General learning and teaching policy settings for all of 2022

20 January 2022

While uncertainty remains about the impact of Covid-19 in 2022, the following policy settings are designed to provide clear parameters for learning and teaching, with the flexibility to vary arrangements where required.

On-campus delivery

As government requirements and/or University rules permit:

  • All timetabled activities that are scheduled to be delivered in person, as set out in the delivery mode section of the Digital Course Outline (DCO), must be available to students in person, including lectures.
  • All students (except those approved to be studying remotely or required to be isolating at home) will be expected to attend any required on-campus teaching and assessment activities. Note: Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) will be authorised to vary these requirements in exceptional or emergency circumstances. 
  • The default release for lecture recordings will be 24 hours after the lecture has taken place.
  • From 4 January 2022, when the University’s vaccine policy came into effect, all staff and students who are on campus or involved in face-to-face University-managed activities must have a valid My Vaccine Pass and have uploaded it onto the University’s Vaccination Declaration Portal before coming onto campus. This requirement will apply at all ‘traffic light’ levels.
  • In addition, when we are not in a ‘Red’ setting, some students who have not uploaded a My Vaccine Pass may be permitted to come on campus provided they have been approved to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.
  • All new staff including Permanent, Fixed Term, Non-Advertised Fixed Term, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant or Casual employees must also meet these requirements.

Enrolment in courses offered online

  • Students who are not eligible to come on campus will be offered the same choices of courses/programmes that are available for offshore students. Courses/programmes that are not offered to offshore students will also be unavailable to students who are not eligible to come on campus.
  • For 2022, Stage 1 courses do not need to include 50% secure/invigilated assessment.
  • If required by Covid-19-related restrictions or circumstances, substantive change to assessment (task type, weighting, earlier due date) may be approved:
    • before the start of the course and before the add/drop deadline, by the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching);
    • after the add/drop dead line, by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education.

All changes to assessment must be advised to students as soon as possible through Canvas and must also be updated in the DCO.  

Examinations

  • Examinations will be delivered in the prescribed examination period and time limited. The default will be that exams are digital, remote, open-book, and non-invigilated.
  • Where course directors are considering changes to assessment regimes (which might include shifting weighting away from examination) these changes should be updated for students in Canvas and the course DCO.
  • Exemptions may apply where government requirements and/or University rules permit, as follows:
    • for on-campus delivery for practical, clinical and performance examinations (Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) approval required);
    • for the use of invigilation in individual examinations (other than those approved to be delivered on campus) course directors may apply to the Director, Learning and Teaching. Courses which are approved for invigilation may require in-person attendance on campus or digital invigilation.

Notes:

  • Criteria will apply and will be published shortly.
  • A request for applications for exemptions for Summer School, Semester One and Quarter One will go out after criteria are finalised. Exemptions, where agreed, will be finalised and advised to students before the start of each teaching period.

Tests

  • Tests are not required to be conducted under ‘examination’ (invigilated) conditions. With an understanding of the central support needs that may be required, Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) will be authorised to decide requests for digital or in-person invigilation (where this is possible).
  • Where invigilation arrangements are approved, students must be advised as soon as possible, and this should be before the course starts.

Note: An online option must be prepared for planned in-person tests as a backup in case government or University requirements change.  

Activities in different ‘traffic light’ settings

The requirements for learning and teaching, research and other activities at different ‘traffic light’ settings are set out in the University Covid-19 Protection Framework Plan (staff intranet) and University operations under the COVID-19 Protection Framework which are regularly reviewed and updated in line with the latest Government guidelines for tertiary organisations.