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Learning and Development Training November

Chairing Effective Meetings provides each participant with practical insights and opportunities to develop more effective chairperson skills for semi-formal or formal meetings.

When: Monday 9th November

Communication Skills allows participants to reflect on their communication competence through interactive exercises and to employ practical tools they can integrate into their repertoire.

When: Thursday 12th November

Plan for your future with Planning for Retirement – Understand your options to deal with all the changes you will face in retirement. This programme is for all ages & partners are welcome

When: Wednesday 18 November 

To register – the form is on the webpage of each course.


Not what you are looking for? Contact the L&D Team! learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz

 

Don’t type that text – dictate!

Do you know you can dictate your messages on your iPhone or iPad? Yes, you can speak into the device, and it will convert your words to written text.

Wait – if you don’t bother with text messages, hear me out here: this tool is useful in many ways beyond text messages.

For example, I might dictate my text into an email on my iPhone or iPad instead of typing it. Or dictate a text note to myself.  Or dictate some text which I will then cut and paste into another program or app that doesn’t offer the ability to dictate. Think laterally here.

Many current Smartphones and tablets allow this, so check out yours and give it a go. If you’re an Android or Windows phone user, please let us know in the Comments how you set this up on your device.

You might need a bit of practise but you’ll get there pretty fast. There are some tips after the following steps, so read on.

On your iPhone or iPad, open a new text message or email.

1. Tap into the message area.

2. Tap the small microphone button beside the space bar at the bottom of your keypad display.

3. Speak your message into the iPhone or iPad as if you were talking to the base of the phone (not as if you are talking to a person). Hold it like a piece of toast you are about to bite!

4. When you are finished, tap the Done button at the base of the display. The text you dictated will appear in the message area.

5. Correct any errors manually by tapping into the text and making corrections using your fingers.

6. Once you’re satisfied with the message, tap Send.

Some helpful tips

If it doesn’t seem to work:
If your Smartphone – either iPhone or most of the Android alternatives – shows a microphone button but doesn’t seem to convert speech to text in the way I’ve just described, your dictation may need to be switched on.
To do this, go to  Settings > General > Siri, and then switch Siri on. Even if you don’t want to use Siri’s personal assistant features, you will need to switch Siri on for speech recognition to work.
Sadly, iPhone 4 models and older don’t have this feature.

Which functions does it work with?
Anything that gives you a keypad to type with – email, text, notes, and websites (although successfully dictating website addresses  might be a challenge).

Getting the best results:

         1. Speak your punctuation.
For example:

‘Hi bill comma new line looking forward to catching up tonight at 7 full stop new paragraph cheers comma martin’ will look as follows:

Hi Bill,
Looking forward to catching up tonight at 7.

Cheers, Martin

2. Noisy environments usually still work if you position the base of the phone, where the microphone is placed, close to your mouth.

3. Always proof-read the results – it’s pretty good but a few words usually need correction.

4. Do small bites of speech – no longer than 30 seconds. Press ‘Done’ each time you pause. Speak any longer and it gets indigestion.

5. It usually won’t work unless you’ve got internet connection – the words are going to a server for translation. Also, if your connection is very slow it might not work.

Credit goes to this Robyn Pearce for reminding me that this tip is definitely worth sharing! Robyn has lots of time management tips, so check out her writing too.
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Resize a window to extend across both your monitors

Last week we looked at resizing a window to fit half your computer monitor. This week we’ll go big.
Many of us have two computer monitors on our desk these days. So, what if you’d like to view one programme window across both monitors? For example, you might be viewing a really wide Excel spreadsheet and appreciate making it two screens wide. 
So today we’ll resize a programme window to stretch across both your computer monitors. This is worth mentioning because not everyone realises you can do this, and at the right time it’s a life saver!

1. Drag the programme window onto the left monitor, and carefully position it so that the top left corner of the programme window sits in the top left corner of your left monitor.

2. Position your mouse over the edge of the bottom right corner of the programme window. (Your mouse will become a double ended arrow when it is in the correct position.)

3. Click and drag the edge of the bottom right corner of the programme window to the right, stretching all the way across both monitors, into the bottom right corner of the right monitor.

4. Release the mouse in the bottom right corner of the right monitor.

The programme window now extends across both your monitors!

Reverse the process to return the programme window to its previous size.

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Health and safety training coming up

Coming up in November 2015

Places are still available on the following sessions:

Asbestos Awareness Seminar – 10 November (2 hours)
H&S Planning for Managers – 10 November (4 hours)
Approved Handlers Refresher – 11 November (3 hours)
First Aid Revalidation – 30 November (1 day)

For more information and to enrol or waitlist for any 2015 Health & Safety training workshops, please see the Health & Safety Information and Training Intranet.

Health and safety training – coming up

Coming up in  October and November 2015

Places are still available on the following sessions:

Fire Extinguisher Training – 13 October (3 hours)
First Aid Comprehensive – 21-22 October (2 days)
Safety Conversations (3 Modules) 2 hour sessions on 29 October, 2 November and 5 November

For more information and to enrol or waitlist for any 2015 Health & Safety training workshops, please see the Health & Safety Information and Training Intranet