Tag Archives: Professional 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. 

Feedback – art or science?

Is feedback an art or a science?

Complete LinkedIn Learning’s: Giving and Receiving Feedback to learn both the art and the science behind why feedback is so crucial to developing yourself and others at work.

During this course, Gemma Leigh Roberts shows how to give effective feedback, ask for feedback and use the responses as a tool to improve personal performance. 

LinkedIn Learning Course Objectives:

  • Getting comfortable asking for feedback
  • Overcoming blind spots
  • Creating a growth mindset
  • Giving effective and unbiased feedback

As a UC staff member you could access over 6,000 videos via LinkedIn Learning ranging from Software development, Photography through to personal growth and leadership skills – all for free.

Visit our page for the UC LinkedIn access.

Type Using Macrons

Macrons are an important part of writing te reo Māori accurately. They indicate vowel length. Vowel length can change meaning.

To type a macron, tap the ~ key followed by the vowel that you wish to place a macron above. eg,  ~+a = ā~+A = Ā

Note: the ~ key, or tilde key, is just below the Esc key in the upper left corner of the computer keyboard

Macrons will only work if you have first enabled macrons on the computer or device you wish to use macrons on. To configure your Outlook email to display macrons  consistently you need to set Outlook’s Options to use something called Unicode UTF-8 encoding. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either! Don’t worry, it’s a simple process and here’s how:

PC: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/setting-outlook-use-utf8-32242.html

MAC: Go to your Mac’s Outlook Preferences > Composing. Then look for the label Preferred encoding for new messages and select Unicode (UTF-8).

My colleagues and I have written some other Tech Tips for macrons that you may find useful too: Te tohutō: The macron and how to enable the Māori keyboard Type on an iPad using Macrons with a Bluetooth keyboard Type on an iPhone or iPad using Macrons Type on a Samsung Galaxy S4 using Macrons


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