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Te Ako Anamata | Future Learning and Development is excited to invite UC staff to the next instalment of our monthly Ako Anamata: EdTalks, which will be given by DLTP Scholar Dr Rosie Cameron from the College of Engineering.

Date: Tuesday 13 July
Venue: University of Canterbury Club (Ilam Homestead)
Time: 4pm – 6pm

The session includes:

  • 4.00pm: Welcome and introduction – Dr Brad Hurren, Kaiwhakawhanake Akoranga | Academic Developer
  • 4.05pm: An update from the Vice-Chancellor – Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor
  • 4.20pm: DLTP presentation – Adaptive Learning Technologies in MATH101 – Dr Rosie Cameron, Pūkenga | Lecturer
  • 4.55pm: Close, followed by networking with colleagues

DLTP Presentation – Adaptive Learning Technologies in MATH101

Over recent years, the cohort of students in MATH101 has included many students who lack the foundational mathematics skills that they need to succeed in the course. Many students also have low mathematics self-efficacy and are apprehensive about studying mathematics.

The initial stage of the project will be to explore different tools and teaching methods that have potential application to a redesigned MATH101. One such tool is adaptive learning which provides students with targeted remediation and automated support. This provides them with the opportunity to master initial, prerequisite content and then build on these acquired skills as they encounter content that is more complex. It also gives students experience of success in mathematics learning which will hopefully improve their self-efficacy and confidence.

DLTP monthly talks
Our DLTP (Distributed Leadership in Teaching Programme) Scholars have been successful in applying for the opportunity to secure both time and funding to explore their interests in teaching and learning. More information on the DLTP can be found here.

These monthly talks provide an exciting opportunity for DLTP scholars to showcase their work, as well as to give you a brief update on what’s happening in the wider teaching and learning areas at UC. The Ako Anamata: EdTalk is also time for colleagues and friends to get together and network in an informal setting. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information please contact Dr Brad Hurren.

Erskine Fellows

Associate Professor Jenny Cameron – hosted by Associate Professor Kelly Dombroski in the School of Earth and Environment 


Associate Professor Cameron is visiting from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Jenny Cameron is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Newcastle (Australia), and she is Deputy Chair of the international Community Economies Institute. Jenny retired from the University of Newcastle in 2019 and moved across the Tasman to live permanently in her little crib in Moeraki (which she built over 30 years ago). Jenny is still active as an economic geographer and continues to research and publish on the innovative ways that communities and companies are putting an ethic of care for other people and the planet at the heart of their economic decisions. She is also the Deputy Chair of the Community Economies Institute, and she jokes that she has swapped University administration for administration of an international non-profit with fifty core members and the associated Community Economies Research Network that has nearly 300 members from all parts of the globe.

“I have really appreciated the opportunity to connect with colleagues, to interact with first-year students and to spend time with post-graduate students. The Erskine Programme is truly unique; it’s a great way to ‘open doors.’

Ticket giveaway: Works for Flute and Percussion


The School of Music has 2 double passes to giveaway to the concert: 

Hannah Darroch and Justin DeHart: Works for Flute and Percussion

This concert on 27 June celebrates exciting duo repertoire for flute and percussion, performed by CSO’s principal flutist Hannah Darroch and UC’s Senior Lecturer in Music Performance, percussionist Justin DeHart. In their first appearance performing together, the duo will present classics by Toru Takemitsu, Lou Harrison, and Gareth Farr alongside more recent pieces by innovative composers from around the world. Hannah will also premiere a new solo flute work commissioned from New Zealand composer Chris Gendall. Special consideration was taken by the duo to select works that take advantage of the wonderful acoustics in the Great Hall at the Arts Centre. Come and enjoy music for flute, alto flute, and piccolo; rosewood marimbas, drums, antique cymbals, woodblocks, and more!

You can read more about this concert in the following news article

To win, email naomi.vandenbroek@canterbury by 5pm Wednesday June 23 with Music Ticket Giveaway in the subject line. Lucky winners will be notified by email by midday Thursday 24 June.

Introduction to UC Pastoral Care Code Project Manager

Welcome to Sharon Forbes, who is starting this month on a fixed term contract as the UC Pastoral Care Code Project Manager. 

Sharon will be working across the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.  UC work days will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and can be contacted via email

Sharon has been contracted to carry out a gap analysis report for UC across teams and to complete UC 2021 self-review reporting requirements. With a background in Project Management, over 10 years as an Academic, Sharon is familiar with the Pastoral Code having recently been contracted by Universities New Zealand (UNZ) to carry out the 2020 self-reviews and to develop the 2021 self-review draft template.