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Pasifika Professional Development Day *New*

We are excited to offer you a brand new course!
Pasifika Talanoa – a Professional Development Day for UC staff.

The purpose of this programme is to provide an interactive and fun opportunity for UC staff to grow and build on your cultural responsiveness to Pasifika students, their families and communities, and to engage more effectively with the UC Pasifika Strategy.

If you want to learn how to support Pasifika success at UC then this course is for you.
Click here to find out more about the day and to secure your place.
Enrolments are open now, don’t wait.

To find out more about Professional Development opportunities, please visit our learning and development intranet site, or you can email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

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.

NZ Sign Language Introductory Courses

NZ Sign Language Introductory Courses cover finger-spelling alphabet and basic phrases, numbers, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar. No previous NZSL experience is required and the course is open to both students and staff.

Classes will be held each Thursday of term 1 from 12noon to 12.50pm in the Puaka-James Hight building. The dates are 22 Feb, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March.  Handouts are provided, there is no structured homework though practicing signs between classes is encouraged to enhance your learning. 

For the course to run in term 1 there needs to be a minimum of 10 participants. Courses will be offered in terms 2, 3, and 4 most likely on the same day and time and provided there are at least 10 attendees. Please email me if you’d like to register for the term 1 course, and I will send you a payment form (the cost is $60).

Here is some feedback from a previous course:

During term 3 I was fortunate enough to learn sign language through a course offered by the University. I signed up to this course because I think as an official New Zealand language it is something we should all know the basics in. My speech and hearing is something I take for granted every day and learning sign language gave me a greater appreciation for the abilities that I have, as well as allowing me to communicate with the deaf community. I definitely intend on continuing to learn sign language, to extend my conversational skills and to continue learning about deaf culture. Sign language is a transferable skill across study, work and our day to day lives. I encourage you all to consider taking this course next time it is offered, you will learn how to sign common phrases, ask questions and master basic conversations. 

Nicola McDonald
Disability Resource Advisor
nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz

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