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Change the Default Temperature Unit in Calendar

If you have switched to Microsoft Outlook 2013 you may have noticed the weather displaying above your Calendar.  You may also have noticed that the default temperature unit is Fahrenheit – not Celcius, which we use here in New Zealand.

This is how you can change the default temperature unit in Outlook Calendar 2013 to Celcius (or even switch it off if you wish).


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P-Card Receipt Record-Keeping Made Easier

This is a great tool for keeping a record of receipts on your travels.

Use Microsoft Office Lens  to take a photo of a receipt – from any angle – then email it to yourself,  save it to your phone’s camera roll, or copy it to OneDrive or OneNote. Microsoft Office Lens  automatically straightens the photo and crops out the background.

When you return to work you will have a very-easy-to-gather collection of your receipts, already scanned and ready to submit.


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Online Experience Project – update and tips

After a very busy period of work the Online Experience Project team  has implemented a major change to the way the website works.

The website now sports a new navigation comprised of an updated Megamenu across the whole site, breadcrumbs and a new underlying Information Architecture (IA).

  • To develop these changes we employed a specialist User Experience Designer, and completed comprehensive user research and usability testing, using a variety of tools and methods.
  • The testing encompassed a ranges of ages from school leavers to seniors, with both domestic and international students, across staff and students, and with an almost 50/50 gender split.
  • The results for the tasks were well over 80% for success under a thirty second timeline, indicating the site is significantly more usable and logical for our site visitors.

What this means for you: if you have links saved as favorites you may need to replace them if your pages have moved to a new location, with the new URL’s – familiarise yourself with the new site.

Special URL’s (e.g. www.canterbury.ac.nz/subjects)  on published material will be redirected automatically until new print material is published or a decision is made to maintain them indefinitely.

The site has been developed with our customers in mind, to make it easier for those unfamiliar with the way the University has been structured to still find the right information or people to help them.

As with any change this may seem a little strange to those who are regular visitors, especially staff who are used to looking at it from an organisational structure perspective, however we are confident that the site will be much easier to use.

To support the changes and continue to maintain the usability of our website, with the availability of new analytics (delivered as part of the project) the web team will monitor the reports and refine the site structure should there be anything that requires tweaking after implementation.

We welcome your feedback so please email onlineexperienceproject@canterbury.ac.nz and let us know what you think.

Debbie Jones – Senior Project Manager – Online Experience Project

 

Efficiency Tips for everyday computer usage

Techno-Bites Efficiency Tips are designed to simplify your day, helping you to focus on the task at hand, not on the computer or program.

Techno-Bites (also known as Techno-Bytes for those old enough wise enough to know what a byte is) are short, to the point, computer skills efficiency tips.

So open the Techno-Bites Efficiency Tips and have a bite!

TIP: when you want to open a link in the PDF, right-click the link and choose “Open link in new tab” to keep the main document open

TIP: once you have opened the PDF, bookmark it for easy reference


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Are any of your courses recorded?

The system used for lecture capture is changing on Monday 20 November 2017.

An updated version of Echo360 is coming. It includes:

  • An improved look
  • New features, to benefit both teaching staff and students
  • A new system working in the background

How did the trial go?

We thank the teaching staff of the six courses trialing the new Echo360 this semester. Their survey found their opinion of the system, and the support provided, to be overwhelmingly positive.

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The student survey reported a high proportion finding it easy to use, and having an overall positive experience with it. This included accessing course recordings from a variety of locations, internet connections and devices.

How do I get started?

For teaching staff, starter familiarisation sessions are coming up in early November. They are on the Library calendar system, LibCal for booking.

There is concise guidance on Learn for using the new system.

A one-page summary of the changes is also there.

How can course recordings be transferred?

Course recordings will be stored differently. They have to be requested to be transferred, if needed. This would be if recordings are used each year, over and over.

Past course recordings will be on the old system for a limited time. Fill in a quick web form on Assyst to request a transfer.

Ngā mihi,

e-Learning Support and Audio Visual Services.