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eLearning and eResearch on Tour

To help serve our customers based in Wellington and Christchurch we are visiting both of these campuses this week: Wellington on Tuesday September 2 and Christchurch on Thursday September 4. The visits will consist of an eLearning Services Overview in the morning which will give people the chance to see what eLearning services ITS has to offer and how you can find more out about them. This will be followed by the afternoon session which will be a ‘Drop In Session’ where two of our eLearning and eResearch Consultants will be available to offer assistance to staff in a 1-on-1 consultation about your eLearning and eResearch goals and we’ll try to assist as best we can. For more information please refer to the PDF documents below.



Otago Blogs and Otago Podcast Upgrade

On Friday 4th July we will be updating the software that delivers Otago Blogs and Otago Podcasts to the most recent version, WordPress 3.9.1. This will bring some new features to the service and also ensure that we are running the most up-to-date version.

New features include:

Improved Image Handling: Drag and drop images into posts, ehnhanced image editing within WordPress

Copy and Paste Straight from Microsoft Word: Waste less time cleaning up mangled text styles

New Video and Audio playlists: Now you can create playlists of video and audio and include them into posts. Similar to an gallery so you can combine related media items easily into one post.

Live Widget and Header Previews: Want to add a widget to your site but not sure how it will look? Now you can add widgets and see a live preview of your site. This will mean you can make changes to your site faster and not have to constantly refresh the page to see the effect.

To allow this upgrade to happen Otago Blogs and Otago Podcasts will be unavailable 9:30 – 10:30 am on Friday 4th July.

iPad Minis

eLearning has recently added to its inventory of iPads that are available for loan and now offers the loan of iPad Minis with Retina display to university staff.

A staff member can borrow one iPad Mini at a time and eLearning has a pool of 4 devices available. The devices are a great way to complete proof-of-concept testing without the need for a department to invest in a device.

The iPad Minis are provided with a “Wipe and Charge” policy which means that the devices are provided with no apps or settings pre-installed; this is the responsibility of the loanee to complete. This differs from the class sets of iPads which can be configured with custom settings and Apps pre-installed before they are provided to the customer.

Head to for more information about out iPad Loan service and a link to the booking form.