Happy New Year! You will recall as part of Whiria te taura tangata we ran two Weaving the Rope sessions last year. In September Karen Mather (Organisational Development Manager) and Pam Wilson (Senior Consultant from Human Synergistics) facilitated a session on “How Culture Works”. In November Professor Michael Leiter from Deakin University ran a session on workplace civility and respect.
We are kick-starting 2020 with the third Weaving the Rope session on Wednesday 12 February. We are fortunate to have Shaun McCarthy (Managing Director of Human Synergistics Australia and New Zealand) and Pam Wilson on campus. Shaun will talk about the role Organisational Culture plays when implementing a new organisational strategy. We will then look at how continuing to focus on building a constructive culture will support implementation of the strategy and contribute to the likelihood of success.
During the session we will take a look at UC’s culture results and help make the links between our results and our new strategy. We’ll look at what our results are telling us in terms of what will help us and also what may need some focus to set us up for success.
For those who have not heard Shaun speak before, he is a wealth of knowledge and always attracts a large crowd! Numbers are limited to 125 per session, to secure your seat please register for one of the two events below via Eventbrite. The session will go for one hour with the option to stay for a further 30 minutes for questions and further discussion.
I would also like to hear if there is interest in Shaun McCarthy running a more technical session on Thurs 13 Feb 1pm-2pm. In the past there have been questions about the research, statistics and norms. This will go ahead if we have sufficient registrations. This would be suitable for those who would like to delve more deeply into the workings of Human Synergistics tools. It would be very helpful to send through questions you have – this will help to shape the session. Numbers are limited to 50 for this session. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in attending this technical session.
Zumba is a party. It’s exercise in disguise. Take two ZESs (that’s Zumba speak for master trainers), put them on a stage with lights and let them go! The result is a dance party like no other!
Maria is now based in Christchurch, and Jarrod has flown over from Sydney. Together, they’ll be delivering 90mins of pure Zumba joy on Saturday 8th February at the UC RecCentre. Doors open at 6pm, and the class will run from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.
Tickets cost $25, and we’ve got a very special discounted rate for RecCentre Members, just $15. This event is being hosted by CC Productions, which means tickets aren’t purchased at the RecCentre. They are pretty easy to get though. To get yours, email Lis Cribb firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll get you sorted. You can also check out the Facebook event page.
Come and hear how Project-Based learning has been successfully adopted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA.
Date: Friday 31 January Time: 1 – 2pm Venue: John Britten foyer – No need to register
Professor Gary Pollice from WPI will discuss the role of project-based learning and motivations for and benefits from using it.
Examples of implementing projects in the classroom and throughout the curriculum will be highlighted to illustrate how project-based learning develops critical thinking and other skills that our graduates today need to have for success in their careers.
Results as provided by students, alumni, faculty and employers are presented alongside a discussion of some of the challenges and successes with project-based learning in the classroom and in WPI’s global projects program.
On 10 November 2019 LEARN was upgraded, changing the way it looks and where you find things.
There are a number of resources in the e-Learning Help for staff page on those changes, but for those wishing to have a demonstration and discussion in person, we are running three brief sessions in the lead up to the start of Semester 1.
The details of these sessions are as below, no sign up is required.
Mon 10 Feb, 10am in Poutama, Level 3, Central Library
Tue 11 Feb, 2pm in Poutama, Level 3, Central Library
Wed 12 Feb, 11am in Poutama, Level 3, Central Library
Do you know an excellent teacher or teaching team who deserve wider recognition?
Then take a moment to nominate them for a UC Teaching Award or the UC Teaching Medal.
Nominations for the 2020 Teaching Awards and UC Teaching Medal are open from now until 18 May, so kick start your year now.
Don’t forget that there is also an award available for implementing a single special teaching innovation, and that all teaching awards also bring with them a financial reward. The process is simple: complete a one-step form.
All awards recognise excellence in teaching (including thesis supervision) in both undergraduate and graduate programmes. The teaching medal is UC’s highest award for teaching and leadership.
Further information and nomination forms are available on the Teaching Awards or the Teaching Medal websites.