Learning and teaching from Semester Two

Monday 18 July 2022

While uncertainty remains around Covid-19 and other respiratory illness for the rest of 2022, the following policy settings are designed to provide clear parameters for learning and teaching, with the flexibility to vary arrangements where required.

Students are expected to attend on-campus unless aspects of the course are delivered in an online, blended mode.

Please ensure you read and follow our requirements for being on campus and mask use on campus.

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.
  • 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. Associate Deans Learning and Teaching will be authorised to vary these requirements in exceptional or emergency circumstances.
  • Where there is compelling reason for a particular teaching activity not to be taught in person (e.g. staff with health conditions that make them high risk), alternatives may be approved by faculty Associate Deans Learning and Teaching, including where online delivery of an activity may provide a suitable learning experience. The aim is to adhere as closely as reasonable to the published course outline. Guidelines are available to support this decision-making process.
  • The default release for lecture recordings will be 24 hours after the lecture has taken place.  

Enrolment in courses offered online

  • Only students enrolled in a remote stream of a course that has been previously agreed to be dual delivery (for students who are offshore or approved to study remotely) can expect to be able to access a fully remote version of a course.
  • Students who are particularly vulnerable, or who have caring responsibilities for vulnerable dependants, or have other exceptional reasons preventing them from attending on campus, can apply to be enrolled in a remote stream in courses that offer them.
  • Students who are not eligible to come on campus will be offered the same choices of courses/programmes that are available for offshore students.
  • 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 deadline, 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 Digital Course Outline.  

Examinations

  • Examinations will be open book, remote and un-invigilated by default for the entirety of 2022, unless there are approved exceptions.
  • Examinations will be delivered in the prescribed examination period and time limited.
  • 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 Digital Course Outline.
  • 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.  

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 on the:

These are regularly reviewed and updated in line with the latest Government guidelines for tertiary organisations.