How to be CyberSafe

Tuesday, 28 January is International Data Privacy Day, raising awareness about and promoting privacy and data protection best practices.

Behind the security barricades of CQUni’s Information & Technology Directorate, a team of superheroes work hard every day fighting the forces of Internet evil keeping CQUni’s systems and data safe. We call them the CQUni CyberHeroes! Chief CyberHero, Firewall, says ‘although Data Privacy Day is once a year, it’s important everyone maintains strong privacy practices all year-round to protect their data’. But what does that mean for you? Below are the CyberHeroes’ hot tips for you to follow.

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Stress less about referencing with these tips from the ALC

Are you dreading assessment submissions? Feeling anxious any time you think about Turnitin? You’re not alone! Referencing Related Stress (RRS) is a common condition among university students. It’s piling on unnecessary pressure and we need it to stop.

Lucky for all of us, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) has the perfect remedy – a concoction of tips to help you cure RRS and stress less about referencing.

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Help Fund the Firies 2020

All CQUniversity campuses across Australia have developed their own unique fundraising activities on the 29 January to support those affected by the bushfire crisis. All funds raised will be donated equally to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and RSPCA.

Keep reading to find out what is happening at a campus near you on Wednesday 29 January.

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Why you should join PASS!

Develop smarter study skills, gain a deeper understanding of your unit and create connections with other students by joining Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS).

PASS are FREE online structured group study sessions aimed at first-year core units which have been identified as historically challenging for students. Sessions are informal, out of class and run weekly for PASS supported units. 

PASS aims to help students master unit content while integrating discipline-specific learning skills. Sessions integrate ‘what to learn’ with ‘how to learn’.  

We asked PASS participants to share their experiences. Keep reading to find out why YOU should join PASS! 

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Five reasons to stay safe with SafeZone

There are times when an email simply won’t reach you fast enough. To make sure we can contact you as quickly as possible, the University uses the SafeZone app as a communication solution for emergencies, first aid requests and more.

Here’s why you should download the app today…

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Small start leads to big change

Social innovation can seem overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be.

CQUni Master of Management for Engineers graduate, Bikesh Lal Shrestha believes it can be as simple as making small changes in our everyday life.

“Social innovation does not have to be a big invention. It could be a simple change in the way of doing something or approaching a situation that results in better outcomes.”

Originally from Nepal, Bikesh has always been passionate about helping people and solving social issues, and credits CQUni’s online iChange program for teaching him the basics of social innovation.

Keep reading to learn more about Bikesh’s experience with iChange, and how you can get started with the program.   

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Five reasons to make feedback your friend

So, you’ve submitted your first assignments, and you’re anxiously awaiting your results. While there’s a huge sense of relief when you find out that you have passed and your hard work has paid off for you, it’s important to take the time to carefully read the marker’s feedback. Feedback can be a powerful tool that you can use to further your skills as a student and minimise stress moving forward.

Here’s five reasons to make feedback your friend, courtesy of the Academic Learning Centre (ALC)…

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Creating the perfect study space

Are you struggling to study? Too many distractions or just haven’t got the right flow? Revamp your study space!  I studied laying on my bed with my laptop on my knees, phone in my hand and surrounded by snacks. Although I claimed this worked and I was ‘getting things done,’ my ineffective space allowed me to get easily distracted and produce lower quality work.

Your study space is critical to your ability to study effectively. This doesn’t necessarily imply that you have to find a place that’s completely silent and set it up as your study area, but it does mean you should find a place to study that fits your specific personality and learning style.

Keep reading to see my tips to create the perfect study space…

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The importance of being connected

CQUniversity Australia Melbourne

“Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.” Philip Stanhope

I am a very passionate person who lives by this quote and believes in leading by example. As a member of my generation, it is my responsibility to become active in changing the world for the better. As an international student, I continue to abide by this philosophy and strive to be involved in my community both locally and globally.

Hello, my name is Chiamaka Ibeme and I am studying the Master of Information Technology at CQUniversity Melbourne campus, with the ambition to become a software architect. I am also a Change Champion where I promote and contribute to social innovation, which I am very passionate about.

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