check out our Archive of Tech Tips. Click the link, then hit the ‘End’ key on your keyboard to jump to the end of the Archive list where the most recent Tips are.

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Please leave a comment below.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

Why a Tech Tip?

Why Tech Tips?

My aim is to help you get the computer program side of things out of the way so that you can get on with what it is that you actually want to do. That’s it. Minimise interference. Because as powerful as our computers are in assisting us with our work, they sure have a knack for getting in the way.

So look through the Tech Tips Archive and see what grabs your interest. Have you seen the Technology Information for New Staff? (You don’t have to be new at UC to find it useful.) Let me know in the comments section below if there are particular things you’d like to know.

Unless, of course, you actually want to wrestle with the computer!

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

Data Analysis Using R workshops

The Statistical Consulting Unit is having another run of its popular `Data Analysis Using R´ workshops. The workshops are free and primarily directed at postgraduate students and members of staff, who need to improve their data analytic skills.

  • Introductory Data Analysis (DA1) will take place on 14 – 15 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm, and will cover fundamental statistical concepts, such as sampling distribution, hypothesis testing, p-values and confidence intervals, as well as introduce linear regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA). No prior knowledge of R is required.
  • Advanced Data Analysis (DA2) will take place on 18 – 19 April, 10.00am – 4.00pm, and will extend the material of DA1 to include generalised linear models (useful, when your response variable is a count or a binary yes/no) as well as repeated measures and hierarchical experimental designs.

There are still places left.

To register or for further information, please email Daniel Gerhard at daniel.gerhard@canterbury.ac.nz

Are you using this technology? Innovative online symposium

Is anyone else doing this?

Una Cunningham of Teacher Education and Jeanette King of Aotahi convened the Third UC Intergenerational Transmission of Minority Languages Symposium: Challenges and Benefits, which opened on 11 December 2017.

The symposium was entirely online and asynchronous. Presenters send in pre-recorded video presentations which are uploaded to YouTube and Figshare (so each presentation gets a doi number). The understanding is that uploading implies consent to having the material available under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY 4.0). Then each presentation has a page on our Learning & Teaching Languages Research Lab WordPress site  with the name and affiliation of the author(s), the abstract they submitted previously, an embedded link to the YouTube version of the video file, and information about how to cite the presentation including a mention of the symposium and the doi number which links back to the Figshare version of the file (generally in the less compressed version supplied by the author), which in turn also links to the symposium WordPress page. The comment function is enabled, but moderated.

The format attracted presenters from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Italy, Taiwan, Argentina, Belgium, the Netherlands, India, Qatar and Brazil as well as Australia and New Zealand. Presenters had the opportunity to share their work indefinitely, with a very wide audience, and to receive comments and enter into discussion with others, inside and outside academia, without any kind of paywall.

We haven’t heard of this being done elsewhere, but we would love to hear about it if someone at UC is doing this too or knows of anything similar. Please take a look at some of these presentations and let us know what you think!