Category Archives: Learning & Development

Keep learning with UC’s LinkedIn Learning

Want to keep learning during Lockdown?  Have you discovered UC’s LinkedIn Learning account yet? 

LinkedIn Learning features a digital library of over 6,000 courses covering a wide range of interpersonal, leadership, online teaching and software topics, as well as wellbeing, personal interest and creative courses.

Sign in via the link on the UC website (accessing directly via google won’t let you access for free) Once you’re in, browse around! Take a course, learn  something new and apply it in your day-to-day! Then share your learnings and recommended courses with your colleagues.

*Access is granted to those in continuing and long term fixed term.

If you find a course that you think would benefit a wider UC audience, we’d love to hear about it. Please email learning and development with course information. 

Teaching and learning during lockdown – resources by UC staff

Just taking a moment to share a collection of research articles and blogs by UC staff on T&L during lockdown – some of these have just been released online.  

Brown, C., Datt, A., Forbes, D., Gedera, D., Hartnett, M. (2021) Report: University students online learning experiences in COVID-times.

Journal publications:
Clarke, J. & Munro D. (2020) Student experiences of online learning due to Covid-19. New Zealand Annual Review of Education 26. 130-140
Munro D. & Clarke, J. (2020). Best practices for supporting student experiential learning in an online environment during emergency situations. New Zealand Annual Review of Education 26. 141-152

Blogs/ News articles:
Dabner, N. 2020. I ‘C’ you … communication, community, connectedness and co-construction within the context of tertiary education responses to COVID-19. ASCILITE Technology Enhanced Learning Blog.
Brown, C., Datt, A., Forbes, D., Gedera,D., Hartnett, M., Alfonso, C., and Mohamed, Z. (2020) Student experiences of online learning in COVID-times. ASCILITE Technology Enhanced Learning Blog.
Brown, C. (2020) What do students need in the age of lockdown learning. The Conversation

Thanks to Associate Professor Cheryl Brown for compiling this list. 

Free wellbeing webinar today (Thursday) at 1pm

With all the planning in the world, a Covid-19 outbreak can still trigger feelings of anxiety, stress, frustration, fatigue, and even anger.

You may be experiencing these feelings yourself. Your people leaders may be feeling this way, and so may your wider team. And that’s okay.

Join us for a webinar tomorrow at 1 PM, where Sir John Kirwan and Dr Fiona Crichton will be hosting The return to Level 4 lockdown – reaction & coping strategies

This session will help offer some ideas on what we can do to care for ourselves and those around us, plus what tools and content within the Mentemia app can be used to put ideas into action.

This is a great session to share with your people to support them during this Level 4 lockdown and build awareness of the Mentemia app in your organisation.

We understand the quick turnaround of this webinar may mean that you cannot attend, so we will ensure that all registered attendees are sent a recording after the event.

Don’t miss out – register now!

To further help you and your team, we’ve rounded up our best resources developed to help people cope with the challenges of Covid-19.

This includes:

Learn NZSL in Term 4!

The Equity & Disability Service offers an introductory New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) course, which will be held in the Puaka James Hight building each Thursday in Term 4 (Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21) from 12-12.50pm.

Participants are taught:
• The finger-spelling alphabet
• Basic phrases
• Some university-specific vocabulary
• Basic grammar
• Deaf culture

No previous NZSL experience is required.

Attendees have the option of further developing their NZSL through community-based courses.

The course is open to both current students and staff and the cost is $60.  For more information, please visit the website here>

Watch UC student Benazir and Disability Advisor Nicola to see how you can meet and greet in NZSL here

New Zealand Sign Language Course | Disability Resource Service | University of Canterbury

2021 Women of Influence

The search for 2021 Women of Influence continues! We would like to encourage everyone to nominate an incredible wāhine they know who helps making Aotearoa a better place, especially as we have so many here at UC. 

There are ten award categories that can be entered into, and you have until 16 August to make your nomination. 

The Women of Influence programme is also hosting its annual Speaker Series in July and early August, with breakfast events in Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Please find details for the Christchurch Speaker Series here>

These events provide great networking opportunities for your work teams, colleagues and friends with a stellar lineup of speakers and hosts that make for an engaging and thought-provoking morning –  a great way to get out of the office for a couple of hours and come away feeling inspired!

For more about the speaker lineup and to book tickets, as well as more about nominations, visit