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When is Windows 10 coming to teaching spaces?

A number of teaching spaces have a computer installed in the lectern, for teaching staff. This is known as the ‘Resident PC’.

With Windows 10 having been around since mid-2015 – and by now well bedded in – it is time to take advantage of this operating system, within live teaching activities. The physical PC will stay the same. And an upgrade of the install on Resident PCs, from Windows 7 to Windows 10, will be for Semester 1, 2018.

What does this mean for teaching staff?

It means a pretty similar looking way of working with a PC, a few slightly different ways of doing things, and some enhancements.

What is different?
  • A new look start menu, with ’tiles’ to assist finding programmes. A folder icon is there, for accessing files, such as on a plugged in USB memory drive.
  • There are more programmes for easy access, on the task bar, at the bottom of the screen.
  • Office 2016 will be opening presentations and documents, so you may just want to test existing materials out beforehand.
How about accessing the internet?

All the usual web browsers will be available, with each now having  a consistent set of UC teaching-specific favorites/bookmarks appearing in the toolbar.

How about accessing presentations or documents?
  • It is still recommended files be on a USB memory drive, or by having them on LEARN for access.
  • For those that really have to log out, and log in, the existing process will take longer. Much quicker to use a new ‘Remote Desktop’ programme on the task bar.  For this make note of your computer ID, found on a white UC label on your PC/laptop.
When can I try this out?

From Friday 8 November. Just check Timetable Reports, to ensure spaces are available, before heading over to:

  • Engineering Core E5
  • Jack Erskine 101
  • Jack Erskine 111
  • Jack Erskine 121
  • Undercroft 101 (seminars)
  • Dovedale  DD02 (meetings/video conferencing)
  • Wheki 104

For more guidance on Resident PCs, and teaching space technologies, head to LEARN, with teaching staff login.

Ngā mihi,

Audio Visual Services, with Client Technologies Support and e-Learning Support.

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

Check out our Archive of Tech Tips – open the Archive and tap the “End” key on your keyboard to jump to the end of the Archive list where the most recent Tips are.

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Storytelling and difficult conversations for change

“Change is coming, change was always coming, and resistance is futile”. Michelle Dickinson Nano Technology Engineer at 31October Human Synergistics Conference.

This culture conversation explores the impact of change and generates ideas for building resilience.

The next session by Alan Palmer is at Ilam – Erskine 121, 2-3pm Thursday 9 November.

Email alan.palmer@canterbury.ac.nz to book your place. Booking not essential but helpful in planning materials/handouts etc.

This workshop is part of a series of culture conversations alternating between Ilam and Dovedale Campuses. Join us in an informal workshop environment and share your knowledge and experiences from your team with a wider group. The workshop will be facilitated by Alan Palmer. The purpose of these workshops is to encourage teams across Learning Resources to meet and learn from each other about shaping a constructive work place culture that values people.

For the dates of further sessions refer to the following timetable link. Please forward this blog to anyone you think may be interested.

 Testimonials- “Thanks so much, a very interesting session that provided much fuel for thought and an excellent brainstorming discussion.  I have lots of ideas to mull over with my team”

“Interesting to hear what other teams around LR are doing and in trying to bring other ideas into my own work to help spark new and innovative ideas.”

“When I am having a sucky day, this [culture] session reaffirms why I like working here”

He aha te mea nui o te ao What is the most important thing in the world? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata It is the people, it is the people.


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.

Considering travel with a mobile phone or tablet?

Will you travel with your mobile phone?
Will you travel with a tablet/iPad?

If you answered Yes to either of those questions, even if you just travel for personal reasons, then this guide is for you:

Mobile Device Usage Guidelines
for UC Staff Who Travel

In addition to these guidelines being just plain useful, if you are planning to use a UC mobile device while travelling, you also need to be aware of your responsibilities around its use and how you can make the best use of it.

Check out our Archive of Tech Tips – open the Archive and tap the “End” key on your keyboard to jump to the end of the Archive list where the most recent Tips are.

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