The first stretch of data gathering for this semester is now complete at Canterbury with the mid-semester break upon us. By and large, things went pretty smoothly. We did miss a few classes because the university was closed, not because of earthquakes this time, but because of heavy snowfall. It has been a real pleasure working with the lecturers and helping them implement some changes in their lecturing styles. Oftentimes, these changes are small, but have a significant impact on the classroom climate. The largest change we implemented was in the workshop which is attached to our first-year Environmental Geohazards course. Students are asked to manage the consequences of an Alpine Fault earthquake for three industries on the West Coast of the South island. In collaboration with the course coordinator and two PhD students the workshop became much more clear in terms of goals for the students to obtain, more discussion focused, a slightly more challenging set of tasks and more authentic resources for students. From the teaching perspective, these changes were a resounding success. Compared to last year, students had much more in-depth discussions and were wrestling with a set of complex and interconnected issues that would be realistic after a major natural disaster.