COVID-19 FAQs for future students

The world is on hold, but your future isn’t. And we are committed to ensuring you can continue to take positive steps towards achieving your goals. That’s why our response to COVID-19 has implemented a range of temporary measures to keep you safe while allowing you to receive a high-quality education.

Your wellbeing is our biggest priority. So, at this stage, it’s likely your course will be temporarily taught online. We will move to on-campus teaching as soon as we can.

Rest assured that while you’ll be studying at home, you won’t be studying alone. ACU has a range of support services available for online learning. This includes recorded lectures you can access at any time; real-time tutorials which are recorded for you to revisit; increased communications between staff and students; and additional support is always available through the Academic Support Unit.

If you are studying a course that is attendance mode (taught on campus), classes may start online, and you will move to campus-based classes as soon as we are able to offer them.

If you elect attendance mode (on campus), you will start out with online learning and then move to campus-based classes as soon as we are able to offer them.

If you want to study online for the duration of your course, you will need to apply for and enrol in an online program.

Recorded lectures

You can access lectures at any time that suits you (and sometimes in real time as well). You can listen to the lecture as many times as you want, and you are able to pause the lecture recording to take notes, look up concepts etc.

Lecture slides are available via the Learning Environment Online (LEO) system, mostly before the lecture or lecture recording is made available. The slides also appear in the lecture recording and any notation that the lecturer makes on the slides during the lecture will be available.

Tutorials

Your online tutorials might involve any and/or all of the following: an online meeting with video and audio content; breakout rooms for discussion of specific topics or issues; online polling; use of virtual whiteboards to show notes, students leading or presenting or staff leading or presenting; shared screens so students can work together on an issue; and real-time or recorded quizzes.

Tutorials are recorded so you can revisit for revision and/or clarification. Some tutorial systems (we have three platforms for virtual tutorials) have a transcription service as well, meaning you can revisit the content by listening to an audio recording or read a transcript.

In addition to lectures and tutorials, you are encouraged to set up your own virtual meetings outside of your classes to discuss, explore and learn with your peers (all of our platforms can facilitate these meetings).

There is also regular communication between staff and students through LEO, email and phone, ensuring you are supported every step of the way.

We have existing adjustment factors available for students who have suffered disadvantage, and COVID-19 consequences will meet these criteria.

Visit your relevant tertiary admissions centre (UAC, QTAC or VTAC) website for any COVID-19 related updates.

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