Tag Archives: Professional Development

If Your Macrons Stop Working

From time to time I find my macrons suddenly stop working.
This is almost certainly because I have accidentally hit the Windows key + space bar, which is the shortcut to switch the keyboard input method from the Māori keyboard that I usually use, back to the US keyboard.

To correct this:
Press Windows key + space bar to switch it back
or…

1. Click the keyboard input language button, located at the far right end of your taskbar (in the bottom right corner of your monitor/screen).
It looks like this:

 

 

2. Then click English (New Zealand) Maori keyboard.

To use Macrons, see my Tech Tip Type Using Macrons.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Celebrating Fresh Thinking – Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Mathieu Sellier and Professor Greg O’Beirne in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date :    Thursday, 5 September, from 4.30 – 6.30pm

Venue: E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

‘Moving the boundaries of fluid mechanics’  – Presented by Professor Mathieu Sellier

Abstract: Many flows encountered in our daily lives involve a moving boundary. The shape of a raindrop, for example, evolves as it falls through the air. Likewise, the free surface of a river deforms as it encounters obstacles. While the mathematical ingredients required to describe such flows have been known since the late 19th century and are encapsulated in the infamous Navier-Stokes equations, solving complex flows with a moving boundary or interface still poses significant challenges and provides stimulating cross-disciplinary research opportunities. The question at the centre of the research I will present is “if information about the evolution of a moving interface is available, can we indirectly infer unknown properties of the flow?” Such a question falls in the realm of inverse problems for which one knows the effect but is looking for the cause. Specifically, I will talk about how it is possible to estimate the fluid properties of lava just by looking at how it flows or what is the best way to rotate a pan to cook the perfect crêpe.

‘Speech, noise, and the Matrix’ – Presented by Professor Greg A. O’Beirne

People with hearing impairment or auditory processing problems find it harder than most to understand speech in background noise, or when parts of the speech signal are missing or distorted. Despite this, most hearing tests still present either pure tones or single words in quiet, and usually use expensive equipment to do it. 

To overcome these shortcomings and better assess the ability to communicate in challenging acoustic environments, my lab has produced a number of innovative adaptive tests of speech intelligibility and auditory processing. These include i) the UCAST-FW – a filtered word test for the diagnosis of auditory processing disorder; ii) internet-based Digit Triplet Tests to screen for sensorineural hearing loss in New Zealand English, Te Reo Māori, and Malay; and iii) the University of Canterbury Auditory-Visual Matrix Sentence Test – a speech-in-noise test in New Zealand English and Malay that allows rapid testing of adults and school-age children, including their ability to use visual cues to supplement the auditory signal.

I’ll discuss how permanent hearing impairment reduces speech clarity even when sounds are audible, and how the testing platform we’ve developed provides an integrated set of tools for improving hearing screening and speech testing in New Zealand, Australia, and south-east Asia.

 

Putting the Development Back into Training & Development

NZATD Canterbury Branch invites you to their Event on
Thursday 22 August 2019:

“Putting the Development Back into T&D” – Practical Tips and a smattering of success stories.

Session Overview :  
Diane Edwards arrived at the Ports of Auckland back in 2011 at a time when leadership was in crisis.  She “inherited” staff who had been considered low potential and set about changing the leadership and therefore the culture of the Ports. Eight years on, all of her direct reports from that era have not only moved into the high potential category but have all gone on to be General Managers in their own right, leading high performing teams.

Event Plan

Date:     Thursday 22 August 2019

Time:      5.30 – 6.00 pm : Registration, Networking
6.00 – 7.00 pm : Presentation
  
Venue:    Ilam Homestead (formerly University Staff Club) , 87 Ilam Road, Christchurch 

Investment:
Members & Affiliates – $5.00 – (HRINZ, AITD, NSANZ, TechCommNZ, ICFA, IABC, NZOQ, CDANZ, DEANZ)

Non-Members – $10.00

To Register:  Registration Link

 

Are you sending emails to yourself?

We all do it. An idea for later. Something we must remember to do. Some ideas relating to a project.

For example, say you have an Outlook email folder containing email relating to a particular thing you are working on, and you’d like to save some thoughts of your own in the same folder…. So you send yourself an email containing those thoughts, which you then save in that work folder. Sound familiar?

There is a better way!
It is called
Post In This Folder, and it is a button in Outlook Mail.

To use Post In This Folder in Outlook Mail:

  1. Open the folder in Outlook that you’d like to post the note in
  2. Click the New Items button (at the left end of the Home Ribbon)
  3. Click More Items
  4. Click Post In This Folder
    – a blank note “page”  appears
  5. Add a subject line
  6. Write any notes you’d like to record
  7. Click the Post button

NOTE: if you use this button a lot, pin it to the Quick Access Toolbar so that you can access it quickly.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Do you want to undertake some Professional Development in 2019? Start booking your places & make the most of the courses available for the rest of 2019.

Spaces are available on the following September courses:

  • Leading Change – 17 September, 9am-3pm
    You will learn how to lead change by implementing changes quickly and effectively, creating an environment that is more nimble and conducive to improvements, turning resistance into engagement and commitment and taking proactive steps for keeping the initiative alive.
  • Creating Technical Materials – 19 September, 9am-4.30pm Practical exercises using participants’ workplace technical writing will target the ability to structure documents according to the audience, content and purpose, so information is conveyed with clarity.
  • Communication Skills – 24 September, 9am-4.30pm
    This customised one day workshop allows participants to reflect on their communication competence through interactive exercises and to employ practical tools they can integrate into their repertoire.

Do you need to get your First Aid Certificate revalidated? Remember you get three months from date of expiry to revalidate, or you will lose your certification. If you are due for renewal, join our First Aid Revalidation course on 13 September, 9am-4pm.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.