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Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces: Symposium

This symposium is an opportunity for the UC e-Lab to share and celebrate current research and development so we can learn more about the breadth and depth of e-learning research at UC and beyond.

Date: 25 Nov 2019
Time: 9.30am (for 10am start) – 3.30pm
Location: Rehua 103, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury (Zoom location for virtual participants TBA)
RSVP: by 20 Nov to Cheryl.brown@canterbury.ac.nz

The theme is “Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces”, which we see as relating widely to all kinds of learning places and spaces including virtual and online blends.  The event will also be a celebration and acknowledgement of Distinguished Professor Niki Davis and her contribution to the Lab as its founding Director and leader.

Highlights include opening plenary by Professor Una Cunningham from Stockholm University who is speaking on Interlinked physical and virtual learning spaces as well as 13 Gasta presentations (short concise 5 min presentations) by students, staff and collaborators (including international expert on digital addiction Dr Olatz Fernandez Lopez from Monash University). It will be a thought provoking event with lots of opportunity for connection and discussion. The day will be concluded by Distinguished Professor Niki Davis reflecting on Co-evolving Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces.

For a more detailed program and brief descriptions of presentations see here>

Technology Information for Staff

Have you looked at the Technology Information for Staff web site yet? Have a quick look at it now to get a feel for what’s there.

The Technology Information for Staff site is a portal to the everyday things you need to know while doing your job here at UC.

If you are looking for IT information, this is the  place to start. It covers everything from passwords to training, remote access to electronic filing, SPAM to traveling with your mobile devices, Skype for Business to ergonomics, and more.

The Technology Information for Staff site also serves as an IT Induction for new staff, so please direct new staff members to it (it is also on the New Staff Orientation Checklist). If you are a new staff member you can work through it, starting on your first day and continuing from there.

You should find this website useful at any time. It is self-service, but you may need to ask a colleague to assist you from time to time. Managers /Heads may wish to nominate such a person, and should ensure that any new staff members know who to talk to when the content directs them to check with ‘a colleague’.

If you can’t find something, or have a suggestion for the Technology Information for Staff website, please email Learning and Development.

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Student First Programme: The Technology Story

The Student First Programme recently hosted an open information session on their Technology Story.

Ian Vanstone, Chief Technology Officer at IntegrationWorks, lead architect Kris Thornley and technology lead Dave Quennell spoke about digital trends in the education sector and other industries, and how the Student First Programme is working to create a leading edge platform and competitive advantage for UC. 


Missed the session? Watch the video here:

The Student First Programme team are planning more information sessions like this and we’d love to know what you want to find out more about. You can contact us at studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz

UC part of ‘Week of Engineering’

From welding chocolate to virtual reality bike rides and robotic vehicles, the ‘Week of Engineering’ has something for everyone.

Running from 31 July to 5 August in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the ‘Week of Engineering’ (now in its second year) is all about showcasing amazing engineering and attracting people to the profession.

170727 - Week of EngIPENZ Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene says it offers people the chance to indulge their curiosity, be challenged and explore an interactive world of engineering.

“More than 45 engineering organisations around the country will be giving the public a hands-on look at what engineers do – perfect for kids and anyone who wants an inside look at how things work.”

UC Engineering will have several displays at the expo at Ara Institute in Ōtautahi Christchurch, which will feature design-and-build competitions and interactive displays.

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UC is also involved in other engineering-related events during the week, including:

Engineering innovation improves students’ skills

Congratulations to Associate Professor Tom Cochrane who received the College of Engineering Teaching Innovation Prize recently.

Tom Cochrane with his Innovation Award
Tom Cochrane with his Innovation Award

The prize was for his ‘Preparing engineers for digital video communication’ framework, which enables students (and academics) to use video technology to communicate engineering results effectively.

Associate Professor Cochrane says communication skills are an integral part of an engineer’s formal education, but practice is needed to improve presentations.

PVC Engineering Jan Evans-Freeman presenting Tom Cochrane with his Innovation Award.
PVC Engineering Jan Evans-Freeman presenting Tom Cochrane with his Innovation Award.

“The ability to communicate effectively is a professional skill that all engineers should possess, but class sizes can limit students’ opportunities to do oral presentations and receive feedback on their skills.”

In response, Associate Professor Cochrane flipped the class room experience on its head by having students create video presentations to teach each other about different topics. Fellow classmates could then evaluate others’ skills, thereby learning skills for themselves in the process.

170725 Virtual Pres Tom CochraneThe technology is easy to use and allows for various learning and assessment opportunities.

“Self-awareness and practice are key elements for preparing engineers for digital video communication.

“Viewing yourself in a video can be daunting, but it does motivate you to practice and improve your communication skills,” Associate Professor Cochrane says.