Tag Archives: Professional Development

Save battery life: disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Background App Refresh

Having your mobile phone’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Background App refresh switched on in the background is a big drain on battery life.

Apart from the screen, one of the biggest drains on a mobile phone’s battery life is the energy the phone wastes trying to find and connect to Wi-Fi or data networks, and refreshing your apps. If you’ve ever noticed your battery plummeting while traveling in a car, it’s probably because your device is working overtime to connect to a mobile network as well as look for fresh content on all your apps.

So, when you don’t need those features, switch them off.

Go into your settings and switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Also, selectively switch off Background App refresh – you don’t need them refreshing all the time! You certainly don’t need ALL of them refreshing ALL the time. (You can manually refresh them.)

Reducing screen brightness and the length of time it takes your phone to go to sleep are also easy ways to extend your battery life.

Thanks for this tip to: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/how-to-improve-battery-life-tips-myths-smartphones

Also check out: Follow the “40-80 rule” for charging your phone


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history

Ako Aotearoa are hosting a face to face workshop in Chrsitchurch titled “Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history”.

Event Details
11 March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch
Costs: $195 +GST (includes booking fee)

This professional development workshop offers a brief visual history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for those who have not previously attended a Te Tiriti workshop. The workshop content covers several aspects of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand: the historical context before Te Tiriti; the Articles and signing of Te Tiriti itself; events after Te Tiriti; Te Tiriti today; and what Te Tiriti means for tertiary practitioners and educators.

More information can be found on the Ako Aotearoa website

“Developing the Next Generation of Researchers”

We are members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. This gives us access to a number of exciting and varied events and opportunities. An upcoming event is “Developing the Next Generation of Researchers” in March, in Ghana.

This event will provide an opportunity for senior academic staff and emerging researchers to explore innovative approaches to professional development and collaboration.  The workshop will be split into two halves: the first two days will be for early career researchers, the last two days for senior staff, and a cross-over day in the middle. Sessions will consist of panel presentations, group activities and discussion.

Please see the ACU website for more information.

ACU also offer Early Career Conference funding grants. These open sometime this month.

Follow the “40-80 rule” for charging your phone

All this time I have been waiting till my iPhone gets to less than 15%, then charging it overnight to 100%. But it turns out that’s wrong, wrong, wrong!

Most battery manufacturers recommend not letting your phone deplete below 40% or charge more than 80%.

So once your phone gets down to 40% charge, plug it in.
Then once it hits 80% charge, unplug it.

Avoid leaving your phone plugged in all night because that takes it up to 100%, which is not ideal. Doh!!

(Of course, sometimes you need it charged to 100% and that’s fine. This tip is about everyday-life usage.)


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Got some suggestions? Please leave a comment below or let me know.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

2020 Professional Development course dates released

2020 course dates are now available on the new look Learning and Development intranet page !

Make sure you get in quick and book arrange your development as the courses can fill up fast. Health and Safety courses included.

Having your PD&R soon? You will see a printable calendar view of the Learning and Development courses for you to print and take with you.


If you would like to know more, or can’t find what you are looking for, please email our team.