RMIT resources to support online courses for students unable to enter Australia

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With the HE semester soon to commence the University has refocused priorities and resources to address the urgent need to provide students currently unable to travel to Australia with options to continue their studies. The details below are especially relevant for program teams scheduled to be part of the Program Transformation Area of Delivery (MTP Secondary and GD ECE).

This includes leveraging the Program Transformation Area of Delivery to concentrate collective efforts on applying the Blended Learning Framework and uplifting the capability of our staff to offer online learning to our most at-need courses.

The team is focusing attention on approximately 500 courses that have a high number of impacted student enrolments, working with PMs and Course Coordinators to examine the learning activities, resources and assessments of these priority courses and develop course materials, resources, tools and support systems to enable the delivery of online learning and teaching.

All previously planned Program Transformation activities (for us this focused on the MTP (Secondary) and Grad Dip ECE), except for WIL Compliance, Microsurgery and embedded creds, will now be put on hold.

The focus of program uplift will shift the scope from the original 74 programs with highest enrolments, to the 500 priority courses with a high number of impacted student enrolments.

Professional development will be delivered to learning designers, academics and teachers of priority courses, enabling them to deliver blended and online learning.

Policy requirements will be reviewed, particularly for the Assessment Policy, to enable the required changes to priority courses in Semester 1 2020, with consideration to quality and experience.

Timelines and next steps

  • For unimpacted students, semester start dates remain the same, with HE courses commencing on 2 March. For impacted students who wish to study in person, extensions to face to face start dates have been provided, with students advised they can still commence if they are able to get to campus by 23 March. Impacted students enrolled in the priority courses will be encouraged to take up online options to begin their studies as per HE start date on 2 March.
  • For impacted students in prioritised courses, they can commence as per HE start date on 2 March through online learning options.
  • An Online Learning Requirement (OLR) tool has been developed to assist us in identifying gaps in courses and maintain the quality of learning and teaching. These tools have now been rolled out to PMs, Course Coordinators and learning designers.
  • In the coming week, learning designers will work with the identified program teams using the OLR tool to conduct gap analysis and create action plans for each course.
  • We are developing an Online Facilitation Requirement (OFR) that will guide academics and teaching staff with the delivery of online learning. This will also provide the basis for identifying professional development needs to uplift the capability of our staff.
  • Professional development opportunities are currently in development. We will share more information in the coming days.
  • The Program Transformation team is working on finalising online facilitation resources that will be shared with the learning and teaching community as they are developed.
  • In the coming days, we will also share with you the detailed process for course review, action planning and quality review, including how we will be working with Course Coordinators throughout this process.
  • The Online Learning and Teaching hub is now live with resources for staff to facilitate online learning. We will continue to update this site as resources and tools are developed.

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