Please see this update provided by RMIT L&T leadership summarising resources and support for online learning. Worth reading the detail here.
Live chat support for teaching online
This week, we launched the new live chat function on the Enabling Online Learning and Teaching site to provide timely support to our professional and academic staff with teaching online. The live chat is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
New learning module: Essentials of Teaching Online
A new course for academic and teaching staff is now available on Canvas. It is a 30-minute self-paced introductory course to help staff become familiar with established, evidence-based strategies and practical tips to facilitate online learning experiences effectively.
Professional development webinars
Professional development webinars for next week are now ready for registration.
Semester 1 exams
No exams will take place this semester. Any exceptions must be approved by the College DVC. Only exams mandated by accrediting bodies will be considered for these exceptions, which will then be delivered online. Details on online delivery options will be provided in the next few weeks. Alternative assessments will need to be proposed and approved by Thursday 9 April. The process for changing assessments is outlined in the COVID-19 Assessment Flexibility Approach.
Online learning Code of Conduct for students
A new Code of Conduct agreement will be rolled out on Canvas soon to students to address child safety, copyright and confidentiality concerns around teaching online. The Code of Conduct reminds students not to reproduce or publish learning content. Students logging onto Canvas will be prompted to agree to terms and policies prior to continuing to their course shell. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial assistance for students
We know that some of our students are directly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are waiting for government support payments. Teaching staff can direct students to the RMIT student website for information on financial assistance.
We’re also working on an assistance scheme which would provide grants for students needing new technology or software to complete their studies online. More information will be provided in the coming days.
We’re continuing to support the WIL community with additional details and instructions for managing and assessing WIL placements (new and existing). Staff FAQs and communications messages and templates are being updated regularly and stored in the Industry & WIL sharepoint site. An update will be sent via email to WIL champions today to clarify census and other key dates related to placements.
InPlace, RMIT’s online system for managing WIL data, is being upgraded this weekend and will not be available from 5pm, Friday 27 March until 9am, Monday 30 March.
Staff are encouraged to reach out to their School WIL champions for support in uploading their WIL activities, including those that have been deferred due to the Coronavirus situation. Alternatively they can contact the InPlace support team.
The upgraded version of InPlace has a number of benefits, which are outlined in this email sent to WIL Champions this week.