519 results for Conference item, 2012

  • Creating Creatures: Dumont and the metaphysics of evil

    Jackson, ML (2012-04-21)

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    Auckland University of Technology

    Since the late 1990s Bruno Dumont has produced six feature films, approximately one every three years. His cinema has been highly praised and is recognized by Martine Beugnet, in Cinema and Sensation, as exemplary of a new cinema that radically challenges the understanding of cinematic affect: a cinema of sensibility rather than sense. Dumont was himself a philosopher, now turned filmmaker, though this is not the particular axis or focus for this paper. Rather, what is particularly challenging in his cinema is a fundamental concern with evil, a concern that does not moralize, that does not condemn, that does not even ask for an account of or economy of evil. I want to explore this cinema that shows the human essentially as a be-coming ‘longing’, a be-longing to being as that which comes not to a particular time or a particular language, to an articulation of its existence, but rather shows a coming to temporality, to the possibility of being-in ‘time’ and to an opening to ‘language’, to the word as the becoming it-self of the existent. In this I want to engage a reading of Schelling’s Treatise on the Essence of Human Freedom, and a particularly Heideggerian reading of this treatise as a “metaphysics of evil,” wherein, for Schelling, evil in its actuality, in its existing, is necessary for human freedom.

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  • Intercomparison between VLBI frequency transfer and other techniques

    Takiguchi, H; Koyama, Y; Ichikawa, R; Gotoh, T; Ishii, A; Hobiger, T; Fujieda, M; Amagai, J; Hosokawa, M (2012-04-23)

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    Auckland University of Technology

    No abstract

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  • Evaluation of the new approach to improving compact-compact antenna baseline in VLBI

    Takiguchi, H; Ishii, A; Ichikawa, R; Koyama, Y (2012-04-23)

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    Auckland University of Technology

    No abstract

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  • Who cares? Creative research practice in the space of the university

    O'Connor, MT (2012-04-08)

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    Auckland University of Technology

    This research seminar aims to disclose how creative practice through writing, filmmaking and considerations of spatial design (particularly housed within the ruling symbolic of the University) can open onto something proximate to a poetics of the feminine. Further, it is not only a question of sexual difference here that inaugurates the trembling of propositional and rational forms of knowing, and yet for many it is the body that has been a helpful place to start. This seminar brings Deleuze and Guattari’s vitalist philosophy on the image (affect and percept) into proximity with the language-body-projects of Écriture Féminines (Irigrary, Cixous, Le Doeuff, Kristeva).

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  • Relationships between logic depiction, UML diagramming and programming

    Sarkar, A.; Lance, M.; Lopez, M.; Oliver, R. (2012)

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    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    Beginning programmers are often taught to design algorithms in pseudo code, a structured form of English, before implementing the algorithms in code. This approach is often advocated because it is seen as enabling programmers, and especially novice programmers, to reason about program logic without the distraction of the specific syntax of a programming language, and because it can be used as a basis for program documentation. Similar arguments are often given for the use of UML diagrams. In recent semesters, we have trialled the programming language Scratch as an alternative to structured English for pseudo code. This paper uses assessment data to investigate the relationship between pseudo code (both structured English and Scratch programs), UML, and programming ability. We found a consistent and strong relationship between programming and UML diagramming skills, but a relatively weak relationship between programming and either form of pseudo code. These findings lead us to question the value of teaching pseudo code and our motives for teaching it.

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  • Evaluating the distraction of ICT devices in the classroom

    Goundar, S.; Clear, A.; Lopez, M. (2012)

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    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, have become the standard stationery of today's tertiary students. Many years ago, the standard stationery required was a writing notepad and ball point pen, and a brain. These were all that was needed (along with some attention) to take in and store what was being taught by the teacher. Ubiquitous ICT technology has changed all that and the “stationery” requirements of today's tertiary scholars are far more cognitively penetrating; they are demanding of one's attention and highly pervasive in the learning environment. With tertiary institutions, teachers and students still in existence, the question that needs to be addressed is: how does the availability of such ubiquitous technology impact on students’ learning, our teaching and the future of tertiary institutions? Formal systematic research on the distraction of ICT devices in tertiary education classrooms in New Zealand is relatively limited; therefore, this research intends to explore the issue. This paper will show that they have dramatically changed the ecology of education from "learner-plus-learning-material" into "learner-plus-learning-material-plus-technology-plus-distraction".

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  • Explore, discover, share, discuss: A student centred approach to learning

    Lopez, D.; Lopez, M.; Simpson, M. (2012)

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    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper presents a teaching approach that fosters high engagement, builds student capabilities, and encourages productive use of both contact time and non-contact time. The approach has been used at levels 5, 6 and 7 in a computing degree taught at a large metropolitan polytechnic in New Zealand. The teaching approach was developed as a Design Science Research project. A problem definition sets out the issues motivating the approach and the objectives to be met. The design and development over a two year period is then presented and the approach is evaluated from student, lecturer and theoretical perspectives. The teaching approach brings together a number of ideas from a constructivist agenda: starting from what a learner already knows, creating an active role for the learner, promoting reflection, learning from peers, and the clarity of thought promoted by presentation of findings. It also serves to foster soft skills, such as the ability to communicate clearly and to work effectively with co-workers, both of which are highly valued in an organisational context. Students were initially reluctant to engage with the teaching approach; their expectation was that the lecturer would present them with an organized list of facts. However students quickly adapted to the approach and by the third week were fully engaged in active learning in all sessions. Their feedback suggests they ultimately valued the approach.

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  • The Embedded librarian: Online forums and information literacies.

    Furness, J.; Kelly, G.; Rishworth, R. (2012-08)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • New Zealand HR Employee Communication: Comparing 2000 and 2010 Empirical Results with Forecasts for 2020

    Nel, Pieter (2012-11)

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    Unitec

    Businesses in New Zealand demands high quality and cost effective products and services to remain locally and internationally competitive. This process includes competent managers and human resource (HR) practitioners who communicate effectively with staff. Empirical research was conducted in 2000 and again in 2010 and forecasted for 2020 to compare HR practitioners’ traditional and contemporary communication modes such as Facebook, Twitter and Blogging with staff. Results were obtained via a mailed questionnaire in 2000 and obtaining a response of 10.1%. An electronic questionnaire was used in 2010 and the response was 15.4%. Recommendations are that HR staff could embrace HRIS’ modern social media means in particular to enhance organisation communication to promote the competitiveness of organisations and staff satisfaction.

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  • Precise time transfer by Means of Geodetic VLBI Technique - Part II -

    Takiguchi, H; Koyama, Y; Ichikawa, R; Ishii, A; Hobiger, T (2012-04-24)

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    Auckland University of Technology

    No abstract.

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  • VLBI Measurements for Time and Frequency Transfer (from the JGU meeting, 2008)

    Takiguchi, H; Koyama, Y; Ichikawa, R; Ishii, A; Hobiger, T; Hosokawa, M (2012-04-24)

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    Auckland University of Technology

    Modern cold-atom-based frequency standards have already archived the uncertainty of 10−15 at a few days. Moreover coldatom- based optical clocks have the potential to realize the uncertainty of from 10−16 to 10−17 level after a few hours. On the other hand, time transfer precision of two-way satellite time and frequency transfer and GPS carrier phase experiments have reached the 10−10@1sec (10−15@1day) level. In order to compare such modern standards by these time transfer techniques, it is necessary to average over long periods. Since these techniques are not sufficient to compare next standards improvements of high precision time transfer techniques are strongly desired. Space geodetic techniques like VLBI, SLR and GPS are based on precise time measurement using very stable reference signals. VLBI measures the arrival time delays between multiple stations utilizing radio signals from distant celestial radio sources like quasars and pulsars. In the usual geodetic VLBI analysis, clock offsets and their rates of change at each station are estimated with respect to a selected reference station. The averaged formal error (1 sigma) of the clock offsets is typically about 20 picoseconds when analyzing geodetic VLBI experiments which are regularly conducted by the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS). This precision is nearly one order better than other techniques like GPS or two-way satellite time transfer. In this study we compare time transfer precision between VLBI and GPS carrier phase using the Kashima-Koganei baseline in order to confirm the potential of VLBI time and frequency transfer. VLBI experiments were performed four times (two 24 hour sessions, one 3 days session and one 7 days session) and GPS observations were carried out at the same time sharing common reference signals. The averaged formal error (1 sigma) of the hourly estimated clock offsets as obtained from VLBI analysis was 30 picoseconds. The difference between VLBI and GPS was about +/-500 picoseconds what is considered to be caused by the uncertainty of the GPS time transfer. The results show that VLBI time transfer is more stable than GPS time transfer on the same baseline. We also compare time transfer precision using the Onsala-Wettsell baseline. We used R1 experiments (R1270, R1271, R1273 and R1274 sessions) conducted by IVS and the International GNSS Service (IGS) stations (ONSA and WTZR) data. The results show more clearly that VLBI time transfer is more stable than GPS time transfer on the same baseline and same period. In general, the VLBI time transfer stability follows 1/tau very close. Based on these findings, we will discuss about the possible improvements of time and frequency transfer using the compact VLBI system. Additionally, the results of the fifth experiment scheduled in this February will be presented.

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  • Detours and disasters, signing the city otherwise: posed solitude, a poetics of community

    O'Connor, M (2012-04-08)

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    Auckland University of Technology

    In the path of Maurice Blanchot’s thinking comprehension can lead to disaster. What is it to not comprehend? Where would this lead us? In the first instance, no doubt to a kind of disaster zone as a site of nostalgia, of representation—we hope, however, to drift otherwise. What does Blanchot really mean by disaster? In this presentation we would like to take a series of random drifts starting with the thinking of Giuliana Bruno and her notion of architectural sites of transition as a new geography of modernity that she describes as a phenomenon of transition or mobility as a form of “cinematics” which articulate an essence of new architectures. Her essence of thinking is in the distillation of relations between spatial perception (of motion etc) and emotion (space becomes interiorized communities as emotion). Another drift takes us in another direction amongst the discourses on non-place (Marc Augé) which we would like to link to a kind of stasis in (e)motion and will apply such analysis to our own reflections on some cinematic engagements which resonate across our thinking of contemporary sites of (non)stasis (or what we might suggest as a movement of non-movement – Augé’s space becomes exteriorized communities and nullified). Our aim is to drift to a question of Blanchot’s Unavowable Community as an experience of impossibilities of community’s existence, its dissolution. It is a community that does not become another subject or identity or puts itself into dialectical opposition to the One. His community is the site of “the never-subjected subject, the very relation of the self to the other, in this sense: infinite or discontinous, in this sense: relation always in displacement and in displacement in regard to itself, displacement also of that which would be without place.” (The Step Not Beyond). This dissolution that the community of the neuter suggests elaborates Blanchot’s unworking (désoeuvrement). The Unavowable Community, (neuter, radical passivity, non-place etc) Blanchot asks, in the name of the community, whether it is better to remain silent on what has been almost impossible to speak of without default, that is, its contemporaneous purpose. In responding, Blanchot gives and obliges his reader to not answering and at that very moment to not remaining silent. But, rather, to choose words exactingly that discover a politico-ethical poetics: “That [it] does not permit us to lose interest in the present time which, by opening unknown spaces of freedom, make us responsible for new relationships, always threatened, always hoped for, between what we call work, oeuvre, and what we call unworking, désoeuvrement” (The Unavowable Community).

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  • Developing medical students’ information skills through online self-paced learning

    Gallagher, Sarah K.J. (2012-11)

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    University of Otago

    Link to a .PDF for the poster proceedings, and a .PDF of the poster proper.

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  • A study of polyvinyl butyryl based binder system in titanium based metal injection moulding

    Thavanayagam, Gnanavinthan; Zhang, Deliang; Pickering, Kim L.; Raynova, Stiliana (Stella) Rousseva (2012)

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    University of Waikato

    Metal injection moulding (MIM) is an innovative injection moulding technique widely used to produce complex shaped components from feedstock composed of metal powders and thermosetting or thermoplastic binders. In MIM, binder selection and formulation are considered as critical processes since binder characteristics dictate the success of MIM. The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of polyvinyl butyryl (PVB) based binder system in Ti-6Al-4V(wt.%)/binder feedstock, as well as to understand the effects of key parameters, such as powder loading and mixing conditions on the rheological properties of a feedstock. In this study, PVB, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and stearic acid (SA) were chosen to formulate a multi-component binder system to prepare Ti-6Al-4V based feedstock with the aid of three types of mixers: a compounder, a modified mechanical mixer and a twin screw extruder. Further, morphological analysis was performed using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Thermal analysis was performed using simultaneous differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. Results showed that binder formulation was reasonably successful with the aid of both mechanical mixer and a twin screw extruder under certain mixing conditions, and the critical powder loading was 68 vol.%, resulting in an optimum powder loading of 63 vol.%.

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  • Te Whāriki: Rhetoric and reality

    Blaiklock, Ken (2012-01)

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    Unitec

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  • New Guinea: A divided island. Papua New Guinea’s relationship with West Papua

    Matbob, Patrick; Papoutsaki, Evangelia (2012-06)

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    Unitec

    This paper gives an historical and current account of New Guinea, a Pacific Island divided between the independent state of Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian territory of West Papua and explores the ambiguous relationship between the two “brothers,” with a particular focus on media reporting. West Papua’s struggle for independence from Indonesia has gone largely unnoticed by the international media. It is sporadically covered by the neighbouring and regional media and this only in times of crisis such as refugees crossing borders, hostage taking and protests against the Freeport Mining Company that operates the world’s biggest gold deposit. There are currently 10,400 West Papuan refugees in PNG and although the country has shown solidarity to their “cultural brothers” in the past, current geopolitical tensions see Indonesia’s influence on PNG affecting that that solidarity. The paper is divided into two parts. The first part provides the island’s colonial history context and the role of the main colonial powers that led to the island’s division, along with the postcolonial and cold war legacies that sealed the fate of the island as a divided one. It also deals with the current geopolitical situation that involves the interests of Indonesia, PNG and Australia. In the second part the authors focus on the relationship between West Papua and PNG and how this is reflected particularly in the media. The decline in coverage of West Papua in the PNG press is worth exploring as it maps the decline of PNG’s engagement in the fate of their “cultural brothers” and neighbours (Matbob & Papoutsaki, 2006). They discuss a number of issues that have resulted from the islands division, including the issues of traditional cross-borders and the West Papua refugee camps/settlements in PNG. They also provide new evidence of increased cross border activities including trade and people flows that indicate the two parts of the island are communicating id different ways. The authors have interviewed a number of West Papua activists and Papua New Guinean journalists, conducted media content analysis of PNG newspapers and collected ethnographic data from the northern borders of PNG and West Papua.

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  • I Teach Alone or We Teach Together: Exploring Team Teaching and Impact on Teacher Identity

    Stamp, Daniel (2012)

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    Unitec

    Our project, Team Teaching, Disadvantages and advantages, Identity, Challenges

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  • Time and frequency transfer using the telecommunication satellites for the long baseline interferometry

    Takiguchi, H; Amagai, J; Gotoh, T; Aida, M; Ichikawa, R; Kondo, T (2012-04-23)

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    Auckland University of Technology

    No abstract.

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  • Relationships between logic depiction, UML diagramming and programming

    Sarkar, A.; Lance, M.; Lopez, M.; Oliver, R. (2012)

    Conference item
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    Beginning programmers are often taught to design algorithms in pseudo code, a structured form of English, before implementing the algorithms in code. This approach is often advocated because it is seen as enabling programmers, and especially novice programmers, to reason about program logic without the distraction of the specific syntax of a programming language, and because it can be used as a basis for program documentation. Similar arguments are often given for the use of UML diagrams. In recent semesters, we have trialled the programming language Scratch as an alternative to structured English for pseudo code. This paper uses assessment data to investigate the relationship between pseudo code (both structured English and Scratch programs), UML, and programming ability. We found a consistent and strong relationship between programming and UML diagramming skills, but a relatively weak relationship between programming and either form of pseudo code. These findings lead us to question the value of teaching pseudo code and our motives for teaching it.

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  • Evaluating the distraction of ICT devices in the classroom

    Goundar, S.; Clear, A.; Lopez, M. (2012)

    Conference item
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, have become the standard stationery of today's tertiary students. Many years ago, the standard stationery required was a writing notepad and ball point pen, and a brain. These were all that was needed (along with some attention) to take in and store what was being taught by the teacher. Ubiquitous ICT technology has changed all that and the “stationery” requirements of today's tertiary scholars are far more cognitively penetrating; they are demanding of one's attention and highly pervasive in the learning environment. With tertiary institutions, teachers and students still in existence, the question that needs to be addressed is: how does the availability of such ubiquitous technology impact on students’ learning, our teaching and the future of tertiary institutions? Formal systematic research on the distraction of ICT devices in tertiary education classrooms in New Zealand is relatively limited; therefore, this research intends to explore the issue. This paper will show that they have dramatically changed the ecology of education from "learner-plus-learning-material" into "learner-plus-learning-material-plus-technology-plus-distraction".

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