What can you do in June to become a better researcher?

better_researcher

You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to calendar.

Study Week (29 May – 2 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
1/6 10:00am Copyright, plagiarism and publishing integrity G10 2.25 Gold Coast
2/6 1:00pm Track, measure and demonstrate impact G10 2.09 Gold Coast

 

Exam Week 1 (5 June – 9 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
7/6 10:00am Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast

 

 Student Vacation (19 June – 23 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
21/6 10:00am Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan

Get wired!

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Information Services has streamlined the process for Griffith staff to get connected. Griffith’s wired network now consists of over 33,000+ active network ports.

How do I request a network port?
Easy! Just use our new network outlet installation form to log your request. You no longer have to log a job through the IT Service Centre.

Once the form has been logged, the Network and Collaboration team will come chat to you about your needs, take a few photos of the site and work with a contractor to install your new outlet.

All requests must comply with University policies, standards, and design guidelines & procedures. You are entitled to a network port for your PC/workstation and phone. You also can use the wireless network if you have a laptop/tablet etc.

How do I connect my PC to a wired network port?
Before plugging your PC into the network, the PC’s MAC address must be registered. When a new PC is purchased, we will register the PC’s MAC address on your behalf using the Network Register Tool.

If your PC does not connect to the network, please contact the IT Service Desk so the MAC address can be registered.

How do I check if a network port is available?
You can use our GUPD (Griffith University Port Database) to check if a network port is available to use.

The GUPD lists all active network ports throughout the University and can help identify, monitor, modify and troubleshoot wired network connections.

You can use GUPD to:

  • Confirm your port details
  • Check other port details (which is really useful if you are moving location)
  • Request a port to be activated.

Want to know more about networking?
Find out more about the wired network services we provide, including network cable replacements (also known as a patch lead), firewall access and how we use Netreg to register your Griffith device.


Rolling timetables – How does it impact you?

 

Roll out the red carpet! The rolling class timetable is arriving in 2018. That’s right, class timetables will start to be rolled from year to year.

This means that the timetable you have in Trimester 1 2018 will be based on the timetable you have in Trimester 1 2017.

And the timetable you have in Trimester 1 2019, will be based on the timetable you have in Trimester 1 2018. And so on…

Currently, a new timetable is scheduled for each Trimester. This is a very time-consuming task for everyone –  Academic staff, Administrative staff in the Groups as well as the Exams and Timetabling team.

So we’ve streamlined the process and will roll the timetable instead of recreating it each Trimester.

How does this impact you? Well, you can plan ahead. Since your teaching timetable will, in the majority of cases, be the same as your previous timetable, you’ll be able to organise child care and other appointments in advance.

In addition, you’ll no longer need to complete the Course Timetable Requirements online data collection forms (CTR) every Trimester, unless your requirements have changed. Timetabling requirements for new courses will continue to be collected in the same way.

You will no longer be asked to indicate your availability to teach.  Indicating Staff Unavailability will only be required for those who have genuine constraints and will now require the approval of the Dean (Academic), which will be granted in exceptional circumstances only.

For more information, visit the Streamlining Timetable Project web page or register to attend an Information Session. The sessions will be conducted in the last week of June. Registrations now open.


Let’s hangout!

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Does your Google Talk look a little different?

That’s because it’s not Google Talk anymore! Google announced they are phasing out Google Talk and replacing it with Google Hangouts.

So, we updated to Google Hangouts on Tuesday 30 May. Yes, that’s right. You’ve actually been using Google Hangouts for just over a week.

Here’s what’s changed:

  • Your Chat interface is now a Hangout session
  • Some of your existing chat contact list may be deleted, however contacts will re-populate in Hangouts when you start a new chat with someone.
  • Status availability has also been modified to allow you to share your status by typing a message (i.e. In a meeting or Currently on leave).

So, next time you want to chat, lets Hangout instead!


eResearch wins first and second place in Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Congratulations to our eResearch Services team who won first and second place at The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) conference in Auckland recently.

Media Production Team Leader, Eva Czaran and Director, Malcolm Wolski took out first place for ‘Best Paper’ for their paper, Media Content in Research Data Management Plans.

The paper focuses on the work, and subsequent review, of a new service offered by the Media Production team.  It has been designed to encourage researchers to tell their research stories in a visual format.

Second place went to Griffith Criminology Institute Professor Mark Finnane and Business Analyst, Michael McGuinness for their paper on Enabling Better Data Discovery of Records Across Archives, Institutions and Libraries.

In their presentation, and accompanying paper, they discussed how the Prosecution Project and Griffith University are working collaboratively with archival institutions such as the Queensland State Archives and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office to enable better access to archival data.

THETA is a high-level forward-looking conference, held every two years, with the aim of advancing higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

According to one of our presenters, Michael McGuinness, THETA is ‘a way to learn about technical changes and advancements with IT.’

Michael thoroughly enjoyed the conference and found the range of topics really diverse.

‘I got a lot of value out of the Tips and Tricks for Speakers run by Maggie Eyre. Maggie spoke in great detail about how to tell stories to make for a more memorable presentation,’ he said.

It was also a good opportunity to network. The conference ‘was a great way to see what’s new and connect with other colleagues at different uni’s and see what they are up to’.

‘I really enjoyed the networking events, with the gala dinner being the best of these for me. You could not get me off the dance floor!’ said Michael.

Check out the eResearch Services web page to find out how they can help you.


Introducing the Workplace Solutions team

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Do you need a technological solution to a problem? Maybe you’ve noticed an inefficiency in your workflow that could be improved with Google Apps, videoconferencing (WebEx), Learning@Griffith or the Griffith Portal.

Well, Information Services has a team dedicated to finding technological solutions for your workplace. They are the Workplace Solutions team. We asked Workplace Solutions, Team Leader, Robert Snow, to tell us about what his team can do for you.

What does your team do?
We provide advice on the best use of Griffith Enterprise tools to address technology issues and concerns, improve productivity and provide technology briefings and ad-hoc training.

We also facilitate discussion between IT experts who may provide further advice and guidance for small business projects. This includes preparation of planning, briefing and proposal documents relating to workplace technologies and solutions.

Who are your major clients?
All staff including general and professional staff, academics and researchers

If you only had 30 seconds to tell someone what you do, what would you say?
We assist staff in selecting IT solutions. Whether it be software or systems, we connect them with the right tools and people at Griffith.

What is your team’s greatest achievement?
Overall, it would be our communication reach across all areas of the University.  We have managed to meet with representatives from most schools and departments. We are building a working relationship across all campuses and referring them quickly to the right services and support for their IT needs.

Email Workplace Solutions to request a consultation with a Workplace Consultation Officer.


What can you do in May to become a better researcher?

better_researcher

You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to calendar.

Week 9 (1 May – 5 May)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Wed 3/5 10:00am Build and leverage your research profile G10 2.09 Gold Coast
Thu 4/5 9:30am Online research survey tool N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 5/5 10:00am Academic writing expectations at the HDR level G10 2.25 Gold Coast

 

Week 10 (8 May – 12 May)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 8/5 10:00am Copyright, plagiarism and publishing integrity G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 10/5 10:00am Managing information resources and writing your literature review N53 1.51 Nathan
Fri 12/5 1:00pm Managing your research data G10 2.09 Gold Coast

 

Week 11 (15 May – 19 May)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 15/5 10:00am EndNote G10 2.09 Gold Coast
Tue 16/5 9:30am Online research survey tool G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Wed 17/5 10:00am Developing your academic argument G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Thu 18/5 1:00pm Managing your research data N53 1.49 Nathan

 

Week 12 (22 May – 26 May)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 22/5 10:00am Editing your writing N53 1.51 Nathan
Tue 23/5 1:00pm Strategic publishing G10 2.09 Gold Coast
Wed 24/5 10:00am EndNote N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 26/5 10:00am Improving writing quality before submission S07 2.18 South Bank

 

Study Week (29 May – 2 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 29/5 10:00am Improving writing quality before submission G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 31/5 10:00am Strategic publishing N53 1.49 Nathan