Technologies for Learning & Teaching - Library - University of Canterbury

Learning Technologies

In all cases, please initially request learning support via the assystNET web form and state the technology that you are interest in using.


The University of Canterbury's Learning Management System is named Learn. It uses a popular open source software platform called Moodle, which was developed in Australia in 2002, and is constantly being refined by a world-wide user community. Most university courses use Learn for blended delivery of their teaching programme. Learn makes it possible to add interesting, multi-media learning resources and student-centred activities (learning tasks) to make your teaching more flexible, interactive and student-friendly.

Today's students need access to their course materials and activities at times to suit their busy lives, and Learn provides that "any time, any place" flexibility. Increasingly, Learn is being used to offer a comprehensive online learning environment for teaching distance students who are able to complete particular courses online.

Learn support for lecturers

Assistance in the use of Learn is available from the Flexible Learning Advisor for your College. If you would like to discuss elements of your course with the Flexible Learning Advisor please use the AssystNET web form to contact us or, alternatively, phone or email your Flexible Learning Advisor.

Online, self-directed help is available in the Learn Help website..

Request a new Learn course

Follw this link to request a NEW course be set up in Learn

Note: If you wish to have a CURRENT Learn course site changed from S1 to S2, SU2 or vice versa etc., because the course is now being offered in a different Semester, you need to notify us and request this. Do this by using the AssystNET web form


The team administers the University's subscription to Turnitin plagiarism checking software. Assignments can be submitted for checking directly to Turnitin, or more simply they can be uploaded as a Learn assignment and automatically checked. Contact your Flexible Learning Advisor if you want to find out more about this service.

Lecture recording

Many courses use lecture recordings to supplement the face-to-face teaching in the lecture. The lecture recordings are uploaded to our server and are then linked to the Learn course, so that students can use the videos for revision or to catch up on missed classes. Echo 360 (see below) is taking over as the major technology for lecture capture. Echo Personal Capture is also available for staff to use in order to produce their own videos to support student learning.

To request your lectures to be recorded, contact Audio Visual Services Ext. 6428 well in advance.

Echo360 - Lecture Capture

Echo 360 is a lecture capture system that adds flexibility to teaching and extends opportunities for students to review course material. Recorded lectures offer students enhanced opportunities for flexible learning in their own time. Students can view lecture recordings using Echo's Rich Media player, with its built-in features that allow even the re-viewing experience to be flexible. There is a Personal Capture option that allows you to use your desktop or notebook to record small personal video and audio resources (e.g. a PowerPoint with your added commentary or anything on your computer's screen along with your audio commentary and even a webcam feed of you). There is also a Media import option that allows you to upload previously recorded audio or video (e.g. from a digital camera) then stream it to students through your course.

To request your lectures to be recorded, contact Audio Visual Services Ext. 6428 well in advance.

Further information about using Echo360 can be found here.

Adding video clips

Staff often want to use small video clips, or extracts from such sources as YouTube, Vimeo, ScreenCast, or Echo 360 Personal Capture. Talk with your College's Flexible Learning Advisor about the possibilities.


We can help staff record and manage audio clips, ranging from recorded lectures and talks down to brief snippets to use in learning activities such as quizzes. Echo 360 Personal Capture can also produce podcasts (mp3 files) as well as personal video files for teaching


An ePortfolio is an application allowing students to gather and manage evidence of their learning. They are able to share that evidence; to gain feedback, for assessment or showcasing achievements for future academic studies and employment. A key element is providing the student with the facility to reflect on their learning, to guide their development.


Contact us if you are interested in using mobile technologies such as smartphones and tablet devices in your teaching, or for student learning.


Small audio and video clips can be easy to make, and provide very engaging learning activities. Students can download these for viewing and listening on their mobile music and video devices, such as iPods. Echo 360 Personal Capture allows staff to create mp3 files and have these published to their course space on the Echo server for students to download.


EndNote is software that enables you to store and manage references, and use these to format citations and bibliographies in documents, in many different styles. UC staff and students can download and use EndNote free of charge. For assistance please contact your Subject Librarian.