North Shore Times : February 1st 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 12 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 0800 10 95 10 www.unitec.ac.nz Under the careful eye of building technology lecturer Kamuka Pati, Unitec building students are using technolo- gy to make the learning pro- cess easier. At the Mt Albert and Northern campuses, new smart sheds have been built by students in an attempt to make the transi- tion from the theoretical to the practical elements of the build- ing course easier. Kamuka says the new sheds are working like a charm. "The smart shed at the Northern campus has de nitely worked as I imagined. For example we were cutting sca olding pipes to length, and my students were asking why we were cut- ting them to these particular sizes, so I was able to take them to the smart shed and bring up photos of sca olding being con- structed, and then show them key components. They were im- mediately able to relate it back to what we were doing. As with anything, it s an on- going process, and student feedback has helped to make the smart sheds even better. "The rst group of students said they wanted to sit down, so we put in seats, says Kamu- ka. "The Northern campus has theory classrooms, but we use the smart shed instead, and be- cause we have the chairs we can have longer discussions. That s the convenience of having it on the building site; impromptu things are easier. The Northern campus is already unique be- cause students learn to build in a massive indoor space. Now the addition of the smart sheds is making it even easier to learn. But the changes don t stop there, says Kamuka. "One of the things we wanted the smart shed for was wireless access, so students could use their smart phones. The reason was simple: Kamuka wanted to use QR codes to add another dimension to the learn- ing for his students. QR codes are two dimensional bar codes that store much more informa- tion than a traditional barcode. They can be scanned by a smart phone or other mobile device, and take the user to a particu- lar web page. It s often used in advertising, but Kamuka saw opportunities for his classroom. "A lot of the time we talk about the theory, and then we go out and do the practical and the stu- dents say Oh, what did we talk about again? Students learn at di erent rates, some get it straight away, some take a day, and others take two days. By putting up a QR code, students can access speci c information when they re ready. Rapidly changing technology use means that access to smart phones is now more wide- spread, says Kamuka. "When we rst started, there were a lot of students who didn t have access to a smart phone, so we provided iPod touch devic- es, and they could share those around. But what I m nding is that a lot of students now have access to a smart phone or iPod touch devices. Kamuka says that all in all, he s really pleased with the technol- ogy changes they ve made to the building courses. "What we have up at the Northern campus is pretty cool, it s a really good space, and it s a great set up. For more information about the types of building technology courses on o er at Unitec visit www.building.ac.nz Using technology to teach building Nuts and bolts of a great career There are four million regis- tered vehicles in New Zea- land. And as our population grows, so will the number of vehicles on the road. Vehicles are key to making the econo- my work and essential for the wellbeing of New Zealanders. They're becoming increas- ingly sophisticated too, with anti-lock braking systems, fuzzy logic, automatic trans- missions, engine parameters, safety systems, climate con- trol and in-car entertainment. The automotive industry is diverse and interesting - with plenty of potential for growth. "I wanted to do something dif- ferent with my career path , says Casey Powell, Certi cate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering graduate. "And Au- tomotive Engineering is some- thing that I have a huge passion for. Casey really enjoyed stud- ying at Unitec and being part of a good group of people. "I liked how welcoming everybody was and that I was able to learn at my full potential. The tutors were helpful and motivated me to do my absolute best. I am proud to have completed my studies with an A grade for all my modules. Unitec has been teaching au- tomotive engineering for 30 years. With full automotive workshops and laboratories on site, students get to pull en- gines apart, nd faults and see how it all works. Certi cate in Applied Technol- ogy graduate, Mike Shaw says, "I ve always been interested in xing things and wanted to know how to repair my own car to save costs. One of the things I enjoy most about my job is working on troublesome jobs that take a little bit of time to gure out. It s great to be able to diagnose the problem and then being able to repair it. Unitec works with industry to provide work-based learning experiences and many of our graduates have opened their own business. Casey s quali cation is relevant to her job, and working in the in- dustry allows her to keep grow- ing and developing her skills. With hard work she hopes to have her own workshop in a few years. "My advice to anyone who is considering Automotive Engi- neering is that you need to be passionate and try your best. I can guarantee it is totally worth it in the end!" "It wasn t always easy and sometimes it felt like the long- estyearandahalfofmylife but I ve done it and I m proud of it, adds Mike. If you want to know about the training and jobs you can do in the automotive industry visit www.automotive.unitec.ac.nz Enrol now for Semester 1: 25 Feb - 28 June 2013 Building technology lecturer, Kamuka Pati. Students get hands-on building experience. Certi cate in Applied Technology graduate, Mike Shaw. UNB-NST01 FROM HERE. TO HERE. GET WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. Educational news from your Northern campus New beginnings Ng Timatanga Hou "One of the things we wanted the smart shed for was wireless access, so students could use their smart phones." "One of the things I enjoy most about my job is working on troublesome jobs that take a little bit of time to gure out. "
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