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Monthly Critical Windows 7 and Windows 10 Updates

At 5pm tomorrow (Friday 21 September), the monthly critical updates will be released to all Windows 7 and 10 SOE computers. 

In order to ensure Windows computers patch smoothly, staff are recommended to start installing updates, and log out of their computers when they finish work for the week.

If not already installed, the installation will be enforced at 11:55pm that night.

If a computer is off or in sleep mode overnight Friday, the updates will install the next time the computer is powered on. 

A restart will be enforced during the update process.

If you have questions about the monthly updates please go to https://assist.canterbury.ac.nz/.

Ready for Semester 1?

With the start of the semester only a few days away, what do I need to consider, before walking into a teaching space?

It could be one I have used before, or a new one to me.

Use the links below to LEARN, with teaching staff log in.

Upgraded teaching spaces

A number of spaces have been upgraded and enlarged over the summer period. Some building names have even changed.

There may be new lecterns, controls, annotation monitors, and microphones.

It may be worth viewing spaces well before teaching, rather than being surprised on the day.

Windows 10

We now have Windows 10 installed in Resident PCs – the PC in teaching space lecterns.

Common mistakes

It is easy to forget simple things, in the rush to get in and get started. And when finishing up.

Lecture capture

The new Echo360 has been in place since late last year. And more teaching spaces than ever, now have lecture capture installed.

Noting there is no backup, or just-in-case capture taking place. Semi-automated lecture capture only takes place in installed spaces, if requested and confirmed in advance. Consider this well in advance, for Semester 2.

Dealing with fire and emergencies

When teaching, be prepared for those rare situations.

Support

This can be requested though a quick web form on Assyst Self Service, selecting Services on the left, and then the provider.

All the best for your first teaching activity.

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.